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Camera Advice: Compact, 5x OZ, Good Battery


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I have a HP R817 but there is a big problem with ghosting on images when usingh flash and on anything bright white even when not using the flash. The battery life could also be better.

I bought because at the time it's 5x optical zoon was pretty much the best I could find for a compacat digicam.

I'd like at least a 5x optical zoom (unless I'm mistaken in thinking I need that?), image stabaliser, good battery life, pocket size and all for an amount that won't breat the bank!

Thanks for any advice...


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Thanks for that - do you know of any reviews as I couldn't find any?

If I were to drop the need for a 5x optical zoom would that open the gates for an obvious choice to walk through? Thinking again I think the absence of ghosting would be of far greater asset than the bigger zoom.



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There are a a few good sites that I know of where you can review just about any camera:


There are many mega zoom (10x optical or above) cameras available today, most with image stabilisation. Since you are used to a 5x zoom you are probably better off looking for a camera with 5x optical zoom or more since a 3x or 4x may seem a little downgrading;) You are probably best off looking at the 10x and 12x zoom models, from canon, panasonic, sony, olympus, and fuji. The reason I mentioned the Panasonic DMC-TZ1 is that it is the most compact camera of the megazooms and not as expensive as many of the others.:)

I recommend you read through those review sites and have a look at the 10x optical zoom or above cameras and see which ones fullfill your needs and won't put a hole in you wallet! Hopefully you might then have a better idea of what you need and what best fullfills it.:thumbsup:


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Thought I would just add, be flexible. I know I said look at the superzooms and I still think you are probably best off looking at them first. But if you see a camera say with a 4x 0ptical zoom that better fills your needs (and budget), consider it.

The most positive thing is that there is so much more choice today than what there was when you first bought your HP. This can make it more confusing, but at least you have many more options:smashin:

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