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need some input to find the right camera

I am trying to find a digital camera that can take quality images of my daughter in all settings and also quality images of wildlife in their habitat.price no more than $450 but good quality. I need a good zoom as wildlife is not always close.I had a nikon coolpix but it is sluggish between pix. Any suggestions i appreciate as i need this camera quickly i am missing photos of my daughter as we speak. I will take either compact or dslr which ever is the best for my needs.Thanks

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sounds like a superzoom for you

The top runners for superzooms(for your price range) appear to be:

Panasonic FZ18
Canon S5IS
Sony H50
Fuji S8100fd

Unfortunately, there is not a point and shoot that can shoot in all settings with high quality results. Point and shoots need a decent amount of light. You could go with one that has a hot shoe so you can add an external flash, but that would increase the budget quite a bit. You wouldn't have to get it now, but you could save for the flash later.

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In reply to: sounds like a superzoom for you

Hey there,
I was in your situation myself a few months back. I do lots of outdoor activities that require a compact camera that provides good photo quality and durability. I purchased a canon powershot S5is as a solution. Overall I really enjoy the camera and its versatility. Photo quality is very good, though it does have some difficulty in low lit areas- as do most cameras in this category. Going off of what kalel33 said about the need for a hotshoe, the S5 does have the ability to add an external flash along with protective lens hoods for my camping/canoeing trips. The camera runs about 300-350$ and the additional external flash could up that cost at least another 100$ from what I have read. Hope this helps, good luck!

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