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Old Aug 12, 2008, 7:20 AM   #1
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hi
I am new to photography and wanted to get a new camera.
preferably a DSLR like camera. what would be a good option to buy??
going through various posts i have gathered the following models canon S5IS, sony H50,H9, panasonic FZ18. Are there any other models i should be looking at??
i would be taking all sorts of general photos, nothin professional, and the photos would be for family and friends viewing. dont plan to do anythin with them as such.
really need suggestions...

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Old Aug 12, 2008, 9:58 AM   #2
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There are a few other cameras that you may desire to consider:

Nikon P-80

Panasonic FZ-28

Kodak Z-1012

Koadak Z-1015

Fuji S-8100

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Old Aug 12, 2008, 9:58 AM   #3
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Double post. I apologize.

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Old Aug 12, 2008, 9:59 AM   #4
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Fuji S9100, Fuji S1000fs are so good bridge cameras - D-SLR like.

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Except of course that the only way that those cameras are "SLR-like" is that they look like them.

In every other respect they are "SLR-unlike".
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Old Aug 12, 2008, 5:54 PM   #6
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The S9100 is SLR-like not only in its appearance. It also has a manual focus ring. It's a decent camera. Other cameras have gone beyond it in zoom range and megapixels. It doesn't have optical image stabilization, but it is still a decent camera.

I would probably go for the Panasonic FZ18. It has a great lens and pretty snappy performance. Now it's available online for less than $300. The main criticism of it seems to be its relatively poor low light performance.
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Old Aug 12, 2008, 6:43 PM   #7
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Just a quick thought: I think that the new Panasonic FZ-28 which will replace the current FZ-18, might be better camera. The significant change will be in the processor. The FZ-18 was an excellent camera, but it used the older Venus 3 processor. The replacement, the FZ-28 will use the new and much improved Venus 4 processor that has recently been installed on the new Panasonic LX-3 and the LZ-8.

The LX-3 is not to the market yet, but that Venus 4 processor made a HUGE difference in the performance of the LZ-8 over previous LZ models. It made the LZ-8 become a very capable 8mp 5X optical zoom $(US)149.00 camera with lots of features that make the LZ-8 really zing.

I think we can expect a similiar improvement will be available in the new Panasonic FZ-28.

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maybe you should consider Fuji S100, quite a solid camera.
You can read more about the review at Dpreview.
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Old Aug 13, 2008, 7:49 PM   #9
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I am a bit surprised that you have not checked back into this thread. Perhaps you are busy or had a family emergency. Anyway, I just want to point out that the Canon S-5 camera has one very unique advantage, that most of the ultra-zooms that have a DSLR look just do not have: a hotshoe for an external flash.

IMO that is a very decided advantage, as I believe that an external flash can be a huge advantage to a camera like the Canon S-5 camera. Here is a product shot done with the Canon S-5 camera using the Canon EX-430 Flash. That is hard for the others to do.

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Old Aug 14, 2008, 3:14 AM   #10
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thanks for all your help..
i have been checking this thread everyday.. infact many times a day.
i dont know much about cameras. was just finding out stuff before asking for further help. also was checking out all the models mentioned. Choosing is so confusing!!!
well i am totally confused. If there was a choice between canon S5 and panny FZ28
which would u recommend???? think these are the best options.
though i am more inclines towards canon.. less convinced of Panasonic as a brand
also how about sony G9?
if i wouldnt mind not having hot shoe for flash then which one would recommend??

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