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Old Mar 15, 2010, 3:15 PM   #11
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Sorry I've been away from this post for a few days, but I thank you all for weighing in on my question. I really appreciate your advice!

I have finally returned my Canon 960 so I'm now in the process of looking at replacements. I've been to a few of the Big Box stores in town, just getting a feel for what is out there. I am confident that I made the right choice in returning my camera. Compared to the others that I've seen out there, the 960 was just too small to be comfortable. I know it was an ELPH model, but seeing that I tend to keep cameras for a good 5 years at least, I hadn't realized they were getting *THAT* small.

In any case, I'm now in the market for a new camera. I haven't had a chance to find any S90 or G11 to play with yet, but I did get a chance to play with a friend's Sony HX1. I was rather impressed with it. It's much bigger than I'm used to, but it seems like it is so much more of a proper camera than than lower end Powershots that I've used previously. I hadn't considered "megazoom" before as a desired feature, but I think I'd rather have more zoom than megapixels or ultra portability.

I haven't yet read reviews on what people's feelings about the HX-1 and the like, but it's a good starting point for my research. But obviously it has proven that I do want a camera that is just a bit more than your lower end point-and-shoot. I'm not wowed by microsize and infinitymegapixels. But a nice camera that will last us awhile with technology that won't be obsolete in 3 months, let me take some memories from our time abroad, as well as shoot some video and clear pics of our toddler to share with the grandparents are what I really want.

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Old Mar 15, 2010, 9:02 PM   #12
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Thanks for your post The Sony HX-1 is a very capable camera. I believe it is better suited to your needs. I has many unique features such as the Twilight Mode and the Sweep Panorama and its HD video. So I urge you to do some more research on the HX-1.

I shoot with a HX-1 camera. The attached photo was taken without flash, handheld in very poor lighting conditions. I used the Twilight Mode and the HX1 used an ISO setting of ISO 1250. To get the most from the HX1, you may have to sharpen your photo skills.

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Here is a 100% crop of the above image.

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Just a quick follow-up because I know the suspense had to have been killing you ( or not...) but I finally made a decision and a purchase. After visiting 3 camera shops in town and getting tons of advice locally and online (thanks again, guys!!) I'm now the new owner of an FZ35. Similarly I have also signed myself up for a local photography class so that I can learn to use the camera to its full potential
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Congratulations, SpicyBee-

You have made two very important steps:

(1) You have made your decision and purchased the camera.

(2) You have signed up for a local photography class so you can learn to get the most out of your new Panasonic FZ-35.

That is great.

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Just a quick follow-up because I know the suspense had to have been killing you ( or not...) but I finally made a decision and a purchase. After visiting 3 camera shops in town and getting tons of advice locally and online (thanks again, guys!!) I'm now the new owner of an FZ35. Similarly I have also signed myself up for a local photography class so that I can learn to use the camera to its full potential
Wow, that's a heck of a jump from the ELPH! Good choice though.
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Old Mar 26, 2010, 9:37 AM   #17
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What had actually surprised me through this whole selection and decision process is that I am much more interested in photography than I thought. So to me it's worth the time to learn how to properly use a camera. I'm willing to put in the time because it's something I think I will genuinely enjoy. The Canon Powershots served me well in the past, but I'm ready for something bigger.

I think the photographic enthusiasm on these boards much be contagious!
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