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Old Nov 26, 2009, 11:24 PM   #1
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Default EOS digital rebel XT vs Powershot SX20 IS or Luminex FZ35

I don't know what route to go. I will be taking a trip to Rome in April and want to get a camera that will allow me to take some great quality pictures. I found a used EOS Rebel XT with a 18-55 mm lens for $300. I know I take the risk of buying something used that may not work and I also know that this lens will not give me much zoom capabilities for the statues and art in Rome. Beacause of this I think I would need to be q better lens which would be an added cost. Would this slr, with 8 megapixels give me a better picture than a Powershot SX20 or a Luminex FZ35? If not, which point and shoot camera would be better. I am a novice to photography but I am a gadget nerd so I don't feel intimidated by the skill level of all of these cameras. I want to be able to zoom in on the objects in Rome and still have the best bang for my buck without spending more than $400. I like the option of being able to take video with the point and shoot cameras but I don't know what optionwould be best. Can these two point and shoot cameras give me comparable quality as the slr? Since I am new to photography should I steer toward the point and shoots because of their automatic controls that would adapt to different situations? I know this is a lot to ask, but I need to decide by Sat or I will miss out on the slr. Please help anyone.

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Old Nov 27, 2009, 12:45 AM   #2
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Default I would go for the ultrazoom

I had the FZ28 and loved it. I have also had 3 DSLR's. They're great, too.
However, for versatiility on a limited budget, a camera like the FZ35 is hard to beat. I recommend the FZ35 over the SX20 because its pictures are less noisy at higher ISO (=lower light) settings. If you decide to get a DSLR, I recommend getting a new one. The Pentax K2000, Nikon D40, and the Canon XS are sometimes available online for close to $400. Just make sure to check the etailer's ratings at resellerratings.com before you buy, or ask the forum members here for their opinion.

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Old Nov 27, 2009, 1:47 AM   #3
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In good light or with a tripod you won't see much of a difference for prints up to 12x18.

The SLR is a more versatile system, but if your primary purpose is travel photography then I would go the P&S route.

Have a look at the Panasonic FZ38 or TZ7, I would go with the TZ7 myself, since it still has a 28-300mm equivalent zoom and packs down into a very small form factor, which is very handy for travel.

The Canon equivalents are the SX20 and SX200.

All are fine cameras and will serve you better than the SLR.
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Old Nov 27, 2009, 12:02 PM   #4
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Point and shoot cameras such as the Canon SX-10/SX-20, the SX-120, and the SX-200, as well as the Panasonic TZ-7, which is known as the ZS3 here in the USA, and the FZ-35 are all very versatile cameras with varying feature sets. Outdoor photos from any of these cameras will compare quite favorably with a DSLR camera like the Canon XT.

The Canon XT however, is three generations past in terms of technical features and it would require a rather expensive telephoto lens to equal the zoom offered by the point and shoot cameras.

If it were my choice, I believe that I would be focusing on the Panasonic FZ-35, which offers full manual and auto controls, 18X optical zoom, can take numerically higher ISO photos, up to ISO 800, while still producing pretty good image quality and is, and I am guessing 1/2 the weight of the Canon XT.

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