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Old Feb 26, 2009, 3:58 AM   #1
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Long time no see So my trusty old Konica has a pooped button on it now and is starting to show it's age (like me), time to upgrade! The Konica/Minolta has 5mp and 3x optical zoom, and I'd like to go to 10mp with 5x optical zoom (at least), but keep it as a small pocket camera (wife doesn't want anything large).

I've got my eye on the Olympus FE-5000, which has the right spec and price, but as of yet I've failed to find any reviews for this. Opened to other ideas and information.
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Old Feb 26, 2009, 10:33 AM   #2
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That model is still too new for any reviews yet. You didn't say where you're shopping, but in the USA market the Sony W150 or W170 are about the same price. And they have a viewfinder,wider angle,and optical IS.

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Old Feb 26, 2009, 11:57 AM   #3
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Sorry my bad UK. Also I looked at the Pentax Optio L60 again finding it hard to find reviews (too new). The W150 is only 8mp, and I'd rather jump to 10 now. The W170 looks nice but really at the top of my poor budget.
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Old Feb 26, 2009, 1:19 PM   #4
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If it's gotta be 10Mp, then also take a look at the Kodak M1093 IS and Panasonic LZ10. Both have 10Mp and optical IS.

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Old Feb 26, 2009, 1:51 PM   #5
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Never been keen on cameras that use AA, I find they tend to eat them at the worse possible times. The pentax optio L6- seems to be a special camera sold by a single uk retailer, so put off a tad.
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Old Feb 27, 2009, 4:42 AM   #6
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I went through exactly this process for my daughter at Christmas. She wanted a longer zoom on a smaller camera than the 3x onher much-travelled Jenoptik. We tried out several candidates at my local camera shop in Wrexham, http://www.wrexcam.com , including the Pentax M-60, but eventually bought an excellent Rollei XS-10 inTouch, even though it had only a 3x zoom. The lens and image qualityare so good that cropping its images is a good substitute for a bigger zoom. The Rollei 8427 has a 4x zoom, and that's in their latest leaflet and gets a brief mention on the website. I had a Rollei 35 pocket film camera many years ago.

I just looked at their website again, andthe market has moved on quite a bit since Xmas. If you take a look,they have lots of mini-reviews of small compacts, and relevant opinions specific to the UK market. See especially http://www.wrexham-cameras.com/WHATS-NEW/BD-MAIN.htm.

That should give you some ideas, but I thoroughly recommend visiting a proper specialist camera shop near you and actually getting your hands on them. If you take an SD card with you, they may well let you take some test shots, which is what we did.

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Not heard of Rollei before but the site has some very useful info. However the Pentax option M60 is tempting...
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