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Please help me choose a camera

by Justreider / May 19, 2010 10:39 AM PDT


I currently own a Canon SD790IS, which is a good camera for every day basic point and shoot. However, it lacks a good zoom and has poor video quality. I like to take pictures and video's while on vacation, at professional sporting events etc.. and would like a camera that has:

- Good image quality (meaning no worse than the Canon SX210IS camera)
- Good video quality (preferably 1080P)
- A good zoom (ideally 18x +)
- Uses SD cards
- Has a rechargeable battery

Some of the camera's I have looked at are:
Canon t2i - rock solid camera, with great image quality and very nice 1080p video. The main issue is that by the time I buy the camera and a lens that does telephoto zoom, I'd be looking at thousands of dollars. So this option really isn't affordable or practical for a person like myself.

Canon SX20 IS - Good zoom, but mediocre 720P video quality and uses AA batteries among other complaints

Sony's DSCHX1 - Good zoom, decent video, but poor picture quality

Nikon P100 - Good video quality, very good zoom (26x), but not the best picture quality, and the zoom shakes, which is a deal breaker

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 - Good zoom, mediocre video quality, and weak photo quality

Canon SX210IS - decent zoom, good photo quality, mediocre video quality, but it's compact and the price is good at $350. I just wish this camera had a bit better zoom (it has 14x, but 18x + would be ideal) and better video quality. The 720p video quality is very average.

It seems like the camera I want is either unaffordable (thousands of dollars) or non-existent. All of these camera's are decent and very affordable, but lack something somewhere. In fact, just by looking at the specs, I was shocked at how cheap the camera's were. However, once I did some more research, I realized that they have major flaws.
Why aren't companies making camera's with 18x + zoom, 1080p video, and good picture quality with zooms that don't shake? Even if they charge double or triple the price (e.g. $600 - $1500), people like me will still be interested.

I'm thinking about getting the Canon sx210Is because it is compact and the price is very good at around $350usd, even though the video quality is very mediocre and the zoom is 14x (decent, but perhaps just a tiny bit less than what I would like).

If you have any idea's, suggestions, or know of a camera that may be coming out soon that I'd be interested in, please let me know. I'm interested in hearing everyone's opinion because I want to make the best choice!

Thank you!


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