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Old Jan 25, 2010, 4:16 PM   #1
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Greetings to everyone here. I am new to the forum.

I am have been on the look out for a camera lately and have been reading a lot of reviews (my eyes are starting to go cross ways). I'd like something that is relatively straight forward to use, at least 10x optical zoom, something that functions well in automatic but also has a good amount of manual setting to play with and grow into. Indoor photos are something that really frustrate me so something that does well in lower lighting conditions would really make me a happy snapper!

With the 10x zoom it seems to narrow the list of cameras down quite a bit but the models that I have seen rated best consistently are the Canon PowerShot SX200 IS, Sony Cyber Shot DSC H-20, Canon SX120 IS, and Panasonic Lumix ZS3 and ZS1. There maybe more out there that I haven't come across too so any advice on models other than these is definitely welcome.

As far as price goes, under $300 would be ideal.

Thanks in advance.
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Old Jan 25, 2010, 4:58 PM   #2
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If you are concerned for indoor shots. i would have a serious look at the Sony, as its flash is easily the best of the bunch, works well in automatic, and takes good hd video with zoom. the only detractor is the lack of a wide-angle lens, which may or may not be a problem depending on your other photographic interests.
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Outdoor photography is a definite interest but most of what I do is more subject based, focusing on certain aspects of the general scenery not so much the wide open spaces of landscapes (hence the reason I want plenty of zoom room..excuse the rhyme), so yes that probably wouldn't be missed too much. Alas there is no perfect camera...well not in my price range anyway.
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Old Jan 25, 2010, 6:23 PM   #4
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well the sony would be an excellent choice then.
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Old Jan 29, 2010, 12:24 PM   #5
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Thanks for the advice I think that is what I think what I am going to go with. I have read more reviews and it doesn't look like too many people have too much bad to say about this model.

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Virginia-

I own the Sony H-20 myself and I think it is a real performer. Congratulations on your choice, I know you will enjoy the H-20.

Have a great day.

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