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Thread: Choosing the right digicam for me NEEDs

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    Default Choosing the right digicam for me NEEDs

    Dear fellow members,

    I need the advice on which new digicam to buy. My criteria are:

    1) I need at least 4MP and above. I am not really entice by 6 or 8 MP or more though those are small plus
    2) I need good battery live – at least 200 photo based on standard test method. If using AA, it is even better but not a must
    3) I need optical zoom of 3x. Any more is a small plus
    4) I need SD or MMC or CF. The others too expensive or capacity is not large enough (eg, SD can get 1GB and Memory stick cannot)
    5) I need video – at least VCD quality at 30fps, though the 640x480x30fps is a BIG plus as I stop carrying my video cam around
    6) My greatest need is – speed!! My children are very very restless so I need speed to snap quickly
    7) Image stabilizer – I need those REAL one, not DSP type. My hands are not so steady and I do indoor shot a lot
    8) I do a lot of indoor shots – birthday’s, gathering, celebration. Once in a while outdoor. Primarily people – so no need macro or stitching or those advance function – with them are small plus
    9) Budget – less than $800. I do not want any digital SLR or any TIFF output. Too expensive and big. This is a NEED
    10) Size – smaller better. Too big I will tend to not carry with me. Pocketable is a plus

    I am currently looking at Lumix FZ5 and FX9, but heard that at ISO 400 the picture has noise.

    Any other to recommend that can at least satisfy the NEEDs above?

    Thanks a lot!

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    Default Re: Choosing the right digicam for me NEEDs

    All digital cam will produce noise at high ISO, just how well they handle the noise.

    I would recommend Sony H1 and Canon S2 IS. Both have anti-shake function and should be around $800. I still prefer the former due to the fast focus speed and good picture quality at ISO 400. It comes with a free 512mb memory stick. By the way, now 2 Gig memory sticks are available, not to mention 1 gig!

    A comparison of both cameras for your ref:

    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sonydsch1/

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    Default Re: Choosing the right digicam for me NEEDs

    u could also consider the fuji F10.

    it's got everything you specified except image stabiliser and memory card type, however it's great at high iso (even 1600 at a pinch) for indoor shots. if u shoot with flash indoors, you won't have problems with blurry pics anyway. the xd card goes up to at least 1 GB capacity.
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    Default Re: Choosing the right digicam for me NEEDs

    look out for the new canon A610.

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    Default Re: Choosing the right digicam for me NEEDs

    Quote Originally Posted by zaren
    u could also consider the fuji F10.

    it's got everything you specified except image stabiliser and memory card type, however it's great at high iso (even 1600 at a pinch) for indoor shots. if u shoot with flash indoors, you won't have problems with blurry pics anyway. the xd card goes up to at least 1 GB capacity.

    Agree with zaren.

    see this... http://forums.clubsnap.org/showthread.php?t=151488

    ISO1600 isn't that bad..

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