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Old Jul 22, 2010, 7:31 PM   #11
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both looks promising like the sd4000, but the f2 lens will give the canon a slight lead as they are all 1/2.23 sensor, the 1/3 of a stop will give it an edge.
Good point shoturtle.

The SD4000 has a 3.8x zoom but it starts at F2.0 so it does sacrifice a bit of zoom for the larger starting aperature. But since we're discussing lowlight and not zoom, you are 100% correct.

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Old Jul 22, 2010, 10:41 PM   #12
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I have been thinking this over very carefully. If low light pics were not a priority, which would be the best compact camera under $400??? The more I think about it the more I realize I probably wont be taking many low light pics...I;ve been taking mostly indoor, outdoor pictures...mostly holidays, birthdays, family trips etc.
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If you need zoom more then low light the panasonic ZS7, FZ35 and fuji HS10 and sony HX5V are a good choices. But if you do need better low light, for say dinner parties, and holiday photos. Then you will need to give up on a long zoom. And the cameras that have been mention in prior post would be the better for the indoor and low light environment.
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Old Jul 23, 2010, 1:34 PM   #14
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Without hesitation, I would say that the best under $400 camera is the FZ-35 if you have to have a wide angle. If you do not need a wide angle, it is very hard indeed to best the 10X optical zoom Kodak Z-950 with HD video that is priced at $111.95 at Amazon.

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Without hesitation, I would say that the best under $400 camera is the FZ-35 if you have to have a wide angle. If you do not need a wide angle, it is very hard indeed to best the 10X optical zoom Kodak Z-950 with HD video that is priced at $111.95 at Amazon.

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I never even thought of the Kodak Z950. The price of $111 seems almost too good to be true. I'm going to read/research it now....thanks for the suggestion.

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If you want a good zoom range, at a great price, it looks like a good deal. But just do not expect great low light performance outside the flash range.
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Actually, Shoturtle-

The ISO capability of the Z-950 is not bad. Here is what ISO 1600 looks like. Its no DSLR but for a P+S camera it is not bad.

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To be honest, it is about what I had expected. It is pretty even with other current 1/2.23 sensor with similar aperture. Not as good as 1/1.63 or 1/1.7 sensor.
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