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Old Apr 12, 2010, 12:36 PM   #1
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Default Going to Hawaii, SFO.. what camera to buy?

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I am looking for a good inexpensive camera to buy. I am going to Hawaii, Vegas so I am assuming some coastal pictures, night time shots, helicopter rides and hot air ballon rides.

My pre-requisites:
Good Long distance shooting
Good night vision mode
Good black and white mode
Good battery life
Price range <250 bucks

I am not a photographer. Just good quality family pictures to remember. Please suggest me a good camera.
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Old Apr 12, 2010, 1:31 PM   #2
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Please tell us your budget???

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Please tell us your budget???

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His price range is <250 bucks
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Old Apr 12, 2010, 3:21 PM   #4
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Based on a $250 budget

#1 Sony H-20: 10X optical zoom (38 to 380mm), the best automatic mode and the best built-in flash unit in the compact zoom class. Price around $240.

#2 Panasonic ZR1: 8X optical zoom (25 to 200mm) standard video, great outdoor photos, but you will need an accessory Slave Flash to bring the indoor image quality back to normal. Price $170.00 at Costco.

#3 Canon SX-120: around $199. !0X optical zoom but no wide angle. The Sx-120 operates on AA batteries, and produces standard video.

The under $250 market does not have many good choices.

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Old Apr 12, 2010, 5:35 PM   #5
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And a couple of these for $6.95. Enhances the Hawaii memories.
http://www.adorama.com/FJQSW.html

Waterproof to 17 feet. I think Kodak's may go a little deeper. While I sayed at one of only two hotels along the North Shore, rather than the tourist central Waikiki, there was a little reef along the swimming area. Worked great!

EDIT: Just noticed on Amazon that there are 2 different classes of the waterproof disposable cameras. The $7 ones by Kodak and Fuji are rated to 17 feet. However, they make some in the $11 range, like the Kodak Max, that are rated 35 (Fuji) and 50 (Kodak) feet.

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Thank you guys. I also looked couple of other cameras:

Canon PowerShot SX120IS 10MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical for 200 bucks
Recertified: FUJIFILM FINEPIX S1500 Black 10.0 MP 2.7" 230K LCD 12X Optical Zoom SLR-Style Digital Camera for 120 bucks
Nikon COOLPIX L110 Black 12.1 MP 3.0" 460K Anti-reflection Coating LCD 15X Optical Zoom 28mm Wide Angle Digital Camera for 250 bucks

Which one is a sweet deal? I don't want any of these of eat up by batteries but give nice optical zoom, sweet night and black wide mode.
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Where have you been for 4 days??

Among the cameras you mention, only the Canon SX-120 is worth serious consideration. The S-1500 and L-110 have much LESS image quality.

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hey thanks...
i am getting Fuji S1500 recertified for 120 bucks and Canon SX120 for 200 bucks. Is there such a big difference between their picture quality?
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Yes, there is a substantial difference in image quality between the Fuji S1500 and the Canon SX-120.

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