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Old May 5, 2010, 11:34 PM   #1
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we want to get my son (he's a grown-up) a camera, but he's determined it not cost over $300 - he'd prefer less, but that doesn't seem likely. here's what he'd like other than price:

more zoom than 4x
good image quality (particularly less noise)
manual controls
video would be nice
as good a burst mode as possible in this price range.

any suggestions? i wanted to get him a g1 or e-pl1, but he very firmly said he didn't want an "expensive camera".
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Old May 5, 2010, 11:56 PM   #2
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Most the megazooms have manual control, but they are all over 300 dollars. Even the pocket camera with manual control are over 300 dollars like the zs7 and s90.

The epl-1 is a camera that will grow with him, good video, 3 fps, for about 6-8 sec before buffer lag hits the class 6 chip. But it is an expensive camera at 544 dollars on amazon.
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FZ35 is in the mid 300 range, and will meet most the requirements.
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Here is a compromise. How about the SD-980, 12mp 5X optical zoom with a nice 24mm wide angle lens position.

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thanks - will check them out
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I did not remember the sd980 having manual controls when I was trying to decide between the Rollei Flexline and the SD980. But that was back in Nov, I might have over looked it.
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My suggestion, the SD-980 only has minimal controls. The Panasonic ZS7 with a 25mm lens and good HD video, all in a small package is just over the $340.00 mark but it does have GPS and full manual controls.

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