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I am looking for a camera that is not more than $250 with manual controls.
The two cameras I have been looking at are the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V, and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35. I am leaning towards the sony but I would like to get some more opinions.
Edited by rancor - 3/15/11 at 12:09pm
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It's a bit odd to see the FZ35 thrown in there. Are you looking for a compact camera, a bridge camera, or do you not really care/prefer either one?
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I would definately get the sony dsc-tx5 on ebay if possible. I love enjoy shooting with it much more than I did with the 3 dslr I had before

It takes very sharp pictures, with great colours it can handle getting dropped in water, fall to the ground and cold weather

My most recent picture with it
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It's a bit odd to see the FZ35 thrown in there. Are you looking for a compact camera, a bridge camera, or do you not really care/prefer either one?
I like a compact but mostly just want the best picture quality.
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Personally then I'd go for the ZS7. It has Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority modes (the Sony only has full Manual) as well as a more detailed rear screen. Going from the low res screen of my old XTi to the screen I have on my 50D back to the screen on my H55, I can definitely say that a higher resolution LCD makes a big difference. It helps you check for sharpness in your photos, as with a low res screen, something that looks sharp in camera might end up blurry and OOF on your PC.
post #6 of 9
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Well the ZS7 looks good now that I have read some more reviews. I do like high resolution screen and extra manual controls and the price. The only thing I have to watch would be the low light pictures. Do you know of any comparable cameras or are these the only ones in this price range?
Edited by rancor - 3/15/11 at 8:18pm
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Well the ZS7 looks good now that I have read some more reviews. I do like high resolution screen and extra manual controls and the price. The only thing I have to watch would be the low light pictures. Do you know of any comparable cameras or are these the only ones in this price range?
In that price range, I think that'd be it. To be honest, your options are limited for low light. There's the Canon G12/S95, but even then those are pretty expensive. Low light shots on point and shoots are severely limited by the smaller image sensor they use.
post #8 of 9
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Ok thanks for the help I will post here again in a few weeks when i get the camera.
post #9 of 9
under 200 has many choices, good ones in fact

Nikon L100

Nikon S1000PJ Projector model

Nikon S6000 w/ ED glass!!

Fujifilm Finepix F300EXR

FujifilmZ800EXR

hope this helps you choose...i own an L110 and the more expensive P7000 from Nikon as well as a D90 with lotsa glass! the L110 has been the best personal backup i have behind the P7000 which is twice as expensive
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