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Old Apr 20, 2011, 10:17 PM   #1
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Up to now, I have been using a cheap, outdated digital camera. I've managed to get some pretty nice photos out of it, but I would really like to take the next step forward. Although I do not want to get a lense-changing camera, I am definitely looking for something with more manual controls. I am not afraid to spend some time getting used to a more complex camera.

I have a wide variety of subjects so I need something that can do close-ups, panoramic shots, far away, and moving objects.

What really bothers me about my digital is the automatic focus, it always focuses on the wrong object! Also, I often had trouble looking at the screen because of sunlight.

Some requirements:
ultrazoom (preferably optical)
AA batteries (I don't always have an outlet available)
Optical image stabilization
$500 is the limit
Not very heavy

Are my expectations beyond my budget?
What basic type of camera should I get? I was considering a bridge camera.

Any camera-shopping advice is highly appreciated!
Thank you
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Old Apr 21, 2011, 12:47 AM   #2
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fuji HS20 or HS10, all are good super zooms and uses AA rechargeable batteries, just use lithium ones when you can not recharge your regular batteries. But with megazooms, you will have to accept a bit of size and weight.
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Old Apr 21, 2011, 5:00 AM   #3
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What really bothers me about my digital is the automatic focus, it always focuses on the wrong object! Also, I often had trouble looking at the screen because of sunlight.
Welcome to the forum. This is a problem for all autofocus systems.
The camera has no way of knowing which part of the image should
have the most accurate focus. That is a choice for the photographer.
Newer cameras have smarter/better/faster AF, but the choice of AF
point is still down to the photographer. Many cameras will allow you
to choose the auto focus point or use manual focus.

Newer cameras have bigger, brighter screens with better contrast
and anti-glare coatings. Even the very best of them can't compete
with direct sunlight. SLR and bridge cameras with a viewfinder
have a big advantage on sunny days.


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Some requirements:
ultrazoom (preferably optical)
AA batteries (I don't always have an outlet available)
Optical image stabilization
$500 is the limit
Not very heavy
Some Fujifilm bridge/superzoom cameras tick all of
those boxes. If you drop the requirement for the AA
battery, you will have a bigger choice which includes
some good cameras from Panasonic, Canon and others.

I think some Kodak cameras also use AA batteries.

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Are my expectations beyond my budget?
What basic type of camera should I get? I was considering a bridge camera.
$500 will get you a high-end bridge camera. The new Fujifilm HS20
is the obvious choice.

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Any camera-shopping advice is highly appreciated!
Thank you
Shop around, compare prices and make sure you check the
reputation of the seller carefully before you part with your money.
If you are buying on-line, use independent forums and ratings
sites to see if other customers are satisfied.

http://www.resellerratings.com/store
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