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Old Sep 11, 2008, 7:20 AM   #1
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My top two choices right now are the Panasonic LZ8, and the Canon A590IS.

Need good pictures, manual controls. C'est tout!

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Old Sep 11, 2008, 8:02 AM   #2
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I'd pick the Canon A590IS due to superior picture quality and the inclusion of a viewfinder.
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Old Sep 14, 2008, 6:19 AM   #3
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Old Sep 16, 2008, 3:15 AM   #4
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Without a doubt, the Panasonic LZ-8 offers a lot of bang for the buck. Please see Steve's review of the Panasonic LZ-8. It is a rather amazing camera.

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Old Sep 16, 2008, 3:53 AM   #5
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The Nikon Coolpix P60 is also an option.

LZ8 for sure?
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Bump.... need to get it ASAP
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Old Sep 19, 2008, 3:03 AM   #7
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If flash is a major factor I'd say that tilts the choice toward the Canon. The Nikon specs look good, however in personthe camera is still somehow underwhelming, at least to me. The Panny LZ8 gets the job done, but their ultracompacts, like the FX33, have more appeal to me. Dig around and the FX33 can be found on closeout at $150. Another nice $150ultracompact is the Olympus FE-340. Neither of these ultracompactsfeature manual control, but in my view manual control is overrated in ultracompacts. Given that these littlecameras lack an iris for the lens, have only 2 or 3 f/-stops, their Auto controls, EV compensation,and Scenes can suffice.

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