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Wife and I are looking for a new digital camera...have been well served by a Sony F717 (5+yrs and nearly 7000 photos)..

We are more than overwhelmed by the variety cameras and options. We're not looking to become photography pros but do have some requirements/preferences:- Our hobbies include the need for close-up photos of smaller objects..

- Will do some limited night shooting...mostly of successful (I hope) fishing experiences.- Like everyone, image quality is important.- 10x zoom is preferred but could live with something slightly less.- Would prefer a movie option..

- Have three active kids with active lifestyles so durability is important. We don't abuse our things but we're not the most friendly either.- Hoping to stay away from the "AA" power, but not a deal killer..

We are willing to pay $500-$600 for the right camera. Would entertain something more expensive (eg SLR's) but I suspect it would be overkill..

The size of the SLR like cameras does not bother us..

Among others, we've considered the Canon G9 (very nice, well built, but don't like the grip and may be overly complex), Canon S5 (like the feel, concerned with image quality and macro capabilities, prefer Lithium power)..

Appreciate any guidance/recommendations...

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It sounds like a superzoom/SLR-Like camera would best fit your needs. It would fit well in your price range also where a DSLR plus lenses to meet your needs would be much more money..

I've used the Fuji S9000 in the past and been very happy with the results, but that model has been replaced. I would look at either the Fuji S8000, Canon S5 IS, or the Panasonic DMC-FZ18.

One bit of advice. Why are you against AA's??? I see this a lot and I couldn't disagree more. I have always seen that as a huge plus in a camera. Rechargeable NiMH AA's are easy and cheap to buy so you always have a charged set on hand. I have always kept a set in the charger and a set in the camera. The real advantage is that if you find both sets out of charge at an important moment, you can always run to the local convenience store and grab a few in a pinch.



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Comment #1

Thanks for the feedback..

Not completely opposed to the AA's. Don't want to have to deal with multiple batteries. Although I'm not sure I buy it, I've been told that the Lithium batteries are a bit more durable...

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Chris Slusar wrote:.

Thanks for the feedback..

Not completely opposed to the AA's. Don't want to have to deal withmultiple batteries. Although I'm not sure I buy it, I've been toldthat the Lithium batteries are a bit more durable..

Using AA NiMH's you can get about as many shots as Li-ion's can. The real weakness of AA's is flash recycle time..

Just throwing out a random thought: how about two cameras? Maybe a Canon SD1000 to fit in your pocket and an SX100IS for when you want more options and longer range. Well under $500 combined..

Another random though: the Nikon D40 is under $500. It's image quality far surpasses a point & shoot, though it doesn't shoot movies...

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This is a new version however the old one looked good also.http://www.dpreview.com/news/0801/08012202olyswseries.aspLook at the reasons I thought of for you below ? .

Chris Slusar wrote:.

Wife and I are looking for a new digital camera...have been wellserved by a Sony F717 (5+yrs and nearly 7000 photos)..

We are more than overwhelmed by the variety cameras and options.We're not looking to become photography pros but do have somerequirements/preferences:.

- Our hobbies include the need for close-up photos of smaller objects..

Not sure how well this may go but most p&s offer pretty good macro ? .

- Will do some limited night shooting...mostly of successful (I hope)fishing experiences..

Water Water Water (Waterproof) Check out all the scene modes I am sure there is something that would work for you..

- Like everyone, image quality is important..

10Meg or 8Meg.

- 10x zoom is preferred but could live with something slightly less..

28-102 (I shoot SLR nearly all within this boundary).

- Would prefer a movie option..

Yes with sound.

- Have three active kids with active lifestyles so durability isimportant. We don't abuse our things but we're not the most friendlyeither..

Go for it knock youselves out. This is why I am looking at one for the Kids to take to the beach in the pool (waterproof 10m) take it too the skate park etc....

- Hoping to stay away from the "AA" power, but not a deal killer..

Rechargeable Lithium Ion.

We are willing to pay $500-$600 for the right camera. Wouldentertain something more expensive (eg SLR's) but I suspect it wouldbe overkill..

Is within this price point.

The size of the SLR like cameras does not bother us..

Compact.

Among others, we've considered the Canon G9 (very nice, well built,but don't like the grip and may be overly complex), Canon S5 (likethe feel, concerned with image quality and macro capabilities, preferLithium power)..

Your decision here. All good cameras in their own right..

Appreciate any guidance/recommendations..

Hope this may have given you a different outlook. For me I like the fact I can even give it too the kids and get them into photography without worrying will the drop or break my camera. Later onece they are older or you find you want to take your photography further upgrade to a DSLR..

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I'm happy using the Fuji 9100/9600 as a SLR-like camera (you're welcome to look at my "Back to the Bridge Camera" link if interested). If you can wait, Fuji have a newer better model (S1000) coming out with a slightly larger 1:1.5 (2/3) sensor and image stabilisation as well..

I don't particularly like AA batteries either. Especially so with flash, and they tend to slowly lose their charge in the camera and whilst the Lithium battery in the DSLR will last sometimes 3 weeks, I wouldn't trust the AA's left unattended for more than a week in the Fuji , though they are usually good for a busy day's shooting. That said, I have a friend who had a lot of trouble with Lithium batteries on an Old Nikon 5700..

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Comment #5

Greg Nut wrote:.

Chris Slusar wrote:.

Thanks for the feedback..

Not completely opposed to the AA's. Don't want to have to deal withmultiple batteries. Although I'm not sure I buy it, I've been toldthat the Lithium batteries are a bit more durable..

Using AA NiMH's you can get about as many shots as Li-ion's can. Thereal weakness of AA's is flash recycle time..

Just throwing out a random thought: how about two cameras? Maybe aCanon SD1000 to fit in your pocket and an SX100IS for when you wantmore options and longer range. Well under $500 combined..

Another random though: the Nikon D40 is under $500. It's imagequality far surpasses a point & shoot, though it doesn't shoot movies..

That's true but if you look at the OP's requirements they would have to add two or three lenses to take advantage of the DSLR's abilites. That will bump the price up another $800-1000.

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Comment #6

Moxi, Australia.

There are as many answers as there are cameras. My Choyce was thePanasonic DMZ 50http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Panasonic/panasonic_dmcfz50.aspMy reasons:* great Leica lens 12X 35-420mm,.

* the lens zooms and focuses in the old fashioned way by just turning the lens ring (Rather than the frustrating power buttons, using battery and mostly zooming either too far- or not enough).

* full manual operation or 5 program as well as 15 scene modes also Motion Image Mode.* if you like close-ups the flexible LCD screen is just dandy!.

Of course there are a-plenty other cameras to choose. For me a must is an optical finder, as with only a LCD screen however big, the sun can make the focusing very hard.Hope you think about this, and good luck!Cheers Moxi..

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