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Old Dec 17, 2009, 11:21 AM   #1
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everybody. As the title states I am looking for a camera that is under a 150 and that is 8 megapixels and up. I have done some research and for some reason I keep coming back to the Panasonic dmc-lz8. I really like to look and the optical zoom on the camera. I read about the flash and it seems like that is a small downside. I know there are a lot newer cameras that I have looked into as well Canon Powershot a1100 which is quite a bit newer and maybe easier to use. When I looked at the sample pictures between the two cameras the pictures on the Panasonic 8mp looked better to me than the 12mp Canon. Any insight provided would be greatly appreciated. My real ceiling for spending is right around 150ish but definitely not 200. We have an old Olympus 2 Mp from 2002 right now so anything (almost) would be an upgrade.

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Old Dec 17, 2009, 2:50 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Forum. We're pleased that you dropped by. You are correct in your analysis, the Pannasonic LZ-8 is the best camera in that price range. I used the LZ-8 for a long time before passing it off to one of the older grand kids.

Yes, the flash is underpowered on the LZ-8, so you have to shorten up your flash range from the normal 10 to 14 feet to around 8 to 11 feet with the LZ-8, but the 5X optical zoom is a great feature with the 8mp and I can adjust the flash range.

I saw a LZ-8 on E-Bay yesterday for around $89, so that might be a way to save as well.

Have a great day and a Merry Christmas.

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Old Dec 17, 2009, 3:12 PM   #3
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Thanks for the help. I wanted to make sure that it is as good as I made it out to be.
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what about the kodak z915 read good things about that too.
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I would place the Kodak Z-915 after the Panasonic LZ-8 in terms of flexibility and image quality.

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Old Dec 17, 2009, 11:24 PM   #6
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sounds pretty good for an older camera then. Thanks mt climber
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