None of these cameras fit your criteriafor that you would need a DSLR.The closest to your spec is the Canon G7/G9phenomenal performance from something that small but lacking decent wide capability.Wait for the G10-reckon that could tick all your boxes.PJT..
H50 is currently to the best of my knowledge, the best low light superzoom performer on the market..
If you really don't mind about having the longest zoom, go for the Panasonic TZ5. It should react quickly enough in most situations and is smaller than all but the Fuji F100fd, which would be an okay second choice..
The TZ5 also has the advantage of shooting HD video. Well, you may think of it as an advantage..
People have suggested the Canon G9, and while it's a great camera, it probably isn't the fastest reacting and with it's raw capability is more geared to the enthusiast..
Even so, you would probably be happy enough with any of the cameras, though you may be disappointed by the speed of most if not all for sports photography..
Just don't expect miracles..
1.The g9 imho is overpriced as the 6x zoom will not be enough in most cases, and has no wide view mode. If you don't mind these limitations it has a hot shoe for more flash, and has generally great iq. ~Recommended~.
2.The fujifilm s100fd offers the best iq point&shoot asside from the DP1 with it's superb sensor, but is woefully overpriced at $700+, with NO OPTICAL IMAGE STABILIZATION which is unheard of for superzooms and is a great feature sorely missed. One could also get a good dslr w/ lens attachments for that. ~ Recommended, (If you have the money and don't need o.i.s.)!~.
3.The tz5 is good for all around usage, but is lacking in iq compared to the bigger superzooms, and has NO optical/electronic viewfinder for bright situations/ no manual controls to speak of. ~Recommended for compact, portability and all around good use~.
4. The s5 is pretty good and at a good price though it's 12x zoom is really lacking when compared to others though it has a fully tiltable lcd, zoom in movies, a hot shoe and aa batteries (which I don't like) but to each his own. ~Recommended for being the "jack of all trades"~.
5. The Nikon seems to have some iq issues/zoom and i'd generally stay away from it when compared with it's competitors. ~Almost recommended~.
My personal recommendations~.
-The H50 has a tiltable 3' screen with an electronic optical viewfinder. It does well in low light indoor/good light outdoor situations. It also doesn't have noise issues lest you get up to iso 400. On a sidenote, it DOES produce chromatic abborations in high contrast situations, but if you have a good editor (PS elements 6, cs3, ect...) you can correct it. No raw mode, but this mode takes a crapload of time to get the "perfect" image. The camera offers full manual controls, and a good wireless remote when it's on a tripod.
- The panasonic fz18 has a 2.5' screen with an electronic optical viewfinder. It has a great 18x zoom and 28 wide mm zoom with hardly ANY CA/ distortion. The camera has raw (if you have the time for it) and full manual controls. It does however have more noise/noise "smearing" at iso 200 and above, and does not perform well in low light situations, albeit it has a pretty good flash when you need it. Also has the best optical image stabilization on the market, with panasonic as the best, canon as second, and sony and the others third. ~Highly recommended~..
Fuji has two similarly named cameras, the S100FS and the S1000FD, notice one is one hundred FS the other is one thousand FD. The S100FS is the $700 camera WITH excellant image stabilization. The other is a $200 wanna be superzoom which actually might fit this persons needs, but as a $200 camera has no image stabilization. For some reason you seem to have blended the two together which is quite misleading, although surely not intentional.Take care, Ted.
My observations-~Recommended~2.The fujifilm s100fd offers the best iq point&shoot asside from theDP1 with it's superb sensor, but is woefully overpriced at $700+, withNO OPTICAL IMAGE STABILIZATION which is unheard of for superzooms andis a great feature sorely missed. One could also get a good dslr w/lens attachments for that. ~ Recommended, (If you have the money anddon't need o.i.s.)!~.
Thanks for clarifying, I did mix them up, evenso my point on buying a dslr and some nice lenses for $700 still stands, like the olympus e420 which is quite compact in itself...
Get a DSLR for low light performance. You will never regret the performance of a DSLR. With your budget, You options are:.
Canon xtinikon d60 or d40xolympus e420 or e410 or even the e510sony a200http://flickr.com/photos/64089401@N00/..
Hello.please, help me to decide which camera should fit me most.I will never print my photos.I want good speed of performance (wery important) (delay betweenpictures, speed of focusing and taking pic)I want acceptible low light pictures..
I DONT want too much manual settings. most of time it will be auto,with maby a little help of manual..
Ignore the above comment. Obviously the OP does NOT want too many manual settings which is just what ANY dslr has. They also do not want prints which, obviously points toward a point&shoot as there is little noticeable difference in iq on non-prints...
No one has mentioned Pentax...a used K10D or a new K200D with a 70-300mm/4-5.6 zoom might be an in budgit option that has room to grow.check your local craigs list or ebay..
Agreed, you can add a couple of the Sony alphas on that list as I see great deals on those pop up all the time and a couple of the previous generation Pentax models have hit very affordable prices lately. However the original poster has said quite plainly he is not an enthusiast and is really looking for something more of a point and shoot. Its impossible for any of us to really be of much help to him as his wants list is kinda all over the place. I mean when you say I want an auto point and shoot that will be great at shooting sports your really saying I want a camera that doesnt exist. At least thats how I see it, YMMV.Ted.
Thanks for clarifying, I did mix them up, evenso my point on buying adslr and some nice lenses for $700 still stands, like the olympuse420 which is quite compact in itself..
All guys thaks for your reply. my gudget is not limited actualy, but I'm limited myself by size of the camera. I dont want separate case for a camera for a P&S. as I see, even tz18 should fit in my backpack. and... I was already gived an order for G9, but after couple of persons in here (I'm glad that they "opened my eyes") I declined it.
Even the screen is not important, because I like to take 10 photos of the same picture (thats why I need fast camera) and then choose on pc 2-3 photos for the best .
Quys, you just helped me to look forward for camera I'm very pleased of you. Thank you all, and please do not stop commenting, because I got 5 days more till order (as I see, nikon P80 is out of the list.)..
The fz-18 may be your best bet. However, I've been posting on sony forums and am trying to see how the relatively new h50 compares. The CA/distortion can be fully corrected in photoshop, but I still don't know to what extent the "soft edges" problem exists. If you're worried about the noise on the fz18, don't as it's mega optical image stabilization seems to make up for it, hence using lower isos...
Go to a store take camera's in hand ............dont rule out the P80..
Have a look at my flickr site enough examples there what the P80 can do !!.
Pauw is not a source as hes not owning any of the camera's mentioned !!.
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