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Old Jul 8, 2011, 3:14 PM   #1
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Default what camera for busy mama?

I'm looking for a camera that also works as a videocamera for me with 2 little kids. I don't want teeny-tiny, but small enough to pop in a bag.
I've been checking out the snapsort website and also been reading on Steve's digicams. The Snapsort ratings factor in consumer popularity, so I take it with a grain of salt, but it's nice for comparing features.
Here's the options I put in:
price less than $360
zoom at least 7x
720 p HD
true resolution at least 8 MP
max ISO at least 800
I've also been comparing sensor size and pixels,do you think that matters?

I've read some steve's reviews. THe fuji F550 exr and the sony dsc-HX9v looked interesting. there are so many Lumix and Powershots I don't even know. I still am thinking about the nikon s9100.
If I can get what I need for $250 or less, that would be great.
Basically good shots in low light, portable, long video, manual controls. I'd also like to be able to take a bunch of pictures quickly (is that burst mode?) I don't want to mess too much with a touchscreen, it seems like a lot of the Lumix have touchscreens. Ability to zoom while videoing would be really nice.
I initially chose the s9100 because it is reviewed as good in low light and for good video, and had some upgrades from the s8100 (besides the bigger zoom).

Some models I have written down are:
panasonic dmc-zs6 and dmc-fz40
casio ex-zr100
canon sd4500 IS and sd940
sony dsc-hx9v and hx7v and dsc-wx10
fuji f305 exr and f550 exr
and the nikon.

I would be happy to buy a used/refurbished if I can get a better camera for less!
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