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Which camera should I buy?

I'm going to travel during the winter and I will be going to festivals, gardens, museums as well as trying to see and take pictures while hiking. I'd like to take pictures in low light and at night. Ideally, I'd like to be able to take a picture of a crane while a distance away as well as possibly record ceremonies.

Which of the two is preferable:

Panasonic DMC-FZ18K


Sony DSC-H50/B

Thanks for your help.


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Think about this.

In reply to: Which camera should I buy?

What camera have you seen or used that met your requirements?

"take pictures in low light and at night."

If you see small lens or lens that retracts and covers I can bet it won't work at night. So what cameras have you tried?

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you can

In reply to: Think about this.

Take night photos on a tripod, capture a crane(who's not flying), but low light will not be possible without it being up close and using the flash. That's the way it will be on any point and shoot. Both of those cameras have received good reviews but the Panasonic seems to be liked more than the Sony.

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Options with Canon?

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I immediately started with Canon and Panasonic, but I didn't consider Canon. Do they have any cameras in a similar range?

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Canon Powershot

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Basically I've had a Canon Powershot A95 that has done well for me but I wanted a better camera to take with me on my vacation.

Believe it or not, I've taken passable pictures of a crane in daylight from a distance away and some twilight pictures.

I'm not a photographer, but I want to be able to take a better picture without having to be close enough to scare the birds away. I also want to be able to take a picture of a city landscape at sunset and at night.

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In reply to: Which camera should I buy?

It would be a toss-up between those 2 cameras.
Both are good choices.

Regarding Low Light:
Both can produce excellent low light and night shots if you use a tripod to support the camera.
You need the tripod because your exposure time will exceed 1/30th of a second.

And those long zoom shots also need a tripod.
Because the further out you zoom, the greater the need for a steady camera.
Image Stabilization helps but it can only do so much.


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