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Old May 5, 2008, 1:23 PM   #1
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Hii..

I want to buy a camera asap. Here are some details,

My budget =<350

I would mostly use it for landscape and architecture, i plan to shoot lots and lots of macros, and occassional sports/moving objects and portraits. I am basically looking for a ultrazoom camera with image stabilization.

I want it to take excellent pics with good colors. Pleasesuggest which camera to purchase.

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A good place to start your search is our Best Cameras List (models deemed to be a good value within their market niche). You'll find a Super Zoom category there (and models with image stabilization will be marked with a *).

If you read the review conclusion sections for models you consider (the conclusion is the last page before the sample images in each model's review), it will usually cover how some of the models stack up in a variety of areas (Startup time, Autofocus Speed, cycle times between photos with and without a flash, image quality indoors and outdoors, and more).

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I would mostly use it for landscape and architecture, i plan to shoot lots and lots of macros, and occassional sports/moving objects and portraits. I am basically looking for a ultrazoom camera with image stabilization.
Good choice, but keep in mind that 'landscape and architecture' require wide angles, and most cameras in your price range only go as wide as a 35mm film camera equivalent of a 35mm lens. You should look for something that goes wider, possibly as wide as 28mm. That means it probably won't go as long, but I think 'wide' is more important to you than 'long'.

And again, check Steve's Best list, and try them for yourself. If you don't feel comfortable holding andd using the camera, if you can't find the controls and commands when you need them, you're going to miss some 'once in a lifetime' photos.
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Old May 5, 2008, 2:21 PM   #4
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thanks both of you for your replies.

i have done some reading over the past week and found that panasonic fz18 has a wide angle at 28mm. the other 18x cameras from olympus and fuji also has similar wide angles.

as i mentioned earlier i would to have a camera which is really great in macros for flowers and bugs, and also produce great colors for landscape.

so kindly suggest some cameras which you think would do the best job for these purposes.

for me a hot shoe isnt that arequirement.
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Most digital cameras like this have pretty good closeup ability anymore, thanks to greater depth of field for a given framing and aperture than you'd have with larger camera, because the focal length of their lenses can be kept shorter to match a smalller sensor.

You'll usually find a closeup of a dish full of candy, or another similar closeup in a camera's samples here to help see how much detail you can get with smaller subjects (not as small as a bug though).

Some cameras will focus closer than others, depending on how much you zoom in (see the specifications sections of their reviews for that information). But, you also have to keep lighting in mind. For example, if you're focusing from an inch away, you're going to be casting a shadow and may risk spooking an insect.

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Thanks Jim..

I do not understand much of the technical stuff as of now. So it would be a real help if you suggest some cameras.

As of now I am thinking about fz18, s3is, s5is. Not sure which one would be the best.

If there are any other cameras in your mind please tell me.

Btw how doI change my password?

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Because you don't understand a lot of the differences between these models, is one of the reasons why I'd prefer not to narrow it down to a specific model for you. ;-)

The models in the Super Zoom category in Steve's Best Cameras List are all going to have some pros and cons (distortion, noise/detail as you increase ISO speeds, and more). But, until you've used one for a while and have a better understanding of those types of differences, it's difficult to help you pick one over another.

Any of them are going to be capable of taking nice photos in most conditions, once you become familar with one and learn how to get the best results with it. I'd try them out in a store (major stores often have demo models) to see which cameras you're comfortable with (performance, ergonomics, menus, etc.) and narrow down your choices from there. Make sure to see the samples in each camera's review here, too. You may find the image quality from one model to be more pleasing than another to your eyes for the types of photos you want to take more often.

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while researching the cameras, i came across kodak z712is. it is quite cheaper than the canon s3is and about half of pana fz18.

how good/bad it fares as compared to the s3is? will it be a good investment if i buy it? or the extra 50-60 bucks for the s3is is worth it?



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Jeff over at dcresource.com reviewed that model. So, you may want to see what his thoughts were on it.

http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/kodak/z712is-review/

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that is where i came to know about z712. i read the review and found a few areas of concern,
it doesnt have manual white balance, which s3is does.
for macro shots it doesnt allow to focus as close as the s3is.
its wide angle starts at 35 mm whereas fz18 starts at 28mm..

now my question is inspite of these issues, wud z712 be a good choice for my needs considering it is a lot cheaper than the other 2 i m considering at this moment???

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