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Hi,.

I posted a question about getting a DSLR camera and with all of the information that I received, I realized that I was not ready for one..

A couple of users have steered me towards a Super Zoom or Ultra Zoom camera. I am a novice user and just would like a camera to take to the occasional games to get better shots with than my Casio Exilim EX-Z850..

Now my new question is what the heck to buy. I have reviewed so many sites and seen so many reviews with pros and cons for the same cameras that I am more confused then ever..

I was looking at the new Nikon P80 and seen several reviews, but not much information is out on it yet..

I have also looked at the Cannos S3, S5, some of the Fujis, but would like help from normal users who actually use the cameras..

My main functions that I would like the camera to have is to be able to zoom in and get decent action shots at baseball games and other sporting events just for my own use. Nothing that has to be professional looking..

Can anyone help and let me know what camera they are using and what they like.

Thanks,.

Quinn..

Comments (10)

As long as you're shooting during daylight there are a number that will do a good job. Beside telephoto capability you also want a fairly quick focusing camera with reasonable short shutter delay. Some that meet these requirements include the Kodak Z712/Z812 (I use a Z612), Canon S5, Panasonic FZ18 and the Sony DSC H7...

Comment #1

I too have been going bonkers trying to sort through the reviews to find a good ultra zoom point and shoot (I just can't afford a dSLR right now). I have narrowed my choice down to the Panasonic FZ18 and Panasonic FZ 30 or 50..

I also had on my short list the Olympus 560/570, the Canon S5 IS, Sony H50, and Nikon P80..

I looked at features, sensors, etc. Many reviews rank the FZ18 highly. Then I saw that the FZ18 came out in July 2007, so it has been tested and tried. Still it receives good reviews. It's not perfect, but it seems a good choice..

I do like the look of the FZ30. You can manually focus, and it looks pretty sturdy. For me the key will be to hold them in my hands and see how they feel..

What I didn't like about the Canon was that you can't add on lenses or filters. The same seems to be true for the Nikon. I called both companies and they confirmed it. Although the guy at Nikon did say that it had threads...which says to me that maybe you can? Not sure there. If anyone can enlighten me, that'd be great. It also seems that the Panny has more features than the Nikon...see this posthttp://forums.dpreview.com/...forums/read.asp?forum=1033&message=27927940.

The Nikon and Canon don't have RAW mode, which I think would be fun to experiment with. Plus the Nikon is so new, and there are so few reviews..

One thing that I didnt' like about the Olympus and Sony was they don't use SD cards which are so much cheaper. Just a personal preference..

I always invite new insights, since I haven't made my purchase yet...

Comment #2

JoannH wrote:.

I always invite new insights, since I haven't made my purchase yet..

Have you looked at the fuji s100fs......it has all the features you were talking about and many more and you can use sd memory cards in it......i have one and it's a wonderful camera.FUJI FINEPIX S100FS,FUJI FINEPIX S9000.

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Comment #3

Does the fuji s100fs have something akin to the Olympus' "available light" setting?.

My friend was able to take a pic in an almost completely dark room, and it was as if the lights were on..

Yikes, I just saw the price for the fuji, and it's a bit steep for me. Looks nice though..

Dannyboy292 wrote:.

JoannH wrote:.

I always invite new insights, since I haven't made my purchase yet..

Have you looked at the fuji s100fs......it has all the features youwere talking about and many more and you can use sd memory cards init......i have one and it's a wonderful camera.FUJI FINEPIX S100FS,FUJI FINEPIX S9000.

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Comment #4

You CAN add filters to a Canon S5 IS. For the S2, S3, S5 IS cameras you can buy the optional teleconverter lens that multiplies the zoom by 1.5 times. So, the 12X becomes 18X. However, to use the teleconverter, you have to also buy an adapter tube. (Stay with me here...I get to the filters shortly.).

I got a couple of the tubes on eBay for something like $12 apiece. Not Canon made, but all they are is a metal tube that fits onto the front of the camera. They have threads on the other end which is where either the teleconverter or the filter goes. I kept one tube on the camera at all times with a UV filter on it. The filter kept grit and stuff from getting into the lens assembly; the adapter tube protected the lens barrel in case the camera got dropped or something. I kept the 1.5 teleconverter permanently assembled on the other adapter in my camera case.

The only problem is you can't put a filter on the teleconverter lens itself..

Google Canon S5 IS teleconverter adapter and you'll find them on Amazon or eBay.TLIII..

Comment #5

Thanks for the info. I will take a second look at the Canon!!!.

I do like my little Canon A530...it takes great pics...

Comment #6

JoannH wrote:.

Does the fuji s100fs have something akin to the Olympus' "availablelight" setting?My friend was able to take a pic in an almost completely dark room,and it was as if the lights were on..

Yikes, I just saw the price for the fuji, and it's a bit steep forme. Looks nice though..

Dannyboy292 wrote:.

JoannH wrote:.

I always invite new insights, since I haven't made my purchase yet..

Have you looked at the fuji s100fs......it has all the features youwere talking about and many more and you can use sd memory cards init......i have one and it's a wonderful camera.FUJI FINEPIX S100FS,FUJI FINEPIX S9000.

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That available light setting is just really high ISO. Different makers call it different things. In my Panny it's called igh sensitivity mode..

Im guessing you reviewed it only on the camera screen. on the lappy it would have shown itself for what it is.

- Noise city and I dont mean pixel peeping noise, I mean shout in your face noise..

Only usefull for small prints or when the subject is more imortant than the picture.IMHO not a usfull feature along with digital zoom..

Comment #7

Is the noise associated with the high ISO on the Panny correctable with photo editing software?.

If so, should the images be taken in RAW mode to better be able to correct this or is Jpeg ok? I have never ever used RAW mode...in fact I never heard of it until about a week ago. I think my primary use for low light would be indoors where the subject is more important..

Also, why would the Olympus have a pretty decent low light performance while the Panny wouldn't if they have similar sized sensors? Or is the IQ similar for both cameras?Joann.

That available light setting is just really high ISO. Differentmakers call it different things. In my Panny it's called ighsensitivity mode.Im guessing you reviewed it only on the camera screen. on the lappyit would have shown itself for what it is- Noise city and I dont mean pixel peeping noise, I mean shout inyour face noise.Only usefull for small prints or when the subject is more imortantthan the picture.IMHO not a usfull feature along with digital zoom..

Comment #8

JoannH wrote:.

Is the noise associated with the high ISO on the Panny correctablewith photo editing software?.

If so, should the images be taken in RAW mode to better be able tocorrect this or is Jpeg ok? I have never ever used RAW mode...infact I never heard of it until about a week ago. I think my primaryuse for low light would be indoors where the subject is moreimportant..

Also, why would the Olympus have a pretty decent low lightperformance while the Panny wouldn't if they have similar sizedsensors? Or is the IQ similar for both cameras?Joann.

Like I said if you viewed the olympus picture on a moniter you wold see it's not really usable probabally Iso 1600 or so they look good on the small size of the camera screen but thats it most P and S have his high ISO function but it is nt usefull..

RAW in a p and S s a very slow process. IMO if you reckon you eed to shoot raw regulary you need a DSLR.

Love my Pand S but there are jus some things it cant be recomended for mostly hgh ISO and RAW shooting on a regular basis..

Comment #9

I bought the Kodak Z1012. I think there's been a sort of prejudice against Kodak, but I've had Kodak cameras for several years, and I'm delighted with the features...

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