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Choosing camera within budget
Hi all,.

I've been using point and shoot camera's for awhile but am looking for a camera which has a little more umph..

The camera should have no problem with capturing fast moving pictures, noise in darker conditions should be kept to a minimun and the zoom is also important..

I told this to the guy in the shop and he told me, well then you're going to need a slr camera for that cause the camera's that I had in mind and which is within my budget aren't going to perform well..

My budget is around 250 euro and the camera's that I'm considering are the following:.

Olympus SP-550, sold for 250 euroFuji S5700, 177 euroPanasonic, DMC-FZ8, 229 euro.

I was going for the Olynpus, but I've read that people were having trouble making decent shots with it, so secondly I was considering the Fuji, I was told it's a difficult camera because you really need to get in to the different manual settings, it's not really good in the automatic setting..

As last option the DMC-FZ8, heard that it's a decent camera..

I'm kinda new to these kind of camera's if you had to choose between the three, which one would you choose, considering price, funcitionality, picture quality and learning curve...

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Daniel San wrote:.

The camera should have no problem with capturing fast movingpictures, noise in darker conditions should be kept to a minimun andthe zoom is also important..

Action requires live-tracking. So Optical viewfinder is desirable. High ISO performance (for action) and I.S. ( for landscape) will help in low light. Among P&S cameras, Canon A720IS (*MP, 6x zoom with I.S.)..

I told this to the guy in the shop and he told me, well then you'regoing to need a slr camera for that cause the camera's that I had inmind and which is within my budget aren't going to perform well..

He is absolutely right. Consider buying a second hand DSLR e.g. Canon 350D. But zoom on kit lens will only be 3x..

My budget is around 250 euro.

Rule out DSLR then.and the camera's that I'm considering.

Are the following:Olympus SP-550, sold for 250 euroFuji S5700, 177 euroPanasonic, DMC-FZ8, 229 euro.

FZ8 is the best option among the three. It has Raw mode (helpful in capturing max. details. Later you can clean up noise using software.). However if you are not ready to spend time on PP, then consider Canon S3IS or S5IS among superzooms. A720IS as overall package. Canons (& Nikons) produce best JPGs straight out of camera.Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612..

Comment #1

I looked up the canon s3 and s5, unfortunately they're both above my budget..

So, the panasonic looks like a good option, having to photoshop a little isn't a problem, am used to photo editing, not a pro, but I do ok..

Unless I decide to wait a month or two to save up some cash (although I can't really wait to get one right now), I'll probably be getting one this weekend..

Seeing I'm a beginner it really isn't a bad deal to get a cheaper one right? I mean a real DSLR might be a little to complicated to handle for a beginner...

Comment #2

I have had success with the Panasonic FZ7 in low light situations in a recent concert setting. The zoom is also helpful. One night I had 1st row and the second night I had 12th row and you can not tell the difference becasue of the zoom..

This is no means a professional type camera but it's light weight and easy to carry. It's also exceptional in full light situations..

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Wow, those are some nice and crisp pics, and that with the predecessor of the FZ8, impressive, hopefully the FZ8 is going to be just as good..

I was planning to get the FZ8 but the stores that I went to today are selling it for a ridiculous price, like it's a new released model, they're asking hundred euros more then what I saw on the internet (which are online shops but also have a regular shop, unfortunately not open today)..

Nearly bought other cams that I saw for reasonable prices, but without any background info I was hesitant, luckily I didn't give in, when I got home and looked the cams up, it appeared they s*cked (well nog big time, but not comparible with the three I mentioned)..

Well, hopefully I can get one tomorrow and get it for a reasonable price...

Comment #4

Wonderful concert photos.'Nice pen, bet you write good stories with it.'..

Comment #5

Hi Daniel:.

One of my old correspondents had an FZ7 and loved it. I believe the FZ8 has been touted as an improvement. That being said, he found it limitiing when it came to action photos and eventually bought a Nikon D40. Obviously I have my brand preference but reality is any of the major manufacturer DSLRs are going to do a wonderful job..

If there's camera club in your town, perhaps you can join it, in part, to see what other people are shooting with first-hand and maybe you'll find someone who has similar shooting interests and went through exactly what you're going through now..

Good luck in your choice.'Nice pen, bet you write good stories with it.'..

Comment #6

Well, I didn't buy it just yet, am waiting for the prices to drop a little, probably due to the holidays they're asking more then for the cameras..

Thanks for your help...

Comment #7

Hi,.

I think I agree with the guy in the hop about a digital SLR bing the one for the job but I think I ought to add that I've friends with the Olympus, who are pleased with it..

As for the FZ8, why not look for a lower-priced FZ7? Better in some respects but noise is a problem. However, I mean this politely, you've got to go way over your budget to get the low noise at high ISO and a decent lens on the thing. Better to go for ease of use and low noise in normal usage or else start saving hard for the dearer stuff..

I'm not sure, btw, what sort of zoom you want; you don't really speel it out clearly..

Regards, David..

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