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Old Feb 20, 2010, 8:39 PM   #1
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If you could pick only one camera as your every day camera for kids, holidays, vacation and everything else, what would it be? I never should have started researching for a new camera, as there are now way to many choices and I have to make sure I get 'the best' one!
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If you could pick only one camera as your every day camera for kids, holidays, vacation and everything else, what would it be? I never should have started researching for a new camera, as there are now way to many choices and I have to make sure I get 'the best' one!
If I could only own "one" camera, hands down, Sigma DP2...

(Thank you Lord for allowing me to own a number of cameras! )

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Non-DSLR please!! I forgot to mention that!
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If your budget is from less than $(US) 200.00 to $(US) 250.00 here is the field:

In the under $(US)200.00 market niche there are few cameras:

Kodak C-180:Powered by 2 AA batteries, this 3X optical zoom only has fair to good outdoor image quality. Indoor image quality suffers to a certain degree due to a weaker built-in flash unit. No wide angle and the C-180 takes standard video. Price around $(US) 70.00.

Canon A-2000
:Powered by 2 AA batteries, this 10mp camera offers 6X optical zoom. The camera is capable of very good in door and outdoor images in good light. The A-200 has a good built-in flash unit. The A-2000 does not have a wide angle position on its zoom range. It also has a standard video. Selling price around $(US) 160.00.

Canon SX-120: Powered by 2 AA batteries, this 10mp camera offers 10X optical zoom. The camera is capable of very good image quality indoors and outdoors, having a good built-in flash unit. The SX-120 does not have a wide angle position on its zoom range, and the SX-120 shoots standard video. Selling price around $(US) 199.00

Samsung SL-420:Powered by a proprietary lithium ion battery, this camera 12 mp camera offers 5X optical zoom. The SL-420 is capable of fair to good image quality indoors and outdoors, but the built-in flash unit is only average. The Sl-420 does not have a wide angle position in it zoom range, and shoots standard video. Price around $(US)110.00.

Sony H-20: Powered by a lithium ion battery, this 8 mp camera offers 10X optical zoom. The H-20 is capable of very good indoor and outdoor image quality. The H-20 has the best automatic mode and the best built-in flash unit in the compact zoom class. The H-20 does not have a wide angle position on its zoom range, and it does shoot HD video, and you can zoom while filming. Price around $(US) 240.00.

Panasonic ZS-1:Powered by a lithium ion proprietary battery, this camera offers 12X optical zoom with an excellent 25mm wide angle lens. The ZS-1 is capable of excellent outdoor image quality. The indoor image quality of the ZS-1 camera is only fair due to the camera's very tiny and weak built-in flash unit. To bring that indoor image quality back to a good level, an an appropriately powerful accessory slave flash unit would be required which would add expense. The camera has a standard video and you can zoom while filming. Price around $(US) 210.00.

Panasonic ZS-3:Powered by a lithium ion proprietary battery, this camera offers 12X optical zoom with an excellent 25mm wide angle lens. The ZS-3 is capable of excellent outdoor image quality. The indoor image quality of the ZS-1 camera is only fair due to the camera's very tiny and weak built-in flash unit. To bring that indoor image quality back to a good level, an an appropriately powerful accessory slave flash unit would be required which would add expense. The camera takes high rated HD video and you can zoom while filming. Price around $(US) 240.00.

Sony H-55: This newly introduced compact flash camera is scheduled to reach dealer shelves in late April 2010. It is powered by a proprietary lithium ion battery. This 14mp camera has 10X optical zoom. It is expected to have very good outdoor image quality and good indoor image quality. The camera has an excellent 25mm wide angle on it zoom range and an average built-in flash unit. The H-55 will shoot HD video and you will be able to zoom while filming. Price around $(US) 250.00.

Of that group here the order of choice, at least for me:

1. Canon SX-120

2. Canon A-2000

3. Sony H-55


4. Sony H-20

Have a good weekend.

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if i were to choose a non-dslr (and not going with technicalities with mirrorless options) i personally would choose the canon s90.

but then again, i know not your budget, priorities, etc.
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The Canon SX-120 was my #1 choice. Of course, if budget allowed, the S-90 is the ultimate choice.

Have a great day.

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Hards and Sarah,

you have both put a smile on my face this morning by validating my choice. Now all I need to do is bring my skills up to the level of the camera .

Seriously though, this is a difficult question, especially without a budget, set of priorities, etc., as Hards noted. As someone who has gotten lost in the forest of endless camera choices and specifications recently, its helpful to remember that there really are few poor choices today. (probably not a very helpful response, I know. FWIW, I opted for the S90 initially).

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If you could pick only one camera as your every day camera for kids, holidays, vacation and everything else, what would it be? I never should have started researching for a new camera, as there are now way to many choices and I have to make sure I get 'the best' one!
I recently posted here my frustrating experience with three different cameras as my son and I went to the snow country for some skiing. I currently have 5-6 cameras, ranging from the bulky, heavy but awesome Sony R1 to a 18x Pana FZ28 to a couple of micro 4/3 (G1 & EP1). I took three of them with me (FZ28, G1 and EP1 with various lenses) and still felt I did not have the appropriate photographic equipment for the conditions. So, what I'm saying is that IMO there no single camera that will fulfill ALL of your needs (despite being P&S or DSLR). Some will have fast lens (LX3, S90) but no or limited zoom. Others have the reach but poor handling of indoor conditions. Some are better on both departments but bulkier, etc., etc., etc. Although I hate to tell people not to focus so much on the budget, I do believe that the $100-$150 more one may pay for the "closer to ideal" camera is well worth it in the long run. The extra cash spent may take a few more monthly payments to be paid off but it may very well extend the life of your equipment by a good couple of years. You compromise based on your budget and before you know it you'll feel your camera is not performing as you wished. So, my suggestion is not to buy any budget models unless you're getting a great deal on a good discontinued model. Prioritize or photographic needs and this is not to difficult to accomplish. I usually break it down into three areas: indoor vs. outdoor, action vs. still and wide vs. zoom. Anything else will not have a great effect on the results. Within each of these three areas, pick one and then prioritize the three picked choices in order of importance to you. Once you are done with this exercise, you should be close to choosing your "ideal" camera. Then you might look at prices.
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Prioritize or photographic needs and this is not to difficult to accomplish. I usually break it down into three areas: indoor vs. outdoor, action vs. still and wide vs. zoom. Anything else will not have a great effect on the results. Within each of these three areas, pick one and then prioritize the three picked choices in order of importance to you. Once you are done with this exercise, you should be close to choosing your "ideal" camera. Then you might look at prices.
Tullio, this is very helpful. I might add size/weight to this analysis. As you pointed out in your post about the ski trip, the FZ28 met all of your photographic priorities but was a bit too large for you given the activity.
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For a non-DSLR, I would encourage you to consider
FUJI FinePix F70EXR
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