If you are a Raw shooter then Panasonic FZ18. Better 18x zoom, Good Battery life, fast. Buy an extra battery..
Else Canon S5IS (12x zoom, swivel LCD, great movie mode) or Nikon P80 (18x wide-angle zoom). Good batt life. Cheap spare batteries (AA).If these sizes are too big then Nikon P60 (5x zoom with EVF).Still big then Canon SD890IS..
Andbecause it is possible I will find myself backpacking for multipledays, something with a good battery life is also important.Therefore, I don't want to be forced to use an LED screen, and reallyreally want something with an eye hole..
I just bought the Canon Powershot SX100 IS, and it has everything Iwant, except that it makes me use the LED screen. I think I am goingto send it back. The Panasonic TZ3 is similar. The 10x zoom on bothof them would be nice to have. Both are on the upper end of my sizelimit for my camera..
Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612Thanks for your time...
Something with a good battery life is also important.Therefore, I don't want to be forced to use an LED screen, and reallyreally want something with an eye hole..
Cameras can still have good battery life even if they only use the LCD for framing shots. More to the point is can you se the LCD in bright sunshine?.
But if you really want a camera with an optical viewfinder, it rules out the obvious contender, the Panasonic TZ5. Which is otherwise just about perfect based on what you want..
Getting a long zoom plus an optical viewfinder isn't that easy, mostly because it's difficult to make the viewfinder zoom as well as the lens..
If you can accept less zoom there's the good value Canon A720IS (6x) or the more expensive Canon G9 (6x). To get more zoom you'll have to get a camera like the FZ18 already suggested, which has an electronic viewfinder as well as an LCD screen. This works fine in bright light but of course uses some battery power. Shouldn't be an issue though..
The FZ18 is a great camera, but you might not considerit particularly compact..
I am new to these forums and couldn't find any threads directlyrelated to my problem..
I am moving to Australia and need a good camera to use there. I liketo backpack, so it is important to me to have a camera that iscompact and easy to carry around. Therefore, I think I want apoint-and-shoot. Because I backpack, and will be in nature, I alsowant something with a decent zoom in case I see some wildlife. Andbecause it is possible I will find myself backpacking for multipledays, something with a good battery life is also important.Therefore, I don't want to be forced to use an LED screen, and reallyreally want something with an eye hole..
I think you want an optical view finder, some of the Canon's have this, but I think these have a 6x zoom, not sure if I'm correct though I'm no expert..
Or you could just buy a few spare batteries, there fairly inexpensive...
I have a small Olympus mju 800, Ok it has been superseded, but it is still a great little camera, and you can pick one up very cheap these days.http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Olympus/oly_stylus800.asp.
All weather, with vibration reduction, movie, A and P settings, or auto, nice big screen, and long battery life. This photo was taken with the Olympus MJU 800.
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I have a small Olympus mju 800, Ok it has been superseded, but it isstill a great little camera, and you can pick one up very cheap thesedays..
I'm glad you like it but it doesn't have any of the things the OP wanted from a camera..
Best advice I can give is whatever you get get it in the US given the near on 1;1 exchange rate we pay far too much here in oz..
I say get the TZ5 and acouple of backup bateries. set the review mode to s short a time as possible..
Thanks for everyone's suggestions. I went to the camera store to check out some of the cameras you all mentioned. It seems to me like the Nikon P60 and the Canon A720 would be my best choices considering the desire for an optical viewfinder. Of course, I would be sacrificing some zoom..
The Panasonic FZ-18 is a little bigger than I want it. And the Panasonic TZ3 seems to have the same specs as the Canon SX100 IS that I already bought..
So I guess my choice is, do I keep the Canon SX100 IS (10X zoom, no view finder) or go with the Nikon P60 or the Canon A720?.
I noticed one poster who said the lack of an optical viewfinder might not pose as much of a battery-life problem as I am afraid of. Do others agree?.
Also, what is better, the Nikon P60 or the Canon A720?.
Thanks again. I definitely plan on buying here in the US...
Personally if you are choosing between the Nikon P60 and the Canon A720. I would go with the A720. Check the review below, "HIGHLY RECOMMENDED".
Http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canona720is/Nikon D60 18-55vr & 55-200vrSB400Casio Z750..
Also, what is better, the Nikon P60 or the Canon A720?.
P60's EVF is 100% accurate while A720's OVF will be around 80% accurate (I won't use such inaccurate one for framing). So if that accuracy is important (for me it is) and you want eye-level viewfinder then P60. Else A720IS will be better (more zoom). But then SX100IS will be much better with 10x zoom. So better keep it Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612Thanks for your time...
Umm,......... Australia is flammin big, bring an 8"x10" view camera I'm sure we can accommodate it!! Unless of course you are moving to Tasmania, 4"x5"Good luck with what ever you choose..
Thanks everyone for your suggestions. They were really helpful. I decided on the Sony Cybershot W150. I was going to choose the Canon a720 over the Nikon P60, but when someone showed me the Sony W150 I liked it better. It felt like it was built better than the Canon and it is lighter and smaller. This will be good when I am on some hikes.
6x), but it makes up for it with a wider angle..
I didn't know shopping for cameras would be so difficult!..