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Old Jun 7, 2007, 9:58 PM   #21
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Sarah,

Thanks for that reference. I was relying on the Canadian version of Consumer reports that shows a CAD $70 difference.

But my own choice would still be the S2IS, even if the price was the same as the S3IS – the samples lead me to believe that the S2IS gives better resolution.

That's a very nice bird picture from Patagonia. Based on this picture in Steve's samples I very nearly bought a Panasonic FZ-7 myself –
http://www.steves-digicams.com/2006_...s/p1000034.jpg
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Old Jun 7, 2007, 10:11 PM   #22
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The Panasonic FZ-7 or FZ-8 is probably the best compact for the OP. Even B & H still has the FZ-7 in stock for $265.30 including shipping & handling. That's a $(US) 30 savings over the FZ-8.

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Old Jun 8, 2007, 7:50 AM   #23
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OK,

Now that you have had me narrow it down to one of the megazooms, what is your opinion between the Canon S3, Panasonic FZ50, and the Sony H7? I like the Canon brand, but the Leica lens on the FZ50 is appealing. The H7 spec look good, too.

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Old Jun 8, 2007, 9:42 AM   #24
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You would be much more happy with a Panasonic FZ-7 or FZ-8, due to the considerably larger size of the FZ-50. If you wanted to stay with Canon, IMO the S-3IS or S2IS offer the desired size and the best value.

I think that it is time for you to go to a camera shop, and to see in person, the size of each of these cameras, and how they fit and feel in your hands.

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Thank you all for your input. I am going to swing by a camera shop this weekend. I have a lot more confidence now than before.
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Old Jun 13, 2007, 5:31 PM   #26
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Really? You think 6 mp is good enough for 11x14? I am surprised by this. I would have thought I would need at least 7-8mp for crisp images. I am not planning on a lot of cropping.

I used a Nikon D70s (6.1 megapixels) to take shots out at a movie set I was working on. Pictures taken in both full-sunlight and VERY overcast skys have been blown up to 30x40 inches, and you cannot see any pixalation without getting REALLY close to them. Of course, I used a good Nikkor lense, but the 6.1 worked great. So, if you have a good lense, and the settings are correct on your camera, 6.1 will work just fine for most situations.

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fairly new to camera's but i live in the Rockies and have had horses for 20 years. i would never take my DSLR horseback riding again!! it was awful!! i love my camera but it's just too big for horseback riding. i have a older super zoom just for horseback, i keep it in a padded case that i altered to go on the saddle horn. it is right at my fingertip but at the same time does not bother me at all in the tricky mountains where i need 2 hand to ride safely.

the other are better equipped to help you in your choice of camera but if you find a smaller one you like i would suggest you take that one. i would not part with either one of my 2 cameras. but the smaller one is definitely better for horseback

good luck and have fun
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