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Old 11-18-2012, 09:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Clueless and would really appreciate advice for purchase!!!

Hi Guys,

I need to buy a camera for my next few vacations WDW and a Cruise.
I have no knowlegde of photography but I love my technology, so think I could learn to use a camera beyond the auto settings.

Im from the UK and found these in my price range that have the most MPs and higgest optical zoom .... but there my knowledge ends...

69.99 Canon PowerShot SX150 14MP Compact Digital Camera http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/5597855.htm
99.99 PANASONIC Lumix DMC-SZ1 Compact Digital Camera http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/panasonic-lumix-dmc-sz1-compact-digital-camera-black-12305806-pdt.html
84.99 OLYMPUS D-750 Compact Digital Camera http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/olympus-d-750-compact-digital-camera-black-12232405-pdt.html
115.99 with 20 cash back SAMSUNG ST200F Smart WiFi Compact Digital Camera http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/samsung-st200f-smart-wifi-compact-digital-camera-black-12305807-pdt.html

I have included prices to give an idea of that difference ... but can anyone spare a few minutes to give me some advice?? it would be much appreciated!
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I have always bought Cannon cameras. I have a powershot and it is perfect for vacation because it is small, but still has all the features I love. With the powershot I don't feel the need to take my DSLR and lug around different lenses.
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We have the Panasonic Lumix and love it. Great zoom and amazing pictures!!!!
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have always bought Cannon cameras. I have a powershot and it is perfect for vacation because it is small, but still has all the features I love. With the powershot I don't feel the need to take my DSLR and lug around different lenses.
oh this is good to know of all of the options the Cannon is the oldest and biggest but still smaller than my other halfs SLR .... but I take more photos than him when we are on vacation and carry the bag!!! Good to know you feel there good enough to leave the SLR behind.
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We have the Panasonic Lumix and love it. Great zoom and amazing pictures!!!!
Sorry Angie - you must have been posting at same time as me.
great to hear 1st hand reports.
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All of them look to be good cameras.

The Canon appears to be the largest, but still much, much smaller than an SLR camera.

The biggest advantage to the Canon is that it takes regular AA batteries, which can be bought anywhere so you'll never be out of battery power. The other cameras take specialty batteries and are only rated between 200-250 photos before needing recharging, which is reduced if flash is used.

The Samsung takes micro-SD cards, the rest take the standard SD/SDHC/SDXC cards.

All have higher ISO capability and all have at least a 10X optical zoom.

You have narrowed it down to 4 good cameras, well done. I have used all 4 brands at one time or another and they are all about the same, reliability wise.

Of your choices, I would probably choose the Canon, they are all comparable but the ability to use regular batteries would be the difference for me...

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All of them look to be good cameras.

The Canon appears to be the largest, but still much, much smaller than an SLR camera.

The biggest advantage to the Canon is that it takes regular AA batteries, which can be bought anywhere so you'll never be out of battery power. The other cameras take specialty batteries and are only rated between 200-250 photos before needing recharging, which is reduced if flash is used.

The Samsung takes micro-SD cards, the rest take the standard SD/SDHC/SDXC cards.

All have higher ISO capability and all have at least a 10X optical zoom.

You have narrowed it down to 4 good cameras, well done. I have used all 4 brands at one time or another and they are all about the same, reliability wise.

Of your choices, I would probably choose the Canon, they are all comparable but the ability to use regular batteries would be the difference for me...

Just my thoughts...


Thanks this is really good info.... Glad I'm on the right track.
What you say about batteries is a really good point.... I think I might go with the cannon.
It got me Thinking about it last time I saw the mnsshp my 2nd battery pack of the day died just as the headless horseman started to go by you cannot imagine how disappointed I was!
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Its hard to go wrong by sticking with either Canon or Nikon brands. I know its a little more money but the Canon Rebels are a very nice camera. They are an entry level SLR and take great pictures. In my opinion they are worth the extra cost.
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Panasonic Lumix gets my vote
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I'll chime in and give both the Canon and Lumix a vote. If size isn't a big deal, the advantage of being able to use regular batteries in the Canon is a good one.
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