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Hi,.

I recently started becoming interested in photography as more of a hobby. However, I currently don't have my own camera. I've just been using my girlfriend's Canon SD600 I got her a couple of years ago..

My question is this: Since I am so new to photography, would I be better suited to buy my own Point & Shoot first and see how serious I feel about it, or get maybe a lower end superzoom? I've been looking at the SD870 IS and the Panasonic DMC-FZ18 or Canon S5 IS..

My main concern is that I won't want to carry anything that won't fit in my pocket. I am really enjoying taking photos, though, so hopefully you understand my situation. Sorry if I'm a little confusing, I've been reading so many reviews and info it's a bit overwhelming..

Thanks...

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The form factor really is up to you I guess, but certainly aim to find a camera with a 28mm wide angle lens, most are 35mm and you find yourself always stepping backwards..

Tryhttp://www.keh.com for an excedllent selection of recently used gear..

Whitlaaa wrote:.

Hi,.

I recently started becoming interested in photography as more of ahobby. However, I currently don't have my own camera. I've just beenusing my girlfriend's Canon SD600 I got her a couple of years ago..

My question is this: Since I am so new to photography, would I bebetter suited to buy my own Point & Shoot first and see how serious Ifeel about it, or get maybe a lower end superzoom? I've been lookingat the SD870 IS and the Panasonic DMC-FZ18 or Canon S5 IS..

My main concern is that I won't want to carry anything that won't fitin my pocket. I am really enjoying taking photos, though, sohopefully you understand my situation. Sorry if I'm a littleconfusing, I've been reading so many reviews and info it's a bitoverwhelming..

Thanks..

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Comment #1

As a budget "trainer" you could start out with a Canon A720, Nikon P60, or Panasonic LZ10. These have manual controls. And any of them will go inside a pocket easier than a bulky SLR-like model..

Kelly Cook..

Comment #2

Hi,.

Since you have asked the question that way, I'd suggest a P&S. For the alternatives, most people know and are determined to get them..

Photography is mostly about having a good eye and then getting a picture. A P&S will do most of the work and, if it has EV adjustment, can be over-ridden when you feel the need (and as your experience grows)..

Regards, David..

Comment #3

28 narrows down you choice options. There are lots of good camera's out there that start a little higher. Most start somewhere below 35mm and the difference between a 28 and 31 isn't all that big. And: if you want some zoom to, remember that a 5x zoom starting from 28 wil not get you zooming as far as a 5x zoom that starts at 31. Loosing 3 mm on the wide-end means loosing 15 mm at the tele-end of the zoom on a 5x zoom lens..

What is better: Depends on what you want to shoot. Example: the sony H10 and Panasonic TZ5 are great starter camera's and roughly in the same league. Both have 10x zoom. The pany starts at 28 and goes to 280. The sony starts at 38 and goes to 380. If you are shooting landscapes and are hesitating between these two, the Pany is definitely the better choice.



Now, if you are really enthousiastic and want to learn all about manual settings, I would not hesitate and go for one of the superzoom models. Again there is lot's of choice there. Pany FZ18, sony H50, Olympus 560/570 and on and on and on..

Greetings,Erwin.

Alfisti wrote:.

The form factor really is up to you I guess, but certainly aim tofind a camera with a 28mm wide angle lens, most are 35mm and you findyourself always stepping backwards..

Tryhttp://www.keh.com for an excedllent selection of recently used gear..

Whitlaaa wrote:.

Hi,.

I recently started becoming interested in photography as more of ahobby. However, I currently don't have my own camera. I've just beenusing my girlfriend's Canon SD600 I got her a couple of years ago..

My question is this: Since I am so new to photography, would I bebetter suited to buy my own Point & Shoot first and see how serious Ifeel about it, or get maybe a lower end superzoom? I've been lookingat the SD870 IS and the Panasonic DMC-FZ18 or Canon S5 IS..

My main concern is that I won't want to carry anything that won't fitin my pocket. I am really enjoying taking photos, though, sohopefully you understand my situation. Sorry if I'm a littleconfusing, I've been reading so many reviews and info it's a bitoverwhelming..

Thanks..

***********************************************Please visit my gallery at http://www.pbase.com/alfisti.

Pentax Lens examples at http://www.pbase.com/alfisti/images_by_lens.

Updated May '08.

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Comment #4

Whitlaaa wrote:.

My question is this: Since I am so new to photography, would I bebetter suited to buy my own Point & Shoot first and see how serious Ifeel about it, or get maybe a lower end superzoom? I've been lookingat the SD870 IS and the Panasonic DMC-FZ18 or Canon S5 IS..

My main concern is that I won't want to carry anything that won't fitin my pocket. I am really enjoying taking photos, though, sohopefully you understand my situation. Sorry if I'm a littleconfusing, I've been reading so many reviews and info it's a bitoverwhelming..

I know the Canon S5 will not fit in your pocket (unless you have cargo pants!)most of the near-dSLR or "ultra-zoom" cameras are larger than compacts,the Canon G9 is smaller and may fit but it's more expensive.

Http://www.flickr.com/photos/w-photos/full resolution Canon S5 video http://www.filefactory.com/file/8e57cf..

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