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Advice re next P&S camera
Hi folks! I'm thinking about changing my camera in the next few weeks, and I thought it worth picking your collective brains for some advice..

At the moment I've got a Sony T100 (also an old Pentax Optio S4i), and although I've been reasonably happy with it, the photos it produces aren't as sharp as I would like (especially landscapes). I know I could probably improve them with some post processing, but frankly I can't be bothered to spend hours on the computer tweaking them ..

The criteria I'm looking to fulfil (most of which were met by my T100, except for the image quality) are:.

1. Must be as small and lightweight as possible (so I don't go back to the bad old days pre digital of coming back from a holiday with a bad shoulder from carrying too heavy a camera). Absolutely must be under 200g.2. Must have at least 5x zoom.3. Must have at least a 2.5" screen, although 3" is preferrable..

4. Must have a decent macro function (I take a lot of photos of the cards and jewellery I make)..

5. Must have a continuous/burst mode and reasonably small shutter lag for taking photos of my active pets..

6. Must take crisp, clear landscape shots (as most of my holiday photos are of the scenic variety)..

7. Preferably uses SD cards (as I have plenty from my old Pentax), but that's not a major issue.8. Budget wise, I'd like to keep it under 250 max..

I know I have to compromise to a certain extent on the image quality because of the size of camera I'm looking at, so it's really looking for the best of it's size..

I'm currently leaning towards the Panasonic FX500, but any opinions welcome!..

Comments (13)

Canon SD870IS. While it only has 4x zoom, it does have a 28mm wide angle lens, great for landscapes. Also IS and great image quality...

Comment #1

Thanks for the suggestion. It does look good in terms of the image quality, weight and wide angle lens, but the zoom isn't really enough for what I'm looking for (given that it only goes up to 105mm, which is the same as my old Pentax Optio s4)...

Comment #2

Have a look at the Canon SD890IS, which has a 5x zoom, though not much wide angle.Androohttp://Androo.smugmug.com..

Comment #3

Fuji F100fd (sharp lens, good IQ, wide angle 5x zoom)..

Linzi wrote:.

Thanks for the suggestion. It does look good in terms of the imagequality, weight and wide angle lens, but the zoom isn't really enoughfor what I'm looking for (given that it only goes up to 105mm, whichis the same as my old Pentax Optio s4)..

Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612Thanks for your time...

Comment #4

Thanks, the SD890 doesn't look bad, apart from the not so wide angle. Worth considering though...

Comment #5

Ajay0612 wrote:.

Fuji F100fd (sharp lens, good IQ, wide angle 5x zoom)..

Linzi wrote:.

Thanks for the suggestion. It does look good in terms of the imagequality, weight and wide angle lens, but the zoom isn't really enoughfor what I'm looking for (given that it only goes up to 105mm, whichis the same as my old Pentax Optio s4)..

Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612Thanks for your time..

Photo samples I've seen look really good. If only it weren't over 200g (I know I'm picky!)...

Comment #6

I would go Canon A650 or Samsung NV15. They use a bigger sensor and will produce the best IQ short of an SLR...

Comment #7

K1000Photographer wrote:.

I would go Canon A650 or Samsung NV15. They use a bigger sensor andwill produce the best IQ short of an SLR..

I know the Canon is a good camera (a friend has one), but unfortunately it is way too large (both in size and weight) I'd definitely be back in bad shoulder territory if I carried that one around on holiday..

Also, the NV15 only has 3x zoom, so even if the image quality is good, it's zoom isn't enough (I do use the 5x zoom on my T100 quite a bit)..

Thanks for the suggestions though...

Comment #8

I have to admit that my NV15 shooting is mainly street shooting where the wide end is almost exclusively used...

Comment #9

Linzi wrote:.

Thanks for the suggestion. It does look good in terms of the imagequality, weight and wide angle lens, but the zoom isn't really enoughfor what I'm looking for (given that it only goes up to 105mm, whichis the same as my old Pentax Optio s4)..

With 8mp, the 870 can use a fair amount of digital zoom and still produce a great 8x10. It's also very small..

You should probably look at the Panasonic TZ5. I did, and still bought the Canon...

Comment #10

How about the Panasonic TZ5?.

Wide angle lens, 10x zoom, high res big LCD...

Comment #11

Greg Nut wrote:.

With 8mp, the 870 can use a fair amount of digital zoom and stillproduce a great 8x10. It's also very small..

You should probably look at the Panasonic TZ5. I did, and stillbought the Canon..

Does the 870 have a smart zoom feature where you can drop to a lower mp and get more zoom? That would help. I'm sure I could do it manually with the digital zoom (and get more of a zoom), but automatically would be nice..

I did have a look at an SD970 in Jessops today (that was the only one they had in my local store that was close to what I want), and that was quite comfy to hold, and had 5x zoom. I'm going to do some more checking on that one - can't see it in the Canon camera database on this site for some reason. Anyone out there with one of these who would like to comment?.

I'd love the 10x zoom on the TZ5, but it's definitely too big (physically)...

Comment #12

Tkbslc wrote:.

How about the Panasonic TZ5?.

Wide angle lens, 10x zoom, high res big LCD..

This would be good if it weren't so big, I know it's classed as a compact, but it's still too big for me unfortunately..

That's why I was thinking of the Panny FX500, the zoom isn't as good as the TZ5, but it's a lot smaller...

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