Help with choosing super zoom camera

I am interested in purchasing a new point and shoot digital camera and would appreciate some advise from those with more knowledge than myself (which would be just about everyone else on this forum). The features that are important to me are:Zoom of at least 8XPoint and shoot ability. Not interested in manual controls.As small as possible.Minimum shutter lagStreet price of no more than $350.

I have looked at a number of cameras but have not found one that fits most of my needs yet. If anyone has a suggestion it would be greatly appreciated..

Thanks in advance for your advice...

Comments (6)

Take a look at the Pano FZ8 and Fz18. many posts on the pano forum about the Fz18 now..

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Comment #1

May not be what you are looking for, but if small size is of importance the Ricoh R series gives 28-200m in very small bodies.please review my fotos at:

Comment #2

The smallest you will get with those requirements is the Panasonic TZ2 and it may just meet your budget (10x optical zoom - Leica lens)..

There's the Ricoh R5/R6 that are a little cheaper (7X optical zoom)..

Of course there are other small superzooms in your price range from Canon, Fuji and Kodak but they are probably a little larger than you want..


Comment #3

Good recommendations rocklobster,.

Regarding the Ricoh there also is the newer Ricoh R7 which is preferable to the R6 IMHO, and so are the R5 or even R3, the R6 had overprocessed it's images it seems..

TZ2, or the TZ3 which is the same with just a bit more MP, compared to the Ricohs a bigger tele range until 280 but also quite a bit bulkier.please review my fotos at:

Comment #4

Sounds like the Panasonic TZ3 is what you need..

It is small (can fit in a large pocket), has 10X zoom (Leica glass, by the way), 7MP, 3 inch LCD monitor and sells in the stores for $299 (US) or less!.

J. D.Colorful Colorado.

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Comment #5

Thanks for all of the replys..

I do like the TZ3 except for the lack of view finder and the flimsy lens cover. Do people seem to be having problems with the lens covers?.

Thanks again..

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