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Old Jan 1, 2009, 10:18 PM   #1
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My husband bought me a Nikon Coolpix 210 for Christmas, but I was disappointed with shutter speed and picture quality. I am looking for a point and shoot camera that I can take with me vs. always lugging my Nikon D80 with me to crowded places or places where I need both hands, ie-ice skating. I have looked at the following canon models: A590, SD880, Sx110, and A2000. I am so confused at this point that I am hoping someone can help me out. I would like a camera that has great picture quality, quick shutter response time, and would prefer the most zoom possible. I have a budget of $200-$300. I have read all of Steve's reviews but am just more confused than when I started. Thank you for all of your help.

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Old Jan 2, 2009, 2:08 AM   #2
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Kodak Z1012 with 10MP, 12x optical zoom and negligible shutter lag may fit your needs. It is currently retailing at about $230.

Size-wide, the Z1012 is much smaller than your D80 but is not as compact as your Coolpix 210.

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Old Jan 2, 2009, 10:19 AM   #3
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The top ultrazoom IMO is the Panasonic FZ-28, followed by the Sony H-50, and the Kodak Z-1012.

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Don't know if they're available in the US, but here in the UK I bought my daughter, for Christmas, a Rollei XS10inTouch, of which I'm very jealous. It's tiny breast-pocket size, 10Mpix, only 3x zoom, but the lens is excellent. Its menus are far easier to use than any compact I've seen during this purchasing process, because it's a touch sensitive 3-inch LCD screen. There's even a facility whereby you can tap the subject on the screen with your finger to focus on it and take the shot instantly!

I gave it a thorough workout (just so I could teach her, honest), before handing it over.

Specimen shot of daughter, daydreaming, attached. ( I have a Kodak Z1012 myself, which is excellent & great value, IMO.)

Make - ROLLEI
Model - RCP X-10
ExposureTime - 1/60 seconds
FNumber - 3.10
ExposureProgram - Manual control
ISOSpeedRatings - 100
Flash - Flash fired, auto mode
FocalLengthIn35mmFilm - 36 mm


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Hi Alan-

Unfortunately the Rollei camera that you have is NOT sold in the USA.

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