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Old Jul 2, 2008, 11:06 AM   #1
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Ok, so many of you will have read my topic about the h-3 versus the sx100 IS



But i just noticed there are so many more to choose from so here is the real question, and prefered specification. Sorry for the 2nd topic, but this will be better hopefully

Budget
The thing is Ebay UK sell cameras at shops quite cheaply, so nothing over £250 or $500

Size
A compact camera... Nothing massive, i need to take it many places .

Features
How many megapixels will suffice for you?

7 will be fine but any higher is better, its not as important as zooooom!


What optical zoom will you need?
- 10x is the minimum, But again, the bigger the better!.

How important is "image quality" to you? (Rate using a scale of 1-10)
- 8. I need to take a descent wildlife, or nature shot.

Do you care for manual exposure modes (shutter priority, aperture priority, manual)?

- Yes please, some modes would be good.


General Usage
* What will you generally use the camera for?
Err Wildlife, nature landscape basically most things.

* Will you be making big prints of your photos or not?
A4 at the max

*Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos?
Not really.

*Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos?
Yes

Miscellaneous
*Are there particular brands you like or hate?
I''ve been looking into the sony "h" range, the best one i think is H10, because its so small and nice screen.

I also like the look of the not-so-small Fuji s8000 you know, the one with the long 18x zoom, ibasically need a small camera with lots of zoom!
*Are there particular models you already have in mind?
Look above!



*(If applicable) Do you need any of the following special features? (Wide Angle, Image Stabilization, Weatherproof, Hotshoe, Rotating LCD)

All would be nice, but most arnt necessary


-Image stabilization is important. Necessary
-Wide angle would be very nice. Necessary
-AA are preferable, so i can recharge them easily. Not Neccesary
-Face Detection is nice but not necessary

-A Viewfinder would be excellent! Neccesary

- Doesnt need to be weather proof. Not Neccesary

-Rotating screen, Not Necessary

Thanks guys!


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Old Jul 2, 2008, 1:33 PM   #2
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The Sony H-10 is a good choice, but you will not have an EVF, so you must use the LCD screen to frame your photos, which may be good or bad depending on your personal preferences. I own the Sony H-3 and I have been very happy with it. I especially like its extended flash range.

If you want a longer zoom the new Nikon P-80 with 18X optical zoom and a 28mm (in 35mm terms) wide end is very compact and it has an EVF.


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I think panaonic FZ18 or FZ50 are best to complement your need. I have handled them personally and they are marvellous. Please check them at the nearest store yourself.
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Old Jul 3, 2008, 1:45 AM   #4
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Wow thanks for your suggestions, i will definatly check those all out!
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Another camera that could be worth investigating is the Panasonic TZ-5 which has 10X optical zoom in a very small form factor.

Here is an existing light TZ-5 photo sample at ISO 800.

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Old Jul 3, 2008, 10:47 AM   #6
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Sounds super! The best one currently i think is the H-10



I think it has smartzoom (am i correct?) and with that can go up to 51X, plus it is very small, and quite light.



Any other suggestions though?
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Please keep in mind that any image enlargement beyond 10X will take you into the digital zoom area which does degrade the image quality somewhat. Smart digital zoom tries to keep the digital zoom still within a reasonable image quality.

The super steady shot feature works well and is essential for long zoom shots. However, for the best image quality I would not recommend pushing the H-10 beyond the Smart Digital Zoom settings.

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Ok. so maybe a larger opticalzoom. Does anyone know any small 12x/15x/18x cameras?



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The smallest/most compact 18X optical zoom camera seems to be the Nikon P-80. However, the Panasonic FZ-18 has somewhat better performance, handling qualities, and image quality, followed by the Panasonic TZ-5.

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Fantastic, thanks a lot for your help.



Now just to choose one!
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