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kfarrell
06-09-2007, 11:44 AM
Hi! I am having trouble finding one camera that meets all of my preferences... :confused:

Looking for a higher-zoom (at least 5x optical) camera with a viewfinder, with strong preference towards SD compatibility and not using AA batteries. I'm willing to make compromises, but could use some help deciding which cameras are worth compromising. Appreciate any help you can give, thanks!

Budget

* Up to $500/$600, but half that is twice as good. ;)

Size

* Size doesn't matter.

Features

* At least 6MP/7MP, more is a plus but not necessary.

* At least 5x/6x optical zoom, but prefer 7x-10x or ultrazoom.

* Image quality: 10 (very important).

Do you care for manual controls?

It's a bonus, but not absolutely necessary.

General Usage

* What will you generally use the camera for?

Taking lots & lots of miscellaneous snapshots.

* Will you be making big prints of your photos or not?

Might be nice, but not necessary.

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

Yes.

Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos?

Yes.

Miscellaneous

Are there particular brands you like or hate? No.

Are there particular models you already have in mind?

Here are some I've come up with, and any concerns I have. I'd love to hear other suggestions, especially from the less-than-ultrazoom but still at least 5x category.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7/FZ8
Is there much difference between FZ7 and FZ8 other than MP and "intelligent ISO mode"? Is "intelligent ISO mode" worthwhile?

Canon PowerShot G7
No raw/losless format
Below average battery life

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ2/TZ3
No viewfinder

Canon PowerShot A710 IS
Uses AA batteries
No raw/lossless format

Kodak EasyShare P712
Couldn't find many reviews
Battery life?
Image quality?

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
High end of price range

Casio EXILIM Hi-Zoom EX-V7
No viewfinder
Image quality?

(If applicable) Do you need any of the following special features? (Wide Angle, Image Stabilization, Weatherproof, Hotshoe, Rotating LCD)

Would definitely like Image Stabilization.
Wide angle, weatherproof are bonuses, but not necessary.

Other

Memory formats: Would really like it to support SD, since all my other devices do and I already have plenty of SD cards.

Viewfinder: Want a viewfinder of some sort. The LCD can be small, I often turn it off and just use the viewfinder in my current camera to save battery life.

Batteries: Prefer not to use AA - I have that now and have had bad luck, even with rechargables. Much prefer something I can plug-in to charge. Good battery life is a bonus.

Other Bonuses: lossless format available (e.g. RAW, TIFF), good video performance.

Absolutely doesn't matter: digital zoom, fancy previewing/sharing modes, software.

:) Anyway, I really appreciate any tips/comments/advice/help, thanks everyone!

kfarrell
06-10-2007, 02:18 PM
Decided to get the Panasonic DMC-FZ8. Thanks!

S.C.
06-10-2007, 03:51 PM
Decided to get the Panasonic DMC-FZ8. Thanks!

Congrats!!! Don't forget to post some pics.