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Old Dec 17, 2008, 4:22 PM   #1
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Please help me figure out which camera to buy for Xmas.

I currently have a Canon SD400 and am looking for an updated camera.

Here is what I am looking for:
Great optical zoom, 5X or higher
Great low light quality. Will be taking lots of concert and outdoor night shots
Compact size
Good red eye reduction
Good image stabilizer
Good video quality

Here are the cameras that I came up with:
Fuji F100FD
Olympus 1010
Panasonic FX37
Panasonic FX500
Panasonic TZ5

Any help would be great. Please let me know.

If I am missing other good choices please let me know.

Thanks! :bye:
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Old Dec 17, 2008, 5:07 PM   #2
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Is physical camera size a real priority? If it is not very high on your priority list, I would urge you to add the Panasonic FZ-28 (now selling for around $(US) 240) to your list.

You see I own both the TZ-5 and the FZ-28 cameras. The low light level photos from the FZ-28 are better than those from the TZ5.

Here is a sample of what the FZ-28 can do in a stage show/concert environment using no flash and depending on an increased ISO setting, usually ISO 800.

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Old Dec 17, 2008, 5:10 PM   #3
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No compact camera is "great" at anything - good is the best you can hope for.

The Panasonic TZ5 is larger than the others. If you're going to include it, because of its 10x optical zoom, you may as well include the Canon SX110is and Sony H10 as well as they both have 10x optical zoom and are relatively small.

This is the way I'd rank the cameras.
1. Canon SX110is (long zoom, good picture quality, manual controls)
2. Panasonic TZ5 (long zoom, good picture quality)
3. Sony H10 (long zoom, good picture quality)
4. Fuji F100fd (good picture quality, good at low light, possible "pink band" issue at high ISO's)
5. Panasonic FX500 (good picture quality, touch screen)
6. Olympus 1010 (good all around)
7. Panasonic FX37 (good picture quality, possible soft pictures at long end of zoom)
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Old Dec 17, 2008, 5:57 PM   #4
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Camera size is really important to me. I do not want to go any larger than the TZ5.

How does the TZ5 do in low light situations?

Also any thoughts on the others?

Thanks for the input!
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Here is a photo sample of what the Panasonic TZ-5 can do in a low light environment at ISO 800.

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Old Dec 17, 2008, 11:55 PM   #6
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OK I think I have narrowed it down to the Fuji F100FD and the Panasonic TZ5. I am leaning towards the TZ5 because of the zoom.

I am not that knowledgeable on the digital zoom aspect of cams. Is it really not recommended to use the digital zoom? Coming from a 4X optical zoom cam it seems like it wouldn't make much sense to jump to a 5X cam.

Thoughts?
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Old Dec 18, 2008, 8:31 AM   #7
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The Panasonic TZ-5 is a good selection as it has a full 10X of optical zoom, rather than much less optical zoom found on the Fuji F-100. Using digital zoom is really not recommended as it very measurably degrades the photo.

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Old Dec 19, 2008, 9:30 AM   #8
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I ordered the TZ5 so I hope that works out.

Any tips with this camera I should know?

Thanks.
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Old Dec 19, 2008, 10:04 AM   #9
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Check out your local Community College. They probably have some digital camera courses that may be very helpful to you.

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Hahahhahaha

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Not what I meant at all.....
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