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Old May 7, 2010, 9:00 PM   #1
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I'm going to college soon and I want to buy a good P&S that'll hopefully last me through the college years. Here's some of the things that I'm looking for in my camera:

1. Great image quality. I want photos that don't have a lot of noise in them.
2. 8x+ optical zoom and I want to be able to take relatively clear photos while using zoom.
3. Good auto mode, but still has some manual controls like shutter speed, etc.
4. 8MP+
5. Optical stabilization
6. Decent video. preferably HD, but it doesn't really matter.
7. I don't really care about the size as long as I can easily put it in my bag.
8. Not terrible battery life.
9. Not terribly slow.
10. Less than $250.

I've been looking through Amazon and here are some cameras that seem to match what I'm looking for:

Kodak EasyShare Z915 (Red)(no hd video)
Canon PowerShot SX120IS (Black)(no hd video)
Samsung HZ15W (Black)*
Kodak EasyShare Z950 (Black)
Olympus Stylus 9000 (no hd video)
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55

I also looked at the Panasonic ZR1 and ZS1, but it bugs me that there are little manual controls. Still, if there's really nothing else, I'll probably go with one of those, since they seem to get pretty good reviews.

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Old May 7, 2010, 9:40 PM   #2
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From your list only the Canon SX-120 ($199) is worth considering. Add to that the Panasonic ZR1($185) and ZS1 ($179) and you have the 3 best choices in your price range.

The only draw back on the SX120 is the lack of a wide angle, and the standard video. The Panasonic ZR1 has upgraded OIS and a new immager, those same two elements are used in the much more expensive ZS7 camera. The ZS1 is the ZS3 model with a standard video feature.

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Old May 7, 2010, 11:09 PM   #3
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Thanks for your reply! Right now, I considering the ZR1, but is there no other camera that is similar to the ZR1 but with more manual control,even if it's over 250? The ZR1 is almost exactly what I'm looking for, but I do wish to have more manual control.
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Yes, the ZS6 (available at Costco it is the ZS7 without GPS, price: $270) and the ZS7 ($355) have manual controls. But that is a lot more to pay for manual controls.

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