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Need help finding a really good digital camera with manual..

I'm going to a music festival where they don't allow DSLR's or any camera with a removable lens. I want to buy a new digital camera for this, but I want one with the closest quality I can find to an SLR and I want it to have manual settings. I've gotten a couple suggestions (FinePix S2000HD and Canon PowerShot SX120IS) but I want to know if there are any more and if these two cameras have manual settings.. I want to my pictures to turn out like these or as close as possible:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/caesarsebastian/2215566266/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/manganite/178250537/in/set-72057594078908718/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jfleming701/4424301013/

Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!

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re: music festival where they don't allow DSLR's

The main challenge with most music festivals is the low light levels. So I would look for something with good low-light performance. e.g. Canon S90, Pany LX3 or if you can wait a few weeks, Samsung TL500/EX1.

HTH - Mark

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Hey i've taken a few photos at festivals and one thing i run into every year is RAIN. Every year i've been to Bonnaroo or Lolla it rains at least one day and that's usually bad for digital cameras. However i got an Olympus that's waterproof and drop proof. It hasn't failed me yet. I can drop my camera in the middle of a Rage concert or shoot My Morning Jacket in a monsoon and everything comes out fine and the camera still works great. I've had it for about 3 years now. The new model is 14mp and 5x optical zoom.
Another camera to look at is the Canon sx210is it has a great 14x optical zoom and 14 mp. I was looking at getting this one to add to the arsenal for this years festival season. So you should get some good quality shots; but it won't be as good withstanding the festival wear and tear. Anyways hope this helps.
(i was also looking at the new Olympus e-pl1 camera, it has removable lens but its the new micro 4/3rds system so its a lot smaller than a regular SLR and could maybe get through security at the festival entrance)

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