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Old 11-07-04, 10:00 PM
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Need digi camera advice..

My old man has an Olympus c-750 (3.2MP, 10x optical zoom, etc) He wants a new one with more MP but the same (or better) zoom. So my question for you folks is:

What camera with 10x zoom or better has the highest MP (at least 5)?
Old 11-07-04, 10:06 PM
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20 would be what I'd buy for myself right now. Leica 12x stabilized zoom lens and 5 megapixel ccd. Of course everyone else here will just tell you to get the Digital Rebel or a higher end SLR
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depends on how much money he wants to spend but the new nikon 8800 is a great camera....8 megapixels, 10 times optical zoom with IMAGE STABILIZATION which is very usefull with a 10 times optical zoom
If he wants to spend less than that then i would go for the minolta z3....12 times optical zoom with 4 megapixels and the IMAGE STABILIZATION..... Good luck!
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Originally posted by Roto
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20 would be what I'd buy for myself right now. Leica 12x stabilized zoom lens and 5 megapixel ccd.
Ditto.

Fuck the DSLR. Your pop do not want to lug around a 15lb lens just to get the same optical range.
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What do you all think of the Canon S70?
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Nice.
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Or Steve's Digicams

Or Digital Camera Resource Page
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Originally posted by ChiTownAbs, Inc
What do you all think of the Canon S70?
After it was mentioned in a Hot Deals thread, I got interested and started reading up on it.

I think I'm going to upgrade my S400 to this on Friday. I got a Best Buy "Preferred Customer" mailing in the mail today and I can get 12% off. Also, in Sunday's ad, they have 2 years no interest on digital cameras (although I'll pay it of in a couple payments). Throw in the Reward Zone certificates, and it's not a bad deal. I'll sell the S400 on eBay. It's on sale on the website for $475, so hopefully it will be in store as well (but not always).

Although I really love the size of the S400, and the S70 is a bit bigger, I found a few weeks ago I really could use a few more manual functions that the S400 doesn't allow (I was trying to take some moon shots, to prepare for the eclipse).
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I'm heavily leaning towards the Olympus C-60. While the Canon S-60 would be nice, I don't know if I need all the bells and whistles that it offers. I want something that I can put in my pocket (which is something my current FujiFilm FinePix sucks at). I've used a friends Olympus and it's really nice -- the controls are pretty easy to use and the biggest benefit is that I can use the current memory I have for my Fuji camera.
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Originally posted by Roto
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20 would be what I'd buy for myself right now. Leica 12x stabilized zoom lens and 5 megapixel ccd. Of course everyone else here will just tell you to get the Digital Rebel or a higher end SLR
I have this camera. I used to have a Canon S70 and the Lumix is far, far better in image quality, features, zoom (obviously) and build quality. I don't know why people disregard Panasonic cameras, they make some of the best on the market.
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They dismiss Panasonic because they are new to the digital camera market and are known for vcrs and tvs. Also people may not realize Leica's excellent reputation amongst photographers. To me it's an ideal partnership.

I think the biggest thing actually holding them back is marketing. Panasonic doesn't do any, but those FZ20s were selling like hotcakes when Circuit City first made them available online. I think in a few years they will probably be a lot more well known.

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