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Digital camera advice

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Mister Paul, 1 Jun 2008.

  1. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    It's time to upgrade. My dad just bought this-

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fuji-FinePi...2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1212334146&sr=8-2

    -and it's great. 10x optical zoom, 7mp. But it's big.

    Ideally I want something with a good optical zoom and >6mp.

    This-

    http://www.lambda-tek.com/componentshop/index.pl?origin=gbase31.2&prodID=B101678

    is 5x optical zoom and 8mp. But it's small and will slip into a pocket.

    anyone know a decent small camera with >5x optical zoom, for under £120, or am I asking too much?
     
  2. It is indeed big, although that's partly because it's a childrens' slide and swing set for the garden.:wacko:
     
  3. The Panasonic Lumix range is good. I have a DMC - FZ7 which may be too big for what you want but features a 12x optical zoom and 7 megapixels. I think smaller versions are available, but I'm not sure how much they are.
     
  4. OP
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    Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
  5. OP
    OP
    Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
  6. That looks pretty good to me. I'm very impressed with my FZ7 and I often use it instead of my Nikon SLR if I want something small and lightweight. That one looks to have a good zoom on it and a pretty insignificant shutter lag time. Very good for under £100.
     
  7. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    the panasonic lumix range is hereby seconded.
     
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    Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    Any comments on this one?-

    http://www.jessops.com/Store/s68087...doubler-_-Digital Compact Cameras-_-all-_-all
     
  9. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    I've got the Fuji S9600 - and that's even bigger - basically SLR sized - but it's a fast camera and has far more features than I can use !
     
  10. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    lol
    :tongue::biggrin::biggrin:
    TIT! :ohmy:
     
  11. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    My experience on the matter is that i've got a casio exilim that i got off ebay which takes abslutely awesome quality pictures, but its battery life is absolutely shoot. I think the lithiom ion battery must have degraded over time 'cos it can't have been this poor when it was new, it only seems to last about 20 pics!
     
  12. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    That's the problem with camera specific batteries - they do fail eventually, and can be a bit pricey to replace.

    I've stuck with AA battery powered cameras - as the batteries degrade, you can bin them and replace cheaply. My Fuji lasted 2 weeks, and 2 GB of pics (50% with flash) and video on one set of AA's
     
  13. Cunobelin

    Cunobelin Legendary Member

    Its big because of what it is....

    I bought the s9600 several years ago as I wanted the advantages of an SLR format - the extra weigh and bulk are woerh it for an adaptability that you get over a compact digital.
     
  14. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig New Member

    Location:
    North Lanarkshire
    Don't underestimate the importance of speed. The last camera we had was so slow that moving objects can be out of shot before the picture has been taken! Sadly, many cameras are still like that today.

    We've got a Ricoh Caplio which is both fast (it was the joint fastest on a Gadget show test a few years ago) and is great on batteries. It runs off two AA batteries but can take a Li one. We assumed we'd need to buy a Li battery, based on the appalling battery life on the last camera, but it's been so good we've not bothered. A set of normal AA's works great!