Hey all at Clubsnap!
I'm looking for a camera to suit my needs. I'm quite interested in photography, but never had the chance to buy a digicam previously. I'll be going backpacking in a few months' time, and would like to have a good compact camera to capture the sights along the way.
In particular, I'm looking for something that's good with night shots, and can get the vibrancy of the scenery. Also, a good amount of zoom will be good (at least 4-6X?), and wide angle too (28mm?) since I'll be going to the outdoors, e.g. the Scottish highlands and the Norwegian fjords. As for cost, ideally below S$500.
I was looking at the Panasonic Lumix LZ7, which offers 6x optical zoom. But I've heard about it being noisy at higher ISOs, so I'm not sure if I'll get that. Canon's A720 IS was another alternative, but it's about S$499. The A570 IS is alright too at S$369, except for the 4x zoom which I'm afraid may disappoint.
I'm mostly a point-and-shoot kinda guy, although I would love it if my camera could grow with my interests. I don't mind buying add-on lenses, e.g. WC-DC52N for the A570. The A720 has a wide-angle lens too but I think you need an additional adapter too. But I really don't think I should blow 500 bucks on my first cam.. but yet I don't want to miss out on possible great shots on my once-in-a-lifetime trip!
Cannot decide at all! Would love to hear some of you pros' suggestions!