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Old Feb 17, 2009, 7:23 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I've been reading awhile on camera reviews and I'm very glad that I found this site, it seems this is where all the experts hang out! Sometimes the review from site to site is very inconsistant especially from amazon, my girlfriend and I been wanting a better camera for our events and trips. I backed off form DSLR because it's price and size although I really want the olympus E520 but with lenses and flash it would run me close to $1k, so I decided to start with a good point and shoot camera first. I've been reading this forum a bit and found the following cameras to be promising, the panasonic LZ8, Canon A590IS, Canon SX10 IS. I'm newbie and just
recently start learning what is aperature and shutterspeed...etc, hopefully I don't sound too confusing :-)

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1.now besides the big price difference & Zoom from SX10is over the A590is, are there any other adavantage?

2.and this is silly but I quess it's direct, What would your choice if I ask to pick one camera to be cloest in performance and quaility to DSLR? I know it's impossible to match but atleast I would like see the choices.

3.If you have any recommendations for under $400 camera please let me know, I would like to see what's best i can get for that price range

4.on one trip, my friend took some photos of our vacation, somehow it created a nice result where to me and my gf is focus and the background is slightly blured I belive it's call the depth of field? His using a nikon D90, is there a way for a point and shoot camera have similar effects?

5.One thing I learn form here is how important is to have a camera does well in low light conditions which I think 50% of my use on next camera, are the above camera best choices in the non DSLR category?


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Old Feb 17, 2009, 7:38 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum.

Probably one of the best "DSLR-like" cameras on the market is the Fuji S100fs. It has the largest sensor (2/3") of any current model P&S digicam. It also has many DSLR-like features, such as full manual setting options, and a manual zoom ring. It has better than average low light performance. It's big, heavy and expensive, but not as big heavy and expensive as a DSLR.

Check it out.

Good luck with your choice.

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Old Feb 17, 2009, 9:09 PM   #3
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oh wow.. it is huge! my gf is gonna trip if I tell her to put it in her purse. But ISO 10,000 seems to be a good feature.
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Old Feb 17, 2009, 10:32 PM   #4
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There aren't any point and shoot cameras that are as good in low light, or give you the depth of field/focus options of a DSLR. However, there are some pretty good ones out there. If you are willing to learn how to use them, the Panasonic LX3 (especially in silver color), and the Canon G10 are selling close to $400 now. Check them out.

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Old Feb 17, 2009, 11:47 PM   #5
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I think Rinnie gave you the camera closest in performance to a DSLR. It is big and it is expensive and it has been reported to have a problem with purple fringing in high contrast images. However,it gives you lots of zoom range, all without the hassle of changing lenses.

The LX3 is reportedly very good but it has a limited zoom range. The G10 is also quite good at low ISO settings (i.e. in decent light).

The Pentax K2000 (KM?) DSLR was being sold in a kit with lens and external flash unit for a very reasonable price several weeks ago. It may have risen in price since then.

I have the Panasonic FZ28, which has 18X optical zoom and 10 megapixel images. I think it's the best superzoom in low light. It, too, has risen in price recently.

If you can figure out what settings (physical setting and light level) you are most likely to take most of your pictures in,it will be easier to offer you helpful advice.

I agree that it's harder to get narrow depth of field with small sensored point and shoots.
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Old Feb 18, 2009, 7:33 AM   #6
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I've been reading this forum a bit and found the following cameras to be promising, the panasonic LZ8, Canon A590IS, Canon SX10 IS. I'm newbie and just recently start learning what is aperature and shutterspeed...etc, hopefully I don't sound too confusing :-)
You have some good choices there. Since you're just starting out and you want to learn about photography, it's a good idea to buy a modestly priced camera with full manual exposure controls. All three on your list are very good. The Canon SX10is is about two to three times more expensive than the others, which seems like a lot for someone who's a complete newbie. A cheaper alternative to the SX10is is Canon's SX110is, which is a compact ultrazoom that also has full manual controls.

Here are some sample photos taken by the LZ8, the A590is and the SX110is:
http://www.pbase.com/cameras/panasonic/lumix_dmc_lz8
http://www.pbase.com/cameras/canon/powershot_a590_is
http://www.pbase.com/cameras/canon/powershot_sx110_is
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Old Feb 19, 2009, 6:29 PM   #7
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Thanks for the excellent advice guys, I decided to go with the A590is from newegg, they go for 109 with free shipping and Bonus 4gb SD card & case combo. I really wanted a ultrazoom from either fuji 100 or the SX10 but with it's size i might as well save up for a entry lvl DSLR, and I think that's what most pplz do these days is to have a DSLR and a point and shoot. I'll come by very soon to start hunting for DSLR hehe, Thanks again!
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