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Old Feb 3, 2011, 10:25 PM   #1
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I need a camera for my wife.
1. easy to use
2. low shutter lag (have kids need the monment)
3. works good in low light (school events never well lit)
4. size
5. cost to a miniimim

Had a Canon SX120 IS lost it and she waas never happy with it. I have been looking at a PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-ZR1 referb for $130. This stuff changes so fast I dont know where to start. Thanks
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Old Feb 4, 2011, 4:57 AM   #2
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Your budget pretty much eliminates the "good low light" requirement. The cheapest camera that will provide real improvements in low light is the Canon SD4000, which is $244 at Amazon. It still has the same small sensor as your previous camera and prospective camera, but it has a brighter lens. If you remove the low light requirement, then the ZR1 is a good choice as is the Canon SX130. However, if your wife wasn't pleased with the SX120, she likely won't be happy with the SX130.
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Old Feb 4, 2011, 5:54 PM   #3
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Wait she has just informed me that I need a new camera. She wants me to get a camera and take some photograhpy classes. I will make a new post. But it looks like to match my previous post the Canon SD4000 is what she would want.

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The Canon SD4000 is a very good camera, and I am sure that you both will enjoy it a lot. I have been using the SD4000 since early in the summer and have found it to be a real performer.

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That looks nice.
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sorry previous camera was an sx100is
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If you need low shutter lag for a point and shoot look at some of the casio product. The seem to have some of the lease lag.

As you need some low light, a larger sensor camera would improve photos, but the 1/1.63 sensor cameras are pretty pricey, point and shoot that preform decent in low light are the canons s95, olympus xz1, panasonic lx7, and the samsung ex1.
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Orginally I had posted that i wanted to get my wife a new camera. She has since said she doesn't want one and has requested that I get one for me. She also wants me to take some classes to make my pictures better.(manual Features) I love to take pictures of pretty much everything. Is there a good camera for someone just getting into takeing good pictures.Things i look for in a camera.

1. low shutter lag (have kids need the moment)
2. works good in low light (school events never well lit)
3. zoom (soccor fields longer than 6x)
3. cost to a miniimim (less than $500)

I have been looking at going to low end SLR Sony Alpha A230L, or high end point and shoot sx30

Some examples of what i missed.
<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/y3h0E7Fe-huYLTufR5DQYw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_A...kend%20124.jpg" height="108" width="144" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/tjamscad/JustSomePics?feat=embedwebsite">Just some pics</a></td></tr></table>

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/phot...eat=directlink

<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Z2c6AqRO1BBh2tqlqQSLgw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_A...4/IMG_0890.JPG" height="108" width="144" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/tjamscad/JustSomePics?feat=embedwebsite">Just some pics</a></td></tr></table>

and one of my favorites but not high enough resolouation to matter
<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/UE_BN6pKVFX1xBWT3qwwrA?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_A...20Lizzard2.jpg" height="108" width="144" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/tjamscad/JustSomePics?feat=embedwebsite">Just some pics</a></td></tr></table>

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Orginally I had posted that i wanted to get my wife a new camera. She has since said she doesn't want one and has requested that I get one for me. She also wants me to take some classes to make my pictures better.(manual Features) I love to take pictures of pretty much everything. Is there a good camera for someone just getting into takeing good pictures.Things i look for in a camera.

1. low shutter lag (have kids need the moment)
2. works good in low light (school events never well lit)
3. zoom (soccor fields longer than 6x)
3. cost to a miniimim (less than $500)

I have been looking at going to low end SLR Sony Alpha A230L, or high end point and shoot sx30

Some examples of what i missed.
<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/y3h0E7Fe-huYLTufR5DQYw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_A...kend%20124.jpg" height="108" width="144" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/tjamscad/JustSomePics?feat=embedwebsite">Just some pics</a></td></tr></table>

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/phot...eat=directlink

<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Z2c6AqRO1BBh2tqlqQSLgw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_A...4/IMG_0890.JPG" height="108" width="144" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/tjamscad/JustSomePics?feat=embedwebsite">Just some pics</a></td></tr></table>

and one of my favorites but not high enough resolouation to matter
<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/UE_BN6pKVFX1xBWT3qwwrA?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_A...20Lizzard2.jpg" height="108" width="144" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/tjamscad/JustSomePics?feat=embedwebsite">Just some pics</a></td></tr></table>
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You could go a few different ways here but they all start at the higher end P&S cameras or above. You could go for a Canon G12 which would give you a 5x zoom and decent low light capability. You could also look into a micro 4/3 camera such as the Panasonic G1 which would give you a huge improvement in low light. As the lenses are interchangeable, zoom would depend on what lens you used. However, the G1 is $560 at Amazon (red only) and the G2 is $547. That only gets you a 3x zoom so you would still need a lens. The Olmpus EP cams are an option also. Or you could go DSLR.

An SX130 won't do well in low light at all and while it is a nice camera, it's definitely not high end. The high end P&S Canons would be the S95 and G12.
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