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Asking again - camera help

by macki2009 / January 1, 2009 10:46 AM PST

I have read so many of the threads - and the answers come close - but I need to ask for help before I purchase. I need a new camera and I am on the fence between 3 -- can you offer insight based on the needs I have:
Budget : 300 - 600
Size : Small is nice - but not important vs quality of pictures
Type of photos: Children, Family - Action . Ability to capture fast shot to shot - especially when child is jumping on horseback. Indoor photos will also be shot.(indoor sports, plays, etc.) ( My current P&S has such a long delay when trying to shoot an indoor picture - the shot has long past before it takes the pic. )
Would also like the camera to shoot short videos.
Telephoto is important without losing image quality.
Will print photos in 4x6 for most part - at times 5x7.
Also would like it to have good image stabilization.

The cameras I have been reading about are :

Canon DSC H50, Panasonic DMC - FZ28 , and Canon SX10 IS

Would love to get your thoughts -- I do not replace my camera often - maybe every 2 years or so .

Thanks

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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / January 1, 2009 11:52 AM PST

Those three cameras are in contention for the same customer and are very much alike as to features, and picture quality.
The picture quality is very good for all of them.
Very sharp lenses.

You will be happy with any of the three.

For figures on shutter lag and shot-to-shot time, I have three links for you.
It is hard to summarize those numbers, so read them for yourself.
You will find that each of the three links will contain a paragraph (or two) on performance.

I could not find a comparable review on the Canon SX10IS, so I have substituted the review of the older model (S5 IS). These is usually very little difference in these figures from year to year. So it will serve as a guide-line.

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2008_reviews/panasonic_fz28_pg5.html

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2007_reviews/canon_s5is_pg6.html

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2008_reviews/sony_h50_pg5.html
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Asking again - camera help
by macki2009 / January 1, 2009 12:04 PM PST
In reply to: Digital Cameras

Thank you so much. I appreciate you taking the time to respond. I am going to read the reviews and finally make a decision.

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by macki2009 / January 2, 2009 2:26 AM PST

Sorry to bring this up again. So finally made a decision to go with the Sony --- the salesperson discouraged me from purchasing and suggested I go with Canon SX110 or G10. In your opinion - is there anything i am missing about those cameras vs the Sony H50?

Thank you

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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / January 2, 2009 7:41 AM PST

I am curious why he chose those two cameras.
Sounds like he might not have a new Sony H50 or Canon SX10 in stock
If he has a H50 or SX10 display model, make sure he does not give you the display model as a new camera.
..You might consider it for $100 off the price.

The SX110 is a lower cost version of the SX10.
Canon came out with that model to compete with lower cost versions from Panasonic (TZ50) and Sony (H10).

Here is a comparison of the SX10 and SX110:

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/compare_post.asp?method=sidebyside&cameras=canon_sx10is%2Ccanon_sx110is&show=all

With the SX110 you get less megapixels, half as much optical zoom, no hot shoe, a larger LCD (3.0 inch), but you get no viewfinder.

The G10 is Canon's premium (most expensive) non-DSLR camera.
Excellent choice.
But you if you want a lot of optical zoom, it does not have that.
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