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Camera search, help!
So, I've been out of touch with the digital photography world for a while..

I currently own a Canon S2 IS. I love the high quality movies and the nice zoom lense. I do not like the fact that it takes less than 10 pictures before needing a new battery (I'm guessing this is a defect, but it's too old to worry about now)..

So, I need a new camera!.

I'm looking for the following:.

Size: Perhaps Powershot S80 or Axxx ish, not a tiny pocket camera, but nothing like the S2... That was a bit big..

Zoom: Preferably 4x or more. I really enjoyed the huge zoom on the S2 IS, but size is more important here..

Image issues: I often take low light or sports photographs. The S2 was absolutely wreched for low light pictures, and took some finagling for sports (no sports mode! had to do it manually)..

Other needs: It will need 640x480 @30FPS at the *very least*. I would vastly prefer a higher resolution at 30/60FPS, or 640x480@60FPS. I've heard that this is a major feature in up and coming cameras, is this true? Will it be worth waiting a few months (or at least until PMA08) until pursuing this further?Battery: Preferably AAMemory card: Preferably SD.

Thanks for any help!..

Comments (5)

Look into the A650IS.....it has a 6X lens, takes 4 AAs, has IS and a larger and brighter swivel LCD with more resolution than the S2.Regards,Hank.

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Comment #1

Seems like the Panasonic Lumix TZ2 and 3 got decent reviews and respectable user scores, does anyone have any direct experience with these in low light conditions or with sport photography? The TZ5 is looking like it fits my needs almost perfectly, although I am assuming more models with similar feature sets will be announced in the coming weeks....

Http://www.dpreview.com/news/0801/08012917panasonictz4tz5.asp.

720p video, 10x zoom, smaller than most superzooms... Cool!..

Comment #2

OK, I was going to say that generally sports is the domain of the dslr. Sports requires a fast lens (wide aperature), longer focal lengths and the ability to produce good images at higher ISOs. Higher ISOs are needed to compensate for the faster shutter speeds you need to stop action. I recently learned that the P&S with the fastest lens is the Canon S5. So this would be your best choice however you've indicated you don't want something that big. I think outdoor (bright light) tennis is do-able with the Canon a650 or Panasonic you've mentioned.



Regarding low lights in general, you'll need a camera that has good ISO capability. That would be a dslr or in the P&Ss the Fuji F series (F20, 31, 30, current models 40, 50) are considered the most capable...

Comment #3

Hehe, yeah, Ideally I would have a DSLR for the photography, camcorder for the video, and P&S for personal use, but us students don't have budgets for fun stuff like that! So I'll need to compromise on all fronts... sigh..

I'll probably wait until we see some of the announcements at the PMA. Seems like HD video and some of the other features will be more common in a wide variety of cameras this year, leading to better choices..

Thanks for the help!..

Comment #4

Try Sanyo Eneloops or other hybrids or lithium AAs...

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