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Old Jul 28, 2010, 6:30 AM   #1
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Hi guys. ive only had one old camera before in my life and it was a point and shoot. im interested in learning more about photography but i will prolly stick with auto modes for most of my photos.

my budget is around 200-300 some dollars (US).

some of the things im looking for include:

- easy for a beginner to get around learning to use
- good image quality
- will last long
- good for night photography, for example, things like in these photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewfch/1688409628/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tulakhord/4836618373/in/pool-nocturnes
http://www.flickr.com/photos/expressmonorail/3043760419/


cameras ive kinda looked at so far:
fujifilm finepix s1800 (or it seems to be the s2700 at bestbuy)
panasonic lumix fz35 (there seems to be fz38 too, not sure the difference)
canon powershot sx120is (smaller)

thanks for the help you guys
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Old Jul 28, 2010, 10:35 AM   #2
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cameras ive kinda looked at so far:
fujifilm finepix s1800 (or it seems to be the s2700 at bestbuy)
panasonic lumix fz35 (there seems to be fz38 too, not sure the difference)
canon powershot sx120is (smaller)

thanks for the help you guys
Welcome to the forum.

The FZ35 is very popular with members of this forum.
It is an excellent bridge camera. See the Steve's review
and the Panasonic/Leica forum. Also see the other
'best camera' threads that are running at the moment.

Before you buy, you should be aware that the new
FZ40 was announced a few days ago. If you feel the
need to have the latest & greatest, you might wait
to see some sample photos and reviews of the newer
model.

The other candidate for best bridge camera is the
Fujifilm HS10, although it is over your stated budget.
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Old Jul 28, 2010, 11:55 AM   #3
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mchaw-

Welcome to the Forum. We're pleased that you dropped by.

Your budget poses a bit of a problem. The best camera in the under $200 budget range is:

#1 - Kodak Z-950 -12mp, 10X optical zoom, HD video, a zooming while filming-$110.95 at www.amazon.com.

#2 -Fuji S-2550 - 12mp - 18X optical zoom-video $197.00 at wwwbuydig.com

#3 - Fuji S-2700 - 12mp - 18X optical zoom- video $198.0 at www.bestbuy.com

Above your $200 Budget Limit:

#4 - Panasonic FZ-35 - 12mp -18X optical zoom, HD video, can zoom while filming +stereo sound, $324.00 www.dell.com.

#5 - Fuji HS-10 - 10mp - 30X optical zoom, HD video, $429.00 www.amazon.com

Keep in mind that the camera purchase price is just the beginning: you are going to need memory cards, a case, a for sure a good tripod to take those night photos you desire. That makes the #1 choice, the Kodak Z-950 look pretty good.

The Kodak Z-950 is a very good camera, it can even do high ISO shots. I personally own two of them for family photos.

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Old Jul 28, 2010, 1:09 PM   #4
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thanks for the input you guys

just a few questions, since the fz40 has been announced, would it be a good idea to wait to buy the fz35 later and see if the price has been lowered?

second, how does the sx120is stack up to those cameras you listed sarah? im asking this because ive actually played around with the sx120 so i have a rough idea about what i like and dont like about it. i think i could prolly spend more than 300 if the camera is good enough and will last a long time (3+ years)
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mchaw-

Yes, the FZ-45 has been announced with the expectation that it will be on dealer's shelves by mid October. But compared to the Can SX-120, I would quickly select the FZ-35. Will the FZ-35 come down in price as the new FZ-45 get to the dealer's shelves? Yes, the price probably will come down, but there is no way to predict with any accuracy if the price on the FZ-35 will fall, or by how much it will fall.

At its current price of around $325, the FZ-35 is a good buy and an excellent camera.

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