Digital Camera - Recommendation

Submitted: Thursday, Aug 02, 2012 at 20:42
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Looking to get a good quality digital camera. I want something compact so I can just sit it in the console for quick access. Would like something wide angle but with a good optical zoom. One of the big things I am looking for is a view finder as I have trouble knowing what I am taking a picture off in bright sunlight. We live in central Queensland so camera shops are a bit far away so we will probably end up with something over the Internet so hence the need for some good recommendations. Mostly take scenic, and close up flower shots. Not much fast action stuff. Would be good if I could get something that has some manual settings rather than just auto stuff. The ability to take panoramic shops would also be good.
Is there such a product or is it just wishful thinking.
Over now to the camera buffs

Thanks in advance.

David
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Reply By: Rod W - Thursday, Aug 02, 2012 at 20:57

Thursday, Aug 02, 2012 at 20:57
Have a look at/for a Leica V-Lux 2. Its optical lens goes from 50mm to 600mm in a very compact camera.
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Thursday, Aug 02, 2012 at 21:34

Thursday, Aug 02, 2012 at 21:34
leica cameras are just rebadged panasonics with double the price

the vlux2/fz100 has been superseded by panasonic with the fz200 which will be a better camera at a much lower price
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Reply By: bardenboy - Thursday, Aug 02, 2012 at 21:38

Thursday, Aug 02, 2012 at 21:38
I have a Panasonic DMC-ZS10, they use the a Lumix lens, 24mm wide angle to I think 400mm, Its a great compact camera,

I bought it on ebay approx 4 month ago

Dennis
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Reply By: Member - Tony S (WA) - Thursday, Aug 02, 2012 at 22:56

Thursday, Aug 02, 2012 at 22:56
I have the Panasonic DMC FZ 150 -the one that the FZ 200 has taken over from.
You may be able to still find some of these for sale in the shops or on e-bay. I cannot fault it . Does Macro,P,A,S.M. It has a lot of other gimmicks of which some have value.

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Reply By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Friday, Aug 03, 2012 at 05:22

Friday, Aug 03, 2012 at 05:22
I did a Digital SLR Camera course earlier in the year. The Professional Photographer of 30 years experience who ran the course said if you want to get a good point and shoot, get a Panasonic as they do near DSLR quality/ flexibility.
I'me certainly not qualified to comment, but he is

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Reply By: GrumpyOldFart - Friday, Aug 03, 2012 at 10:21

Friday, Aug 03, 2012 at 10:21
David

I have used Canon for years mainly the SX range.
Currently have a SX40HS, fantastic zoom, great macro and the image stabiliser helps when you forget the tripod. has a viewfinder and flip screen.
Not pocket sized compact though but small enough. I find with my hands I have dramas flying the small cameras.

Have a look here Canon Powershot SX40HS

Has video, panorama, etc, etc. Got my daughter a Canon EOS 600D with twin lens kit and she complains that hers does not goes wide or as far despite her having to lug around two heavy lenses.

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Reply By: member - mazcan - Friday, Aug 03, 2012 at 11:29

Friday, Aug 03, 2012 at 11:29
hi david
have you looked at a go-pro camera they are very versatile with many different applications possible in usage/hand held /vehicle mounts motorbike ,cycle,dasboard w/screen and helmet and under water as well
starting price is $399
cheers
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Follow Up By: Lex M - Friday, Aug 03, 2012 at 16:40

Friday, Aug 03, 2012 at 16:40
Definately not what the op wants.

No disply, added option.
No viewfinder.
No zoom.
Poor low light performance.
No manual modes or adjustments.
Needs additional underwater housing to work underwater.

Great for the intended purpose as a sports camera, but not a general purpose camera.

And yes I do have and use one and it's very good at what it does.
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Reply By: steve21 - Friday, Aug 03, 2012 at 13:50

Friday, Aug 03, 2012 at 13:50
Hi, i just bought a Sony Cyber-shot HX20 - fantastic. have a look at this one. really happy - cheers steve
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 10:43

Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 10:43
David,

I do a fair bit of driving, so have 2 cameras. The one I take when I'm working is a Sony DSC - W370 (7x Op Zoom, 14.1mp). It's compact, fits in the pocket but no view finder.

When we have time to smell the roses, have a Canon SX10is, with 20x op. zoom, and 10mp. Uses 4xAA batteries too. It has view finder, but also the rear screen can be folded back, and reversed, so you can see it from in front of the lens. Probably handy if want self portraits, with a specific background. This camera would have been superseded by the SX30 & SX40, mentioned above.

Wife has a old Sony DSC-H2, only 6mp & 12x zoom, but the Carl Zeiss lens, and the quality/clarity of the photos, would put Sony up there, if we were to buy again in the future.

We've bought a number of cameras from Digital Camera Warehouse, prompt service and reasonable prices, as we are/have been, well away from any good camera shops. No affliation etc.

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Reply By: Member - wicket - Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 14:18

Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 14:18
Another vote for the Panasonic, have had the DMC FZ7 for several years been dropped a number of times and still going strong, it's got all you want including an adjustable dioptre eyepiece viewfinder.
Obviously this model will be outdated now but just look for it's current replacement, you won't be disappointed.
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