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Old Aug 13, 2009, 6:45 PM   #1
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Default Canon sx10 vs. Casio ex-fh20

I am new to this forum. I currently have a Kodak zd710 that I love and a pocket Casio ex-z80 that I carry around for everyday shots. I have had the Kodak for several years, but am looking to upgrade. My main complaint is that it is too slow taking several seconds between shots and lacking any true burst mood. Plus it lacks optical image stabilization. I am torn between getting the Canon sx10 and the Casio fh20. Both have had recent price reductions and can be had for almost the same price. The Canon runs for about $360/370 on sale and the Casio for $390-400. I need something that can take decent quality pictures, allows for manual control, and takes decent video. I will print most shots taken, but they probably won't be bigger than 5x7; most will be 4x6. I take shots for pleasure and church/school functions, so not missing the moment is important to me. The camera should be able to function well in moderate lighting conditions. I am attracted to the Canon because of the numerous features and articulating screen. The Casio for the ability to choose the number of shots per second (will never use 30 or 40 fps) and the ability to shoot in raw as it gives me an opportunity to grow as a "photographer." But in the end quality images are what matter most. Does anyone have either or tried both and could tell me what they think? I have tried the Canon in stores and loved the feel. I actually would prefer the sx1, or the Fuji s100fs but both are out of my budget. I had previously purchased the Panasonic fz28, but returned it because of its (at least for me) inability to focus in moderate/low light (school auditorium) where I would be taking pictures occasionally. After some research I have narrowed it down to these two cameras. Any suggestions?
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Canon sx10 is better.
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Old Aug 17, 2009, 12:32 PM   #3
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The price of the Canon SX-10 at www.amazon.com dropped this morning (08/17/09) to $306.34. I think that makes your question sway toward the favor of the Canon SX-10.

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I was heavily considering the EX-FH20 Casio, having had great success with one of their early cameras. However, nearly every review I could find mentioned poor image quality in at least one area, and several mentioned trouble focusing. I agree with mtclimber, the Canon is the better option where image quality and focusing is paramount.

It's curious you metion slow/poor focuing performance from the FZ28. Though I've only owned mine a few weeks, I have noticed the same thing at times. I figure it's because I haven't found the best combination of focus modes and speeds out of the ten or more different combinations. I can only assume that's true, because it's not a commonly reported problem with the FZ28 (or other Panasonics).
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Welcome to the Forum. It is great to have you here! I had the same problem when I began with my Panasonic FZ-28. Then an old timer whispered in my ear: use spot focus and you will eliminate that problem. I did and things became great.

As to this www.amazon.com Canon SX-10 offer: I will give it a try. My best friend is a big SX-10 user, and I told her I would give it a try. With amazon's 30 day no questions asked, no restocking charges policy, I can always return it with no problems.

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Thanks for the advice/tips! I needed someone to confirm what I suspected about the Canon. I missed out on the discounted rate for the Canon sx10, however, I ordered it online and should have it soon. Will post in a different section after I have been able to test it out.
Also thanks for letting me know why I had problems with the Panasonic.
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