Which midprice megazoom?
I've started getting frustrated with the icky pictures I keep getting with my old FinePix A700 and I'm ready to take a step up toward a better camera. I'm moving to Seoul for a year and I'd really like to get some nice shots of the landscape while I am there and portraits as well. Size doesn't matter much to me, as I usually have a pretty big bag or purse anyhow. I'm just hoping to find a camera that can ease me into understanding how to get some pretty good shots, but I'm not quite sure what features would be the best for that..

I'm hoping to stay under $400 with everything (batteries, memory card, case) and I've narrowed it down to a few:.

Sony Cybershot DSC-H3Sony Cybershot DSC-H7Sony Cybershot DSC-H9 (wait until May :/)Canon PowerShot SX100ISCanon PowerShot Pro Series S5.

Any advice?..

Comments (5)

You mention landscapes and portraits. Neither of those suggest particularly long focal lengths, unless we're talking far-off landscapes (mountain peaks, say) or candid portraits shot from a distance...

Comment #1

I'd like to be able to take nice close up candid shots, but getting a wide photo of landscapes would be nice. Are there any similarly priced cameras that would be decent with both?..

Comment #2

My Canon S3 IS is their model prior to the S5. Except for the heft of the beast, I've been pretty happy with the results. Canon's SX100 is quite a bit lighter..

Another camera with 28mm (35 eqv) wide angle is the Olympus SP-550UZ. Here is a link to another thread that gets into these megazoom jobs -.


Kelly Cook..

Comment #3

WHy haven't you tried Fuji and Panasonic?.

I have a Pana FZ18 and it is simply great. On some of the review sites it is said to be the best amongst all megazooms, about 340$....

Seoul you are going to be for an year?! Best luck. Great city, Great place, Great people, Bad food [ not for korens though, they love it], great heritage and so on.... I am sure you willl enjoy there!.

What will you be doign there?.

HPMr. Harry PotterFZ18, Hoya Polariser 46mm.....

Comment #4

If you plan on keeping an S5 in your bag you'll want an aftermarket lens cap. The one they ship with is notorious for falling off if you even look at it wrong..

Go to a store and handle all of them. Take the one you that "feels right". I passed up cameras that got better reviews than my Canon S5 because I liked the interface and feel of the Canon more..

Good luck in Seoul! I have to ask, have you ever heard of Starcraft?..

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