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Suggestion for a Premium Compact

by damanr / August 31, 2010 12:38 AM PDT

I m looking for a DSLR substitute (Premium Compacts).

After browsing here and there I've finally decided upon these models :
1. Canon PowerShot SX20IS
2. Fujifilm FinePix S200EXR
3. Nikon Coolpix P100
4. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35
5. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

Which one is a better option? I want a good picture quality, after all that's what a camera is for.

So please help me decide. Any suggestion and feedback will be highly appreciated.


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Me too
by rcme70 / August 31, 2010 4:47 AM PDT

Im trying to figure out what to buy too, I was looking at the Nikon Coolpix P100 at Best Buy the other day, I like how the menu work and found it mught be a good pick but then I was looking at the reviews on and they wer'nt so good, so now I still dont know.

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Super Zoom Comparison
by PistonCupChampion / August 31, 2010 10:10 AM PDT
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Premium Compacts
by PistonCupChampion / August 31, 2010 4:55 AM PDT

Seems like you have left off your list the best premium compacts, namely the Canon G11, Canon S90/S95, Panasonic DMC-LX3/LX5, and Samsung TL500/EX1. But I assume you want a lens with more zoom range. B?TW, most of the ones on your list are not classified as compacts, but super zooms (they won't fit in any kind of pocket.) Of those on your list, the Panasonic is probably the one with the most positive critical reviews.

If you can stretch your budget a bit more, you might want to look at the compact interchangeable lens cameras. These will come closest to DSLR performance (super zooms have much too small sensors to come close to matching DSLR's in image quality.)

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thank u
by damanr / August 31, 2010 9:21 PM PDT
In reply to: Premium Compacts

Thank u guys...that was indeed quite helpful. Any further suggestion will be greatly appreciated

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SuperZoom Camera
by camera_ / September 1, 2010 9:58 PM PDT

From the options you have listed Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 is the best one to go with.I had used a Panasonic LX2 for several years and liked it, so I thought why not again try for the same brand and the camera really work great for me. Here you can check out for photos

My friend has purchased the Canon SX20IS and I was just playing with his camera found the images just a bit too soft for me. Since image quality is the thing I was looking for I went with Panasonic. Along with best image quality some of the best point are ability to shoot HD video and also has excellent macro mode.

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Super Zoom Camera.
by vickidavo / September 3, 2010 10:04 PM PDT
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Hi, I have a SLR canon camera which I took to South Africa twice, Europe, USA and many more. On my last trip I fell and broke the long lens on my camera so I went and bought a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10 and I am very happy with it in every way. The zoom is fantasic and it takes the very best pictures.I don't think I will ever use my SLR again as this is so easy to carry around and to me it does the same job.It is a great little camera.

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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / September 4, 2010 12:13 AM PDT
In reply to: Super Zoom Camera.

The Panasonic TZ10 is also know as ZS7 in the USA.


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thank u
by damanr / September 6, 2010 1:30 AM PDT
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Thank u guys for your helpful and informative reviews and suggestions. I hasdmyself narrowed it down to Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 and Fujifilm Finepix S200EXR. Since there ain't any good Pansonic outlets here, I was thinking of getting the Fujifilm Finepix S200EXR as there is a good Fuji showroom here and I can get a decent service too. Has any one used this camera? How is it Performance n picture quality wise?

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Low-light performance, image quality or zoom as priority?
by conceptedge / September 6, 2010 1:56 AM PDT
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If you want good low-light performance: Panasonic LX3 or LX4 are excellent choices as it comes with f/2.0 aperture, which enables you to take photos without flash to get more natural color.

The Sigma DP-2 is a fixed lens camera with Foveon sensor that captures each color individually and has a DSLR-size sensor.
You can get exceptional image quality from it and very nice bokeh.
The bokeh effect is something you just can't get from compact cameras that have small sensors unless it's a marco photo.

But if zoom is more important, then neither of the above are your choice. Though to fit a lot of zoom in a small compact they have to sacrifice image quality and clarity.

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by damanr / September 6, 2010 4:29 PM PDT

thank u conceptedge.....that was really informative. Will keep these things in mind.... i wanted to know the performance of Fujifilm Finepix S200EXR...any idea?

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If you want real world opinions...
by make_or_break / September 8, 2010 6:44 PM PDT
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...try searching on for the camera and look at the user/owner reviews. If you want 'professional' reviewer opinions, there's always Google.

Personally, I haven't been a fan of Fuji's earlier electronic viewfinder efforts with previous models that were configured like the S200EXR. A former coworker had a predecessor model to this particular Fuji design. Too sluggish and somewhat grainy. Picture quality was fair to good for the time. But perhaps Fuji has improved things quite a bit since the last time I looked at and used one of their camera designs like this one.

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