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Old Jan 1, 2009, 7:42 PM   #1
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Happy new year people! I have no newresolutions, but I am trying to select from one of the following: :angry:

1) Ineed to choose between the Canon A2000 IS, Canon SX110 IS, Canon S5 IS, Canon SX10 IS, Panasonic FZ18 and Panasonic FZ28 :?

2) Budget around $300. If I can't find a new one within my budget, I don't mind going in for a refurbished

3) Primary usage includes outdoor shots including landscapes, sports, monuments and group photos & indoors, as in the case of still objects or a social gathering / party. My night and day usage is pretty much the same :|

4) I don't mind carrying the bulk around and would prefer using AA batteries as they are easily replaceable and you can have spares :idea:

5) I am no pro, but definitely like photography, so would prefer something that has room for learning and allows me to experiment at the same time. In short, I am looking for a few manual controls and fun features that can hold my interest over a prolonged period of time :G

6) IQ is most important and I don't care much about the megapixels. I am a little biased towards Canon :ak47:generally but if Panasonic is more value for money, then great!


I have been going the forums, but I am more confused :?than ever. I have read Steves reviews & I really like the SX110 IS and the S5 IS, but I need your suggestions.

Thanks a ton

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My top choice would be the Panasonic FZ-28, followed by the Sony H-50, followed by the Kodak Z1012.

All are very capable cameras that do well in low light venues. The Fz-28 is the King for sharpness and clarity. Here is a no flash ISO 800 photo taken with the FZ-28.

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Old Jan 1, 2009, 10:47 PM   #3
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I'm looking for a Canon S5 or SX10, I like to shoot a short video now and then.

They have good stereo sound. They also use AA batteries ! )

Panasonics have terrible sound. Picture quality is okay.

Tried the Kodak 1012, nice camera, terrible zoom control.

Stereo sound, AA lithium batteries can be used.

The Sony H-50 looks okay. Need to check out sound.

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Old Jan 2, 2009, 11:47 AM   #4
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I own the S-5 and the SX-10 is no different. Those cameras do not do well at any ISO above ISO 250. You are probably scratching your head and you should be. ISO 250 is not a manually set ISO. ISO 250 is what the S-5 will go to automatically when you mount the Canon EX-430 on that hot shoe. So that tells a lot right there.

The bottom line is this: That hot shoe is there for a purpose. Because the IQ goes to pot over 250 ISO, you need that EX-430 flash. Which, BTW is another added expense.

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Old Jan 2, 2009, 1:14 PM   #5
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James-

Thank you for your advice. I did give the Panasonic FZ28 a shot :flame:, and realised that it is quite at par with the Canons and represents more value for money as compared to the S5 IS and the SX10 IS. I own an ancient 2 mp Sony, but looking at their current range of cameras, it's all pomp and no show! The IQ sucks to say the least.

However, I amzeroing in on the Canon SX110 IS for several reasons. Firstly, I really like the IQ including the saturation, vivid colorsand sharpness. Its equally good if not better when comparedtothe above models. I looked at the Sample Pictures provided by Steve, and amazingly the IQ evenat higher ISOs isas good as the FZ28! :shock:

Secondly, although it doesn't have many bell-and-whistles but it offers a fair set of manual controls and 10x zoom which is sufficient for my kind of usage!

Thirdly, although bulk wasn't a criteria, it's attractive compact design and the use of AA batteries, makes it veryfeasiblefor everyday use. :love:

Lastly,it's relatively inexpensive and I am sure it'll beworth every buck spent!

Well, does anyone disagree? :?
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The SX-110 Camera is a good choice. However, some folks want a smaller physical form factor. In a recent test of compact cameras, the SX-110 and the Panasonic TZ-5 were rated equally high. So if form factor is a factor, it might be worthwhile to take a look at the TZ-5 as well before deciding.

Both the SX-110 and the TZ-5 have a very limited flash range (see Steve's review of the SX-110), so you should keep that in mind as well. That could be overcome by a slave flash, but that again ups the cost.

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Suraush, looks like a good choice. If you could zoom during video,

I might buy one. The flash will be fine, read what Steve did to get

a good picture at 10 to 12 feet in the review.

Well, Sarahyou probaly know more about cameras.

But I know how to get the pictures I need !

My S2 works great, never use ISO above 200, most of the time I use 100.

In practical use, ie computer viewing, printing, from what I've seen

all top cameras produce good results. You can nit pick and look at

full resolutions in awindow, pan back and forth and see defects, but

they don't matter in my practical uses ! Now sound in video's there's

something my S2 does extremely well, do you know any other camera

that has as good of or better sound ?

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OK, Mr. Cotton -

Please tell us where we go from here? I truly think that it might me the Panasonic FZ-28. But the I could care less about video clips. I take photographs.

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Ah Sarah, never watched the birds fly so free, children play or in my case

calves running and playing and wanted to capture the memory ?

I have and they sure do look and sound great with my S2, makes

me feel good just thinking about it ! If a picture is worth a thousand words

a video is worth a million ! Sometimes a picture is better other times not,

a least for me, that is. I'd just like to learn and find a better multipurpose

camera. Not a day goes by that I don't learn something ! Reading the

reviews here I've learned a lot, still if you put all I know about cameras

on the head of a pin you'd make room for an elephant ! )

Try some video sometime, me I'm looking at camcorders now and

for a better camera too ! And yes that camera has to have good

stereo sound in it's videos ! )

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Well, James...

We are think along the same lines. Yes, I agree video can be very important. However, for good video and sound you are going to have to look at camcorders rather than digicams.

The Sony SR-8 and Panasonic GS-400 are examples of excellent camcorders.

What is your budget for your new camcorder?

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