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Old Jul 28, 2010, 7:57 PM   #1
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Hello all and thanks for the invitation!

I am a hobbyist who has never taken a class, never read a book on photography and who loves taking pictures. And I loved my 1987 Canon EOS, may it rest in peace.

I now have a decent Sony P&S which I purchased three years ago in the range of $300. I usually take pictures outdoors, indoors only to commemorate parties. I am satisfied with the picture quality but I'd like more versatility.

Until recently, I thought I'd buy an entry level DSLR. However, a friend turned me on to her sexy ZS7 and I have been reading reviews on it compared to the HX5 and TL350 ever since.

1. Will I be happy operating a (good) P&S compared to a DSLR? Will the P&S meet my need for creativity, e.g., shutter and aperture adjustments, etc? Is a DSLR much easier to make those adjustments on the fly? I backpack and obviously a P&S would be much easier to carry.

2. If my indoor shots are primarily family stuff, will it matter ZS7 vs HX5?

3. I suspect that it's Lexus vs. Infinity when it comes to ZS7 vs. HX5 vs TL350. Am I right?

Thanks for your thoughts. I look forward to your guidance.
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Old Jul 28, 2010, 8:16 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Forum. We're pleased that you dropped by.

While I also shoot with DSLR cameras, I also like P+S cameras a lot as well. The ZS7 does very well indeed with outdoor photos. However, when you take it indoors and have to use the built-in flash, you quickly become aware of the fact that the Panasonic ZS7 has a very short Flash Range. Its just about 6 feet.

That is the issue that makes me shy away from the Panasonic ZS7 when it comes to indoor photos, which are certainly below par, with only just fair image quality.

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Old Jul 28, 2010, 9:18 PM   #3
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If image quality is important and longer indoor distance shots are in your future, I would look for an entry level DSLR that controls noise up to at least ISO 1600. I am biased toward the Sony brand in this case.
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If you have any lenses from your old eos, they will work on a canon dslr.

But if you shoot in low light, or action. You will be better off with a dslr. As the point and shoot cameras all have shutter lag with their AF system. And most point and shoot are not good pass 800iso, which is the same as 800asa.
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K9xox, as a lover of dog(s), I find myself shooting my dog a lot, as well as an almost two-year old granddaughter, both of which have the propensity to move quickly and change directions without notice. Even a "cheap" DSLR will run circles around a P&S when shooting action. Not to mention depth of field capabilities -oh I did mention that! Just my .02. Thank you...
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P&S are easy to carry easy to use and in the right conditions they do a good job.
DSLR is more bulky to carry around but it will out perform a P&S. I have kept my canon A640 as I can still see times when all want is to take a small camera with me, so maybe the answer you need is keep the sony and get a DSLR. I am off to Florida next month so I will see what it is like to carry a 550d around the parks all day
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Old Jul 29, 2010, 10:58 AM   #7
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Thanks all.
I was hoping for a "I'm sure you'll be happy with a P&S" and it's just not that simple!!

I appreciate the input and look forward to learning from ya'll.
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Just one word to the wise -- if you decide to get a dSLR because of its good performance in low light, get a good lens. A dSLR with a kit lens that tops out a f/4 to 5.6 is not a lot better than a bright P&S. Get a good prime that will go brighter than f/2 as the lens you default to indoors. There are lots of good prime lenses in the "standard focal length" range for any manufacturer's dSLRs, and they are mostly quite reasonably priced.
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As you can already see. A lot of us shoot with either a P+S or a DSLR as the situation demands. Each has it own purpose and use.

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