Advice on compact digital camera to buy

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  1. Dave911

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    Being the proud owner of a Sony Cybershot DSC-P10 digital camera, I am sick to death of it producing out of focus pictures, now it is not the user, it just does appear to have a mind of its own at times - so I am looking for something relatively cheap, but reliable that produces a good quality image.

    I will splash out around the £200 mark and would want 6 mega pixel as the minimum resolution. Already owning the Sony I do have an adundance of memory sticks - so if there are any that would take the same that it would be a bonus.

    Hoping you knowlegable people out there can give me some assitance.

    Many thanks
     
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    Hmmm, there's a few popular suggestions on this theme, so have a look at:

    Fuji F31
    Canon IXUS 950
    Panasonic FZ8
    Panasonic TZ3
    Canon S3-IS / Canon S5-IS
    Canon Powershot A710 IS

    Reviews: www.dpreview.com (amongst others)
    Prices: http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/cat9.html

    Should keep you going for a short while...
     
  3. Dave911

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    Thanks Lee

    Yes will keep me going for a while no doubt - will have a look

    Cheers
     
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    Well just to let you know I have gone for the Panasonic TZ3 which I must say I am very pleased with, the reviews and the wide angle and good quality lense did it for me.
    Managed to get it on ebay for £170 including a free 2gig memory card, well impressed with that.
    So once again many thanks Lee
     
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    No probs Dave - the TZ3 does seem a popular choice at the moment, and definitely the one I'd buy if I was buying a compact any time soon......

    Enjoy your new toy, and I look forward to seeing some of your pics on here soon, yes :thumbsup:
     
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    I shall give a shot (pardon the pun) and see what I can come up with.
    Once again many thanks
     
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    Looks like you got a good deal BTW Dave....at that price I might get one myself...err, sorry, for Mrs AFC so she can use that for snaps of the family and stuff....
     
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    :rotfl: Oh yes I understand, but for anyone who is interested follow the below link, they are roughly going around the £180 mark + postage, next day delivery and I can highly recommend. They are jap imports, but do have a photocopied instruction manual and the memory card is a genuine one.

    http://stores.ebay.co.uk/connect1-2dayuk

    Grab youself a bargain - I did :thumbsup:
     
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    I am also in the market for a new digital camera as whilst my Minolta Dimage Z6 is adequate for needs in terms of photography I would like something more compact as the Minolta is too bulky so I frequently don't bother taking it.

    I like the powerful zoom but would prefer a more compact body. The TZ3 seems to be highly recommended but it doesn't have an old fashioned viewfinder and I don't seem to be able to adapt to just using the screen.

    Any suggestions for a slim compact with powerful zoom that also has a viewfinder would be gratefully received.
     
  10. Dave911

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    Honestly Ian - it may be worth biting the bullet and getting used to a screen only as you will be very pleased with the results. This truly is an excellent camera and although it is not as flexible as an SLR, with the likes of photoshop these days you can achieve excellent photos at a very competative price. I really do highly reccommend it!

    Cheers
    Dave

    Yippee POST 200 !!!! :thumbsup::clap:
     
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    There's some new canon's out, Ixus 960IS, 35mm and 3.7x zoom, or the canon G9 35mm and x6 zoom, both have optical view finders.

    Keep in mind that the longer the zoom the harder it is to make an optical view finder work, that's why ultrazooms like canon s5 have lcd view finder showing pretty much what is on the back LCD. I think the G9 hits the limits at x6 and some people say it can be a bit out of alignment and not frame properly.
     
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    I wonder if I might not be better served by buying one of these ultra slim compacts that can slip into a pocket to take with me on those occasions when I can't be bothered to carry something larger.

    I'm not into serious photography but holiday and family snaps only
     
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    I got the Ixus 75 and couldn't be happier... mighty fine compact camera with a great screen on it!
     

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