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Old Jan 9, 2010, 4:44 PM   #1
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Default Advice: Canon SX200, Panasonic ZS3 or Sony W270?

I'm about to get a new digital camera.
After long reaserch sessions I narrowed to:

Canon Sx200
Panasonic ZS3
Sony W270

Which would you suggest?
Use: General use; outdoor / indoor. Not quiet interested in video but good to have it.

Also let me know if you think I'm missing a model

thanks so much in advance.

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Old Jan 9, 2010, 7:05 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Forum! We're pleased you dropped by.

Do you want to stay with your choices, or are you open to several less expensive and even more powerful cameras that also appear to meet you given specifications?

You might want to look at the following cameras:
Sony H-20 - about $240 - 10X optical zoom - best automatic mode in class - best built-in flash unit in class - HD video, and you can zoom while filming - no wide angle

Panasonic ZR-1 - about $220 - 8X optical zoom-enhanced processor-enhanced IS - HD Video, and you can zoom while filming, weak built-in flash.

In the Canon SX-200 you cannot zoom while filming HD video. The Sony W-270 is a discontinued model. The Panasonic ZS-3 is becoming over priced and it represents old technology in terms of processor and IS system.

Have a great day. We look forward to continuing this discussion.

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Old Jan 9, 2010, 9:43 PM   #3
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The canon has a great zoom at 12x and is still pocket camera. If you are looking at a compact Point and shoot. HD is nice, but as before mention zoom does not work while film. It does well for a point and shoot in low light with a 3200iso.

The panasonic is also very nice, with the added ability of zooming will filming in HD.
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With all due respect: read the reviews, the SX-200 does not do ISO 3200 well.

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I have been playing with a Panasonic ZS3 since Christmas. Im not happy with it at all and I am returning it - probably for a Canon S90. The lens on the ZS3 is amazing as is the zoom abilities - however, as previously noted the processor is week. Only 50% of my images are usable. Low light shooting is practically unobtainable at 400 and above. Lots of noise and aberrations within images. Flash is poor and most of my flash shots are too hot with images in front. Hope this helps. I do wish I could stick the lens of the ZS3 onto the Canon S90 - It would be the perfect camera. As for the HD video - - buy your self a video camera.
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Old Jan 10, 2010, 11:05 AM   #6
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Thanks for your responses and for the warm welcome.
Never ending research!

I've looked at Sony H20, it seems a very good option, though it's a little big.
Panasonic ZR1 seems a very good option, and thanks for reports on ZS3.

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I'm more than open to suggestions on other models. What I'm looking for is:

Very good image quality (outdoors and indoors)
Good flash
Reasonable size
Rechargable battery
Optical zoom: at least 8x.
Video (stereo)

thanks so much
all the best
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nachoba-

Yes, I agree the Sony H-20 is a bit larger and it does not have a wide angle. None the less, it does have the best automatic mode and built-in flash in the class.

The Panasonic ZR-1 is pleasantly smaller and more compact with 12mp and 8X optical zoom. It does have both a new processor and an improved IS system. The built-in flash problem remains. You have to either accept a reduced flash range of 6 to 8 feet, or use a rather powerful slave flash like I did with the ZS-1 camera.

Have a great day.

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