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Old Jan 26, 2012, 7:06 AM   #1
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Default Travel Compact Zoom - Africa

Have been to Africa 3 times and first 2, took the Canon AE1 and all the accessories. Way to bulky and heavy.

Last trip in 2007.....took Panasonic Lumix 10x or 12x zoom (cannot remember) and took video and pictures which came out very well.

Now the question: We are going to So. Africa in April and will spend about 5 days in Kruger. Need a recommendation for another camera......seems like the only time I get a new one is when we go on vacation....:-)

Here are the camera that seem to meet the needs (after vacation it will be the camera that is used to take perhaps 100-200 total [pictures a year). Budget is less than $400 US.

Fugifilm F750EXR - new
Pentex Optio VS20 - new
Nikon S9100 (read the S8200 is better)
Sony HX9V

Any comments or additional suggestions?

Also, since I have not done any research lately, which memory card would you suggest and size (how many pictures per size card)? Batteries...will take 2 additional with a charger. Typical small case to wear on belt. Total 9 game drives and the normal camp, fireside, dinner, etc. pictures.

I will double post this in a few other sections.

Thanks for your help. These forums have helped me greatly over the years.
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Old Jan 26, 2012, 10:14 AM   #2
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To be honest- what I've seen of the two Nikon's mentioned- I think the S9100 produces better results- probably due to 12mp as opposed to pixel crowded 16mp- and it has more zoom..!
Not much to go on yet with regards the Fuji/Pentax- though the Fuji does offer Manual (PASM) options- and a 25-500mm zoom- with a reasonable f/5.3 at the long end.
I wouldn't overlook the ever popular Panasonic "TZ" series- or even Samsung's WB700 or the newer version- the WB750.

With regards cards- I personally prefer a few smaller cards-as opposed to a couple of high capacity ones. In the event of card failure you lose less images...
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Old Jan 26, 2012, 10:56 PM   #3
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From what I have read, I would probably pick the S9100, too. However, if I were going on a safari to Africa, I would probably get the Canon SX40IS because of the giant zoom range and picture quality even at higher ISO's. However, I couldn't put that into my pocket. It is within your budget, though.
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Old Jan 27, 2012, 1:49 PM   #4
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G'day dss

This site might have some other useful stuff as well:-

I know it talks panasonic, but there's more there of interest
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Old Jan 28, 2012, 2:01 AM   #5
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For $400 I would choose the Canon SX40 HS without any hesitation.

Fantastic zoom range, good IS, surprisingly decent low-light performance, and all at a very reasonable price.
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