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Old Jun 28, 2010, 3:27 AM   #1
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Hi All,

This is my first post here. Though its my first post i have read many of discussions that happen here and now its time for me to buy a camera and I believe the pros/mates here would be the best to guide me.

I am a newbie in serious photography, my earlier dc was canon powershot A550. Its still not broken :-) , however i think its time for me to migrate to a bit more prof dc. However I do not look forward to getting a DSLR camera at the moment as it would be huge step and a need a very steep learning curve.

I came to know about the bridge cameras then and i believe these would serve my purpose for the time being. I have shortlisted 5 cameras, these are Fuji hs10, Panasonic fz35, Olympus SP 570/600 uz, Canon sx10 is.

Can i please have some comments on these selections based on my intentions below;

* i want to start with some serious photoing, hence needs a camera that would allow me to do manual tweaking (instead of being a slave of the auto mode)(i believe the selected cameras vary in this aspect) that can help me in learning.

* not much a big fan of super zoom, but still want to have decent long zoom (stable)(wanna see how things look zoomed in regards to my old 4x OZ)

* decent photos and videos (having read that the image quality varies with higher ISO and longer zooms, i just hope for normal quality of photos/videos )

* not planning to attempt any impossible photography, just a bit of nature photographs and others (Leaving for Europe in few months for my higher studies, wanna take some good snaps )

apologies if quite a long mail..just wanted to speak out my mind.

expecting guidance,

Thanks in advance,

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Old Jun 28, 2010, 5:26 AM   #2
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looking at what you have written i would look at the canon g11 i think it ticks all your boxes
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Old Jun 28, 2010, 5:41 AM   #3
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thanx wave i wud check the details of cg11
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Welcome to the Forum. We're pleased you dropped by.

The Canon G-11 that wave suggested is an excellent camera, but priced at around $440 with only 5X optical zoom. That may be a factor for you considering your long zoom desires.

The top two camera on your list are the top super zoom cameras: the Fuji HS-10 and the Panasonic FZ-35, both are excellent cameras. the HS-10 is a bit newer, and the FZ-35 is a more user friendly super zoom, that most newbie find it easy to deal with and it included HD video with stereo sound.

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Old Jun 29, 2010, 1:03 AM   #5
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Thnks sarah.
Yes these two are of my top priority too. however iam kind of confused about the mentioned olympus cameras, as these seem to have many features @ less cost. But discussions regarding the quality of pics/videos are not tht encouraging.
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however iam kind of confused about the mentioned olympus cameras, as these seem to have many features @ less cost. But discussions regarding the quality of pics/videos are not tht encouraging.
About a year ago I had bought Olympus SP 570 UZ, in Dubai ... as a gift for my nephew (who lives in India) ... I used it for a friendly football match between Brazil vs England (in Qatar). I'm not an expert photogrpaher but I found the photos to be very "noisy" (both during daytime as well as night) ... I would be very hesitant to recommend SP-570 UZ.
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thnx rienz for ur review from experience...
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I had exactly the same "high noise" experience with the SP-570, and ultimately sold off the camera.

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good zoom 8x and up and good low light ability will require a dslr. And no point and shoot can combine these 2 things currently. If you are willing to give up on one of these 2 items, there are good megazooms like the fz35 and fuji hs10, As mention the G11 is very good for a point and shoot in low light with a 5x zoom, if you can live with 3x the canon s90 is a more compact package.
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thanks shoturtle...but iam looking for a good zoom, but could compromise on the low light factor.
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