Looking for a new camera

I'm looking for a new prosumer digital camera. I don't have much experience, I have only used digital PnS cameras thus far, but I'm hoping with a prosumer to practice a bit and make it worthwhile to invest in a DSLR..

I'm considering the Canon A570IS and the Canon A720IS. The 570 costs about a $100 less, so from the point of view of my restricted budget (I'm a student) it's much more attractive. However the 720 offers a better zoom (6x as opposed to 4x) and about a million pixels more. Both cameras offer full manual control (which makes them very attractive), and have both got the Canon's DigicIII processor, so I'm pretty confused. Does 6x zoom justify a $100 price difference over a 4x? Does having a more powerful zoom help a lot if you're a beginner?.

Friends have also recommended the Fujifilm S5800 and the recently released Canon SX100IS. I think that the Canon processor and IS beats the Fuji hands down; and having checked out the SX100 on dpreview, I get the feeling that the 720 takes better pictures, so I'm ruling these out based on my judgement. All the same I'd really appreciate some comments/suggestions/other camera recommendations.Thanks,Chaitanya..

Comments (5)

Take a look at the Fujifilm FinePix S9100..

MaddogOlympus E-510 and a bunch of stuff to hang on it...

Comment #1

Maddogmd11 wrote:.

Take a look at the Fujifilm FinePix S9100..

MaddogOlympus E-510 and a bunch of stuff to hang on it..

I'd go with the Fuji. I have an F10, and an S7000. Fuji makes the best digicams, and the best bridge cameras..


Comment #2

Both the camera suggestions I got here are really good, but neither the 9100 nor the 7000 have image stabilisation. I took some pictures on a friend's Fujifilm S3800. Granted, it's pretty old, but at about 6x zoom and low-light conditions, it becomes really difficult to control shake, and the pictures are all pretty badly blurred. Which is why I was leaning toward Canon, 'coz their IS system is pretty good...

Comment #3

If you want a viewfinder, just stick with the Canons. If an LCD is enough, also take a look at the Panasonic FX12..

Kelly Cook..

Comment #4

If you looking for low light then Fuji is fit you better, canon is a good camera but at high iso and low light without flash, it's can't compare to fuji F series, you can get a f20 now for less than $100 dollars...

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