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Old 07-08-2012, 11:15 PM   #1
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I need/want a new camera.

Hi, without all of the details, which can be mind boggling, I have three possibilities. First off, I'm looking for a super zoom pocket camera. [20X optical zoom] my old Canon has 4X zoom. Does anyone here have any experiences with these or other recommendations. My old Canon uses AA batteries and the new cameras use rechargeable batteries and have reports of short life.

I'm looking at Canon, Panasonic, and Sony.

Canon SX 260 12.1 MP 20X optical zoom.

Panasonic Lumix ZS20 14.1 MP 20X optical zoom.

Sony Cybershot DSC HX30 V 18.1 MP 20X optical zoom.
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:37 PM   #2
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I am a pro photographer and I keep a Canon g1x in my bag. Great back up if my main rig goes south. I can still get the image I need for my clients.
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:41 PM   #3
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Now this is right down my alley. Yes I can help but better than that, I can give you a resource that will help you pick http://www.steves-digicams.com/best-cameras.htmlhttp://

This guy classifiies cameras into groups and price ranges and has detailed reviews on the cameras along with sample shots from the cameras. Real detail but also gets down to basic performance. What I do is look through the categories and find duplicate models scoring high and focus in on them. I found two of your picks on the site so far. Check it out. Note all the work he puts into this.
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:48 PM   #4
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Hi Bob;
Got the Panasonic model you described at Costco 2 weeks ago for my daughter as a birthday gift. She just loves the zoom!! So far she's used it in Tokoyo and Vegas. She had a sony 4X prior and tho this is a little larger she raves about it.
The technology is moving rapidly and the ability to cram features in is a mind blow.She also likes the screen size and touch features.She did not complain about short battery life.
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On Edit- Bob we got the ZS19 not the 20. the 20 has gps the 19 does not.She didn't want us to know where she was. lol
an inexpensive monopod helps with the zoom.
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Just breezing through the reviews Rob the Sony sounds really good great price, long battery life but it also has flexible battery selection and zeiss lens. He states that the performance is quick also. So, if you can deal with the memory stick proprietary thing of Sony, that might be a good one.

http://www.steves-digicams.com/camer...60-review.html

In the canon review he mentioned that the autofocus is somewhat slow. FYI
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I use a Nikon Coolpix S4100. 5 zoom, 14.0 megapixels, touch-screen display on the back, 720p movie recording, takes SD, SDHC or SDXC memory cards, uses a lithium-ion battery that's good for almost 200 shots before needing a recharge.

Manufacturer's website at: Nikon COOLPIX S4100 Camera
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I almost bought the Panasonic or one very much like it. I wanted an interchangeable lens so I went with another camera, but for a pocketable super-zoom the Panasonic is a very good camera.

I found in trying out lots of cameras that I absolutely hate touch-screen controls for cameras. YMMV but it just didn't seem like a good thing from an ergonomic standpoint. I've had a touch-screen smartphone for 2+ years and wouldn't go back to a keyboard there, but prefer rockers and thumbwheels for the way I manipulate a camera.
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Old 07-09-2012, 08:29 AM   #8
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I prefer the Pentax "W" models. Takes HD movies and stills. Waterproof down to 40', crushproof and fits in your shirtpocket. A real rugged camera.
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I concur on the Steve's Digicams website. It is excellent.

I like the Canon Cameras. I am a home inspector and use the SX200is for my main camera (12x zoom) and a Canon SD1300is for my backup and everything else. Both cameras have quite a wide angle lens which is real important to me for inside shots (5.0). The SX model allows you to delete a range of photos. With the SD you need to delete all the photos or just one at a time- bummer. Battery life has not been a problem, in fact I would classify the battery life as great. Just like computers, I understand and only use just a few of the features.

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I've had a touch-screen smartphone for 2+ years and wouldn't go back to a keyboard there, but prefer rockers and thumbwheels for the way I manipulate a camera.
I hear you. In addition to my Nikon Coolpix, that I carry around all the time, for "serious" (mostly work-related) photography I have a Digital SLR, a Nikon D3200, that I bought after reading a review of it by photographer Ken Rockwell. I don't carry the DSLR all the time, though. An Airstream Interstate has a very limited amount of storage space, so if I don't need the big camera, I don't take the big camera. But the little camera fits in a pocket, and so basically takes up no space at all in the RV.
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This is the new benchmark in small cameras. I shoot (moving film) for a living and I can't wait to get one of these. Not the cheapest, but very good quality.
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I hear you. In addition to my Nikon Coolpix, that I carry around all the time, for "serious" (mostly work-related) photography I have a Digital SLR, a Nikon D3200, that I bought after reading a review of it by photographer Ken Rockwell. I don't carry the DSLR all the time, though. An Airstream Interstate has a very limited amount of storage space, so if I don't need the big camera, I don't take the big camera. But the little camera fits in a pocket, and so basically takes up no space at all in the RV.
I actually bought a "tweener" camera rather than a DSLR... they're taking to calling them EVIL on camera forums (Electronic Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens.) The one I chose is an Olympus PEN, due in no small part to the 20 years I spent with Olympus 35mm SLRs. It's not pocketable but very compact and light, and I use my phone for quick point/shoot snapshot stuff when I don't have the "real" camera.

I just found on the touch-screen cameras (pocket-size and EVIL) I frequently touched the screen when I didn't mean to, sometimes taking pictures, sometimes opening menus and such that interfered with actually taking a picture when I intended... mind you, this is all in-store fiddling, so it's possible that I might have gotten used to the touch screen after a while, but I chose to avoid the issue instead.
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Used to be a big Canon guy... Have been into the Panasonic small cameras and love them. The ZS series is a really nice camera. We now have 2 Panasonics, a ZS10 and a TS4 (waterproof tough cam) and a GF5 micro-4/3 on the way!

My mom, mom in law, sister, all went with th ZS after playing with ours. Very capable camera for such a small package.
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First of all I am not a professional photographer. I don't even consider my self a good amateur one. I lack skills and talent in art.

However, this is the logic I apply to buying a modern camera. The electronics in modern cameras play a big part today. However they are all fairly much the same, with the same things to consider as with any electronic device. The more expensive the camera, the more features you will find. Do you need them? Only the buyer knows that.

The other major component is the optics. That is were I focus when choosing a camera. My opinion is that the companies with the long time reputations for producing great optical cameras, will have the best optics. When I factor in what I have had experience with in the past, I will always pick Canon or Nikon. If I were buying a stereo or the like, I would look at Panasonic, Sony, etc. But not for a camera.

An 18 megapixel camera is no better that a 4 megapixel one if the optics suck.

That is my 2 cents worth, packaged in fancy dollar wrapping.

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