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Old Nov 9, 2009, 7:22 PM   #1
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Default P&S, low-light, HD movies, quality pics, compact - any recommendations?

P&S, low-light, HD movies, compact, quality pics and around $300-350

Best possible for the above specs. Experts - please help!!

Not interested - zoom, pixels, touch screen.
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Old Nov 9, 2009, 7:55 PM   #2
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NoviceCameraMan-

Welcome to the Forum. Thanks for dropping by.

Two contenders come to mind based on your requirements: the Panasonic ZS3 and the Sony H-20 cameras. Unfortunately the ZS3 does very well with outdoor photos. It has 12X optical zoom. However, indoor photos are poor based on this cameras weak and underpowered built-in flash. The effective flash range is only 6 to 8 feet.

In contrast, the H-20 offers the best built-in flash in this camera market segment and the best fully auto operations.It has 10X optical zoom.

Given the choice, I would opt for the Sony H-20 camera.

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Old Nov 9, 2009, 8:09 PM   #3
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Thanks Sarah, glad to talk to an expert.

I just read some of the reviews of different cameras and I'av the foll qns.

How would a novice like me figure out if a certain camera is good in low-light (is it the flash-power, flash range?)

will the H-20 perform satisfactorily outdoors as well?

what do think about Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1 - seems similar and I'll get to use industry standard SD cards that Sony doesnt allow.

thanks.
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Old Nov 9, 2009, 8:47 PM   #4
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The Sony H-20 is the home run equation. It has the best flash, a very good HD video, and the best auto mode. Sony Pro Duo Card are not that expensive, if your problems are solved.

The Panasonic cameras have poor flash units. That is the bottom line no matter if you look at the ZS or ZR series, and they are POOR in a no flash situation. I tink the conclusion is obvious, but I will leave it up to your judgment.

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Old Nov 9, 2009, 8:54 PM   #5
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Thanks. Thats what I wanted to hear. H-20 it is!
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Old Nov 9, 2009, 10:49 PM   #6
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NoviceCameraMan-

Congratulations! You have made an excellent decision. Enjoy your camera and post some photos when you have a chance.

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yes, post some pictures soon. enjoy!
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