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Old Mar 27, 2007, 12:30 AM   #1
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[align=left]I am looking for the best camera that has the following:
1. Has the best optical zoom and uses AA batteries
2. Has Image Stabalization
3. 6 or greater megapixels
4. Great for a novice
5. Also has a view find
er. I live in AZ and the view screen is difficult to use.

Thanks you - sammieg

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Old Mar 27, 2007, 4:06 AM   #2
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Old Mar 27, 2007, 9:41 AM   #3
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Canon S3IS, the cadillac of the UZ's.
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Old Mar 28, 2007, 12:34 AM   #4
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Are you sure the 3SI uses AA batteries? - gle
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Sony H5. It has great optics, the best IS system, good movie quality, large LCD, Aperture/shutter/exposure wheel (very handy) and...it only takes 2xAA! Now, if you can live with prop batteries, I'd wait a few more weeks and get the H9 instead!
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As tulio has stated: the Sony H-5 is a really excellent camera and the H-9 will have even more features. The canon S-3 is no slouch. However, I shoot both of them and prefer the Sony H-5 and the soon to be released H-9.

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Old Mar 28, 2007, 9:42 PM   #7
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[align=left]I have never owned a Sony. I was looking at a Sony UZ7 (?) at Ritz Camera shop the other day and it would not focus using the viewfinder. Thanks a lot for the info on the H9. I would have grabbed the 7. Do you think I will have problems with capturing the screen image in the sunlight? I live in Phoenix. = gle
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Old Mar 29, 2007, 1:08 AM   #8
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The H-5 andI would assume the H-9 like it, has a great EVF. So your PHX sunshine should pose no problems.

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Old Mar 29, 2007, 4:15 PM   #9
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I own onegle56 wrote:
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Are you sure the 3SI uses AA batteries? - gle
I own one, takes 4 AA's. Last forever. Best video on the digicam market. Next step up is a dslr. If you don't believe it, read the reviews on Steve's, CNET, DPR
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I can't speak about the S3'cause I don't owe onebut I had an S2 (also well praised by reviewers) and sold it after 2 months. The primary reasons were:slowAF system, poor low light performance, poor built-in flash, poor focusing at 432mm and...I got the infamous "memory card error" on a perfectly good SD card that I currently use with my dSLR. So, I'm not sure you can go 100% by the reviews. I found the H1 to beway superior when compared tothe S2. If having excellent video capabilityis your #1 feature, get a video camera instead. Some can also take still photos.
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