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Old Jul 29, 2010, 10:29 AM   #1
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Looking for a good mid-range P&S for typical indoor family photos (like birthdays), outdoor family photos (like sliding down slides), and vacations (like zoos and disneyland).

Don't need a lot of manual adjustments, as probably won't have the time or energy to learn how to use all of them. As such, probably just need something with a good zoom, good low light IQ, fast AF, and big screen. Touch screen nice, but not important. Video recording nice too.

Tend to shy away from Sonys, as they require non-SD media cards.

Any thoughts/suggestions? Price range is $200 to $350, have access to panasonic employee pricing and costco.

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Old Jul 29, 2010, 10:41 AM   #2
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low light and good zoom are mutually exclusive with point and shoot camera. If you need a good zoom, you will only get decent iso performance upto 800iso, to increase low light a good flash can help.

The new sony all have gone to sdhc cards with HD video high memory demand.

For good zoom and pocket size the sony hx5v, canon sx210, panasonic zs7 and zs5 are all pretty good. The sony and canon does have a slightly better flash.

For low light, there is only one compact point and shoot, the canon s90 that will perform upto1600 iso. To get the same ability form other camera, you will need to move up to a jacket pocket size camera like the canon g11, Panasonic lx3 and lx5 or the samsung ex1. But they all have short zooms.

The canon sd4000 is not as good as the other low light point and shoot, but does manage to give you a 3.8x zoom vs 2.5 or 3x zoom.

But the sliding down slides, is a tough subject for any point and shoot. The AF systems do not handle action that well. And there is always shutter lag.

So you may want to narrow down what is more important zoom or low light.
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Old Jul 29, 2010, 11:35 AM   #3
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I think you have honestly evaluate how much and how often you will use that "low light capability and image quality." If it is more than 50% of the time then look at the following cameras:

Canon SD-4000
Canon S-90
Canon G-11
Panasonic LX3
Panasonic LX5
Samsuing TL500/EX-1

If you just want a good all around camera that can shoot at ISO settings up to ISO 800, the biggest bang for the buck will be the Kodak Z-950 which is selling for $110.95 at Amazon.

How important is camera size to you? That also plays into you camera selection process. So as you can easily see we are just at the beginning of the camera selection process. We're here to help you and we look forward to more info from you so we can move the selection process along.

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