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Old May 17, 2005, 6:56 AM   #1
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I've decided some time ago that I no longer want the bother and expense of rolls of film and getting those rolls developed, so I'd like a digital camera. I've already found that not having a lot of zoom is a bit annoying, so I'm going for the superzooms. At the moment I don't have the money, but I hope to have a job in the near future, so I'd like to know what you camera-gurus would recommend.

What I want in the camera:
1. minimal 10x zoom
2. image stabilisation or that system which Konica Minolta Z2 and Z3 cameras have (prefer IS)
3. AF-assist
4. CF or SD storage
5. AA batteries or Li-ion packs
6. price under 500 euro
7. good picture quality: as little barrel distortion or pin cushioning as possible
8. preferably a tilt and swivel LCD

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Old May 17, 2005, 8:50 AM   #2
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Well, number eight on your list makes this quite easy. The only cameras I know of that will fulfill all of your requirements are the Canon S1/S2 IS. I just don't know what they cost where you live....

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Old May 17, 2005, 9:00 PM   #3
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Apart from the LCD requirement (& it is a usefull feature) I would look at the Panasonic DMC-FZ5 or FZ20. They both have some drawbacks, mainly the displays not gaining up in low light, but they are very nice cameras. The FZ5 is a blast to use.
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I am on the fence right now with the exact same idea. Can't decide between the Panasonic FZ5 or FZ20, both Panasonic. The FZ5 is a better size but the FZ20 has a hot shoe for external flash. I really like both!

I am a point and click guy, know nothing about all the fancy features, but I do like those cameras.
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Just a minor correction. While the S2 IS has an AF-Assist lamp, the S1 IS does not, and has been reported to do poorly in low light, especially with regard to focusing.
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I can't find the S2 IS on this site. Does it exist?
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I can't find the S2 IS on this site. Does it exist?
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Old May 18, 2005, 11:43 AM   #8
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Oops, posted twice, because I wanted to change the colour, but I was a little too late.
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The Canon S2 is a brand new camera that is due to be released hopefully by the end of May. http://www.dpreview.com/news/0504/05042201canons2is.asp
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I'd found the camera on dpreview before I read your reply, brendak. Thanks for the info, anyway. I hope a review will be posted soon.
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