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Old Feb 19, 2012, 8:10 AM   #1
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Default Which one canon sx40 or g12 or s95 or s100

Iam New to photography. I have planned to buy a camera. my needs are

1) great pic quality

2) indoor photography (low light)

3) battery life

4) good zoom

5) easy use

budget $ 500 (MAX)

Which one to choose canon sx40 or g12 or s95 or s100 ? or any other brand model

please help
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Old Feb 19, 2012, 5:15 PM   #2
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If zoom is important,I guess it has to be the SX40hs- if low light use is important,the S100 would lead(just)- though I personally might go for the more "robust" G12...
Another great "all rounder" is the versatile Panasonic FZ-150.
Great pic quality is subjective- though all of the above are pretty much leaders in their class....
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Old Feb 19, 2012, 9:21 PM   #3
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thanks SIMON, Sx 40 and s100 is NEW models and $50 less than g12, considering this shall i go for sx40 or s100?
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Old Feb 19, 2012, 11:32 PM   #4
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I have a G 12. Great camera.
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Old Feb 20, 2012, 10:38 AM   #5
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camdevil- all of the above have their strong points- it comes down to which you value most in a camera. Which is most important? Pocketability/size? Zoom range? Low light capability..? Build quality...?
What are you most likely to be shooting frequently...?
And if you're considering the G12- maybe also look at Nikon's P7100...
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Old Feb 23, 2012, 12:48 AM   #6
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Thank you, my order of preference is
1. Study
2. Pic quality
3. Low light
4.Zoom
5.battery
6. Ease of use
Etc etc

Please suggest
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Old Feb 23, 2012, 4:16 AM   #7
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The only thing I WILL say is that I think the S100 is better on many counts than the S95.
The SX40hs(which I have) is a very versatile camera- and a great all rounder,though is quite a different camera to the G12. If video is important then it's the SX40 all the way- shooting full HD- plus a variety of other resolutions- and unlike the G12- you can use the optical zoom whilst filming. The G12 is a very well built picture taker,with good old fashioned dials for old school photographers- but that's about it..! In many regards- the S100 is a more versatile camera than the G12- having a faster(wider)aperture to aid in low light and HD video WITH optical zoom and is more pocketable.
I guess you pay for the G12's build quality...!
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Old Feb 23, 2012, 2:48 PM   #8
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I'm bit confused between Canon's G12 and Nikon's P7100..can't understand which one is better..my priority is image quality..can you please help me SIMON....
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On the face of it,they're both very similar- that being a well built compact(ish..!) camera for someone who wants to indulge in a bit more than just snapping in Auto mode...
On paper the Nikon outdoes the Canon simply by having a better video mode with which you can use the optical zoom- and the 7x zoom is clearly an advantage over the Canon's 5x zoom. On image quality I think the Canon edges it- just- but I'm talking really small differences here- barely noticeable- and that is only at higher iso settings(800 and 1600) where the G12 seems to be just a little bit cleaner.
A couple of reviews....

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/CanonG12

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikonp7100

Maybe download some of the test images- see what YOU think...
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Old Feb 23, 2012, 8:31 PM   #10
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thanks a lot simons. i have narrow downed to s100 and sx40. and waiting for good deal. one LAST question which is easy to use s100 or sx40 ? ( iam very new to photography)
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