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Old Dec 6, 2010, 10:24 AM   #1
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Default I am back... Serching for a p&s for mom

Hi, first of all i want a thank all of you for helping me decide about my dslr. So far i am still learning but loving the t2i.

Now that Christmas is around the corner I am thinking about getting my mom a p & s. She has't have any digital, they have some sort of big one the only use for a couple,of work related things in auto mode.
My requirements are:
1. Ease of use... Really easy, i am thinking about a really smart camera, it won't leave the full auto or maybe some of the preset scenes.
2. Decent image quality out of the box, no pp at all.
3. Small an mostly light to carey, she has some knee issues so weight is a concern.
4. Easy dowload to computer, and did i mention easy to use?
5. Decent low light capabilities for the bunch.
6. Price less than $200
7. Would mostly be used to take pics of the kids, and probably portraits and ocean landscapes.


I have no idea where to start as there are lots and lots of different cameras.

Thanks in advance,

Maria
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Old Dec 6, 2010, 11:08 AM   #2
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Your biggest bang for the buck will be the Kodak Z-915 camera. We own two of them and everyone in the family is pleased with them. The other big plus is that the Z915 is very easy to use and around $US 100.00.

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Thanks a lot Sarah Joyce, but the thing is without offending anyone my dad just simply dosn't like Kodak, not sure about his reasons but this has been the way lince i was a little kid.
Thanks again and if you know of other cameras that would fit the bill please share.

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Sure there are other alternative choices. If he likes Canon look at the Canon SD-1300.

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Hi, what are your thoughts about Panasonic zr3 and fh20, as well as canon sd1400 and sd780? Anything Sony worth looking at?
Thanks again for all the help
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Definitely avoid the Canon SD-780. It has a fine reputation for not focusing properly. The Panasonic ZR3 and FH20 have very WEAK flash units. I really would avoid the 14mp Canon SD-1400. The SD-1300, or SD-1200 (it is very small and even has an optical view finder) with their few MP's have better image quality and far less noise. There is also the Pentax H-90 that has received very good reviews to consider.

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I would suggest the Canon SX130is, Nikon S8100 or Sony WX5.
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Sarah Joyce, thanks a lot for your help, I am checking them out. If I were to spend a bit more, what would your suggestions be? and for a compact zoom?
Does anyone have experience with samsung compacts?
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what about casio fh 100? dp gave it top marks..
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I purchased the Casio FH100 this summer, based on that same "Travel-Zoom" review and I was really disappointed in the camera. I ended up returning the camera. It showed a lot of clipped highlights, just as you can see in this photo:

http://anchorse.smugmug.com/Other/Ca...12_fELhr-L.jpg

If you are interested in a travel zoom, why not the Canon SX-130. It is under $200, has a nice 28mm wide angle and zooms to 12X (336mm). It has a great new lens and even does well at ISO 800. It is really a nice camera that I can easily recommend. Here is a sample no flash, existing light macro photo from the Canon SX-130:

http://anchorse.smugmug.com/Other/Ca...7_6d3U9-XL.jpg


There is also the somewhat older Olympus Stylus 830 at 8.0mp with 5X optical zoom. It has a powerful built-in flash unit and has very good IQ. I found one at $129 using www.pricegrabber.com. Here is a sample:

http://anchorse.smugmug.com/Other/Ol...1_wCHeY-XL.jpg

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