I don't think there is a "best camera", but perhaps there is a camera that best fits your needs. So what do you want to use your camera for? Are you interested in learning more about photography and perhaps use more than auto-modes? Does size and weight matter?..
That exacly it, I want to learn more about fotography and explore the manual modes, I would prefere a smaller one, but I want the best image quality possible, so if it's a lettle bigger, I will deal with that..
The Canon a570is is a high quality camera with manual options and you can get it for a very low price online...
What do you think is the best advanced cam?.
If I were getting a bridge-type camera I'd go with the Fuji s6500 or s9600..
Or "might" consider the Panosonic FZ50. But high ISO tends to be not so good..
Once the price starts getting above $400 or so I'd consider just getting a DSLR. Wouldn't have the focal length range as the others, but would have better high ISO quality and a few other advantages..
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I like the mixture of features that the Panasonic has thrown together lithium battery, 28mm lens and I beleive it also shoots raw format. From what I've read Fuji has the best low light performance but for me it makes some odd choices for camera handling..
If you have ever owned a camera from one of the brands you listed you might think about going with that brand again. You will know the menus and general operation..
That exacly it, I want to learn more about fotography and explore themanual modes, I would prefere a smaller one, but I want the bestimage quality possible, so if it's a lettle bigger, I will deal withthat.
If you're after image quality, manual controls, and relatively small size, and zoom range isn't so important, look at the Canon G9..
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Fuji S6500 might be a good choice. You have all the manual controls you get with a DSLR and a good sensor. 28-300 (equiv.) manual zoom. S9600 is quite similar. It's sensor has more MP, but low-light-performance is not as good as S6500. But you can use an external flash with it..
But they are as big as a small DSLR. If you want a smaller camera, G9 would be worth considering..
(S9600 and S6500 are named S9100/S6000 outside Europe)..
Take a lookm at the nikon d40 dslr - small and easy to use and grow into. as your abilities grow you can trade up to a new body and keep the lens (es)start with kenrockwell.com..
The fuji 6500 it's really cool, I saw some fotos and are very nice, it's at the price of 350 euros here in Portugal, I also saw the fuji 5600 and the 5700, the 5600 I think it's the older brother os the 6500, it's also so good at low light?And the 5700?.
Ther are much more cheap, 5600 are 200 euros and 5700 240 euros, since it's me first advanced cam, I want to now if it worth the extra euros...
S5700 doesn not have a Super-CCD. S5600 has a smaller version S-CCD, but it's not a recent model, there's already the S5800 which also has no S-CCD..
These cameras are definitely one class lower than the S6500. The possibillities to influence what the camera is doing, are smaller. And the Zoom starts at 38mm. You may get problems, because you don't really have a wide-angle. But that depends on the things, you take photos of.On the other hand, they are smaller, lighter and less expensive..
If you really want to start with photography and you don't want to buy a DSLR, take S6500/S9600 or something similar, like FZ50..
BUT: A better camera won't automatically make you a better photographer. Take lots of pictures, read a book on photography (or several) and keep reading and posting in forums like this...
Off course, any of those cam just take good pictures if you know what you are doing..
But maybe i'll go for the 5600 (if find it), because for what I read can do a good job and it's cheaper. I have to buy more material, since I have nothing, even the card it's diferent from my canon so it's more money then the one spend in the cam..