Help - Which camera model to buy

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  1. kinkladze

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    I am considering buying a new digital camera - I have a budget of up to around £250 and was wondering if anyone has any recommended models for about this price.

    I was looking at the Sony 7.2 mp DSC-P200 but was put off it by a salesman in a shop (he said it wasn't realy 7.2 mp and i'd be better getting a decent 5 mp camera). I would ideally like something small and thin so it is easy to carry around.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    Possibly the best camera for this sort of price would be the panasonic FZ5 ( I own one of course) see the review here http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonicfz5/

    Can be purchased for around £260 online,plenty of info on this camera just do a search for FZ5.
     
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    I also have the FZ5, awesome camera!!

    But, slim it isn't!!

    Great camera, with an awesome lens, but one should really have a look at one before buying, it's smaller than most (if not all) other high zoom cameras, but bigger than a DSC P200.
     
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    Hi Kazman, agreed the Z5 ain't thin but its still the smallest of any of the SLR type of cameras and therfore maybe worth considering.If thin is wanted what about the Canon A95 seen some excellent picks with this camera and around £200 now.
     
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    The FZ5 is hardly 'small and thin'.

    Here's the review of the Sony you were looking at

    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sonydscp200/

    Seems like a nice enough camera. Certainly seems to be 7.2MP - salesmen generally know nothing about what they're selling anyway.
     
  6. Kazman

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    I used to have a DSC P5, very nice little camera, easy to use and one could take some good shots with it without much effort.

    The P200 should carry on that tradition. Thee FZ5 is a much better camera, but is no where near as portable as the P200, and that wins it many points!

    And yes, it is 7.2MP, do not know what the dealer is talking about to be honest :).

    If ease of use and portability are high requirements, then you can't really go too far wrong with the Sony, but if you are willing to accept a little extra bulk and a more awkward shape then the FZ5 would win hands down on the picture quality front :).

    I was umming and ahhing between the Ixus 700 and the FZ5, in the end, picture quality was higher on my list of priorities, hence the purchase of the FZ5.
     
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    If you want great pics go for the FZ5 - if you want a stylish fun camera look elsewhere.
     
  8. kinkladze

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    The dealer said something about it being 3.6 mp effective with each pixel doubling up or something to make it 7.2 mp. (I didn't really understand and i'm not sure he did either).

    Thnaks for the advice folks - i'll be looking at some of the suggestions you made.
    If anyone has any further advice then it would still be welcomed :):)
     
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    Also i've got £400-500 to spend on a video camera - any suggestions please????

    (Considered Sony dvd-202e and dvd-92e)

    Thanks (again) in advance!!!!
     
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    You should try the new Canon ixus i zoom, very compact, takes excellent pics
    and has easy connection to your tv/pc. :thumbsup:
     

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