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Old Dec 26, 2005, 10:23 PM   #1
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I am getting ready to buy my first "good" digital camera. I have decided that since the digital SLR's cost quite a bit more than I am wanting to spend at this point, I am going to buy a camera with the SLR body stlye. The problem is that there are numerous cameras with similar features and I am now trying to make the decision. I have looked at alot of information online and yet the decision is still "clear as mud". Can anyone make a suggestion? I see that pretty much all of the "megazoom" cameras have some barrel distortion, some pin cushioning and slight amount of purple fringing in high-contrast areas. But these particular reviews really do not say which camera has the least amount of distortion, pin cushioning and purple fringing. Will these items really make a big difference and if so which is the most important? I am going to use the camera to take pictures at my church during special services as well as, at home, on vacation and at sporting events that my daughters participate in. I would like to get the best "bang for my buck" and am currently looking to spend around $400.00, something with around 10x zoom and 5 megapixel would probably be best. Any help would be appreciated and will keep me from making a poor decision.
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Old Dec 27, 2005, 11:03 AM   #2
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Hi there. I'm in the same boat, although I'm in the UK so forgive me if my price range is slightly affected by currency differences.

I spent 12 hours (a whole night-shift ) almost non-stop last night reading through page-after-page of reviews and will order my new camera to be later on today. It's a Sony H1.

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sonydsch1

I've always liked Sony as a brand, and I'm quite an enthusiastic photographer although not all that knowledgeable. It seemed to me that the basica choices fro me were from the:

Sony H1 http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sonydsch1/
Panasonic FZ25 http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonicfz5/
Canon S2 http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canons2is/

http://www.steves-digicams.com/holid...superzoom.html

They are all 5MP 12x zoom cameras and the sample images impressed me greatly.

Anyway, having read through what seems like thousands of reviews, it seemed that really the main deciding factor between the three was personal opinion and not a lot else. The Canon, imho, looks horribly cheap all clad in silver which put me off straight away. The Panasonic, again, is all silvery and horrible, but much less cheap looking, so I was umming and ah-ing between the Sony and the Panasonic. The sony's main fault that I could see, was it's use of Memory Stick Pro memory cards, which seem more expensive than all the others. But then I found this:

http://www.aakatz.com/h1whitepaper/

Which totally convinced me that the Sony was the perfect choice.

Hope that's of some use, as I said, I'm no expert, just a snap-happy blue collar shmo! :|
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Old Dec 27, 2005, 3:40 PM   #3
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Thanks, for your help. The camera's you listed are exactly the ones that I have been looking at. The Sony looks like a very good unit. Are you purchasing it locally or online?
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Old Dec 27, 2005, 4:09 PM   #4
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Online through amazon. £266 over here, which isn't bad at all.

Edit: Just ordered!

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