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Old Apr 30, 2010, 9:12 AM   #1
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Hello, from the Netherlands!

I am currently looking for a good high zoom pocket camera because I am going to visit New York for 9 days next week! I have the following criteria:

- Budget is +/- 200€ (around 280 dollars)
- at least 7x optical zoom
- image stabilizer
- at least 10 megapixels (which is pretty standard nowadays)
- Good night pictures. I assume that I will also be making alot of night/evening pictures and pictures when I am going out. I want these pictures to be good lightened.
- if possible HD video

Is there someone who knows the best camera with the above criteria. I noticed hundreds of cameras but really don't know what to choose anymore. In Dutch we would say a proverb: "Ik kan door de bomen het bos niet meer zien". Which is litterally translated like: "I can't see the forest anymore between the trees".

So I hope that you 'experts' can help me out!

Thank you

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Old Apr 30, 2010, 10:53 AM   #2
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Welcome to the Forum. We're delighted that you dropped by.

How about the Canon SX-120 camera with 10X optical zoom. It is a compact travel camera that sells here in the USA for $(US)199.00, or the Panasonic ZS1 with 12x optical zoom and a nice wide angle lens position as well, which sells here in the USA for $(US) 180.00. Either would serve you well and give you the option of shooting video also.

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Panasonic ZS3 Ebay $241.99 30 dAY FREE RETURNS...Free Shipping...not bad
http://cgi.ebay.com/Panasonic-Lumix-...item563bf68228
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I have had dealings with the Gazzelle-Store and they are very good. However, that listing is on the E-Bay USA listings and I don't think that there would be enough time to get the camera to you prior to your trip to New York, next week.

However, that does not preclude you looking for a used or new Panasonic ZS3 in Holland that would be available much quicker.

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Old May 1, 2010, 6:41 AM   #5
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Hello, from the Netherlands!

I am currently looking for a good high zoom pocket camera because I am going to visit New York for 9 days next week! I have the following criteria:

- Budget is +/- 200€ (around 280 dollars)
- at least 7x optical zoom
- image stabilizer
- at least 10 megapixels (which is pretty standard nowadays)
The Panasonic DMC-TZ7 (ZS3 in USA) is outstandingly good.
http://www.steves-digicams.com/camer...s3-review.html

It is slightly above your budget unless you buy a refurb.

Fujifilm also make some nice compact cameras. This one looks impressive and it falls within your budget.
http://www.steves-digicams.com/camer...xr-review.html

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Old May 1, 2010, 7:45 AM   #6
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Hi all,

Thanks for the help so far.

Funny that the cameras you are mentioning are types which I also found.
The following types I have found now:

- Fujifilm finepix JZ500
- Nikon Coolpix S8000
- Fujifilm finepix F70EXR
- Samsung WB-550
- Casio Exilim Hizoom EX-H10
- Panasonic DMC-TZ7
- Canon Powershot SX200-IS

I think my choice will be between the above cameras.

Looking at my criteria (it is also important that night-pictures are good) what would be the best choice?
I read good things about all of them.
My feelings are saying, or the Coolpix S8000, Panasonic DMC-TZ7 or the Powershot SX200-IS.

Who can help me with the final choice
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My top choices out of those would be:

1. Panasonic DMC-TZ7
2. Powershot SX200-IS
3. Fujifilm finepix F70EXR
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Old May 1, 2010, 11:26 AM   #8
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In my opinion the choice would be between the TZ7 and the SX-200, the S8000 has not received good reviews for the 3 second delay from power on to be ready to take a photo and for its only, fair image quality. I eliminated the Fuji F-70EXR because it require many small manual adjustments to get the best image quality, which only rates as average.

The TZ-7 and SX-200 are not totally perfect either. The TZ7 has very good image quality, has a 460K pixel LCD, and can do HD video and allows zooming while filming, but it has a somewhat weaker built-in flash unit.

The SX-200 has very good image quality, and an average built-in flash unit, but it has a pop-up flash that pop-up any time the SX-200 is powered on, whether it is needed or not and it cannot zoom while filming HD video.

By default, that leaves the TZ-7 as the better camera, but the margin is not huge. And yes, when balanced on a ledge or a window frame to act as a make-do or improvise tripod, the TZ-7 can do nice night time shots.

Sarah Joyce

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