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Need a new camera suggestion

by southernclay / October 23, 2007 1:04 PM PDT

Hi! I'm looking to buy a new camera and need some help. I am looking for something with at least 10x optical zoom. I also want a wide angle lens or at least the option for an affordable additional wide angle lens. I enjoy taking landscape/wildlife photos and I'm a realtor so something to fit both needs. Would like to spend in the $200-$300 range but would go to $400. Some of the Fuji Finepix look like they would work and ebay has a package with the wide angle lens and all. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance for any help!

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Wide Angle Long Zoom
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / October 24, 2007 12:28 AM PDT

There are not many digital cameras that fit that description.

Here is a link to 5 cameras that fit that description:

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/compare_post.asp?method=sidebyside&cameras=fuji_finepixs8000fd%2Coly_sp550uz%2Coly_sp560uz%2Cpanasonic_dmcfz18%2Cpanasonic_dmctz3&show=all

There are many cameras that can accept a wide angle conversion lens.
A good quality conversion lens will cost close to $200.

Most of the wide angle conversion lenses you find on eBay are too small in diameter and will cause vignetting (dark or clipped corners).

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canon SD800 iS
by HoosierDrag / October 24, 2007 5:35 AM PDT

canon SD800 iS:
got this a few months ago. love it.
face recognition- no more crappy pics of you by other people while in once-in-a-lifetime places!
wide angle version better or me. amazing group shots ( i don't zoom in too much so wide is better)
good battery life (buy another too)
great video
good image stabilization

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