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Old Apr 4, 2010, 11:43 AM   #1
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I am stuck. Looking for a compact camera for general use. My husband is the real photographer in the family and has tons of professional Canon gear. My goal is just vacation pics, family pics, etc.

I would like the camera to have a good HD movie option as well. While I have been focusing on the models above, I am open to other suggestions as well. Hoping to stay under $300. Thanks for your help!
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Old Apr 4, 2010, 1:48 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Forum. We're delight that you dropped by.

Among the compact zoom class of cameras my choice was the new Sony HX5 camera. It does very good stills and perhaps of the best of the HD videos with its enhanced Active Steady Shot feature that automatically takes the jerkiness out of your videos.

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Thanks for the advice. My only concern with the Sony is that it does not use an SD card, and we have SO many of them around. But I will take a look at that one. Of those that use SD cards, is there one that you would recommend above others?
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for the under 300 you may want to consider the zs3. Currently it is selling for 230-240. It is a very good point and shoot.

Also the new sony's do take SDHC cards. I do believe the hx5v uses sdhc. But currently it is above your current budget.
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The Sony HX5 is the first Sony Camera to use SD cards, so you have no need to worry about compatibility.

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Thank you all for the advice. I am going to look at the Sony as well as the ZS3. I appreciate your time.
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