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Old Sep 30, 2010, 5:36 PM   #1
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Hello, I'm hoping you can advise me what I should get.

I need a camera that isn't too heavy which I can take on vacations, has good zoom (more than 10x if possible) and very good low light capability so I can take shots at night if I'm in a dim lit place like a bar or a club or outdoors.

I was looking at the Canon S-95 and G-11 but they only have 5x zoom. The Lumix ZS-7 looks good but I'm not sure about low light quality. The FZ-100 was even more appealing but I'm not sure and would like a second opinion.

Basically what I need in priority list is:
1. Beautiful image quality
2. Good zoom for daytime
3. Good low light capability for night time
4. Not too heavy.
5. Swivel LCD if possible so I can see if me and my friends are in the picture if possible.

My budget is about $450 US.

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Old Sep 30, 2010, 5:59 PM   #2
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Consider the following,
Canon SX30is(swivel lcd),SD4500is & SX130is,
Nikon P7000,
Panasonic ZS 7 a v gd camera but FZ35 much better at around $300.
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Old Sep 30, 2010, 6:06 PM   #3
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Oh and all of them have 10x or better zoom xcept the Nikon. FZ 35 prob the best
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Old Sep 30, 2010, 6:09 PM   #4
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FujiFilm HS10 also an xcellent option since it got both EISA AND TIPA awards for megazoom 2010
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Old Sep 30, 2010, 6:11 PM   #5
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lilacfire-

Welcome to the Forum. We're glad you dropped by.

The one of the cameras that meet your requirements is the Samsung EX-1/TL-500, but like most of the others, it is short on zoom.

That being the case, we should look for a compromise camera selection. And that would be the Canon SX-130. It has 12X optical zoom (28mm to 336mm) which has auro and manual controls, does HD video which allows re-focusing and zoom ing while filming, and the ability to us higher ISO settings like ISO 800, with good results, and ISO 1600 in a pinch to handle you low light shooting requirements. The SX-130 is priced at $249.00.

To get increased low light shooting ability, you will have to go to a entry level DSLR camera which is physically larger in size, complexity, and price ($500 to$700).

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you stated good low light, if it is without a flash, you should look at the nikon p7000, it has a 7x zoom, and will preform well for the low light need without a flash. Currently this is the only larger sensor point and shoot with a greater the 5x zoom.

The megazooms or travel zoom will perform okay within flash range, but once you get out of their flash range it will not be that good.
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With any of the point and shoot, you will not want to zoom when shooting in a low light situation will stop down the aperture, making it very difficult to take a low light shot.
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I do not think that is addressing the issue raised by the Op.

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Old Sep 30, 2010, 7:22 PM   #9
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The p7000 comes closes to the listed requirements. Just pointed out that when using any of them, not zoom will increase the ability of the camera in low light by keeping it at the widest aperture.

The 450 budget does not give to much wiggle room in the dslr world, when you need to add a low light prime.
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you are going to have to compromise somewhere. and decide where your priorities lay. it will be impossible to get good zoom and good low light performance in one kit for 450$

think about what you will shoot and prioritize your needs, that will help those helping you decide what comes closest.
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