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I am in the hunt for a new camera. My very first camera was Olympus C740 which took great shots but has very small screen. I have since got a Canon IXUS 960 that takes great shots indoors but outdoors not so good. I have 2 young children and am an avid scrapbooker so I take lots of photos. We are heading to USA in a few months and I need a great camera that will capture our trip. I am not up to SLR stage yet but want a camera that has great Image Quality with some sort of stabiliser in it and a good zoom.

Any help would be great...

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You have got one of the best camera already. So don't expect any better results from any other P&S camera..

Nevertheless Fuji S100fs is better than all other prosumer cameras out there. An acceptable alternative to DSLR, especially with it's good zoom range (14.3x) and larger sensor size (than other P$S cameras)..

Jslotegraaf wrote:.

Hi.

I am in the hunt for a new camera. My very first camera was OlympusC740 which took great shots but has very small screen. I have sincegot a Canon IXUS 960 that takes great shots indoors but outdoors notso good. I have 2 young children and am an avid scrapbooker so itake lots of photos. We are heading to USA in a few months and Ineed a great camera that will capture our trip. I am not up to SLRstage yet but want a camera that has great Image Quality with somesort of stabiliser in it and a good zoom.

Any helpwould be great..

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Jslotegraaf wrote:.

Hi.

I am in the hunt for a new camera. My very first camera was OlympusC740 which took great shots but has very small screen. I have sincegot a Canon IXUS 960 that takes great shots indoors but outdoors notso good. I have 2 young children and am an avid scrapbooker so itake lots of photos. We are heading to USA in a few months and Ineed a great camera that will capture our trip. I am not up to SLRstage yet but want a camera that has great Image Quality with somesort of stabiliser in it and a good zoom.

Any helpwould be great..

If you want good image quality in low light and size/weight aren't an issue, you should really consider a DSLR. Don't be put off by thinking you need to be an expert to use one: they can be used perfectly easily as glorified point-n-shoot cameras in full-auto mode, but the much larger sensors result in image quality in low light that knocks the socks off compacts. If and when you get into it and want to learn how to control the settings more you can, but there is no need to if you are happy with P mode..

I use ISO800 indoors without flash regularly - mostly to photograph my kids - and get pictures that make nice 10 x 8 prints; you can only see the noise if you really scrutinise them close up. Try that with most compacts and you will get a horrible result....

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(taken with a Pentax K100D + kit lens, ISO800, 1/60 sec at f/4.5).

If you want a built in image-stabiliser you could consider Pentax K100D (if still available) or it's successor the K200D; the Olympus E510; or the Sony alpha-100..

Best wishesMike..

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I have always been frightened to step up to the next level of DSLR. My image of using a DSLR is of people with huge bag of lenses and needing to know what you are doing. What are the easiest DSLR's around and what other lenses would I need? Joanne..

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Jslotegraaf wrote:.

I have always been frightened to step up to the next level of DSLR.My image of using a DSLR is of people with huge bag of lenses andneeding to know what you are doing. What are the easiest DSLR'saround and what other lenses would I need? Joanne.

Get the Nikon D40 (not the D40x). It will come with an 18-55 kit lens. If you want to (you don't have to!) you can also buy the 55-200 kit lens. Or you could throw the 18-55 lens away and get the 18-135 or 18-200VR lens. Use it like a P&S..

Remember, you don't HAVE to swap lenses!.

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No need to be afraid of DSLR's... While it is true that to get the most out of them it helps to be an expert, they can still be used just like a P&S when switched to "full auto" mode, but will give you far better results than a P&S in low light situations. You can always step up and learn to use the more advanced modes later if you desire to do so, or you can keep using it in auto mode forever and enjoying the quality pictures you are getting..

A good entry level DSLR with a versatile lens would be your best bet. Also, since you want good low light shots I would consider a DSLR with built in optical stabilization to prevent camera shake in low light situations. Have a look at the entry level Olympus or Pentax DSLR's, both have the stabilization built into the camera body, whereas with Canon or Nikon you are forced to buy lenses with the stabilization in the lens instead..

A lot of DSLR's come with a kit lens which is usually around 18-50mm. If you have the option, see if you can get something more versatile instead, a lot of shops will offer the camera with a different lens instead of the standard kit lens, for a bit more cost. If you got something like a 18-200mm you would have a lot more zoom capability without having to switch lenses, without having to sacrifice wide angle. Since you originally wanted a P&S I assume you didn't want the hassle of having to carry multiple lenses, which is why a nice versatile lens like a 18-200mm would be best for you... You could leave that one lens on the camera forever, set the camera to full auto mode, and forever use it like a P&S...

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A Nikon D40 with the 18-55 kit lens is a really good start. The 6mp sensor has larger photosites and had higher DR and lower noise than most entry level cameras. Add a 50mm f/1.8 lens (will be manual focus though on the D40) and you can shoot in just about any light..

Even you leave the camera on green mode (auto everything) you will get better results than any compact/P&S will yield...

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