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Old Oct 20, 2011, 4:42 AM   #1
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Hi Sir/Madam,

Please could you advice me which is best available camera for the following
Budget ~400 dollars
1. Low light, Night mode (A must) and out doors
2. Best picture quality
3. State of art sensor (cmos, ccd you tell me)
4. Image Stabilization
5. Very good Optical zoom
6. Ability to attach lens
7. Panaromic, wide angle (preferred)
8. Macro to Long shot capable
9. Suggest wide range of focal length
10. Large memory capability (prefer)
11. water resistant ( really prefer)
12. Long lasting
Seriously would not compromise on 1, 2,5 and love to have 6. something i want rugged and last lasting. Have done some searching in google without knowledge has suggested 1. Fujifilm FinePix F100fd or 2. Canon PowerShot S95 etc. I am happy with 8 to 10 mpixel. Please can you advice me, i wish to hear if any of my requirements are absurd.Apologies, i am really novice, just don't cannot spend again for next 6-7 years.

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Old Oct 20, 2011, 10:27 AM   #2
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Panasonic FZ150-superzoom may meet most of your requirements in one camera for $500+
If not buy a DSLR and loads of lenses but keep loads of money also ready in your wallet.
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Old Oct 20, 2011, 11:03 AM   #3
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Canon S95 meets most of those with exception of attaching another lens (unless you went to an entry level DSLR). It's optical zoom though is 3.8x,I believe, with a max of 20x digital zoom (this is where you loose some detail and sharpness). However, it and the G12 are excellent in low light and have terrific image quality. Both of these would be in your price range. Actually, the S95 is being replaced with an upgrade so prices on these at the moment have dropped.

The S95 has an F2.0 and the G12 is F2.8. With the G series, it has a hot shoe so you can attach an external flash unit. Both have wide angle along with macro available.

You should take note of the Panasonic mentioned above as well and look them up on line to read the reviews and see which one sounds like it would be a good fit then hold them in the store. At the store you can check out the menu system on them both as well too view which you find easier to manage. Steve's has reviewed all of these camera's so you'll find a fair assessment of each here.

Part of the reason I chose Canon was because I am familiar with their menu system so my learning curve for a camera is reduced as they are all pretty similar.
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G'day Anand

Welcome to the forum - nice to meet you
You are asking for quite a lot for your 'perfect' camera ... and we have all asked the same things ourselves too. Sometimes we can get close, sometimes we never find our 'perfect' camera

You have some good advice above ... you also mention the FZ100
We have several panasonics in the family and a FZ100 has just arrived - it is excellent

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Old Oct 21, 2011, 1:43 AM   #5
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Thank you a lot every one for welcoming me with enlightened answers.
(Ozzie_Traveller, Shutterbug74 and wanaclick). Really appreciate your help.

I was excited about the Panasonic FZ100 and did some review search
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgE8otxUUZ4 .. I am not sure if you guys agree with him but it appears this camera doesn't do that well at ISO 400 and i was hoping to get clear picture indoors and at night probably at a much higher ISO actually. I cannot afford DSLR (one i love tramping and doing bit of stuff where i get wet or take a quick picture in the woods, may get wet, may fall in river etc and also money ..) So entry level dslr would not deliver to me i am thinking unless you ask me to seriously consider any specific ones.

So how about canon S95 ? will this do a good picture are very high ISO and quickly so that i can push in my pocket and go on walking .. Or there some better ones if i drop say attaching lenses criteria ..

Please appreciate your advice.

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Also please let me know, would you buy fujifim finepix F20 or canon S95 or Canon S100. coming from technology domain, we have IS marked for intrinsic safe, weather friendly and environment friendly does any of the prodcuts with above quality come with water resistant, some drop resistant features ?Please appreciate your advice.- Anand
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Also have a look at the Nikon P7100.
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If you were looking at the FZ100,it might be an idea to look at the FZ150 which has a different sensor and improved image quality.... at a price of course...!
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G'day pc


I am working at the moment on low-light comparisons of cameras at various ISO levels

Here is the "test" platform ~ specially chosen site with a combination of looking into the light [for lens flare] + dark areas + several R G B colours ...
Exposures were set as WB=tungsten light, -1EV, ISO 200, 400, 800, 1600



Here is the comparisons of the vase of flowers ~ incl an area in the dark where you can see the noise ...


When compared with other cameras in this test, the FZ100 came out remarkably well

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Old Oct 24, 2011, 3:04 AM   #10
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Thank you again a lot Ozzie_Traveller, SIMON40, peripatetic.

Fz100/FZ150 with above 1k US dollars is double the price i can afford, other wise i am too impressed and tempted to buy. I am scared to buy this camera as i use it rough and tough in my hiking and walking in the bush. Sad, i am going to miss it anyways.

P7100:
Yes I will keep in mind Nikon P7100 in my research sure.
http://snapsort.com/compare/Fujifilm...vs-Nikon-P7100

A question, which requires experts help.
In the comparision above, clearly F200EXR is shown as better ISO capability but with Nikon P7100 capable of RAW input which can be processed which one do you prefer to buy.
2. F200EXR has larger Sensor than Nikon P7100
3. The F200EXR's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better

But Nikon P7100 has other advantages, please can dicipher whicih is better picture capability Please.. Thanks a ton.
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