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Old Jul 26, 2010, 1:37 PM   #1
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Hello folks, I'm new here. I am impressed with the knowledge you folks have around here. I would love some thoughts on my next camera.

I used to shoot a lot of film with my Canon Rebel, but as I got older, I didn't enjoy carrying around the bag with the lenses as much. My past two cameras were just basic point and shoot digital cameras.

Now, I want to get back into playing around with taking pictures more (but, of course, not with actual film). I want a camera able to go on vacation, to sporting events, nature, etc. Ideally, I'd like at least 10 megapixel (I often edit shots and blow up parts, so I want to make sure I have enough definition), an ability to zoom at least to 400mm, I like to play with macro mode, as well as panorama mode. Also, since I like taking action sports shots, no shutter lag is important. I am presuming most cameras around now with these types of features have image stabilization, so I guess that's a given?

My budget is up to $400.00. I am thinking about (and seen some discussed on these boards) Canon SX20 IS and SX210 IS, Panasonic FZ35, Samsung HG35W, Nikon CoolPix P100 and Olympus SP-800 UZ.

I'd appreciate any thoughts you folks have. Also, I saw mention of the SX20 being heavy, but you didn't mention if there were other drawbacks. Thanks again!

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Old Jul 26, 2010, 2:07 PM   #2
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None of the camera listed will be good for sport shooting, the shutter lag and contrast base AF is not fast enough for it.

If you want a really long zoom and good image quality, you may want to look at the fuji HS10. 720mm of zoom. But action is not it's strong suite either.
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Old Jul 26, 2010, 2:36 PM   #3
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None of the camera listed will be good for sport shooting, the shutter lag and contrast base AF is not fast enough for it.

If you want a really long zoom and good image quality, you may want to look at the fuji HS10. 720mm of zoom. But action is not it's strong suite either.
Thanks, Shoturtle! I had not run across the HS10 before. It does look interesting. From your answer, I am assuming one needs DSLR to beat shutter lag enough for good sports shooting?
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That is one of the issue, the other is a contrast base AF system on point and shoots can not keep up with action even without the shutter lag issue.

For action you will need a dslr.
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Old Jul 26, 2010, 2:43 PM   #5
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Ok, thanks much!! I can't see going back to SLR. I am getting lazy in my old age. I think I'll be better off compromising and buying a camera I'll actually use. So, considering the factors I mentioned above, the HS10 would seem like the best fit in your opinion? It looks like the FZ-35 gets love here - other than the obvious extra zoom, is the HS10 preferable to the FZ-35?
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They are both good, but the FZ35 is getting replace, Panasonic just announces the FZ40 and FZ100 to to replace it.
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Have a peek at the images from the H-10 in the Fujifilm. It's an amazing camera.
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