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Old Feb 14, 2010, 11:27 PM   #1
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I am considering buying a Canon SX120 IS. But "What should I buy?"

is there a camera that is similar or better to this camera?

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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Old Feb 15, 2010, 11:22 AM   #2
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Marco-

Yes, there are camera that are similar and better, providing you are willing to spent a little more money, as you have probably seen me post elsewher this (15Feb) morning.

The real issue we have to know a number of factors:


How much you re willing to spend?

How important is camera size? Must the camera be pocket-able?

How important is having a wide angle?

How important is battery type?

How important is shot to shot time?

Are you going to shoot all the time in automatic?

What percentage of your photos will be indoors?

Are you willing to use flash for indoor photos?

Are you going to be making large (greater than 11" X 14") prints?

How often are you going to be taking sports photos?

Are school plays, music recitals, and indoor e vents where flash might be out of the question, on your priority list?

Do you just want to record an event, or are you desiring to learn more about photography?

Marco, suggesting a camera is like fitting clothes, we have to know something about the user and the user's goals.

Have a great day.

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Old Feb 15, 2010, 9:05 PM   #3
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youre absolutely right. re reading my post, i can see i was too vague.

i currently have a Canon S5IS. Which is OK, but its size is what keeps me from taking it with me.

Price - doesn't matter (<1000 anyway)
size - critical (i appreciate the SX120's size. not too small, but no bulky lens on the front(how dare a camera have a lens!))

image quality - critical. i must have great image quality
easy to snap a picture - i appreciate having the ability to turn everything to auto and just snap away. but i need manual control as well.

so basically what I'm after is the smallest camera that takes a great large picture.

thanks everyone,
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Old Feb 15, 2010, 9:29 PM   #4
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You may have a look at Canon's newest offering, the SX210IS
http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/co...&modelid=20014
or their previous model SX200IS
http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/co...&modelid=18329

both of these cameras are smaller than the sx120IS if size is a critical factor, as well as offering more zoom range (14x and 12x respectively) compared to the Sx120 (10x). they also start at a wide-angle 28mm versus the rather narrow 36mm on the sx120.

but all 3 are great cams, just pick the one that appeals most to you.
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Marco -

Other camera within the compact zoom category are the Sony HX-5 and the Panasonic ZS-7 which will be replacing the existing, very successful ZS-3 model in the Panasonic line. Check the cameras out.

We are always here and happy to answer your questions. Have a great day.

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Default Is it worth waiting for the SX210?

Would it be worthwile waiting for the 210? Or just going with the 200? I'm also debating about the SX120. Thanks!
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akmontgomery-

If you do not need a wide angle position on the camera's zoom range, nor HD video, then the Canon Sx-120, now priced around $199, represents a real value.

The Canon SX-200 is now priced at $299, it does have HD video, but you cannot zoom while filming. The other issue that is bothersome to some folks, is that the SX-200's built-in flash pops up whenever the SX-200 is powered on whether you need the flash or not.

The Canon SX-210 addressed the issues found on the SX-200 and when it arrives on dealer shelves, will have a way to manually stow the popped-up built-in flash up, you will be able to zoom while filming the HD video. In addition, the SX-210 has been increased from the 12mp found on the SX-200 and increased to 14mp on the SX-210. The optical zoom has been increased from 12X to 14X on the SX-210 camera. However you will find the price has increased to around $350, as well.

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