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Old May 27, 2010, 10:59 AM   #1
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Hello All,

I've been reading this forum and I'm looking to upgrade my camera. I'm looking for a camera that takes good day and night pictures with a nice digital zoom, but compact.

I've been looking an Coolpix S8000, but I'm not sure what else is out there.

My old camera is sony syber shot with Carol Zeits lenz, but it's old and doesn't take good night pictures. Any other camera suggestions? My budget is about $300.

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Old May 27, 2010, 11:59 AM   #2
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Based on user reviews and professional reviews, the Nikon S-8000 is not a particularly a good choice due to its less than average image quality. The Panasonic ZS3, ZS5, and ZS7 would better serve your needs. They have received very good user and professional reviews.

If you reside in the USA, Costco is also selling the Panasonic ZS6, which is essentially a ZS7 without the GPS feature, a different LCD resolution, and a non AVCHD video format.

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Old May 27, 2010, 12:27 PM   #3
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Thank you very much!
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You will however need a tripod (or a wall, car roof, etc) to take decent night landscapes with the ZS7.

The Canon S90 and Panasonic LX3 are better options for night photos due to their much larger sensors, but they lack the optical zoom of the ZS7. Unfortunately, the only cam in existence with a 10x+ optical zoom and decent sized sensor that will fit in your pocket is a the Fuji 70EXR. It is essentially a 5MP cam and I don't like to recommend it due to all the fiddling required to take good pics.
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Right on target there, Five-O, with your answer-

The only other possibility might be the new Samsung EX-1. However, I have not seen a professional review on it yet.

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I'm in USA, thanks for all the info. I don't take many night time pictures, but sometimes I do, when traveling to other cities or countries.
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Have you heard anything about Samsung HZ30W? I was reading up on it and it has a nice lenz Schneider-Kreuznach, but the reviews I'm reading are a bit confusing..
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Have you heard anything about Samsung HZ30W? I was reading up on it and it has a nice lenz Schneider-Kreuznach, but the reviews I'm reading are a bit confusing..
I tested the HZ35W in the store. My main gripe was that it felt huge. I am not sure how much bigger it is than the ZS7 but it felt massive. My 2nd complaint is that the purple fringing is severe. My old Canon SD870 had some PF also but not anywhere near this degree. Aside from that the IQ was ok, but I still felt the ZS7 and HX5V were better.
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Juls-

I tried the Samsung HZ30W but was unimpressed, and returned it. Image quality was below par, purple fringing was very common, and it is a big camera. It was a camera that looked very good as you read the specifications sheet. However, the reality was a good deal different. It just did not work for me, and I have owned lots of digital cameras, over 110 currently and I have plenty to compare the HZ30W to in terms of every day performance.

The Panasonic ZS3, ZS5, and ZS7 are all clearly better, trailed by the Sony HX-5.

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My old camera is sony syber shot with Carol Zeits lenz, ...
You mean Carl Zeiss, right?!?

Anyway, I'll be posting my 2c on the Pana ZS3 probably tonight. You might want to check it out...it ain't pretty I can tell you that!
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