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Old Feb 5, 2010, 10:06 PM   #1
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Default Sony H20, Canon G11, or Fuji F200EXR - which to choose

Hi - I want to know which of these 3 cameras would have the most versatility in the auto mode/s. I know they all have different strengths and weaknesses probably. I heard the Fuji Fine Pix F200 EXR is good in indoor light. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC H20 - has good zoom and photo and burst shots but narrower lens. And the Canon G11 - I heard is a good overall camera.
I'm looking for a camera that will be the most versatile in the auto setting mode for a wide variety of indoor low light and outdoor scenes/vistas/and the light and shadow of nature shots - and also people indoor and outdoor.
My former 35 mm Pentax IQzoom928 film camera took great pics for me around the world - Italian Alps (cold weather), Peruvian Amazon (humidity), deserts of the middle east - as well as great foliage and people shots in other tropical locations - but also took great indoor - medium and very low light shots for family group pics and holiday funtions etc. etc.
I've narrowed my choices to the 3 cameras mentioned above- and need advice as to which would be the most versatile and user friendly camera - to take a wide variety of photos - mostly on the auto setting/s - so I don't have to worry about missing pictures that I may only have one chance at.
Again, any help would be so greatly appreciated - and thank you in advance. (Also - if someone has any other camera recommendations I'm open to that as well)
Money is not the most important issue - quality of picture is - and ease of use without fiddling with a bunch of manual settings - unless I might want to later. The scene modes on my old film camera served me well.
Thank you so much in advance..........
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Old Feb 5, 2010, 10:16 PM   #2
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Does HD matter much to you.

With the G11, you can get add on lens and adapter, letting you add a wide angle lens, a macro lens or a TC for more range. And if traveling is a concern the G11 is very compact. I looked at this camera quite a bit, but I think I will opt for a new oly EPL-1 as it gives me more option coming form a dslr background. The G11 seem to be a very nice set up in the point and shoot/bridge camera market.

But the DCS H20 and F200 are also very good cameras, but I have not play with them as much as the G11.
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Thank you - I'm not as worried about HD - I plan on getting a dig. camdorder later - as long as I have a decent video to get something quick if I want. I'll check out the olympus you mentioned. Thank you!
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AlohaKid-

Welcome to the Forum. We're pleased that you dropped by.

Of the cameras selected, that is able to the most versatile, like your older Pentax, would be the Canon G-11. It has reasonable zoom, an excellent low light shooting capability, a great automatic mode, and a very useful hot shoe, all in a very compact and convenient package.

The Sony H-20 has multiple virtues, it is the best camera in its class for its automatic mode, it does HD video and you can zoom while filming. The H-20 also has the best built-in flash unit in the class. Its somewhat slower lens makes the H-20 less capable for low light level shooting.

The Fuji F-20 is a very capable camera that uses Fuji's very unique EXR system, that has a real learning curve to it. The camera is not operating at it best in the automatic mode, and require multiple manual adjustments to get the most from the EXR system.

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the G11 will be your best bet for non-flash low-light pictures, and gives you good landscape pictures with its decently wide-angle lens. the flash is pretty darn good on it too and can take any of canon's external flash. probably the most versatile camera of those 3 mentioned.

if you need a longer zoom, the H20 is a great camera. and for indoors shots with flash, it offers one of the best flash ranges of any smaller digicam. but the lack of wide-angle lens hurts its use for landscapes, scenes.

they both do great in auto-mode, while the EXR system from Fuji can be a bit frustrating in auto-mode. the f200 a bit less so, but still to get the best out of it, you would not want to shoot in auto.
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lol Sarah, we typed up pretty much the same thing at the same time.
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Dustin-

I guess we were thinking along the same lines of thought.

Have a great weekend.

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What a quick reply from both of you - and it is nice to get a similar recommendation fro you both - along with the why's. I was concerned about the Fuji - thank you. I do like elements of the Sony cybershot - but I needed to hear that about all 3 camera's - I was leaning toward the G11 - but just wasn't sure - now you two made my decision easier - thank you soooo much - and I can't believe how quickly you answered - ty ty ty! Greg
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The oly has 720 HD, and if imagine quality is your biggest concern. The M4/3 format of the oly will out perform the canon in every environment due to the way larger sensor size. And you can shoot in full auto.
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Thank you shoturtle - I'll check the Olympus out right now -
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