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Advice needed on a compact camera


Standard Member
Using a dated Fuji A202 2mp at the moment and was looking to upgrade to 5MP+. Looking to stay with the compact design but does not need to be ultra compact(not unless the price is right ;) ). Would like to move on a bit so a camera that is not just point and shoot but will allow me to change some settings. I am hoping not to buy new, was looking at the ixus-500 as its a year or two old now but it seems to lack manual shutter speed which is one of the things I would like to start playing around with. I am not a brand freak but would like a camera that is compact/lots of settings to learn-play with/5MP or more/3x optical or more



Distinguished Member
Why not consider a Panasonic DMC Z5 stunning performance with 12x optical zoom cost about £260-£280 its not as small as an ultra compact but is still small enough to put in a large pocket/small bag.

See review below,


I got one about 6 weeks ago and cant put it down.


Standard Member
Thanks for that KbFern,ideally Im looking for something more compact with features. So I can use it for the moment to practice on and then when Im worthy buy something like the canon 350D :smashin: . And then tell the wife shes not allowed touch the 350D untill she does her time on the compact :D



If you like the look of the Ixus 500, why not go for one of the Canon S-series. Not a huge amount larger (especially the S60/70, I think) but with full manual control when you want to experiment.

Just a thought,



Standard Member
Thanks UnderScore could be just the job as I see there is a s/80 out at the moment so with any luck s-60/70's will be out there for a reasonable price

Cheers :smashin:

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