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Looking for a better camera than I have - Please help!
I decided to ask this question here instead of the Canon or Panisonic or Sony forum to get away from any slanted opinions if I can..

I have a business and I need a better cameras than I have, I have a 30 yr old 35mm that I havn't used in 20years and for digital I have both a Kodak 3mp and a Sony Mavica w/10zoom and both are terrible for my needs..

My needs are many and I think I may need to much to ask for, here is what I need to do:1. full view pictures of cars2. close up pictures of details on cars.

3. very close up pics of small parts that I market, they could be as small as a screw or as large as a fender..

4. When I am at a car show I will need to have a great ability to zoom-in on a distance to take pictures of cars racing on a track.5. Some of the pictures need to be taken at dusk or under outdoor evening lights6. Some pictures need to be taken in garages with subpar lighting7. Movies are a Plus.

I know this is a lot to ask for.......

I have been everywhere and reading reviews on all the cameras out there and it is more confusing than helpful.My choices so far have been, and not in any order written:Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18KCanon S5ISSony H7 or H9any suggestions for a different choice than I listed?.

I am looking for help as since I do not know what I am doing.....What do you think I need?.

Thanks to all that respond...

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NicksClassicParts wrote:.

I decided to ask this question here instead of the Canon or Panisonicor Sony forum to get away from any slanted opinions if I can.I have a business and I need a better cameras than I have, I have a30 yr old 35mm that I havn't used in 20years and for digital I haveboth a Kodak 3mp and a Sony Mavica w/10zoom and both are terrible formy needs.My needs are many and I think I may need to much to ask for, here iswhat I need to do:1. full view pictures of cars2. close up pictures of details on cars3. very close up pics of small parts that I market, they could be assmall as a screw or as large as a fender.4. When I am at a car show I will need to have a great ability tozoom-in on a distance to take pictures of cars racing on a track.5. Some of the pictures need to be taken at dusk or under outdoorevening lights6.

Movies are a Plus.

I know this is a lot to ask for.......

I have been everywhere and reading reviews on all the cameras outthere and it is more confusing than helpful.My choices so far have been, and not in any order written:Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18KCanon S5ISSony H7 or H9any suggestions for a different choice than I listed?.

I am looking for help as since I do not know what I am doing.....What do you think I need?.

Thanks to all that respond..

I'd say S5IS with an external flash, like the 430EX. The only other alternative I can think of is two cameras, a P&S and a DSLR...

Comment #1

NicksClassicParts wrote:.

I decided to ask this question here instead of the Canon or Panisonicor Sony forum to get away from any slanted opinions if I can..

Oh we are slanted alright, but in all different directions! .

If I was in the market for a digicam I'd check out the new Lumix TZ3..

Read my blog -> http://radio.weblogs.com/0101365/..

Comment #2

Greg Nut wrote:.

I'd say S5IS with an external flash, like the 430EX. The only otheralternative I can think of is two cameras, a P&S and a DSLR..

Thank you for the suggestion, I was hoping to be able to get 1 to do it all......

Comment #3

Chris101 wrote:.

NicksClassicParts wrote:.

I decided to ask this question here instead of the Canon or Panisonicor Sony forum to get away from any slanted opinions if I can..

Oh we are slanted alright, but in all different directions! .

If I was in the market for a digicam I'd check out the new Lumix TZ3..

Read my blog -> http://radio.weblogs.com/0101365/.

Sorry for that remark but I didn't mean it as a negative......My friend has the TZ3 and I have tried it out and it will not do what I want...

Comment #4

I am still reading reviews on multiple websites and after all the expert reviews and end user reviews, I think I have now removed the Sony H7 & H9 from my list. I guess I am down to a possible choice of the S5-IS and the FZ18K.Any other suggestions you may have or brands?..

Comment #5

Lol...very slanted indeed.

I would go panny fz50...but only because I'm slanted in that way .

Has a great zoom lens on it and can do some good work as long as it's not fast shooting in low light.

A friend also just got the Canon G9 and rates it very highly.

Check out the pics I nthe respective forums...its the only way to tell.

Cheers.

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Comment #6

Get yourself a DSLR and save a whole load of disappointment. They let you use high shutter speeds on telephotos thanks to larger sensors that are not very noise prone at higher ISOs..

Nikon D40x with a 18-250 vibration reduction zoom would make a great all-rounder. You could also buy a Tamron or Sigma macro lens if you do a lot of really small stuff..

Otherwise Pentax, Sony or some Olympus DSLRS offer image stabilisation built into the body..

If you're interested in single lens compact vs. DSLR issuses, take a look at the introduction to my "Back to the Bridge Camera" link below..

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Comment #7

How set are you on the movie mode? If it's not that big of a deal (or you're willing to consider a camera for pictures and a camcorder for movies) then....

The Nikon D40 is the cheapest new DLSR going. You can get it and the 18-200 VR lens for about $1000. That's only a couple hundred more than the high end P&S types you're considering..

It would cover 99% of your needs from the get go - movies aside..

It's almost the ideal car show lens between the range and the VR system. The close focus capabilities are impressive for a lens of this type. You could always get a true macro lens later if you really wanted to get into detailed parts shots..

The 18-200 isn't the best lens for low light, but it's as good or better than what you'll find on a P&S - and the ISO 800-1600 performance of the D40 will absolutely blow the doors off of anything with one of those uber-small sensors..

Bottom line is you'll get loads more flexibility and significantly better picture quality if you're willing to give up the movies and have the extra money to spend..

If not, that's OK too. There's a reason they make all these different things .

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Comment #8

TheMadTexan wrote:.

The Nikon D40 is the cheapest new DLSR going. You can get it and the18-200 VR lens for about $1000. That's only a couple hundred morethan the high end P&S types you're considering..

I have to agree, the VR lens is great but there may be a better deal if you want to save a few hundred but carry an extra lens. It's the D40 with the 18-55 and 55-200 for $560 complete with a few extras from Beach Camera......highly respected and reputable vendor.http://www.beachcamera.com/shop/product.aspx?sku=NKD40KT2Regards,Hank.

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Comment #9

A good point. I actually kept the kit lens (18-55) and bought the 55-200VR. Came in at $622 including a pair of UV filters and shipping from Amazon.con..

But, if you can afford the 18-200 it sure would be handy..

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Comment #10

Depends on how much you want to spend and how much you want movie mode..

Most superzoom cameras have the dreaded purple fringing in bright light. With reflections off cars this would be very noticable. The only superzooms that would cope pretty well would be the Panasonics as the Leica lens is good in this respect however, their low light performance is not as good as say a Fuji S6000..

The Fuji is pretty low in purple fringing except at the extreme wide end and with macro shots. It has a good video mode that works in very low light but it has no image stabilisation..

So, ideally you will need a DSLR with a range of lenses to suit your telephoto and macro needs..

Check the other postings for more expert advice..

Cheers..

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