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Here is ~$300, what camera would you buy with my choices

by pfan1981 / March 27, 2010 6:55 AM PDT

Hey everyone,

Brand new to this site, and looking for some advice. Looking to upgrade from my 5 yr old canon powershot, which does not take very good pics.

I like taking pics without the flash, I feel it provides a much more realistic and quality picture. Obviously my old camera does not have image stabilization, so we could only do this by using a tri-pod and being very still. I borrowed mom's Panasonic ZS3 for the birth of our child and the pics were great, but want to know about my other options.

Also, HD video is a must. We post these videos on facebook for extended friends and family to enjoy. I like how the ZS3 allows zooming during the video.

The options I am looking at are the Panasonic ZS3, Panasonic FZ35, Nikon L110, and the canon PowerShot SX20IS.

We are looking for a somewhat compact camera, but with a decent amount of zoom, IS, HD video. The shots are going to be wildlife, family, and waterskiing.

Any insight is greatly appreciated. pfan

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just some info

I don't keep up with the quality of the video in digital cameras, but you said you said that you needed to use a tripod and sit very still for your old Canon. Image stabilization will probably take care of not needing a tripod for many situations but you sitting still will remain the same. Image stabilization does not give you a faster shutter speed, it just stabilizes a shutter speed that would show camera shake. If you shoot a shot with a stabilized camera and a non-stabilized camera they will both have the same shutter speed, as long as the other aspects of exposure are the same(ISO and aperture). Image stabilization will not reduced movement blur, only blur produced by the camera moving around.

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A little more clear
by pfan1981 / March 27, 2010 11:42 PM PDT
In reply to: just some info

Thanks for that info. I am mainly talking about taking pics of our kids and putting them on facebook for families to see. The videos are also important just because a picture can only say so much.

The ZS3 looks like a good option, but how do they compare to the big name brand of Canon and Nikon?

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