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Time for a new camera. - Tina Marie's Ramblings
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skywhisperer
skywhisperer
Time for a new camera.
My 3 megapixel Olympus camera is about to bite the dust. I'm looking for something that's going to be a reasonably big step up, but I don't want to lug around a complete DSLR.

Things I want: A decent lens, with at least 10x optical zoom, but also a good macro mode, and reasonably usable in low-light. RAW format. Real-time histograms. The ability to save my settings. I like the idea of image stabilization, because I hate lugging around a tripod. Really, really good colors (this is why the Olympus SP550 isn't on the list).

My two front-runners:

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18K or the Panasonic DMC-FZ50

I don't really care about 10 versus 8 mp. I don't print pictures that big - certainly never more then 8x10, and my 3mp did that just fine. I like the idea of the manual focus ring on the 50. Either of them will require that I buy all new memory cards. They both use custom rechargeable batteries - I suspect that's more bad then good.

Suggestions, anyone?

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skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: September 11th, 2007 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's an interesting alternative. Certainly a good bit smaller. Thanks!
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alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: September 13th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

Optics and sensor

My two pence worth is whatever you go for, go for good optics and the largest sensor you can get. A 6 megapixel 2/3rds 35mm sized sensor (the same as most affordable Nikon digital SLRs) will give much better pictures that can be enlarged much bigger than a camera with a 10mp sensor, but where the sensor is the size of your pinky fingernail. The bigger the sensor, the lower the noise.

Also, good optics. Many non-SLR cameras have terrible optics - a high megapixel sensor just serves to make the chromatic aberration easier to see!
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