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Old Jun 1, 2009, 10:25 PM   #1
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Hi all, im looking for a compact point and shoot camera. a little all purpose camera, mostly taking family pics, cars, some night shoots, some sports and some like pets and kids playing.

Would like something that has a descent zoom 3-10x and 8-12 mega pixels.

I know im probably asking for alot but any help would be great.

Just some examples of size of camera im looking for would be like the Nikon s630, Olympus 1020 and etc...

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Old Jun 1, 2009, 10:33 PM   #2
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After doing a little looking it may be a ultra-compact im looking for? Also i do take pics in the desert so need the camers to be able to take a little dust.
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Old Jun 2, 2009, 9:27 AM   #3
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You might want to look at the new Canon D10. It's rugged, and would be well protected from dust as well as water, etc.

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2009_...canon_d10.html

If you don't need it that rugged, then consider these cameras with 10x to 12x optical zoom lenses;

Panasonic ZS1, Panasonic ZS3, Sony H20, and Canon SX200

These are not ultra-compact, but are fairly compact.

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You might want to look at the new Canon D10. It's rugged, and would be well protected from dust as well as water, etc.

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2009_...canon_d10.html

If you don't need it that rugged, then consider these cameras with 10x to 12x optical zoom lenses;

Panasonic ZS1, Panasonic ZS3, Sony H20, and Canon SX200

These are not ultra-compact, but are fairly compact.

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Thanks. Out of the ones you mentioned i like the ZS3 and the SX200. what are a couple pros/cons for each one? or does anyone else have any other suggestions?
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You can check out the reviews of the ZS3 and the SX200 by Steve's at these links;

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2009_...sonic_zs3.html

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2009_...non_sx200.html

I don't think there's a big difference between them, but I've never used either one. I tend to be a Canon person, so I would lean towards the SX200. However, if you go to Canon's website and read user reviews on it, you will find a consistent pattern of dislike of the pop-up flash. It seems to always be popped up and in gets on some people's nerves. That might be a deal breaker for me on this camera.

You can also read a sort-of shoot out between several compact super-zooms on DPR's website.

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Old Jun 4, 2009, 10:43 AM   #6
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There are a number of ultracompact cameras with 5X zoom. See the Canon SD970 IS, Panasonic FS15, and Sony W290 for starters. I've always lived in desert cities and dust is not that much of a problem. When conditions happen to be extra bad I just zip my camera up in a belt pouch. If you still feel you need a weatherized camera, here is a link to another thread on those -

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/wh...-s-camera.html

If you don't need fancy video, the new Panasonic ZS1 will be quite a bit less expensive than the ZS3.

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