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JohnBrowning
08-25-2004, 11:34 PM
Here's the criteria -- good low light focus, fast auto focus, low shutter-lag, good flash, and preferably a tilting LCD, and preferrably quick from picture to picture. This would be a transition camera between compact digital and dSLR (not quite ready to make the jump yet -- sorry George!).

John_Reed
08-26-2004, 07:02 AM
Here's the criteria -- good low light focus, fast auto focus, low shutter-lag, good flash, and preferably a tilting LCD, and preferrably quick from picture to picture. This would be a transition camera between compact digital and dSLR (not quite ready to make the jump yet -- sorry George!).John, check out the Panasonic DMC-FZ3 (or FZ20, if size/price isn't an issue). It's really fast, has a great stabilizer for sharp hand-held low-light shots (well, as long as your subjects can stay still! ;)) , and lacks only the tiltable LCD to be your ideal. (So you'll have to bend over more?) You could also look at the Canon PowerShot S1, but for still pictures (the Canon has a great movie mode, but it takes at least a 1GB card to satisfy its memory hunger for any reasonable movie length), the FZ3 is faster (how's 7 burst frames at 4 frames/sec, and continuous shooting at 3 frames/sec until the card is full?), and it has an AF illuminator to keep even George happy. IMO, the FZ3 will also give you superior image quality.

speaklightly
08-26-2004, 07:34 AM
I 'll add another suggestion, with all due respect to my collegue, John Reed, our on site, non commissioned Panasonic representative. Take a good look at the Nikon 4200. It has very fast start-up and shot to shot times, a low light focusing lamp, a new ED era optical lens, and is shirt pocket size, so it can be carried anywhere quite easily. There has been a lot of excitment about this camera.

You can just tell your friends that you bought a new Nikon. Go short on the conversational details, and due to the recent wave of television advertisments, perhaps they will envision you snapping away with a mighty Nikon D-70.

Sarah Joyce