picking a 10X optical zoom camera

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Joe, Jun 14, 2004.

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    Joe Guest

    I have noticed that the 10X optical zoom cameras have really dropped
    in price and become pretty affordable $400 - $500 range. As a novice
    camera purchaser the task of picking one seems daunting. Things like
    media type, digital zoom, how many mega pixels, how manual a camera
    are confusing.

    I expect I will use if for general outdoor use, basic wildlife, taking
    pics of friends and family, sporting activities and just generally
    having a good camera with zoom capability with me for general use.

    What type of recommendations does anyone have? Are there good web
    resources for making a comparison?

    Any help will be greatly appreciated?

    Joe, Jun 14, 2004
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    jaja Guest

    jaja, Jun 14, 2004
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    Jeff Durham Guest

    Jeff Durham, Jun 14, 2004
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    Ron Risman Guest

    Hi Joe,

    I happen to love cameras with strong zoom lenses. They allow you to frame a
    shot with much more versatility than a camera with a smaller zoom lens not
    to mention pulling in subjects for tighter closeups. From the information
    I've read it seems that Minolta's Z2 is getting a lot of favorable reviews.
    It features 4 megapixels, great macro mode, a strong 38-380mm zoom lens and
    fast startup times. Of course, if you ask 5 different people you'll most
    likely get at least 2 or 3 different responses. Other cameras worth looking
    at are the new Canon Powershot S1 IS (image stabilized zoom), Olympus C-765
    and the Fuji S5000.

    The Canon Powershot S1 IS features image stablization and a 3.4 Megapixel
    image sensor. The Minolta Z2 offers higher resolution (4 MP vs. 3.4 MP),
    superior macro mode (1.2" vs 3.9"), and a SVGA Movie mode with sound
    (800x600). Just make sure you use a tripod or monopod if you plan to use
    the 10x zoom lens in lower lighting. This will help to reduce or eliminate
    camera shake. This is less of a concern with cameras that use image

    Some reviews for you:

    Reviews for the Minolta Z2


    Reviews for the Canon Powershot S1 IS

    Olympus C-765 Review

    I hope this information was helpful.

    Ron Risman
    Ron Risman, Jun 14, 2004
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    John Briggs Guest

    Hi Joe & Ron,

    Panasonic DMC FZ10 is also worth a look. It has a 12x optical zoom (35 to
    420mm), image stabilizer (IS - almost essential for these long zooms, unless
    you use a tripod) and 4 megapixels. It also has a fast lens - holding f2.8
    throughout the entire zoom range. Macro is 5cm, I think. It's built like a
    tank but actually quite light. I think the Olympus is smallest (and
    lightest?) but it doesn't have IS.

    John Briggs, Jun 14, 2004
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    Joe Guest

    Thank you for your responces.

    Great resources for reviews, as well as a few cameras to look at.

    Joe, Jun 16, 2004
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    Joe Guest

    Panasonic DMC-FZ10K and Canon PowerShot S1 IS

    I have been looking at stat sheets for a few days. Without really
    knowing what the he!! I am doing it does seem that image stabilization
    is a worthy feature and worth the premium and I am pretty much
    settling on these 2 camera. I read the message string that was posted
    in the past on these cameras.

    There is about $100.00 difference in price. Is the Panasonic worth the
    $100.00 premium for the extra megapixal and the Lieca lens?

    Any other comparison features that stand out?

    Most of the reviews were positive. I did read one that was negative on
    the picture quality of the Canon, anyone else find that to be the

    I have not handled the Panasonic but a local Staples had the Canon. It
    appeared to be a well made piece of equipment.

    I am thinking of purchasing from this on-line business, about $100.00
    less than retail, anyone ever deal with them?

    Any points to think about or additional factors to consider would be


    Joe, Jun 18, 2004
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