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Looking for good mega zoom camera

by brownie601 / May 14, 2011 4:53 AM PDT

I am looking to buy a good mega zoom camera and my research has left me confused! I want something with at least an 8x zoom, a good battery life, and has decent low light picture quality. I have a budget of about $300 to spend. Any suggestions?!?!

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I forgot to mention...
by brownie601 / May 14, 2011 4:56 AM PDT

Also, it needs to be a point and shoot not a DSLR!

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How compact?
by PistonCupChampion / May 14, 2011 5:40 AM PDT

There are travel zoom cameras, which usually have 10-18x zoom lenses, and mega zoom cameras that usually have 18-35x lenses. Travel zooms look like P&S cameras but are a little bit larger. Mega zooms look like small DSLR's.

No small camera has decent low light picture quality, at least not without resorting to special electronic tactics. You might check out the recently retired Sony HX5V, which can be found at on clearance at about $200. It is a travel zoom with 10x lens, HD video, and "Handheld Twilight" mode which allows it to take better quality low light photos than cameras without it.

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