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Old Nov 16, 2007, 9:49 AM   #1
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Hi all. First time I've posted here, although I have used teh site a number of times over the years for research and advice!

I need to get a new digital camera, a compact. I like taking a lot of scenery type pics when I'm out and about, but I also go to a lot of gigs, so want something that will take reasonable pictures at gigs. I also would like a better than 3x zoom.

I've pretty much narrowed down to the Ricoh Caplio R7, with its 7x zoom, and the Sony DSC-T200, with a 5x zoom, but as I'm not an expert I don't really know the differences in quality of each. Most reviews I've read tend to criticise the limitations of compacts, so I'm finding it hard to distinguish which of these is better in the different situations.

Has anyone tried both of these and can help? Or have tried either and have anything (positive or negative) to say about them?

Are there any others I should be considering? I was initially drawn to the Panasonic TZ3, but it looks physically larger, and apparently suffers from noise more than most others at ISO's higher than 200.

Thanks guys!
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Old Nov 18, 2007, 2:51 PM   #2
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You face a choice between getting a compact with a longer zoom, or getting a compact which handles low light shots in a superior way.

The Fuji F models would handle your task better but you lose the extended zoom, both the ricoh and the sony are great cameras best that YOU try them in a store to see which suits you best.
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Old Nov 18, 2007, 3:24 PM   #3
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That's what I was fearing....!
I'm popping into town, hopefully tomorrow, so I'll have atry. Anything I should look for whilst shooting in the shop?
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Old Dec 9, 2007, 9:07 PM   #4
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I own the Ricoh R6 and am thinking of getting the T200. I like the range on the Ricoch, but the inside pictures are really pretty poor. I was thinking of the Fuji 50f for its low light, but I do like the 7x zoom on the ricoh and the 5x on the Sony is a nice compromise.
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