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Old Sep 12, 2005, 2:51 AM   #1
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I have had a Sony DSC-S50 for almost 5 years and have decided it is time to upgrade. I love my camera, I love that the screen flips over and protects it because I rarely put it in a bag, just throw it in my purse etc... I am used to the rechargable infolithium battery, but could be swayed if someone can convince me of a better choice. I use my camera for pics of my children, their activities and sports, love to take concert pics because I go to quite a few concerts, and occasionally for family gatheringsand holidays, everyday use etc... I want a better zoom! Currently I think my camera is a 2.0 megapixel and a 3x optical/2x dig zoom. I don't print my own pics but have almost all of them printed through photoworks or snapfish etc...I never print bigger than a 4x6. I used to be happy with my pics but lately they seem more grainy.

I had been looking at the Sony DSC-H1, the Cannon S2-IS, or Kodak's new 12x opt zoom (not sure of the brand) I'd like to stay under $500 if possible, if I could get away under $400my husband would be pleased but it isn't necessary. I thought if I could find a S1-IS that might be a good option also, since I don't need the 5megapixel really, is the 3.1 enough for 4x6's? Now I've started reading here and not sure if I need to look at some other brands, like the Fuji finepix S5100. How do you know which extended zoom cameras have an image stabilization, that worries me, do they all?

My husband really likes the flip over screen, is the cannon the only option with that? We are headed to Disney World/Cruise/Orlando for 2 weeks in 2 weeks and would lvoe to have a new camera by then-a movie mode would be great for that. Or I canuse the one I currently have.

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Old Sep 12, 2005, 5:27 AM   #2
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Hello Shawna,

Read this post about Fuji S9000 zoom (S9500 for EU version) vs competition

http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=16



It looks like a very well-balanced camera
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Old Sep 12, 2005, 9:12 AM   #3
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I checked it out, but right now it is quite a bit more than I would like to spend. Any other input?

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Old Sep 12, 2005, 2:25 PM   #4
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Is there any reason why one of the Panasonic FZ series are not on your list? Each had a great Leica lens, IS, good battery life, and the price is right, especially for the FZ5.
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Old Sep 12, 2005, 3:33 PM   #5
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I am just not familiar with that brand for Camera's. Are they good. I guess I have some more reading/researching to do today!


Ok, the panasonic looks great, my current camera uses mpeg format for movies, what would be the difference with this format, "quick time, motion jpeg"

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So as you can see the choice are many. First determine your budget, and then tell us what kind of photos you want to take. If you have already selected a few cameras, tell us those choices as well. Then we can help you isolate things a lot more definitively.

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Old Sep 12, 2005, 4:15 PM   #7
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Perhaps in the interests of saving a bit of money it would be wise to consder a little less zoom. If you can get by with 5X optical zoom, you have some excellent choices. Here are a few 5X+ cameras, their optical zoom,and their average internet prices:

Canon S1 IS/ 10X / $226

Canon S2 IS/ 12X/ $439

Canon Pro-1/ 7X / $565

Fuji S-3000/ 6X / $158

Fuji S-5100/ 10X / $244

Fuji S-5200/ 10X / $399 - To be released in October 2005

Fuji S-9000/ 11X/ $699 - To be released in October or Nov 2005

Kodak C-330/ 5X / $142

Kodak C340/ 5X / $182

Kodak DX-7590/ 10X / $346

Kodak P-880/ 5.8X /$499

Kodak P-850/ 12X/ $499

Kodak Z-700/ 5X/ $248

Kodak Z-740/ 10X / $271

Kodak Z-7590/ 10X/ $297

KM A-200/ 7X / $504

KM Z-10/ 8X/ $145

KM Z-20/ 8X / $259

KM Z-3/ 12X / $229

KM Z-5/ 12X /$323

KM Z-6/ 12X /$347

Nikon 4800/ 8.3X / $242

Nikon 8800/ 10X / $719

Nikon S-4/ 10X / $399 - To be released on Nov 2005

Olympus C-5500/ 5X / $209

Olympus C-7000/ 5X / $257

Olympus C-765/ 10X / $230

Olympus C-770/ 10X / $259

Olympus C-8080/ 5X / $469

Olympus SP-500/ 10X / $379

Panasonic FZ-3/ 12/ $259

Panasonic FZ-4/ 12X / $302

Panasonic FZ-5/ 12X / $327

Panasonic FZ-20/ 12X / $395

Panasonic FZ-30/ 12X / $567

Panasonic LZ-1/ 6X / $186

Panasonic LZ-2/ 6X / $199

Pentax 750Z/ 5X / $311

Pentax MX4/ 10X / $329

Pentax SV/ 5X / $243

Samsung Pro815/ 15X / $849

Sony F828/ 7X / $698

Sony H1/ 12X / $399

As you can see there are many choices. Tell us this:

(1) Your budget

(2) The kind of photos you want to take

(3) If you have pre-selected aome digital cameras tell us which ones

(4) Tell us if you make big (8" X 10") prints

(5) Tell us if you want to do low light level or night photography

(6) Tell us if there are some specific feature you must have

With that info we can much more easily match you with a digital camera that really meets your specific needs. Thanks!

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Sarah Joyce,

WOW, that list is daunting, and I appreciate your input and expertise and welcome suggestions. Did you read my opening post. It talks about my budget ($500 and under), it talks about what types of pics I need (my kids, their sports and activities, and going to concerts), I do want a extended zoom, that is one of the reasons I am getting a new one. So I'd like to stay 10x optical or above, maybe 8x at minimum. I have looked at the Sony DSC-H1 and the Canon s2 is because those are the ones I could find around here. I am headed to a camera shop tonight to look at more models hopefully. I think the panasonic Fz5 and even fz4 sound good for me. But not sure about the movie clip mode. I am used to mpeg, and I think the panasonics are different mode, right? My post also said I do not print pics greater than 4x6, and I am not interetsed in doing so at this point.

(2) The kind of photos you want to take-answered in o.p.

(3) If you have pre-selected aome digital cameras tell us which ones-answered in o.p.

(4) Tell us if you make big (8" X 10") prints-answered in o.p.

(5) Tell us if you want to do low light level or night photography-yes I would like this capability.

(6) Tell us if there are some specific feature you must have-need image stabilization, need extended zoom, i prefer the types of batteries that are charged by plugging in your camera-but only because that is what I am used to and my sony infolithium batery has lasted me 5 years, I hate the thought of wasting so much money on batteries or draining regular rechargables all the time. My husband would love a flip over screen to protect the lcd screen.

I also want to have this camera in two weeks so cannot wait for a new model, I am not opposed to buying last years models if they are what I need/want!

Thanks again for your help.

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Shawna-

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"I am sory that it appears that I did not read your first post. I really did read it. A lot of folks read these posts so I was just attempting to get the point across that we need some info to really help out.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"Certainly the Pansonic FZ-4/5 are good choices and are well priced providing that you aren't going to do a lot of low light level and night photography, because they are not stellar in those areas.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"The Canon S-2 IS is also a top runner with probably the best video clip offering.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"The new Kodak P for "performance" series cameras also fit into your budget, but there are no reviews of them as yet.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"The Sony H-1 hasw gotten good reviews, but some folks don't think much of the EVF.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"I figured at one time or another we should write down the whole list. Glad we could help out.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"Sarah Joyce
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