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I have been on here for almost a month now trying to research a new camera. I have about 400$ to spend on a new camera. Next year I am studying abroad in china for a year. As such I need a camera to record the adventure. I plan on taking a LOT of outdoor pictures, lots of landscapes, buildings, structures and a good deal of indoor close pictures, people faces and crazy food dishes., or museum pieces etc. one of the big reasons I'm looking for a new camera is the little samsung point and shoot camera I have now cant take a picture in a room without all the lights on.



I will not be printing out pictures, just displaying them on the computer or on a cd to play on a big tv. What matters to me is the ease of taking pictures, and quality. I will probably never go back, I do not want to remember china as a blurry or sketchy country. what is not important lcd size or quality. I am a tourist ready to buy a good camera that will take great scenery and quality close up..

Ii am not savy enough to handle a dslr. I have played with my aunts and honestly it is just too complicated for my biology mind. I like these super zoom cameras because it just seems like the big zoom would allow me to take a picture on anything I can see..

I have been locked on the fuji 8000, cannon s5, & panasonic z18, but that new nikon p80 is worth looking at? I have till sept to buy a camera..

Any suggestions? am I looking at the wrong place with these super zoom cameras? is there something else I need to look at? for the people who write these reviews thank you for some of the best work I have thus read on the internet...

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Chatfouz wrote:.

I have been on here for almost a month now trying to research a newcamera. I have about 400$ to spend on a new camera. Next year I amstudying abroad in china for a year. As such I need a camera torecord the adventure. I plan on taking a LOT of outdoor pictures,lots of landscapes, buildings, structures and a good deal of indoorclose pictures, people faces and crazy food dishes., or museum piecesetc. one of the big reasons I'm looking for a new camera is the littlesamsung point and shoot camera I have now cant take a picture in aroom without all the lights on.

What matters to me is theease of taking pictures, and quality. I will probably never go back,i do not want to remember china as a blurry or sketchy country. whatis not important lcd size or quality. I am a tourist ready to buy agood camera that will take great scenery and quality close up.Ii am not savy enough to handle a dslr. I have played with my auntsand honestly it is just too complicated for my biology mind.

Any suggestions? am I looking at the wrong place with these superzoom cameras? is there something else I need to look at? for thepeople who write these reviews thank you for some of the best work ihave thus read on the internet..

Hi, I foresee that those superzooms that you mentioned will perform as poorly in low light as your current samsung P&S as they all are having small sensors..

According to your criteria, I believe that you would like a camera that:.

1. Has wide angle for landscape shooting (preferably 28mm) > Canon S5 is out..

2. Longer zoom (preferably up to 400mm) for versatility to shoot all others things..

3. Better low light performance > This could mean camera with larger sensor or camera with external flash hot shoe..

Among all the recent model of superzoom, I believe Fuji S100Fs is the closest matched of your criteria. It has 28mm-400mm equivalent lens, large 2/3" Super CCD sensors and hot shoe for external flash..

I don't have the Fuji S100Fs, one complaint that I heard about this camera is purple fringing. You may want to check it out by yourself...

Comment #1

I would advise you to sacrifice some zoom for the sake of portability. Afterall if the camera is not with you, what is the use of that zoom?.

So, consider Panasonic FX500 (if you like wide angle view). Ultra-compact, 5x zoom, 10MP..

If tele-end is more important then Canon SD890IS, Nikon S550..

Canon TX1, if you still need more zoom.All above are ultracompacts..

Among compacts: Canon SX100IS, Canon A720IS (6x zoom)/ Nikon P60 (5x zoom, eVF)..

Among larger ones, Nikon P80 (why? because Nikon uses better high ISO noise reduction methods before JPG conversion. And you want ease of use), Sony H50 (keep noise reduction to low)..

Chatfouz wrote:.

I will not be printing out pictures, just displaying them on thecomputer or on a cd to play on a big tv. What matters to me is theease of taking pictures, and quality. I will probably never go back,i do not want to remember china as a blurry or sketchy country. whatis not important lcd size or quality. I am a tourist ready to buy agood camera that will take great scenery and quality close up.Ii am not savy enough to handle a dslr. I have played with my auntsand honestly it is just too complicated for my biology mind.



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Comment #2

I have been locked on the fuji 8000, canon s5, & panasonic z18, butthat new nikon p80 is worth looking at? I have till sept to buy acamera..

Have a look at the Panasonic TZ5 too. It doesn't have such a long zoom (still 10x), but it is very compact and a great travel camera that does HD video too..

But if you decided you want a very long zoom camera, the Panasonic FZ18 is the current champ. The new Nikon P80 might be as good or even better, but we don't know yet because it hasn't been tested. Past experience with Nkon compacts suggests it won't beat the FZ18..

The Canon S5IS is a good camera too. It doesn't have a wide-angle lens like the others though. But it does have a useful flip-out screen and takes good video with stereo sound..

The Fuji would be my last choice. The new Fuji S100FS is a good camera, but very large compared to the ones you mention (very similar in size and feel to an SLR)..

Androohttp://Androo.smugmug.com..

Comment #3

The FZ18 is the king of the bridge cameras with it's 28mm wide and long telephoto zoom. It seems to win out in reviews when compared to the competition. Small and lightweight as well. I've posted a review link comparing it to Fuji and Olmpus models and will try to find the URL for you. Alternatively the TZ5 as a compact is a great camera offering 28-280mm, very popular. And no, I'm not a Panasonic user so have no bias in my recommendations!!..

Comment #4

I too am looking for a camera for a similar purpose. I will be going to Europe and would I am looking for a camera that can zoom as well as take some wide angled shots. With all of the super zoom cameras out there, I am not sure which one to get..

I have been looking at the Sony dsc-h50. I know it is new to the market. I was wondering if anyone has an opinion of this product as well as any other suggestions for a camera..

Thanks for the help...

Comment #5

SOKO6699 wrote:.

I too am looking for a camera for a similar purpose. I will be goingto Europe and would I am looking for a camera that can zoom as wellas take some wide angled shots. With all of the super zoom camerasout there, I am not sure which one to get..

I have been looking at the Sony dsc-h50. I know it is new to themarket. I was wondering if anyone has an opinion of this product aswell as any other suggestions for a camera..

Among all the super zoom, the Panasonic FZ18 seems to get better comments across all reviewers' website. It should be a safe choice with Leica lens and RAW support..

I'm not sure about Sony H50 since it is quite new. But for other Sony superzooms such as H7 or H9, they get very conflicting reviews from different websites. DigitalCameraInfo highly praised the H7/H9 as the top performer which even surpassing FZ18 in a lot of area. But DPReview critique H7/H9 with a lot of bad things and rate it only "above average" whereas they rate the FZ18 "recommended"..

I own neither FZ18 or H7/H9, so can't really comment on them... You may want to visit flickr camera finder page to see the photos taken by these cameras...

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