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Old Jan 3, 2011, 8:33 AM   #1
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Hi all!!
I'd like a suggestion
Now I have a Canon SD 880 IS (good camera, but without many exposure controls) and a Panasonic FZ35 (great camera, but not pocketable)
I'd like replace the Canon with a new compact camera
My priorities are:
- pocketable: a compact camera that I can slide into a pocket or in a small bag
- exposure controls (aperture priority and shutter priority)
- I like super zoom cameras, but... I'd like at least 5x zoom
Obviously I'd like a quite good imagine quality
I don't care video mode and GPS
What do you suggest me?
Thank you for your advise

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Old Jan 3, 2011, 9:48 AM   #2
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Panasonic ZS-6
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Old Jan 3, 2011, 12:00 PM   #3
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Charis-

As Gary mentioned above, the Panasonic ZS5, Panasonic ZS6, the Canon SX130, the Canon SX120, the Canon SD4500, and the Nikon S8100, Samsung HZ30,Samsung PL200, Sony H55, and Sony HX5, are the choices meeting your specifications with at least 10X optical zoom and greater, but still coat pocket sized.

The leading contenders in that group are:

Canon SX130
Canon SD4500
Panasonic ZS5
Panasonic ZS6
Sony HX5

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Old Jan 4, 2011, 5:04 AM   #4
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Gary, Sarah,
thank you for your suggestions!!
I have discarded Canon SX 120 and Canon SX 130 because I don't like AA battery.
I have considered Samsung TL500, Panasonic LX5 and Canon S95, but they don't have much zoom and I'd like a more versatile camera with a bit more zoom
I prefer Panasonic ZS6 to ZS5 but I haven't succeeded in finding Panasonic ZS6, so the choise is between Canon SD4500 and Sony HX5 (the other cameras you have showed - Nikon, Samsung and Sony H55 - seem to me a bit lower)
Sarah, in the past you have suggested me the Panasonic FZ35, and I have followed your advice: FZ35 is a great camera!!!
And now? I'm so confused!!!
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The Panasonic ZS6 is only sold at Costco and Amazon which is why you can't find it. Panasonic ZS7 is $234 USD and has identical IQ to the ZS6 (Same lens, same chip, same everything) and more features. Before someone chimes in with some stupid debate over the GPS, I will point out that you can simply turn it off if you don't want to use it. The Canon SD4500 would be my next choice.

I own a Sony HX5 and I despise it and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
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The Panasonic FZ 35 is an very good camera, but not pocketable. And as I understand it, a "carry with you all the time" camera need has become apparent.

In as much as you have super zoom camera with the FZ35, is there a real need for much zoom? That would seem to push a camera with 5X or slightly less optical zoom more to the forefront of the "possible" list, with a greater emphasis on real pocket-ability.

It all depends on your personal feelings. However, the Canon S95 and the SD4000 remain solid choices. Checking Amazon, the Panasonic ZS7 is actually less expensive than the ZS6.

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Sometimes it's hard to understand (and to couch) what someone really wants. What I'd like, it would be a camera like the FZ35 (versatile and very good), but pocketable. Perhaps it's impossible!
Sarah, you are right: with the FZ35, is there no real need for much zoom!
So I narrow the choice: Samsung TL500, Panasonic LX5, Canon SD4000 and Canon S95. Between theese cameras, what is your advise?

Please, what do you think about my Christmas tree (with my beloved FZ35)?

Thank you all for your suggests and your patience
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The Christmas tree photo with the FZ 35 is nice, but the WB should have been adjusted.

Of the three cameras mentioned, the Canon SD4000 is clearly my favorite, even though I own the Samsung TL500, which is double the size+ of the SD4000.The S95 is ahead of the SD4000, but not by much, so you might as well save the $$.

Here is a nice SD4000 sample: this is a no flash photo, taken indoors.

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If you want pocketable IQ, the S95 easily gets my vote over the SD4000. I like the SD4000 considering it doesn't give you any zoom over the S95 and the S95 has better IQ, I consider it a no-brainer if the budget allows for it.
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