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I'm considering a new camera here in the near future. Do not have unlimited funds, but want something that has the capability of doing larger prints and maintains high quality. I understand that an SLR is still going to deliver higher quality photos. However I want to use the camera in the outback..

My main requirements.- High quality photos- Small light weight package- Ability to take multiple photos back to back.- Little or no shutter lag for sports- Excells at landscape and Macro shots..

I know I'm asking for quite a bit, but if you could only have one camera which one would you pick. Keeping in mind a few requirements...

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If 3 frames per second is enough, your options are pretty wide open using most modern DSLRs. If you need 5 or above, the choices dwindle to Canon's 40D/30D or Nikon's D200/D300. Professional sports bodies require a substantial budget. Also, sports action often requires faster (more expensive) lenses..

Check the DPreview Camera Database in the top left column. Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax and Sony all have DSLRs. Search the specs, including fps. Shutter lag should not be an issue for your purposes..

Good luck in your search!..

Comment #1

Hi,.

I'd be wary of a dSLR because, although what you say is true about the picture quality is better*, there is a lot of truth missed in that generalisation that most people miss. Also they are heavy and that's not on your list..

In your shoes I'd be looking at something like the Panasonic LX2 - if it is still current. Excellent for landscapes with the big 10 MP 16:9 CCD and an excellent lens. Something similar from the "Highly Recommendeds" shood do the trick..

Regards, David.

* A bit like saying two seater cars are faster than 4 seaters and deisel engined cars... The question is more how much top speed or picture quality do you need?..

Comment #2

You are correct. I read a little too quickly. Looks like a DSLR is being ruled out from the start..

In this case, the options are many or none depending how you look at it. Capturing sports action at a fast frame rate with anything other than an SLR/DLSR is challenging to say the least. I tried for years before giving in.  With plenty of light and a close vantage point it's possible to get reasonable images, albeit a low percentage so be sure to keep shooting. What happened to me is my expectations grew until the quality was unacceptable..

Landscapes are not too challenging with adequate light, but a wide lens really helps. Many compacts offer a macro focal distance of 5cm or less. It comes down to which feature is most important; fast frame rate, small size, macro capabilities, etc..

I'd first decide whether a pocket camera is necessary or a bridge camera and it's larger size is acceptable. My recommendation is one with a zoom starting at 28mm or less regardless...

Comment #3

Landscapes are not too challenging with adequate light, but a widelens really helps. Many compacts offer a macro focal distance of 5cmor less. It comes down to which feature is most important; fast framerate, small size, macro capabilities, etc..

I think you understate the effort necessary for a good landscape. We probably have a different definition of a landscape photo. Popping a camera up to your eye and taking a snapshot of distant scenery isn't my idea of a landscape..

Technique matters a great deal. The right light, the right vantage point, a tripod, a remote release or self timer. The first two are the most important and have the least to do with equipment, but they are necessary...

Comment #4

Crux_12 wrote:.

My main requirements.- High quality photos.

Raw mode and good lens would give you chance to capture best possible images..

- Small light weight package.

That rules out Fuji F100fs. But Olympus E420 with twin kit lens or Pentax 200D with 18-250mm lens might be small enough to be convenient. Cost will be high though..

- Ability to take multiple photos back to back.- Little or no shutter lag for sports.

DSLR would be better however Cameras like FZ18 are fast enough when light is good..

- Excells at landscape and Macro shots..

Raw mode and good lens will help..

I know I'm asking for quite a bit, but if you could only have onecamera which one would you pick. Keeping in mind a few requirements..

Among P&S super-zooms - Panasonic FZ18. Else Pentax K200D with 18-250mm.Among pocket sized ones - Panasonic FX500.Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612Thanks for your time...

Comment #5

Mrxdimension wrote:.

I think you understate the effort necessary for a good landscape. Weprobably have a different definition of a landscape photo. Popping acamera up to your eye and taking a snapshot of distant scenery isn'tmy idea of a landscape..

Technique matters a great deal. The right light, the right vantagepoint, a tripod, a remote release or self timer. The first two arethe most important and have the least to do with equipment, but theyare necessary..

Yes, this crossed my mind when posting. I understand the effort involved in landscape photography and hope you see I was speaking to the original poster and not making a general statement that landscape photography is 'easy'. In fact, it's grueling..

In this context, choosing amongst P&S cameras, there is little difference in camera features to affect landscapes images. A sharp lens, of course, but a wide field of view will be the primary feature. Would you agree?.

I haven't seen a camera without a timer in 7 or 8 years. There probably are remote release options for some bridge cameras, but I doubt they would be of interest here. I've been wrong before however..

Point well taken, didn't mean to offend any landscape shooters. ..

Comment #6

Ajay0612 wrote:.

Raw mode and good lens would give you chance to capture best possibleimages.Among P&S super-zooms - Panasonic FZ18. Else Pentax K200D with 18-250mm.Among pocket sized ones - Panasonic FX500..

Raw mode: good advice I overlooked. For a couple weeks I owned a FX35 (FX500 with smaller LCD) and loved the 25mm view, but the interface tried my patience and I was after video with better compression..

After reconsidering Raw capabilities, why not a Ricoh GX100 or newly announced GX200. Not TOO pricey ($400 to $650US) compared to a DSLR, but otherwise covers all of the requirements very well..

Wide angle 24mmFast as most P&S (1.6 to 2.4 fps)Raw modeSharp lens (cult following amongst enthusiasts)1cm macro focus distanceCompact (see specs)http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/ricohgx100/.

Here are some Great GX100 samples!http://www.flickr.com/photos/heimatiater/sets/72157601313031042/..

Comment #7

Good camera. However it has limited zoom range. You wanted camera for "sports" too, which may require large tele-zoom..

Bstring wrote:.

After reconsidering Raw capabilities, why not a Ricoh GX100 or newlyannounced GX200. Not TOO pricey ($400 to $650US) compared to a DSLR,but otherwise covers all of the requirements very well..

Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612Thanks for your time...

Comment #8

There's always the 2x telephoto attachment. .

Photokina is less than 3 months away. We'll probably see some interesting announcements between now and then. It's already starting with Nikon's D700 today...

Comment #9

Hi,.

Having slept on it; I don't think all that comes in one package. How about thinking of a camera for sports and all the rest in the compact? The reason being that good lenses for sports are neither small nor cheap. But the compact is an easy one to sort out..

Regards, David..

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