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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
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    Help me choose!

    Hi,

    I am so over reading reviews and searching for a new digital camera.
    I've narrowed it down to the following:

    Canon Powershot 2000 IS
    Panisonic Lumix DMC FS15K
    Olympus stylus 1010

    Here's my answers to the following:

    Budget

    * What budget have you allocated for buying this camera? Please be as specific as possible.
    $200.00 - $250.00

    Size

    * What size camera are you looking for? Or does size not matter at all to you?
    pocket size

    Features

    How many megapixels will suffice for you?
    10.0 is fine (I don't really need 12.0)

    * What optical zoom will you need? (None, Standard = 3x-4x, Ultrazoom = 10x-12x, Other - Specify)
    I'd like at least a 7x or above

    * How important is “image quality” to you? (Rate using a scale of 1-10)
    at least 9 or 10

    Do you care for manual controls?
    I like auto, I want to be able to point and shoot and have super great pics

    General Usage

    * What will you generally use the camera for?
    Vacations (especially Disneyland in the dark rides) people, pets

    * Will you be making big prints of your photos or not?
    probably nothing more than 8x10

    Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos?
    probably 50%

    Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos?
    sometimes, but I'd like to have the avalibility to do so

    Miscellaneous

    Are there particular brands you like or hate?
    I'm thinking Canon, Panasonic, Olympus, Nikon

    Are there particular models you already have in mind?
    Canon Powershot 2000 IS
    Panisonic Lumix DMC FS15K
    Olympus stylus 1010

    (If applicable) Do you need any of the following special features? (Wide Angle, Image Stabilization, Weatherproof, Hotshoe, Rotating LCD)
    Definitaly Image Stabilization!! I tend to have camera shake.

    Thank you, I'd appreciate any help!!!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    western US
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    I wouldn't have high hopes for any of those shooting Disney in the dark. The compacts that do well in low light typically do not have as much zoom as you want. A better bet would be the SLR-like cameras. Of course they are more bulky than the compacts you listed. Least expensive SLR-like job is the Fujifilm S1500, most of the others are up near $300.

    Kelly Cook
    Canon EOS 50D, Fujifilm F45fd, various film dinosaurs

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