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Old Jan 22, 2010, 3:09 PM   #1
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Looking at a camera for a friend of mine and having a hard time which one to go with. They currently have an old, simple Casio so anything would be an improvement. I am considering:

- Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1
- Canon A3100IS
- Canon SD780IS
- Canon A1100IS
- Canon SD1200IS
- Canon A2000IS
- Fuji F70 EXR

They tend to travel occasionally so the long zoom on the ZS1 or F70 may prove to be very helpful. Kind of concerned if the 3x on the SD1200 may be too little zoom. Looking for something in the $150-$200 price range.
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The ZS1 is a good choice for a travel camera, it has a nice lens with wide-angle capabilities. But struggles a little bit indoors.

The F70EXR is a complicated camera to set-up and use properly, i would not recommend this for a non-camera-oriented person.

The SX120IS is a good camera as well, but lacks a true wide-angle lens, if they do any type of city or landscape when traveling, this could be a problem. Same with the rest of the Canon' mentioned, they lack a true wide-angle and also lack the longer zoom as well.
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So your suggestion would be the ZS1 then from the ones I mentioned?


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The ZS1 is a good choice for a travel camera, it has a nice lens with wide-angle capabilities. But struggles a little bit indoors.

The F70EXR is a complicated camera to set-up and use properly, i would not recommend this for a non-camera-oriented person.

The SX120IS is a good camera as well, but lacks a true wide-angle lens, if they do any type of city or landscape when traveling, this could be a problem. Same with the rest of the Canon' mentioned, they lack a true wide-angle and also lack the longer zoom as well.
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for an easy to use, versatile travel camera, yes, the ZS1 would be my pick.
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The Canon A-2000 with 10mp and 6X optical zoom at $159 is also a good choice.

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I was thinking the same thing, but concerned about the DIGIC III Image Processor. Where is the listing for $159? Is this camera being phased out of Canon's line up? Would it be a better "all around" camera compared to the ZS1/ZS3? Better than the SD1200IS?
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the A2000is is showing its age, but is still a pretty good economical camera. it would be more versatile than the sd1200is due to the 6x zoom vs the smallish 3x zoom on the sd1200.

the main limitation on both is the lack of a wide-angle lens. this is a problem only if they will be doing any landscape/cityscape type shots. if they are just gonna shoot some snapshots of ppl and places, i doubt it matters too much.
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My suggestion of the A-2000 (soon to be replaced by the A-3000) was to save money.

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Thanks for the clarification, however is seems like the A3000IS is kind of a step back with the 6x going to a 4x?


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So between the ZS3 and the A2000IS, your pick would be?

Is the Canon A2100IS still available?


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the A2000is is showing its age, but is still a pretty good economical camera. it would be more versatile than the sd1200is due to the 6x zoom vs the smallish 3x zoom on the sd1200.

the main limitation on both is the lack of a wide-angle lens. this is a problem only if they will be doing any landscape/cityscape type shots. if they are just gonna shoot some snapshots of ppl and places, i doubt it matters too much.

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