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Old Oct 13, 2009, 3:53 PM   #1
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Default High End P & S now; DSLR later. Suggestions Please!

Hello all,

I had sent an earlier post last week and after much research have decided to postpone the entry level DSLR for now and instead get a point and shoot that will be the handy second camera later and will become my 12 year old daughter's camera next spring. I have looked at the following cameras and am ready to buy within 1 month as we will be taking this camera on Thanksgiving vacation. So far, I have placed these cameras in my shopping cart but am open to suggestions. I did check the Fuji that Sarah mentioned, but am not convinced it is the one for me.

Panasonic FZ-35
Nikon P-90
Sony HX-1
Canon SX-20 IS

I am trying to keep this under $400.00 or fairly close to it.
I need some zoom and a wide angle would be nice but not that important.
Recording short movies will be a fun plus but my main concern is nice shots in the majority of situations. I don't anticipate "sports" action shots.

Thanks for your opinions and sugestions!
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Old Oct 13, 2009, 4:18 PM   #2
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Hi lizzie-

Out of your candidates, In my opinion, the Panasonic FZ-35 would be the best bang for the buck. It has a very solid track record with the FZ-28 and FZ-18 coming before it.

Have a great day.

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Old Oct 13, 2009, 5:16 PM   #3
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Thanks Joyce! I was somewhat leaning there anyhow as the price has come down. Would love to see pictures and a comprehensive review. Any places to point me to? Side by side comparisons of these cameras would also be great.

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Lizzie-

Jeff Keller who owns www.dcresource.com has done reviews on most of your final cut list. I don't believe that you will find any side by side comparisons.

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Old Oct 15, 2009, 10:52 AM   #5
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Thanks again! Now I have another thought: Perhaps I should actually look toward the Panasonic ZS3 as this camera will be our "grab and go" camera and will go to my daughter when we get our DSLR in the spring. What disadvantages to going with the smaller camera? It seems image quality may be slightly better on the ZS3?
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Lizzie-

I own a ZS1, the twin to Panasonic's ZS3 camera, and the built in flash unit is terrible. Effective flash distance, when the camera is used indoors, is 8 feet or less. Outdoors the ZS1 and ZS3 with their great wide angle capability, to wonderfully.

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