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Can anyone suggest a good camera?

Posted by mattocmd on 6/11/2008 at 20:41

I am looking for a nice slim camera to travel with. Does anyone have a suggestion?

I am looking to spend $200-$300, slim is better, ease of use, photo quality, etc...

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Posted by alisonbrown08 on 7/11/2008 at 05:53

Canon's are usually good for your basic digital camera. If you're looking for an SLR, you may be able to find a low end one by Nikon or Canon for around $300. It will have more features rather than just point and shoot.

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Posted by kbarnard on 19/11/2008 at 23:38

I think the best digital camera out there is the Panasonic Lumix TZ5.. I have had two now and absolutely love it. Its not too slim, but worth the extra size for the quality of picture. Have convinced two friends to get the same camera, and they love it too.

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Posted by AndChips on 16/12/2008 at 20:17

I would go with canon, great value for money!!

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Posted by fivesilver on 19/1/2009 at 00:26

You won't go far wrong with any of the Canons or Nikons around that price.
And as kbarnard points out the Lumix TZ5 is a gem of a camera, with a huge zoom range for its size.

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Posted by basho on 27/1/2009 at 15:59

Posted from within Vietnam.

Try the Olympus Mju, my sister has one and it is brilliant. Waterproof, shockproof, thin and 12 megapixels.

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Posted by dageshi on 28/3/2009 at 10:35

Not hugely slim but with the best photo quality you'll get for the size. Panasonic LX3, can't recommend it highly enough.

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Posted by demoncleaner on 28/3/2009 at 12:45

If you are seeking more shots for personal use and dont think image quality is the utmost concern I second the recommendation for the Olympus Mju series.

While the image quality isnt the best for the dollars you spend, I find that it more than makes up for it in durability and options, enabling you to catch that perfect shot without worrying about destroying your camera.

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Posted by SBE on 15/4/2009 at 18:32

I disagree. The Mju is NOT waterproof!!

I'm on my third Mju now...started with an Mju 770 which leaked after a couple of weeks had have been given two replacement Mju 1030s under the guarantee. Two wrecked cameras due to water leaking into the battery and USB compartments while snorkelling. The only way I can keep the latest one from a similar fate is to protect the USB port and battery compartment with heavy duty electrical tape every time I go in the water...not ideal but it seems to stop more than a few drops of water getting in. The latest one nearly got wrecked too... the warning that the battery compartment came on the minute I put it in the water. I'd just taken a picture on dry land, no warning then, and the battery compartment definitely WASN'T open! Nevertheless it was full of water and a 2Go card got ruined. Managed to dry it out and get the camera to work again but it's definitely not as waterproof as it says on the box.
The waterproof seals are totally inadequate, be warned!

I've met many people who've had the same problem with this camera. Do a user search and you'll see lots of complaints. Here's one example but there are others.

http://shopper.cnet.com/digital-cameras/olympus-stylus-1030-sw/4014-6501_9-32818788-2.html?info=user&tag=uo;page#info-3

The guarantee doesn't cover being stuck without a camera on your trip so this year I took the (wise) precaution of buying a second camera in case the Olympus leaked again.

I hesitated between a Canon SX110 and the TZ5 ... both have 10x zooms, large bright screens and get good reviews. I opted for the former and I'm very pleased with it. Unlike the TZ5 it has manual controls (which I will get round to learning how to use one day) and I prefer the image quality of Canons. The TZ5 does have the advantage of having a wide angled lens but it was also considerably more expensive. Another thing I like about the Canon is the fact that it uses rechargeable AA batteries which saves having to cart a dedicated camera battery charger about. 2500mA rechargeables give you plenty of battery life but you can even use ordinary AA batteries in an emergency.

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Posted by Manticore on 13/6/2009 at 23:47

Posted from within Vietnam.

My mju has lasted me since 2006 and only very recently had the seal failed. I dried it out and its working again fine. I had it in my pocket at the beach at the time.

I would definitely buy another one if mine needed to be replaced. Its just a more rugged unit. Takes great pictures of the Songkran!

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Posted by SBE on 25/6/2009 at 04:57

Sounds like you were lucky. If I was buying a waterproof camera for snorkelling today I'd probably try the Canon Powershot D10. But I'm stuck with my (4th) Olympus....will see how tough the mju Tough 8000 is!

http://www.cnet.com.au/canon-powershot-d10-339294897.htm

However the Canon D10 isn't slim. The Olympus is splashproof so yes, good for Songkran but if you don't need the waterproof feature then there are cameras that can give you better image quality on the market, not to mention a larger optical zoom.

Another Panasonic, the ZS3 sounds like a pretty good small camera. 12X optical zoom, wide angle lens and CNET seems to think image quality is even better than the TZ5.

http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-cameras/panasonic-lumix-dmc-zs3/4852-6501_7-33543456.html?tag=mncol;rnav

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Posted by Rufus on 30/6/2009 at 09:06

"Another Panasonic, the ZS3 sounds like a pretty good small camera."
Agree with this. This camera is head and shoulders better than anything else in its price range.

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Posted by BruceMoon on 5/7/2009 at 06:14

Which camera?

After several 35mm SLR & more recently digital pocket camera's, my camera repairman told me which way to go.

First:

The slimmer the digital pocket camera, the less likely it will take long range pictures (ie. anything over 3X).

ps. most happy-snaps only need about 3megapixels for 6x4 size quality. So, looking for a (say) 8MP doesn't necessarily enhance the outcome, and the extra 'space' needed on the memory card merely means more memory space is required.

Second:

the slimmer the camera, the more likely of lens movement failures. To take a decent photo, the length between the front lens and the recording plate (rear) needs to replicate the actual length. So, a 200mm 'length' should be 200mm, but with modern technology, can be reduced. But, only so much. So, to get the 'actual' length of the zoom needed into a small package, the manufacturer needs to have several extendable components (often 3, sometimes more).

The slimmer the camera, the more likely there will be more extendable components, and a greater propensity for failure (often from embedded grit, etc).

Third:

Digital camera's are essentially 4 components:

a housing
a (set of) lenses
a mini computer (to record the 'photo'), and
a light meter.

Many 'big name' manufacturers do one or more parts, but few do all.

For example, most light meter units are made by Canon. So, it doesn't matter if you buy a Panasonic, Canon, Sony or similar, they all use Canon light meters.

The 'issue' for repair is whether the manufacturer allows a repairman to actually repair. For example, in Australia, Panasonic honour their warranty's, but don't provide parts to repairers other than a few mechanical parts. So, for Panasonic digital camera's, if it fails within the warranty period, it is merely replaced. After warranty has expired too bad, so sad.

So, if you want a camera that CAN be repaired, go ask a camera repairer in your home country. I learned the only one in Australia is Canon.

Cheers

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Posted by BruceMoon on 5/7/2009 at 06:15

Why yellow? Just to try...

But, I can't read it? No, I see your point...

Here, tis again...

ps. most happy-snaps only need about 3megapixels for 6x4 size quality. So, looking for a (say) 8MP doesn't necessarily enhance the outcome, and the extra 'space' needed on the memory card merely means more memory space is required.

Cheers

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Posted by SBE on 5/7/2009 at 08:17

Good old black is the most readable...

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Posted by BruceMoon on 5/7/2009 at 09:51

yeah, I know, I'm playing...

And, as my pc hasn't got missing keys, etc., I'm enjoying it.

Cheers

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Posted by kiwibc on 5/7/2009 at 18:48

Posted from within Vietnam.

I bought the newer version of the Pansonic Lumix TZ5 as a fair number of people I know rated the TZ5 highly and the reviews sounded good. it's the TZ7 (or ZS3 in the US). I used to have a 3 optical zoom camera and found it just didn't cut it for the nature photos. I didn't want the weight of an SLR but really wanted at least 10 optical zoom and a camera with HD video recording so i also didn't have to lug the videorecorder around. The camera hasn't disappointed. It's slightly bigger than my last one but still pocket size. I reckon if you can get the older model (TZ5) for a bit less I'd just go with that as the extra 2 optical zoom and 2MP ain't worth the price premium. If your talking $200-$300 US dollars then the TZ5 will and tZ7 might fit into the price range.

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Posted by dezztroyer on 24/10/2009 at 15:12

Go here.
http://www.steves-digicams.com

Go to the best camera link and he gives a small list in several categories. Me, am going for a Canon A480, small, easy to just pick up and shoot and 10 megapixels all for $150 Australian. Dunno what it is duty free....

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