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Old Dec 25, 2010, 7:21 PM   #1
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Hi All Pros,

I am ready to buy a new camera for me and my wife. We plan to go on a holiday trip in Europe and i would like to have a new camera for myself.
I have used P&S earlier, but now i want something that gives me good quality photos.
I am thinking to buy a camera that is
- Less Bulky
- Low Light Shots ( I like to shoot without flash )
- Fair amount of Zoom for nice views.
- around 350 including lens

I liked NEX3/5 series, but it doesnt have ViewFinder. I am still open to NEX series if it is the best option to have in this price range.

Please suggest the best option in my price range and features.

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Old Dec 25, 2010, 11:44 PM   #2
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My preference would be the Panasonic LX5 selling here in the USA for $(US)399.00.

While the LX5 has a somewhat limited zoom range, it does have a larger imager, a hot shoe, and an accessory EVF view finder. It will fit into a jacket pocket and is smaller than a m4/3 camera, or a DSLR camera.

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Old Dec 26, 2010, 4:50 AM   #3
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Thanks for reply Sarah.

After using my dad's sony hx1, i find LX5 missing the features i would like to have in my camera.

- LX5 doesn't have lens changing capability ( correct me if i am wrong )
- It has electronic zoom, i would like to have a manual zoom
- The zoom equivalent is just around 3x, i would like to have around 15x ( too noob to talk in mm terms )
- moreover i think i can fit lot more in my budget 350 = $540.

i would certainly like to have a camera with these features.

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Old Dec 26, 2010, 11:03 AM   #4
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Rathore-

Well a lens changing ability dictates a DSLR or a m4/3 camera. So that mean thast we have to "change pews" with out research. Does the size od a DSLR and its kit put you off? I ask that, as you initially asked about the Sony NEX camera.

Only a very few people seem to like the fact that just about everything in the NERX is menu driven. What are your feelings. An option would be to take a look at the Sony SLT models: the a33 and a55, which are also quite small (about the size of a Nikon D-40), have inter changeable lenses, and manually zoom.

So with a bit of help here, we can get your search/research back on track once more.

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@Sarah : Thanks again

Yes, you got me right i want the camera to be less bulky.
I don't mind the NEX to be menu driven.

I am unsure whether going for NEX than a DSLR is wise decision or not.
I have seen that NEX has some cool features like AutoHDR but on downside it doesn't have much of the lens compatible and NEX lens are very costly too.

It will be good to go with

1. NEX + Lens Mount + Other Lens that is capable of AF
or
2. Some other DSLR that is closest to NEX in terms of features and good lens in my budget
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rathore-

I would see the Sony a33 or a55 DSLR cameras quite comparable to the NEX 5, still small in size (they are about the size of the Nikon D40)and much more able, functional, and usable cameras.

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