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New camera, lots of zoom, smaller size, I JUST CANT CHOOSE!


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Hello everyone,
So, i have been looking for a camera for a long time, i just cannot choose!
Right now my biggest consideration is the Kodak Z812IS. I tried it, i loved it. Its cheap, and has everything i need. But im still not final.
I really like the Canon digital ELPH series, but those dont offer more than 4x zoom, sadly..........how about the Lumix TZ3? Comments on that?
I would say my budget is less than $300,
I want more than 10x zoom (i will accept 6x and up if the camera suits my needs perfectly)
I NEED some sort of stabilization, my hands shake badly.
I would prefer it to use SD cards (but again, will change)
Zooming in movie mode is a nice feature.
I like optical viewfinders, but can live without.
Needless to say, it needs to have good image quality
Can someone point me in the right direction?

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Also, watch what type of zoom. 4x optical zoom is superior to 10x digital zoom as the optical zoom will zoom in with the lens and digital zoom just zooms in on the picture, so it's not an actual zoom.

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Oh yes, i did forget to mention the zoom type.
My current camera (Samsung Digimax A402), is getting VERY old. When i bought it, it was a great camera, having only 4x digital zoom, its still amazing that it takes good pictures, but im more than ready to step into the optical world :-D
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Saying you want more than 10X zoom is a selfish thing to me. You're lucky, you'll ,most likely be able to find it for your budget price. As an SLR user, I can say that 10 zoom comes for at least $200 and at most $3,000 for me. But yeah, some cameras come with up to 14X optical zoom (optical, look for optical! digital zoom is crap, forget it exists and if you have it don't use it). Good luck I don't know the point and shoot industry very well.


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The main thing you should worry about is image quality. I recently used a minolta (or was it fuji?) camera with 10x optical zoom. 7 megapixels. But it was totally lacking in image quality. I'd prefer my 3.1megapixel Nikon 3100 any day (now I got a Sony W55...its okay. Nice and slim though)
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The main thing you should worry about is image quality. I recently used a minolta (or was it fuji?) camera with 10x optical zoom. 7 megapixels. But it was totally lacking in image quality. I'd prefer my 3.1megapixel Nikon 3100 any day (now I got a Sony W55...its okay. Nice and slim though)
Thanks for the reply.
Yes, i did use a fuji recently with 10x optical, it did not seem good.


Out of the Kodak Easyshare Z812IS, Canon Powershot SD850IS, and the Panasonic Lumix TZ-3, which has the best image quality? I have used all of them except the lumix, and i trust Canons image quality, however it only has 4X zoom, and im not really fond of the higher end Canons, the S3 is great, but because of the size i would never end up using it, if there was a smaller alternative to the S3 i would be all for it.
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i've got a Lumix DMC-TZ1 with a 10x zoom and I find it to be very acceptable for a cheap-ish point and shoot.

you can always check the models you're looking for on flickr as you can search pictures by camera to see what they're capable of.

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Wait,

Just checking up and i came upon the Canon Powershot SX100IS,
although not release until october, it already has a lot going for me, ive known to trust the image quality of Canon. Thats the big thing. It doesnt look all that bad either. Ill wait until its released then go have a look 'in the flesh'. :-D
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I'd say Canon. Didn't like the lumix PQ as much. Not sure about that model though
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Hey tanner! My avatar is the same as yours!
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Hi

Check ou this wensite.

http://www.imaging-resource.com/

Then look to the left side of the page and choose DAVES PICKS and then choose LONG SHOTS.

The Canon S3 IS is the top choice with 12 times zoom and image stabilization. It comes in under you budget too. Have fun!
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canon sd1000 ~$200 3x optical 4x digital zoom nice camera

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Hey tanner! My avatar is the same as yours!
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@ SidTurbo,
Well, i was (and maybe still am) considering the S3. However, i would like to look at the SX100IS first, and if i dont like it, the S3 would be my choice. The only reason i didnt like it was because of its obviously (very) bigger size. I wouldnt see myself taking as many pictures (because id have to lug it around), and i dont think it would get as much use. This is one of the main reasons im considering a digital ELPH, but im willing to get a bigger camera if it means better quality. If only canon would release an ELPH with say 6x optical zoom, even if its a little bigger.....-sighs-.

Oh, and does anyone know if the S5 is smaller than the S3?
Just wondering, i can imagine its not, but i dont know.
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I've been looking at getting the Lumix TZ-3 for a while now...
Pros:
- Long zoom
- wide angle (28mm) lens
- Decent movie mode (no zoom whilst in movie mode though)

Cons:
- A bit noisy and a bit agressive with the noise reduction
- No manual shooting mode
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