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Old Oct 23, 2010, 10:22 PM   #11
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great suggestions, thanks. are there any with a higher optical zoom or do you compromise other aspects to get this?
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Old Oct 23, 2010, 10:32 PM   #12
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You give up a long zoom with higher image quality. 7X is the best you can get with the p7000. The reason for the longer zooms on other point and shoots is the crop factor with the 1/2.23. Mount them on a short lens it will give you more reach. With higher image quality with the larger sensor of the cameras mention, you do not have as much as a crop factor. That is why a dslr do not have the reach of a point and shoot, they have longer lens. But is does not have as much crop factor, it does not seem to have as much reach.
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Old Oct 24, 2010, 6:41 AM   #13
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you can add a 1.4x teleconverter lens to G11/12, but that's an additional $100 lens which requires a $30 lens adapter and kind of kills the advantage of having a compact all in one camera imho. 5x G11's lens and 7x P7000 lens cover a very useful focal range you can also use a digital zoom, which is reasonably good on G11 (I'm surprised I'm saying this ), if you don't go to the extreme 20x digital zoom.
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great suggestions, thanks. are there any with a higher optical zoom or do you compromise other aspects to get this?
You can buy the older Panasonic FZ50 has a large sensor which produces fantastic photos and has a 35mm to 420mm Equivalent Lens on it that is also manually zoomed...

It really takes great photos indoors or out and their are some folks attempting to get Panasonic to resurrect the FZ50 with some new upgrades...I got a used one for $300, but you can still get new ones for $600+...the FZ35 would also suffice...but has a smaller sensor...



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Old Oct 24, 2010, 8:24 AM   #15
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FZ50 is a great camera in good light (my uncle has one and I played with it), it's performance at ISO above 400 (may be even 200) is not great, for it's size and price I would rather go with a basic DSLR with a mid-range zoom, any beginners Canon, Nikon, Pentax or Olympus will be better for the same price. But the FZ50's lens is really good tbh.
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Old Oct 25, 2010, 10:34 AM   #16
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Thanks everyone, I will pass this info along to him.
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