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Old Feb 23, 2011, 4:44 PM   #1
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Default Best: pocket-able/ travel-zoom p&s

And the 2 categories R,

1)Olympus XZ-1 v/s Canon S95

2)Nikon S9100 v/s Canon SX230HS v/s SX130is v/s Olympus SZ10.

What would b best for a Safari?

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Old Feb 23, 2011, 6:28 PM   #2
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1. The 500HS is almost sure to be a good camera like the SD4000 was but it doesn't belong in the same grouping as the the other 2 cams. The S95 is more pocketable but the XZ-1 has a brighter lens throughout the focal range. Both produce good looking JPEGs though the XZ-1 uses a bit more NR. I wouldn't hesitate to buy either cam.

2. The SX130 doesn't fit in this category, though it would probably be the best choice of the bunch. The others are all new cameras so I'm not sure what kind of feedback you expect on them. At some of the remaining 3 (all?) haven't even been released yet. If you want some speculation based on history just for fun, I'd guess the Nikon will likely have some focusing issues and perhaps some usability qualms. The SX230 will probably have a crappy lens like the last 2 SX2xx cams. Olympus hasn't been a contender at all in the P&S market but that XZ-1 is pretty sweet so maybe the SZ10 will be also. I know I'm interested in finding out. The Panasonic ZS10 has my eye also, mainly b/c the color on the FZ100 is excellent. Truth be told though, I can practically guarantee you that all of last years models will have better IQ head-to-head.

Personally, I'd take something like an FZ40 on a safari. I'm betting the 24x zoom would come in handy.
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Thank U fiveO, my main concern is an xcellent travel/pocketable zoom. What abt the new Nikon P500 as far as specs go? I already have the FZ35, and Kodak Z915.
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And the 2 categories R,

1)Olympus XZ-1 v/s Canon S95 v/s ELPH 500HS

2)Nikon S9100 v/s Canon SX230HS v/s SX130is v/s Olympus SZ10.

What would b best for a Safari?
I was not aware that the S-95 is classified as a super zoom.
3.8 x optical is not much on safari...IMO
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What abt the new Nikon P500 as far as specs go?
Well a lot of cameras look good on paper but many turn out not to be so in practice. I am anxiously hoping Nikon will succeed again as they used to produce some very good P&S cameras, but I'm not holding my breath.
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Thank U Ektachrome, well actually I had listed them in 2 categories travel zoom and the ones with bigger sensors(lowlight performance).S95 actually falls in the bigger sensor group but with the small zoom as U rightfully pointed out.
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Thank U Ektachrome, well actually I had listed them in 2 categories travel zoom and the ones with bigger sensors(lowlight performance).S95 actually falls in the bigger sensor group but with the small zoom as U rightfully pointed out.

I guess I can't read as well as I think I can

While I have not been able to get outside and shoot with my S-95 much due to the brutal weather in these parts,
I am very impressed with the low light, no flash aspect of this camera.
I'm still having difficulty keeping my finger off the pop-up flash, teaching an old dog new tricks ain't easy!
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I am very happy with my Nikon S8100, 10x zoom and excellent low light. The first is no zoom, 2nd 10x zoom and 3rd is 10x plus 4x digital zoom.

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Rebs,
Those look a little washed out to me.
What was the exposure setting used?
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True,a little weak colors. But I am inclining a bit towards the S9100.
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