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Old May 21, 2012, 1:44 PM   #1
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hi folks, digital photograph is tough what with so many options. so i guess at the outset i have to thank you for making the world of digital photography a lot easier for us noobs to live in. let me also state that i do not want to learn in any great detail about digital photography. however, i do want great pics and towards that end i would like suggessions for a camera which is a high end point and shoot or something a little better than that but certainly not a dslr.

i really dont want to delve into obsure concepts such as depth of field or ISO settings or focal lengths. i can understand that i am taking a pic indore, fireworks, snow, backlight, macro (basically automatic settings). so the requirment is of that capability and i would like one which takes good pics with those settings. in fact, i rarely change the setting from auto <ya i suck that bad>

it would also be nice if the cam has a good zoom...i had an eye on the nikon s9300 but too many bad reviews floating about it. so is it with its predecessor the nikon s9100. looking forward to your valuable suggessions.
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Old May 21, 2012, 6:20 PM   #2
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Two very useful pocketable camera's with long zooms (I assume you want the zoom as you mention the 9100/9300 Nikon's) are Canon's SX240 HS (260 if you want GPS) and the Panasonic TZ25 (ZS15 in the USA).
I pick these two out as they both have held back the resolution to 12mp- which I think has a positive effect on image quality.
Both have good image stabilisers,good "auto" modes and full Manual modes if you ever become adventurous..!

A review of the Canon-
http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Ca.../verdict.shtml

And a review of the Panny'-
http://www.ephotozine.com/article/pa...m-review-18625

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Old May 22, 2012, 5:10 AM   #3
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thank you for your reply. i am pouring over the specs and videos on the suggested models. however, i would also like your opinion about the fiji finepix f770. it has a higher 16MP...would that be alright, i dont really blow up my pics though it would be fun to zoom really close to my girlfriends eyes

see about f770 here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTaDO...eature=related

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Old May 22, 2012, 5:11 AM   #4
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hi simon, one more thing...the nikons are out rt? not a good pick i gather?
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Old May 22, 2012, 9:33 AM   #5
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The F770 looks interesting on paper- though personally,I'm not convinced by Fuji's processing and the lens isn't as sharp as the Canon SX240.
The IQ just isn't quite as good as the Canon/Panny' in my opinion- though to be fair- if you're only printing or viewing up to and not beyond A4 size,then the differences are minimal.
Here's a review of the Fuji...
http://www.photographyblog.com/revie...sample_images/
I wouldn't discount the Nikon S9300- the IQ is pretty good all round...
Here's a review...
http://www.photographyblog.com/revie..._s9300_review/
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Old May 22, 2012, 1:15 PM   #6
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ya i went out and played with the canon sx240...the sx260 has gps in it. i would like that too so it is mostly going to be that

say suppose i give up this whole cadre and go for the cannon s100...what do you think of that cam...there are steller reviews for it here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jMRM5dlIHc and here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT3AdopWgG4.

what is your opinion?
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The S100 is a fine little camera- with very good image quality and very pocketable.
If you don't need a long zoom- a great option.
Here's what the chaps at Steve's thought...
http://www.steves-digicams.com/camer...00-review.html

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Old May 22, 2012, 3:16 PM   #8
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do you think the picture quality of the auto mode of the s100 would be superior to the auto mode of the sony sx260? i really need that zoom but i also need the quality...darn! decisions decisions!! but thank you for your valuable guidance
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i assume you mean the canon sx260 rather than sony? the s100 has a little bit larger sensor and a faster lens, so you can expect good things. me, i'd go with an inexpensive micro 4/3 for the significantly bigger sensor - i have 3 m4/3 cameras, and the auto and program mode are good, cameras are snappy and pic quality is nice. the entry level panasonic is under $400 and the olympus pen mini is available at cameta for a nice price.

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Old May 23, 2012, 1:08 AM   #10
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hi pcake, thank you for your suggession about the micro 4/3s which have a bigger sensor. i am sure it would be awesome provided one has a more than basic know-how of photography. as the wikipedia says, these m4/3s seem to be bulkier, more expensive and require more experience. all the three are a constraining factors for me.

i want something portable, around INR25,000 (about USD500), take quality pics on auto mode, does not require too much fuss, a strong zoom (which is what is making me think twice about s100). which is the reason why the canon sx260 seems appealing...what do you think?
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