A&P good digital cameras with 10x + optical zoom?

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  1. StretchNutz999

    StretchNutz999 New Member

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    does anyone know of or use a good digital that has at least 10x optical zoom and 4.0 megapixels+? Gonna get another digicam soon, have an Olympus c730 ultra zoom now and love it, am looking to buy their c770 if no other brands have anything comparable to that one. I'd like to keep it under 500 if possible.

    let me know, thanks,
    Drew
     
  2. jTranz

    jTranz Lost in Translation

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    Drew,

    Check out the canon powershot s1 and s2.

    Warm Regards,

    J
     
  3. sony

    sony Active Member

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    Drew,

    Don't forget the Sony 717,828,etc. Panasonic Zsomething is cool too.

    Warm Regards,

    P
     
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    Greetings Drew,

    Please consider the Nikon Coolpix 8800 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1 as they both provide > 10x zoom.

    Cheers,

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  5. FryingPan

    FryingPan Certified Thread Killer

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    Holla Drizzew,

    Peep da Panasonic FZ series, yo. Theys be offerin' 12x optical zoom and image stabilizzation.

    Check yo'self,
    Fry
     
  6. StretchNutz999

    StretchNutz999 New Member

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    awesome, awesome, awesome!

    wow, now I have *alot* of reading to do as my options pool just quadrupled, thanks so much for the replies y'all :)

    anyone own or have personal experience witj any of the aforementioned cameras?

    thanks again,
    Drew
     
  7. FryingPan

    FryingPan Certified Thread Killer

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    I had a Panasonic FZ-20. Great camera, the only thing about it (as with most megazooms) is the poor performance at anything above ISO200. Image quality and sharpness aside from that are very good. The image stabilization feature rocks. Moving to a D70 and unstabilized long lenses made me start hating my life. Panasonic has since released the FZ5 which I believe has a larger CCD and a much smaller overall form factor. Check out all the reviews, there's a shitload of 'em.

    I bought my girlfriend a FZ3 for Christmas last year and it's a very solid little camera as well. Great zoom, lots of features for the money and it definitely gets the job done.

    Personally I'd reccomend the FZ series from personal experience, but I'm sure there are new choices out there.
     
  8. Ilyusha

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    I own an FZ15, and it's absolutely bad ass. I HIGHLY recommend that you read about it and the FZ20 (same camera, save for a hot shoe and sound in the video recording for the FZ20).. check reviews online. Here's an example of the zoom capabilities:

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  9. sony

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    Drew,
    I've never used a camera with 10x zoom. :wtc:

    Your pal,
    P
     
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    TurboDerek My favorite meal is horsemeat and rice.

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    I have a canon S1 IS and the zoom is great. when i got to car shows or races i can sit in the back zoom right in. the video of the S1 is great i use that mode more than i thought i would. lots of events don't allow video but with the S1 the video is 640x480 resolution and no one noes
     
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    Check out the Fuji S5100
     
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    Dear Drew,

    Today was a sad day for the world of photography. A uniformed employee at the electronics giant called Best Buy allowed me a rare opportunity to hold in my hands their latest 12x zoom faux-SLR camera, the all black Panasonic FZ5. My initial reaction was astonishment at the feathery mass of weight. I had expected a 12x camera to feel more hefty but this was not the case. When I ignited the unit, at first it did nothing. I assumed it was faulty or perhaps just a non-functional demo--that would explain the lack of weight. Surprisingly, 3 seconds later the little light had lit and a crisp image materialized on the screen. So it does work! The first thing I did was place my hands on it at 3 and 6 o'clock, aimed it at the red haired employee helping me and expended all 12x of its zoom onto the boy's face. Filling the entire frame was what appeared to be a giant pimple. Oh lord! Using all of my muscles, I compress the shutter button. After a second of hesitation, it fired two shots each second. I had hoped that the autofocus illumination would have enough radioactivity to decimate the hideous deformity on the boy's face, but alas, the camera was no match. Stunned and paralyzed by the grotesque figure in the view finder, the camera fell out of my hands, shattering to pieces as it collided with the floor. Embarrassed, I stepped back and quickly darted out of the store. From this day forward I vow never to toy with the thought of touching another camera made for children. From now on I will only handle real digital SLR's. I had to learn the hard way but I hope you don't have to as well.

    Best Wishes
    Aluyminyum
     
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    10/10

    Nice work with the pompous asshole tone :bigthumb:
     
  15. StretchNutz999

    StretchNutz999 New Member

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    lol...
    so your recomendation would be? I would love to have a full fledged SLR but at this point in my life I'm "ballin on a budget" so to speak... Let me know if there are any good "starter" ones that still have some decent specs, etc.

    thanks,
    Drew
     
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    Drew,
    SLRs aren't for everyone, you can't ignore the convenience of having a 10x zoom in a small package, one that you wouldn't think twice about carrying to a party or out with friends because it isn't too big. An SLR with a 10x zoom weighs over 5 pounds and will run you at the least 1,600 dollars. Sure, it's nice to have, but practical, well..

    It isn't very practical. :run: All of the cameras listed in this thread are pretty good. I suggest you go to Best Buy or whatever electronics store you have in your area and try them out. DON'T BUY THEM THERE THOUGH because they're way over priced. Come home and check pricegrabber and find the one you like. Make sure you check resellerratings to make sure it isn't some low life scumbag trying to rip you off.

    To recap what others have said, the Panasonic DMC-FZ5 (4.9mp/12x), Panasonic DMC-FZ4 (4.0mp/12x), Canon Powershot S2 IS (5mp/12x), Canon Powershot S1 IS (3.2mp/10x), Sony F828 (8mp/7.1x), Sony F717 (4.9mp/5x) are all great point and shoots. You can read reviews at http://www.steves-digicams.com/, http://www.dpreview.com, and http://www.dcresource.com/ .

    As always, if you have questions, feel free to ask.

    Good luck camera hunting,
    48
     
  17. hash browns

    hash browns lolcathlon champion OT Supporter

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    Dearest Drew,

    Greetings and Salutations. As long as it has Japanese Optics, it's great.

    Everyone's favorite breakfast food,
    hash browns
     
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    i have a nikon coolpix 5700..8x optical and 5mp...

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    Panasonic FZ15 teh win!
     
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    Valence Gustav Refugee

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    I have the panasonic fz 10 which is one step below the fz 20.
    Get the fz 20. The extra features it has are soooo worth it. Raw and jpeg capture... just to name one
     
  23. Cobber

    Cobber Wanna touch my bunny hole?

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    I have used the Nikon 8800 and loved it ... I believe it is the only one in the list that has VR also. Although I am kinda partial to Nikon. :dunno: ... they have their Tech Suport in the same building I work in
     
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    VR is the same as IS in the Panasonic and Canon. :slap:
     
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