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Old Oct 2, 2011, 8:08 AM   #1
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Default 10x+ Digicam w/good auto & manual options

Time for a new camera - I love tech stuff, do a lot of picture-taking and videos, but don't have expertise to use DSLR. Plus always have computer gear with me so need small and lightweight, great quality, some advanced features but can function just fine on auto once I've adjusted some of the settings. I frequently use the video feature as well and often will use for our website or youtube, sometimes even projected on a screen for a presentation.

Some requirements:
  • 0x + optical zoom
  • 10-12 megapixels (i'm leery of the higher ones b/c quality seems to suffer)
  • no touchscreen (tried a few out in the store, can't abide)
  • HD video
  • optical zoom functioning while taking video
  • compact size, but not the credit-card size -- something I can actually hold on to
  • decent macro

Here's what I've narrowed the field to:
There were some other nice cameras, but they failed either because too big, touchscreen, under 10x, or out of price range (max $350).

I've read many reviews here and there. Not always sure how to make sense of their critiques because my photography knowledge is limited. I don't want basic because when i do have the time, i enjoy tinkering with settings, refining quality/color, etc.

Would appreciate your thoughts on the above selection. Also is there any other camera that you'd suggest that also meets the above criteria?

Many thanks for your help.
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Old Oct 2, 2011, 12:08 PM   #2
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Hi- Nikon's S9100 may be worth a look,if you can do without manual controls.
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Old Oct 2, 2011, 4:37 PM   #3
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G'day SJ

Having started my digi photography with a Fuji superzoom I am partial towards them ~ great optics, easy to use menus, good ergonomics etc
I have peeked at the review of the F600 EXR and it seems to be a very spunky camera
If it were mine, I would operate if in 8mpx EXR mode to better improve image quality

The only thing I am unsure about is your request for "optical zoom functioning while taking video" ... I do not know whether this [or the other cameras you list] will do it

Otherwise, I would suggest that you go for it
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Old Oct 2, 2011, 6:39 PM   #4
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I have a Sony H70. I also have a Sony A200 SLR. The H70 ($200.00) is so enjoyable to use and the image Q is so good that there I times that I use it instead of my A200. I have taken identical test shots with both and the H70 with 16MP usually Beats out the 10MP SLR.
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I'll scope them out a bit more as well as suggested cameras. The Nikon S9100 probably won't give me the few manual things I want but I think it would be a perfect camera for a friend who is all about auto but also wants good pics.

The zoom thing -- I saw on a couple cameras that the zoom does not work in video mode and/or while recording -- or that it only goes up to a certain point. That would not please me in a camera.
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I took my H70 out last night to attempt digiscoping the Moon for the first time. I used my 1000mm lens with a zoom eyepiece set to 20mm. The camera zoom was set to 1.7X Here is the result.
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