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Looking for my first non-SLR camera
Hi everyone !.

So, I'm gonna be studying abroad in the Fall, and I'm looking for the best camera to make sure the unforgettable moments come home with me ..

What I need is a good little camera, pocket size if possible ( this is why I've been looking for non-DSLR), that can take GOOD pictures of people, at a party for example, where people will be moving around quite a lot instead of posing for the pciture, AND I need it to also take good pictures of Landscapes, etc, for my trips..

I've been looking around a bit, and at first I was quite tempted by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5, but I've been hearing about the Canon sd850 too..

There probably are some other good cameras out there, but I haven't been searching everywhere ( there's only so much I can understand ... )..

My standards : I need a solid camera, one that won't break or get scratched easily. I need good IQ, but I don't know if I'm gonna need A4 format ( though I might, time will tell.). I enjoy taking a LOT of pictures of the same subject to be sure to have a good one once on the computer..

Video format would be very nice, and I've heard the Panasonic TZ5's sound quality is kind of crappy. How crappy is it?.

Battery isn't SO important, I can always buy a second one..

Also, I can go up to 300$, but if you tell me there's this REALLY awesome camera for 350$ I can go there, if it's really worth it ( I'm willing to make an investment. ).

I'm afraid the "test the navigation, see for yourself" won't work, as I'm planning on buying it on Amazon ....

Do you guys have any recommandation ? What are the good points/bad points of each of them ? Anything else I should know about ? .

Thank you so much for your help !Chloe...

Comments (12)

TZ5 - good but lacks A/S/M modes and also not pocket friendly.SD870IS - good choice. However it too lacks A/S/M modes..

FX500 - Has A/S/M modes. Wide-angle 5x zoom (wider than others), NR control. Good lens & IQ. My choice..

F100fd - Good IQ,resolution, 5x zoom with wide angle, however lacks A/S/M modes. Top choice if you prefer all Auto..

Taniapretender wrote:.

Do you guys have any recommandation ? What are the good points/badpoints of each of them ? Anything else I should know about ? .

Thank you so much for your help !Chloe..

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

Comment #1

Thank you for your precious help !.

The FX500 does seem to kick ass, even if the price is a bit higher ( but I did say I was ready to put more money into it if the camera is really good for a P&S ).

I imagine Auto mode is probably good when you begin, but if you plan on having a little fun with your camera, trying to be creative, then manual is best , right ? .

Can you please explain what the A/S/R mode are ? .

Thank you again ..

Comment #2

Taniapretender wrote:.

Thank you for your precious help !.

Glad to be of help. Thanks..

The FX500 does seem to kick ass, even if the price is a bit higher (but I did say I was ready to put more money into it if the camera isreally good for a P&S ).

I imagine Auto mode is probably good when you begin, but if you planon having a little fun with your camera, trying to be creative, thenmanual is best , right ? .

Yes. A/S modes are even better as these are easier to learn..

Can you please explain what the A/S/R mode are ? .

Aperture Priority/Shutter Priority/Manual. Follow the link below for details:http://www.dpreview.com/learn/?/Glossary/Exposure/Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612Thanks for your time...

Comment #3

Then I guess that it answers my next question : the FX500 and the FX35 seem to be a lot alike, for very different prices... I guess A/S/M mode is the big difference there, right ? .

I think the FX500 seduces me more, and I can easily drop the 10x zoom of the TZ5....

But this is all Panasonic... I'm gonna try and compare the FX500 to other brands, see if I can find the same features with better performances ...

Comment #4

Hey! I don't exactly know if you are looking for video features, but you should check out this camera:.

Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ODDWuwg2Tw.

It takes great photos and has an awesome feature where you can load videos you take right on to youtube.com,..

Comment #5

Thanks for the notice ! I've looked it up, and have found out there are a few annoying points, like the fact you have to take the battery out to charge it, and then you have to reset the date and time EVERY TIME. Which isn't huge in itself, but still annoying..

Other problem is, I'm gonna miss the at least 5x zoom there is on the FX500, even more the 10x on the TZ5, when/if I go on roadtrips. I like for example taking pictures of animals, and the zoom is a nice way to get these without bothering them too much..

But I do admitt that it's size, weigh and apparently good IQ is attractive !.

This might also sound a bit weird, but what about the price ? I mean, I'm willing to go up to 350$, but if the camera is "only" 225$, then what's behind it? I mean, obviously there will be a LOT of features lacking... I'm gonna have to ask myself if the lacking features ( aside from the zoom, obcviously) will be missed or not..

Mph. Tough decision. ( THIS is why I hate buying electronics, I can NEVER seem to make a choice...).

Thanks for the suggestion, anyway ..

Comment #6

My wife owns, and I use (when she lets me) the older version of this camera the A710IS. If you want smaller, the the Canon 870IS with it's wide angle is also cool (my on the belt walk about camera). The reviews on this site are a great guide so try here..

Http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/default.asp?view=rating.

My personal DSLR is the Nikon D300 which is too much as a walk around all the time camera which is why I got the 870..

Brian..

Comment #7

Thanks for the advice ! but the A710 is a bit over-priced for me...To bad, it seemed really good !.

I've been thinking about the 870, but I compared it with Panasonic's FX500 and prefer the latter .

Thanks for taking the time to reply, though ..

Comment #8

You gotta be joking! Amazon has the 720 at $199...

Comment #9

Silly me, I was looking at the 710 ....

Wow, the 720 really does look impressive ! I'm still looking for bad reviews of it, because what I've read is REALLY optimistic, and with that price and the knowledge that no P&S is perfect and you always have to make compromise, I'm still waiting for the BIGBADFLAW... (yeah, I know, I'm a real nit-picker !)..

Comment #10

More than two weeks later ...i am curious if... and if si, what camera you bought.I was at the same search and got my TZ5 yesterday..

Great little camera! love at first sight. After walking around with big and heavy SLR's this brings back the feeling from the early 80's with my olympus penn. Great!.

Greetz rob, holland..

Comment #11

Also curious.. the cameras mentioned in here are the same ones I am pondering about, plus the w300 of sony.. still going for the fx500 at the moment..

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