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Wife want's compact camera. Of the ones on my list which is best?
Hi all. I posted last week inquiering about mega zoom point and shoots and the info I recieved was great. So thanks..

My wife would like to buy a compact camera. She would be shooting mostly during the day as she runs a day care so she would mostly be taking pictures of kids running around and playing. Also of our kids playing sports. And camp fire pics camping ect.. She values a clear sharp picture and likes simplicity. So essentially she will take higher image quality over tons of features or a longer lense.

All modles range from $219 cdn to 299.99 cdn which is in her price range..

So here are the choices ( by the way it seems some of these cameras don't exist on this web site).Canon A570 ISPanasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ6Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ7Nikon L5Nikon S10Olympus FE240Olympus Stylus 740Samsung L85Fuji Finepix A820..

So if I could get some feedback that would be great on which model is the best for the above described situation and why..

Much thanks..

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I have a Panasonic TZ3 that I love. I also have a DMC-FZ8 and I'll choose the TZ3 anyday just because of the size. It fits in your pocket, has a 10X zoom and takes great pictures. I've taken lots of action shots of my grandson and have absolutely no complaints...

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Steve71 wrote:.

Hi all. I posted last week inquiering about mega zoom point andshoots and the info I recieved was great. So thanks.My wife would like to buy a compact camera. She would be shootingmostly during the day as she runs a day care so she would mostly betaking pictures of kids running around and playing. Also of our kidsplaying sports. And camp fire pics camping ect..

So essentially she will takehigher image quality over tons of features or a longer lense. Shewill mostly be doing 4X6 prints and posting pictures over theinternet to friends ie: Facebook. All modles range from $219 cdn to299.99 cdn which is in her price range.So here are the choices ( by the way it seems some of these camerasdon't exist on this web site)..

Canon A570 IS.

Great choice but may be over-specified with it's manual controls..

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ6Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ7.

The same camera really with different megapixels. Okay I guess, but nothing special..

Nikon L5.

Bit slow for taking photos of kids..

Nikon S10.

Swivel-body 10x zoom. Interesting but reviews are not so good..

Olympus FE240.

There are better cameras for the same money..

Olympus Stylus 740.

Not great..

Samsung L85.

No..

Fuji Finepix A820..

Not as good as other Fujis (see below)..

So if I could get some feedback that would be great on which model isthe best for the above described situation and why..

You didn't mention the obvious choice: the Fuji F31fd. A great fast camera with legendary image quality in low light that's also very cheap. Also look at the simpler F20 and F40..

Androohttp://Androo.smugmug.com..

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Thanks Texas Hobbist. I seem to be leaning towards an LZ6 or LZ7 but ultimatly it's my wife's camera and her decision..

Thanks for your response Andrew. My wife seems to be leaning in the direction of the Canon as she prefers there images above all others. she likes the idea of IS but would probabley want a less manual camera like you said. So were not sure if Canon has an IS model with less manual controls. As for the Fuji's my wife doesn't seem to like the pics we've seen on the net, were I actually prefer the Fuji's to the Canon's. Also we had set a Price of $200 to $300 max for the camera in canadian funds and the local camera shop only has F40's at $349.99 and F650 at $369.99 so no F20's or F30's in stock which is why we put the Fuji A820 on the list at $219.99 it's the cheapest and seemed to heave nice features.Any and all recommendations welcomed...

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My wife seems to be leaning in thedirection of the Canon as she prefers there images above all others.she likes the idea of IS but would probabley want a less manualcamera like you said..

I suppose you could get this and just ignore the manual functions. You can still use it in auto mode and it has plenty of scene modes too..

So were not sure if Canon has an IS model withless manual controls..

There's the SD800IS and the SD850IS, both very small cameras with IS. I don't know if they are within your budget so check local prices. They're pretty good cameras - the SD800IS has a wide angle lens..

Androohttp://Androo.smugmug.com..

Comment #4

Got one for my daughter and it's performance is excellent. for the record i'm an oly guy with my own cams, but this fuji is really top notch for what it is...

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It's cute, one of a kind, looks like a jewelry,IQ is enough for emails and 4x6wrap it, make a giftwith a "I love you, honey, you are the one and only" cardand hey, see what happens !!!..

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Mr Ralf. I totally understand why I should get this as I to would love to see what happens. The thing is I don't have the $649.99 cdn to see what happens...

Comment #7

The c-lux's are very similar and have the same controls and lens as the Panasonic FX series. There are a lot of FX models floating around and they do take very nice shots. They are best in good light but that isn't different than a lot of cameras on the list. I am seeing more people liking the LZ7 and it does have a nice zoom range. It uses AA batteries which for some people is a big plus and for others they don't like this. The Canon does as well so....terryhttp://tbanet.zenfolio.com/..

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Looks pretty cool, toois cheap right nowbuild like a tanklike a gem in blue/blackincluded is a MP3-player and ebook-readerIQ is enough for internet and 4x6..

Comment #9

The manual control are there if you need them but it has also a P mode that is Auto with some control of the photographer..

If the price difference is not an issue ($10-20) take Canon A710IS. It has a longer range and faster lens..

OIS is one of the most useful features of a camera not like face detection or other gimmicks..

Also Panasonic TZ3 is a good camera but the price is very high for it's quality. 28 mm are very useful though and the ISO100 is good enough.VictorBucuresti, Romaniahttp://s106.photobucket.com/albums/m268/victor_petcu/..

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After approx 3 hours of looking at sample pictures and specs last night my wife narrowed it down between the Panasonic Lumix LZ7 and The Canon A570IS. Since I don't see a poll application I'll just ask between these two cameras which would be your choice. Tommorow is pay day so I'll probabley purchase after work..

Thanks..

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Anyone on a budget needs to look at this camera. This camera will do everything she needs, and save you money!.

The TZ3 is great, and is essentially an improvement over the TZ1, but it costs between $300 and $350USD..

The TZ1 is a very similar camera and is currently selling for between $150 and $200USD. What you don't get is ... the built in lens shutter, the extra megapixel, and the wider lens. But it does have the ability to zoom while shooting video, which is something the newer TZ3 can't do.MartyPanasonic FZ20,Panasonic FZ7,Olympus C7000,Leica M3..

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Night my wife narrowed it down between the Panasonic Lumix LZ7 andThe Canon A570IS. Since I don't see a poll application I'll just askbetween these two cameras which would be your choice..

Definitely the Canon..

Androohttp://Androo.smugmug.com..

Comment #13

Just bought the TZ3 for my wife for her birthday and she loves it. She's gotten some really nice shots with it and you can't beat the wide angle to long tele zoom range combined with the image stabilization. I was able to get it for $296 whcih is in your price range..

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Comment #14

If you can find a Nikon L4 it is a great and simple camera. It is not too big and it is very easy to use. I am enclosing a picture my nine year old took.- Tiffany.

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I really like that picture. A TZ series would be nice and affordable if I lived in the states, but here in canada it's a little out of my price range. A TZ1 sells new for 369.99 new the TZ2 goes for 449.99 new and TZ3 goes for 479.99 new and at some shops I've seen them go for more than these prices. I have been finding what ever the manufactures price says on this web site for any given camera I need to add $100...

Comment #16

Don't go for the Panasonic DMC-LZ6 if she wants audio to go along with any videos of the kids she may take. Only the DMC-LZ7 offers the audio feature. Unfortunatey I found that out AFTER I had returned from vacation and uploaded all the video clips I had taken!!!..

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Check out the photos at this site that were taken with a Canon S5 IS: http://jewlya.zenfolio.com..

Jerryhttp://jchoate.zenfolio.com/..

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Steve71 wrote:.

My wife would like to buy a compact camera. She would be shootingmostly during the day as she runs a day care so she would mostly betaking pictures of kids running around and playing. Also of our kidsplaying sports. And camp fire pics camping ect.. She values a clearsharp picture and likes simplicity. So essentially she will takehigher image quality over tons of features or a longer lense.

All modles range from $219 cdn to299.99 cdn which is in her price range.So here are the choices ( by the way it seems some of these camerasdon't exist on this web site).Canon A570 ISPanasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ6Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ7Nikon L5Nikon S10Olympus FE240Olympus Stylus 740Samsung L85Fuji Finepix A820.So if I could get some feedback that would be great on which model isthe best for the above described situation and why..

I have the Fuji A825 (same as the A820).it is an OK P&S, but not the greatest!.

That being said, none of the rest of the cameras you listed will be the greatest, either, especially the Canon, Nikon and Oly cameras you listed!.

They are slow slow slow..

All of them are a little on the slow side when it comes to taking shots of little kids..

Look at the better Fuji's or the Sony P&S 'W' and 'T' series cameras if you want fast shutter response for shooting (with cameras) little kids!.

J. D.Colorful Colorado.

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