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HELP!! Looking for an ultracompact with these requirements

Ok i have done a ton of research and still find myself confused with all the digicam lingo so i figured if i tell you exactly what i want in a camera someone can suggest one that has all the things in my criteria.

REQUIRED: Ultracompact, 6-7MP, Image Stabalization, Action/Sports Mode, Different Scene Modes and Color Modes (like to make pics black and white, etc), Movies with sound and preferably the ability to use zoom in the movie mode, 4x optical zoom, good in low light and indoors, and lastly GOOD IMAGE QUALITY!!

I hope you all can help as i have found all of the requirements in a Panasonic FX3 but the image quality is not that looks grainy (I guess that means it has alot of noise?)

My range is $350 or less and I will be using the camera to take pictures of friends and family indoors and outdoors and some nights at the club so performing well in low light is essential as well.

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In reply to: HELP!! Looking for an ultracompact with these requirements

There are no ultra compact camera that meet all of your requirements.

Since you want an ultra compact that works well in low light, you are down to a choice of four cameras.

I know they don't meet all the other requirements but here are your choices:

Fujifilm F30, F31fd, F20, F40fd

They may not be considered Ultra Compact, because they are about 1.1 inch thick.

Those are the best compact cameras for low light.
There are other cameras much better in low light but they are not small cameras and they are much more expensive.

Here is a comparison of specifications:


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Thanx for reply,,,one more question

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What do you think about the canon sd 700 or 800? Do you think these two cameras will atleast have most of my requirements? If i had to narraow it down i'd want good image quality, 4x optical zoom, and video with sound

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Canon SD700IS - SD800IS

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sorry if i am being annoying...

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sorry to ask so much but this is the most help anyone has tried to give me so i really appreciate it. i just dont understand all the digicam lingo. i wanted to know about the movies on the sd700/sd800...i have a 1G memory card so how long will i be able to record for? and lastly what are your thoughts on the panasonic dmc-fx01? im just trying to make sure the canon is worth buying over the fxo1

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Digital Cameras

In reply to: sorry if i am being annoying...

Both Canon models have the same specifications for video recording time:

The recording time depends upon what video size/speed you select.
For 1-gig memory card:
640x480 at 30fps (frames per second) is about 8.3 minutes.
320x240 at 30fps is about 23.3 minutes.
320x240 at 15fps is about 46 minutes

Here is a link to Specifications for the SD800IS:

Here is a link to Specifications to all Canon Digital Cameras:


Canon and Panasonic

The Panasonic FX01 is a popular camera and competes directly with the two Canon cameras.

If you read any review of Panasonic cameras it becomes a common theme that Panasonic has noisy CCD sensors. They buy their CCD sensors from Matsushita (the parent company of Panasonic).

Their sensors are noisier than the Sony sensors that most camera companies use.
Fujifilm makes their own CCD sensors and they are the least noisy of all the CCD sensors.

Pictures taken in low light have to use a high ISO settings to try to get enough light to take the picture. The higher the ISO setting, the more the noise.

Consider a small inexpensive table radio. It sounds fine until you crank up the volume to the highest setting and you get distortion.
The ISO setting is much like that table radio volume control.
Except that the ISO setting is a volume control for light.
Crank it up all the way and you get noise. (visible distortion).

Within the last year you see lots of camera claiming to have ISO settings as high as 800 and 1600.
What they don't tell you is that all they did was make it possible to turn up the volume on light even more....and it generates even more noise. So you can use the ISO setting of 1600....but you won't like the results. But if you go under the theory of "better a noisy photo than no photo" you might be happy.


You first stated that you wanted to use the camera in low light situations.....That is the one weak point of the Panasonic FX01.

Here is a comparison of specifications:

There are green links just under the photos of the cameras.
One is for a full review and the other takes you to sample photos.

Further down the columns, you find red stars.
These are the ratings of the camera by owners of the cameras.
To read what the owners have to the link right under the red stars.


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thanks soooo much

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thank u sooo much snapshot2 you have been a BIG help....yes the panasonic produces photos (in my opinion) that look really grainy almost sand like and the only time they look smooth is when u zoom in on the picture...yuck! i am a procrastinator at actually printing out my pictures so i atleast want them to look good when you scroll through them in the camera....ok well i have made up my mind i am going to go with the canon sd700 or 800, not sure which one but ill leave that up to how it feels and looks when i see it in a matter of fact i think i will get the 800 because it has the wide angle lens and i have alot of friends to take pics of lol...thanks agin snapshot!

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