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  1. #1
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    which camera is best for me

    I am looking to buy a camera and am uncertain of which two to buy.
    Budget--preferably under $250

    Size--small enough for a purse, but can be larger than a pocket size

    Features--Optical zoom-- at least 6x
    image stabilization extremely important
    image quality 10/10

    I do not care for manual controls--I am just a beginner

    General usage--I work with babies and toddlers. I want to take pictures of them, but they obviously don't stay still for very long. Lighting conditions will vary. I want clear photos and some short videos also. As this is my only camera, I will also be taking it on vacations.

    I will not be making big prints of my photos.
    I will be shooting a lot of indoor photos, some perhaps low light.
    As babies constantly move, they will be action photos, but not from a huge distance.
    I am looking mostly at the new Canon A2100 and Panasonic dcm-tz5. There seems to be pros and cons to both. The canon is new and I haven't seen to many reviews yet on it. It has the updated sensor chip. Online, the photo samples of the Canons seem to be crisper and clearer than the Panasonic, but I am intrigued by the long zoom and high def videos of the Panasonic. I am open if you think a different camera yet would be better. I don't like the proprietary memory stick of the Sony, though.

  2. #2
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    You may want to look at this review...
    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/q209grouplongzoom/
    Doug
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  3. #3
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    link didn't work

    Thanks for your help. I take it from the first reply that you think the panasonic dmc-TZ5 would be the better camera. The link on the second reply to photosnag turned up a blank page.

    does anyone have an evaluation of the new Canon A2100?

  4. #4
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    ccsk-

    Jeff Keller right on this website has done a Canon A-2000 camera review. Jeff also reviewed the TZ-5 and gave it a thumbs up. Are you planning on using flash for your indoor photos? I ask that question, as IMO the TZ-5 has a somewhat underpowered built-in flash unit.

    Although it is larger in size, than the TZ-5, the Kodak Z01012, which has been reviewed by Steve's Digicams, might be a better choice, in terms of IQ, while still being in the same price range, as it sells for $(US) 199.95. The Z-1012 also has a better built-in flash.

    Sarah Joyce

  5. #5
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    Canon A2100

    Thanks Joyce for responding.
    I am looking at the A2100, not the 2000. Some significant changes were made between the two models.
    The flash is a concern, so that might be a determining factor. I don't generally like the Kodaks because there colors seem to be really off at times.

  6. #6
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    hi....
    Just take a look.....I hope you'll like this:


    http://www.testfreaks.com/digitalcam...shot-dsc-t700/
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  7. #7
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    sony issues

    my problem with Sony is that the use expensive memory sticks instead of the standard, less expensive sd cards. I appreciate your response, anyway. I have never figured out how the test freaks get their final score. If you look at the user and expert ratings, they don't equal or average their final score.

  8. #8
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    While the memory sticks are more expensive, it's a one time purchase that doesn't detract from using the camera. I wouldn't let it stop me from buying a camera that was otherwise the right one.

  9. #9
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    ccsk-

    Of course, it is nothing more than my own personal opinion, but other that uping the megapixel count from 10mp on the Canon A-2000, to 12mp on the new A-2100 is not a significant IQ improvement. It will just add more noise in your low light level shots, where you do not use the camera's built-in flash unit.

    By the way, you never did answer the question about how you will be taking your indoor shots. Will you be using the camera's built-in flash unit??

    If you are going to use flash for those indoor shots, neither the A-2100, nor the TZ-5 cameras are a good choice due to their low output flash units. The Sony H-10 or H-20 has a much better built-in flash.

    Sarah Joyce

  10. #10
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    Canon upgrade

    I am sorry I didn't answer your earlier question, I will be taking indoor shots using the flash unit.
    According to Canon the 2100 has the upgraded sensor the Digic IV rather than the Digic III image sensor. I agree with you that the added Pixels really doesn't matter.
    I will check out the sonys, but the memory stick is rather a put off for me.

    Thx for replying.

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