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    Default Cheap PnS camera with manual controls?

    Sorry, kinda lost touch with the market already.

    Am currently using a Canon Powershot A95 but looking for a replacement. I really relish being able to adjust both shutter and aperture in certain situations.

    Any suggestions for a cheap PnS camera with manual controls? Preferably those that accept AA batteries as well...

    The new A series do not come with manual controls any longer

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    some said Panasonic LZ8 or 10 are good and cheap yet with manual controls.
    http://www.dpreview.com/news/0801/08...niclz8lz10.asp
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    Default Re: Cheap PnS camera with manual controls?

    before my DSLR, i was using a old model Panasonic FZ8.
    it comes with manual controls.

    Lots of good review about it. I learn alot of my basic from that cam.

    not so sure about recent new models though...
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    Default Re: Cheap PnS camera with manual controls?

    Quote Originally Posted by zcf View Post
    some said Panasonic LZ8 or 10 are good and cheap yet with manual controls.
    http://www.dpreview.com/news/0801/08...niclz8lz10.asp
    Second that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zcf View Post
    some said Panasonic LZ8 or 10 are good and cheap yet with manual controls.
    http://www.dpreview.com/news/0801/08...niclz8lz10.asp
    these two models are not selling anymore, best denki still have some stocks as they are gradually phased out

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    Default Re: Cheap PnS camera with manual controls?

    for less than $100, get Canon G2, me still using it.

    for abit more, get G3.
    photography makes one sees things from all angles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alvinchipz View Post
    these two models are not selling anymore, best denki still have some stocks as they are gradually phased out
    still selling seriously.. it's a lovely camera! gf owns it and i would recommend it too. besides, its' got 5X zoom with manual control. when you're lazy to carry the dslr around ,this lil angel is the replacement camera

    get the lz10. the lz8 is older.. though the lz10 is discontinued but itts stills being sold .. just have to look out for it
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    Wow. But I prefer to get something newer if possible, cos I plan on getting it only in April (gotta wait for my work to start and my salary!)...

    Is there anything more current that's around the $200-300 range? My budget is around $300

    Also is there any website where I can get a rough gauge of local prices?
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    Quote Originally Posted by trenzterra View Post
    Wow. But I prefer to get something newer if possible, cos I plan on getting it only in April (gotta wait for my work to start and my salary!)...

    Is there anything more current that's around the $200-300 range? My budget is around $300
    have u include in the budget for tripod? external flash also. what about dry box?
    photography makes one sees things from all angles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by denniskee View Post
    have u include in the budget for tripod? external flash also. what about dry box?
    I have a tripod already.

    I'm not looking for a DSLR btw precisely because I don't want to deal with all those stuff. Just want to be able to take great photos scenery night shots fireworks on my trips overseas

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    er..... dslr or p&s, u need dry box to keep the lens of ur p&s fungus free. else the other way is to use it everyday.
    photography makes one sees things from all angles.

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    Okay, let's say excluding the dry box, just the camera alone, what would be recommended for a budget of ~$300?

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    Default Re: Cheap PnS camera with manual controls?

    oly c8080, but its not what u will call pocket size.
    photography makes one sees things from all angles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trenzterra View Post
    The new A series do not come with manual controls any longer
    no meh?

    that's sad..

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    Default Re: Cheap PnS camera with manual controls?

    I got a really good cond 2nd hand Canon A590IS at $240.

    The only grip is that it sucks up AA batteries and the flash recharging time is long between shots.
    Other than that, a very capable cheap manual camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by night86mare View Post
    no meh?

    that's sad..
    Yup, the new A2xxx and A1xxx series do not have manual controls any longer. The previous A6xx and A7xx series also had only Av and Tv modes. Which is a very sad thing

    The C8080 is kinda bulky and quite an old model.

    I checked out Alan Photo's website and saw the Fujifilm S1500 for $349. How is that model like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by trenzterra View Post
    Yup, the new A2xxx and A1xxx series do not have manual controls any longer. The previous A6xx and A7xx series also had only Av and Tv modes. Which is a very sad thing

    The C8080 is kinda bulky and quite an old model.

    I checked out Alan Photo's website and saw the Fujifilm S1500 for $349. How is that model like?
    Tha Fujifilm S1500 is a good cam.....but the S2000HD is better
    Last edited by cleonbong; 29th January 2010 at 01:48 PM.

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