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Old Jul 2, 2010, 3:08 PM   #1
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Hello. I was wondering if any of you knew about any pocket sized cameras that have decent enough zoom to take decent pictures of scenery while also being able to take pictures of low light scenes(parties and such). I'd like to set the budget at 320 dollars. If you could help me find a camera or at least give me a couple good choices, that would be wonderful. Thank you.
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Welcome to the Forum. We're pleased that you dropped by.

If you are speaking of coat pockets, the cameras that best meets your priorities would be the Canon G-11 or the Olympus EPL-1. But both cameras exceed your proposed budget.

The Canon S-90 is a great pocket size camera, within your budget, but it fails the zoom requirements.

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Old Jul 2, 2010, 8:36 PM   #3
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There's a group review of a dozen current compact travel zooms available here: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/Q210grouptravelzoom/ FWIW
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Thanks for the list

It was incredibly helpful.
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Personally? I'd take that group review with a grain of salt. Although the reviews are helpful, I think what they found about each individual models (pros/cons) does not quite match the conclusions. I'd use the review as a guide line and base the decision not necessarily on the final results but on the positives about each model that are important to you.
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My choice is Lumix by Panasonic. I have a ZS1 and it has a Leica lens. It has a 10X optical zoom. Great camera. FYI: my other cameras are Leicas and Nikons and this is my most used everyday camera.
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I too own a ZS1 and it will not do ISO 1600 very well at all. That is why the Canon S-90 was suggested. Have you got any ISO 1600 samples from the ZS1 for us to see, caryl?

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I do not check my iso much but I prefer 100 or 200 so I doubt i would have any as high as you want to see.
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Really... while I'm sure there are folks that shoot that high, for the most part, I'd imagine the majority of folks shoot in the 64 - 400 range. I'm not saying folks don't use the higher ranges. I'm sure they do. But, realistically, 400 and under is where most folks "in the know" stay.
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But The OP was looking for a "low light capability." The point I was making is that the ZS series have a hard time above ISO 400, that is why I initially suggested the canon S-90.

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