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Old Apr 4, 2008, 11:21 PM   #1
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I am looking for a new camera or camcorder for my 16 yr. old daughter. She takes great photos and enjoys using my Panasonic FZ10 because of the large zoom. But she also likes to play around with making videos. She has used the Panny for this, but it is limited of course. Just wondering if I should get a decent hard drive camcorder, or a good digital camera that can do more with video. I'm not sure if she can get good enough still pictures from a camcorder. Any advice?
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Old Apr 4, 2008, 11:28 PM   #2
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You might want to take a good look at the Canon S-5 camera. It is an excellent ultra zoom still camera and a very,very adept video clip camera. Perhaps you can get2 in 1.

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Old Apr 5, 2008, 2:52 AM   #3
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Until fairly recently there wasn't much around.

But at the "cheap" ($450 or so) end of these hybrid devices you have

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0702/07022203canontx1.asp

And a couple of others.

You don't say what your budget is, but if you can stretch to $1,000 then this is the current state-of-the-art.

Amazing HD video and a 6Mp still camera that can shoot RAW.

http://www.casio.com/products/Cameras/Exilim_Pro/EX-F1/

And a new camera from Samsung coming which looks like it has the same recording chip, but possibly shifted slightly more towards the needs of still photographers.

http://www.samsungcamerausa.com/PMA2...tails.asp?No=8

And keep and eye on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RED_Digital_Camera_Company

who will be announcing a consumer product later this month probably at around the $2,000 mark.


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My budget is more around the "cheap" end. I have started to look at the Canon S5IS, as the other posted suggested. It is looking interesting. Is there anywhere to see pictures and video posted from this or other cameras/camcorders? I'm talking actual users, not the review sites.
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Old Apr 5, 2008, 7:24 PM   #5
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I see that some cameras use Quicktime for video and some use AVI. What are the advantages/disadvantages to each?
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Old Apr 7, 2008, 1:33 PM   #6
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May I recommend the Panasonic Lumix TZ5? Awesome camera for picture quality, video quality and 720P HD recording. It's worth a look. Check out my review on my blog:

http://modifierwong.tabulas.com/

Hope this helps!
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