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Old Nov 20, 2011, 9:13 PM   #1
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Default Looking for a wide lens on a compact camera

I now have/use and like my Panasonic DMC-ZS1.
This camera has a 25mm wide lens. I would like
to get a camera where the zoom lens is wider then 25mm.
The telephoto end is of little use to me. A 3x or 5x optical
is plenty for me.

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Old Nov 21, 2011, 4:34 AM   #2
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Samsung's EX1 has a 24mm wide angle- AND a fast f/1.8 lens....
Nikon's P300 also has a wide 24mm and f/1.8....
Sony's WX10 has a 24mm and a 7x zoom...
I'm not sure you'll find a camera with a much wider angle than your current 25mm....!
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Old Nov 21, 2011, 6:27 AM   #3
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A lens with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 25mm has a diagonal angle of view of 81.7, while 24mm is 84.1. The difference isn't great.

There are conversion lenses available for some cameras that atttach to the lens built into a P&S camera to widen the angle of view.

If what you're looking for is a way to capture panoramic images of stationary subjects, you might consider Sony's Sweep Panorama feature. You hold the shutter button down while the camera is pointed at the far left side of a scene, and pan to the right, releasing the shutter button when you reach the far right of the scene. The camera will create a single wide image of the entire scene.

From the Sony WX10 webpage:

Effortless Panoramic Shots

Intelligent Sweep Panorama™ HR mode reaches beyond the traditional wide angle lens to let you capture expansive, breathtaking shots of landscapes or cityscapes in incredibly detailed high resolution. Just press the shutter and pan the scene with a sweeping motion. The camera takes care of the rest — to spectacular results.
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Thanks for your prompt replies.

The Samsung goes out 19 or 20 mm via digital or internal aux. lens but it only uses micro sd memory.
I am currently addicted to panno's and when shot with my 25 it gives a quasi fisheye look. I also like to shoot time lapse but run out of patience waiting. You can see some of my things on YouTube. Just look for: thebill2468

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Most of these were shot using Sony's Sweep Panorama feature found on several of their cameras. (As you can see from some of them, you can also pan vertically.) They are all from the Pool of the Sony Camera Club on Flickr.
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I decided I am going to keep my panasonic and just buy Sony W530 for its pano ability and price $79.00

The WX9 and H70 were nice but not a good as my panasonic in my opinion.

Thanks for all your input.

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Good luck with it, and please come back and post some of your photos.
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