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Superzoom advice plez?
I'm trying to reseach the best superzoom digital camera to buy...and where to buy it.........I'm mainly looking at Panasonic, Canon, Sony and Olympus. I really want the 10-12X optical zoom, with at least 5 megapixel resolution, a sharp picture and a decent sized LCD..

Other options would be nice....something that would take rechargable batteries or AAs in a pinch, several of the specialized mode settings, good video capability and something that is easy to use. Not much to ask for eh?.

Can anyone offer suggestions?.

ThanksBA in VA..

Comments (10)

Consider this:.

- Fujifilm S6000: Great price, good ergonomics, great picture quality in daylight and low light, big LCD, manual zoom, wide angle and use AA. The bad things, bulky and doesn't have Image Stabilizer (last one not a deal breaker)..

- Canon S3/S5. Good picture quality, many features, Swivel LCD and has IS. The bad, not good for low light and not great ergonomics..

- Panasonic TZ3. Very compact, has IS and versatile lens. Not great Image quality..

'Practice doesnt make perfect, perfect practice doesnt make perfect. Practice makes improvements and improvements lead to excellence!'Just practice!.

Fujifilm Finepix E550 and F20Pentax K100d..

Comment #1

From what I'm reading from some of the better 'ole-timers' of superzooms, the new Pany FZ18 is destined to replace the esteemed FZ30 as a best value classic...http://forums.dpreview.com/...ums/readflat.asp?forum=1033&thread=25005583Telecorder (Dave)FZee30+RD-S+OlyTC1.7XDee50+Nikon 35mm F2.0D-AF+Nikkor18-70DX+Tam70-300L+BIGMA 50-500 EX HSMMy Image Galleries.

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Comment #2

I'd suggest the Fuji S6000/6500 or S9100/9600, both of which are very nice super-zooms. The S6000 has the best low-light ability, but the S9100 has quite good low-light capability and is more SLR-like. They share the same lens..

I've got a S9100 and can't quite part with it as it is a nice camera..

The older S5200/5600 is a fine little camera and might be worth a look. Not as good at low-light, but no slouch by P&S standards. Lightweight and very capable. I can't see myself ever dumping it..

All the Fuji models shoot RAW, which can be useful..

If low-light is not an issue have a look at the Panasonic TZ3..

The Canon S3 is also a good all rounder..

StephenG.

Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #3

Another vote for Fujis. They've been on a winner since the days of the S602. My old S7000 still resides in my bag as a backup to my 30D and still produces stunning images when called upon..

The latest offerings from Fuji offer even better quality images as close to a dSLR as ive seen. Im sure you'd be more than pleased with the results..

In complete darkness we are all the same. It is only our knowledge and wisdom that seperate us. Don't let your eyes deceive you...

Comment #4

For a superzoom, image stabilization is an important feature. When holding the camera at the long zoom, reducing the shake is important..

Amon the "bridge" superzooms, which provide manual user controls and are a little larger, the FZ18 looks like the best choice at the moment. No only the lens specs are impressive, but the initial user comments indicate it actually delivers. And it is lighter than others..

I own an older Canon S2, which is in the same class. The Canon S5 I think is not a match for the FZ18..

Comment #5

What type of photos do you take and/or under what conditions? What's your budget?..

Comment #6

Wythebronze wrote:.

I'm trying to reseach the best superzoom digital camera to buy...andwhere to buy it.........I'm mainly looking at Panasonic, Canon, Sonyand Olympus. I really want the 10-12X optical zoom, with at least 5megapixel resolution, a sharp picture and a decent sized LCD..

Have you thought about the Panasonic Lumix TZ3?.

10x optical zoom which can be boosted up to 15x at 3MP. Not quite as long a lens as the bridge cams but this is the only one likely to fit discreetly in your trouser/jacket pocket..

3 inch LCD is bigger than most and Leica wide angle lens produces decent photos in most light conditions..

Also has a handy Intelligent ISO mode which judges the subject's movement as well as light before applying a maximum ISO for the shot...

Comment #7

Don't buy till you try the Panasonic FZ18. Put it in IA and it's a fantastic point and shoot or be creative and explore it's multitude of features. The IQ is great at the wide and long end of the zoom which can be extended even beyon 18X. This is my third "bridge" camera" and this time I got the right one! The shots I've taken so far blow me away right out of the camera. Check it out at Costco's or Ritz.Old Jimalso have the kodak P712 and had the P850..

Comment #8

I'd be hard put to decide between a Fuji S6000fd & FZ50..

I've an FZ30 and love it's IQ, construction & especially the mechanical zoom ring & fixed lens on which I hang loads of filters, teleconverters, Macro lenses etc. Add the FZ50's articulating LCD for candid shots & programmable button - wow..

On the other hand the Fuji's low noise characteristics seem hard to beat...

Comment #9

Old jim wrote:.

Don't buy till you try the Panasonic FZ18.also have the kodak P712 and had the P850.

If you are going for a mega zoom option, them as jim said, check the FZ18 and it's direct competitors Fuji S8000, Olympus 560 and Sony H9. They are good enough for consumer class..

'Practice doesnt make perfect, perfect practice doesnt make perfect. Practice makes improvements and improvements lead to excellence!'Just practice!.

Fujifilm Finepix E550 and F20Pentax K100d..

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