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#1 Matadors and a Princess

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 08:35 AM

I need to replace my old camera. It's pretty old, but was a fairly good one when purchased 7 years ago. I have a Nikon Coolpix E5700...it is 5mp but SOOOOO SLLOOOWWWW! The big problem is the lens is stuck. In any case, I've been looking at cameras and need some thoughts on the matter from other folks. I wish I could afford even a used DSLR...but that isn't possible at this instant and I don't want to wait and miss all my 4month-old's growing. So what camera would you recommend? I've been looking at the FujiFilm S1800 which is well within my immediate budget. My concern is whether it will give me as good of pictures as my old Nikon. Any thoughts on the subject or recommended cameras? Thanks!

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 10:31 AM

These are the cameras that I have been using over the past few years.

Kodak Easy Share Z980 which I've had for a couple of years and it really works great. The zoom is a 24x Optical zoom which goes from 26mm to 624mm. Really super closeups. I also have an Olympus E600 DLSR which I just bought a few months ago. It has two lenses which are from 14mm to about 40mm, and from 40mm to 150mm. I get real nice closeups, but not as close as the Kodak Z980. I bought both of them from QVC and used their easy pay plan and paid them off over four or five payments, interest free. Just made my last payment on the Olympus, so it's officially mine. Woo Hoo! Eventually I will be getting another lens with more zoom range. They are very expensive, so it will be awhile before I buy one.

Hope that helps you a little.

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 11:18 AM

I've been happy with the two Sony Cybershots I used over the past 8 years. When I buy my daughters a point and shoot for Xmas, I'm probably getting another Cybershot.

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 12:43 PM

I saw You are in Germany, which is good for me - then I can give you the European model-number!!!

Some years ago, I bought a Panasonic DMC-TZ7.
I have two "big" digital cameras (DSLR's), but wanted something smaller to always carry in my purse.
I LOVE the DMC-TZ7!!!
It has a powerful, POWERFUL zoom, wideangle and lots of good programmes!
Now, however, I've given it to my husband, and bought the latest version - the Panasonic DMC-TZ10.
It has an even better zoom, better wideangle and GPS!

My mother-in-law loved my TZ7, so we bought her the model in between my two - the DMC-TZ8.
She carries it with her everywhere and uses it almost every day!
I think it is rather impressive, considering she's turning 80 in March!

My "American mom" was also very impressed with my Lumix, so she went out and bought the American equivalent (DMC-ZS7)!!!

Now my mother and sister are both putting this camera on their Xmas-wishlists! :disappearing-smilie:
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Posted 19 November 2010 - 02:35 PM

We need SandiC's input for this thread, don'cha think? She's always right on top of the best camera buys!
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Posted 20 November 2010 - 11:12 PM

I have a DSLR, which I LOVE, but it is not always easy to tote around. I had given my Canon G12 to my son recently, as he has sole custody of his five boys and didn't have a camera (which means I get more pix of my grandsons that way).... but anyway, as much as I love my Canon 500D, it is not always easy to take with. Recently I had a business trip to DC and left the camera at home due to trying to lug it through airport with my luggage and laptop - I was horrified when I found myself downtown DC, on the mall with all of those wonderful buildings and monuments without a camera!

So I just ordered to Canon Powershot S95 - quite a small camera, loaded with features. Due to the large aperature, it is quite capable in unlit places and has quite a few advanced features. In my research of point & shoot cameras, there is such a large choice out there and they keep getting better and cost less - you can't go wrong with any of the mid-to-high-end range. I aNot sure what your budget is, but I would be confident with any of the Nikons or Canons out there, as well as the others mentioned above - there is a large market out there, that is for sure!

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Posted 21 November 2010 - 12:39 PM

My small purse camera is the Canon S90. It has a fast (wide apperture) lens which is great for capturing kids and pets in low light. You can really be creative with this little camera - sometimes I just use the built in point and shoot modes and other times the advanced features. I shoot in JPEG and RAW so that was an important feature to me. Quality of pics is excellent. There are a few annoyances: it's a bit sluggish when snapping one pic to the next; there is no grip to hang onto; the pop up flash is not in the best spot.

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 05:23 PM

Thanks, everyone. Although the more I study this out...the harder it is to decide....When I take it down to picture quality. I find that I am only really happy with DSLR quality...unfortunately, that's out of my budget! So which of the others do I run with? One of these days I'll figure it out and then I'll let you all know what I chose! Thanks again for your input!

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 08:24 PM

After talking to the saleslady at Best Buy and reading some reviews online, I decided to get the Fujifilm FinePix (in raspberry! My girls will love that!). I'm excited, even though I'm getting it for my girls. I'm not sure I'll be able to hide it away until Xmas. LOL

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 08:32 AM

After talking to the saleslady at Best Buy and reading some reviews online, I decided to get the Fujifilm FinePix (in raspberry! My girls will love that!). I'm excited, even though I'm getting it for my girls. I'm not sure I'll be able to hide it away until Xmas. LOL


I bought a Fuji FinePix about a year ago when I was looking for a small camera to carry in my purse. We were looking at Sonys and the clerk showed me the Fuji because he thought it was a great buy. I'll have to say I love it, and it is waterproof.

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