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A650IS, TZ5 or G9?
As a dumb Brit newbie (see http://www.dpreview.com/news/0808/08080705reevoo.asp) Id welcome your opinions on which camera to buy.Im sure youve been asked these questions a few hundred times already, but Im going to ask again anyway&.

I have a budget of c.200 and have narrowed my choice down to:.

Canon A650ISPanny TZ5Fuji 100sd.

I mainly use the camera for landscape/holiday snaps and family get togethers, but have a new baby coming along soon and want it to take some good quality shots indoors..

I like the idea of the TZ5s x10 zoom, shooting HD movie clips and wide angle lens..

The Canon seems to be a better all round camera (better sensor? Flippy screen, I like to idea of having more control when I have a bit more time to learn more about photography and I currently have a Powershot A95 that Ive been really happy with)..

Would you get any of these 3 cameras for 200? or would you stretch the budget to get a G9 (just with a damaged box) for 250? Or do you have any other suggestions?..

Comments (8)

I like all of those cameras (650, tz5, f100fd) but I probably would stay in budget and exclude the g9..

You won't go wrong with any of them imo...

Comment #1

As a family camera I would keep things easy with a Canon Ixus 860 or 960. For serious landscape studies the Canon G9..

Kelly Cook..

Comment #2

Holden McGroin wrote:.

Would you get any of these 3 cameras for 200? or would you stretchthe budget to get a G9 (just with a damaged box) for 250? Or do youhave any other suggestions?.

If there's a likelihood that you'll go beyond snapshotting (is that a verb yet?), I'd strongly suggest you spend the extra and get the G9 - just check that the box damage doesn't extend to the camera..

Although it's zoom is a bit restricted on wideangle reach, it's surely the best camera, and one that can see you through almost every lesson on photography you'll want to learn this side of cameras with interchangeable lenses..

As it's now widely available at around 275, try haggling for them to throw in 10 or 15 worth of memory cards - or an old version of some decent editing software - as well!.

All that said, for sheer fun and ease of use, also look at the TZ5 - but bear in mind that almost any such P&S might be worth only a third of what you pay for it if you want to trade it in against one with a fuller control set in a years' time..

It's enormously cheaper to make the right decision first time round!.

Peter.

Peter - on the green island of Ischiahttp://www.pbase.com/isolaverde..

Comment #3

Thanks for your help so far....

It's good to know that all the cameras I've picked out are likely to be suitable. This website is fantastic - both for the reviews and help on the discussion forums. I might scout around for a G9 and if I can get one anywhere near my budget, I'll get one - otherwise it probably depends whether I get a decent bonus this quarter!..

Comment #4

I use the G9 as a carry-about camera (when I want to leave the D200 at home) I love the picture quality, although the only thing missing is a bit longer zoom. But overall, a wonderful and powerful little camera..

I recently purchased the Panny TZ5 for my daughter, and she loves it. great features, nice (really nice!) zoom range, great image quality. The only thing absent from this camera are Aperture Priority & Shutter Priority manual controls - but I don't think this camera was aimed at that particular segment of the market that would care about that. It is a very good camera that is very easy to use. My daughter - she's 12, by the way, and already getting wonderful images from her TZ5 !!.

Hope I've helped in any way.

BigDog Ken Griffith.

Http://kengriffith.smugmug.com/.

Sunny Westchester, NY..

Comment #5

Holden McGroin wrote:.

SnipI have a budget of c.200 and have narrowed my choice down to:.

Canon A650ISPanny TZ5Fuji 100sd.

I mainly use the camera for landscape/holiday snaps and family gettogethers, but have a new baby coming along soon and want it to takesome good quality shots indoors..

I like the idea of the TZ5s x10 zoom, shooting HD movie clips andwide angle lens..

The Canon seems to be a better all round camera (better sensor?Flippy screen, I like to idea of having more control when I have abit more time to learn more about photography and I currently have aPowershot A95 that Ive been really happy with)..

I owned the Canon A650IS for about 3 weeks and returned it to Beach Camera (USA) even though I had to pay a re-stocking fee of 15%. The camera is HEAVY if you carry it on your belt, especially if you use Canon's (vertical) camera case. In addition, the camera is too big for Canon's own case, so the Velcro snap just about catches!.

You will always know you have the camera with you because it is that HEAVY. And the 6X zoom isn't that much improvement over the average 3X zoom..

Pictures taken of a School Graduation Ceremony left a lot to be desired. The lighting was low, but the pictures were very poor - even though I used a small tripod for most of the shots. Maybe it was a defective unit, but I'll never know for sure..

After awhile I switched to the Panasonic TZ5. It gave me better pictures and was fun to use. I carry it in Panasonic's (horizontal) camera case and it is lightweight and quite comfortable to carry on a belt..

The 10X zoom is about perfect for 95% of my pictures, as is the 28mm wide angle lens. You can take most pictures on full automatic - and hand the camera to almost anyone and still get a good result. Also, it is also nice to have a camera that zooms when taking a Video..

I spent a lot of time looking for "just the right combination of features - at a reasonable price." IMHO Panasonic has provided us with a solution to the problem..

I haven't used that Fuji model, so I will not comment on it..

Cameras keep improving every 6 months, so it is a sure bet that you'll be looking at buying a "new and improved" model in a couple of years. So, your choice is only temporary..

All the best,Jim.

Photographers take pictures, not cameras...

Comment #6

If you think that Canon A650 is too heavy then I would say that you're better with an ultracompact camera..

The bad images you got are likely a mixture of user fault and wrong gear (you probably let the camera chose the ISO and it was too high). For low lighting and action any small sensor camera will be awful so this is not a good example..

If you want something like that you would need a good dSLR that has good ISO1600 (or ISO3200) and a very fast lens (50 mm f/1.4 would be an example). Because of movement neither IS nor tripod would be usable..

For OP: if you liked Canon A95 you will not be very happy with Panasonic TZ5 (cold white balance, lack of manual control and quite noisy).VictorBucuresti, Romaniahttp://s106.photobucket.com/albums/m268/victor_petcu/http://picasaweb.google.com/teodor.nitica/..

Comment #7

The Fuji F100fd has the best low light shooting ability of any small point and shoot camera currently available (except for maybe the Fuji F45fd sold only by Ritz Camera). It also has a longish 5x optical zoom. It doesn't have manual controls, though...

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