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Any photography specialists here??

Ok, It is my wifes birthday next month, and she has expressed a very keen interest in getting a new camera.
Now then, I do know that she seems to want 10+ OPTICAL zoom and not digital zoom. Apart from that I am in the dark.
She took me by surprise, as I have already booked a night time "ghost hunt" for her, (She's into this sort of ****).
But me being me, am going to get the camera too. Now then, I'm looking at spending sub 200 quid...Can any of you true photographers give me any pointers please??
 
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I wouldn't say I was a true photographer but if it was me I would look at the Panasonic TZ range.

I have a TZ8 here which I use as backup to my DSLR and it is excellent.

The latest TZ30 has a backside illuminated CMOS sensors (better in low light) and has 20x optical zoom, all in a compact size.

They are about 175 new.


Some people like bridge cameras, but for me they are a bad compromise. They have a large physical size like a DSLR so won't fit into your pocket/bag, but they have none of the benefits such as a larger sensor, interchangeable lenses etc. Allthough some offer a big zoom for your money.

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AAaaahhhh, sorry you have just reminded me...It's DSLR she is after. I forgot as unfortunately, I know nothing about these things.
 
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Why dont you try the technology section of the site, many many threads to answer your question. 200 aint gonna go far brand new though, and you have to careful buying secondhand cameras.
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Thats a great idea, and I wonder how I can get the thread moved there?
 
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Thats a great idea, and I wonder how I can get the thread moved there?
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For an entry DSLR you are looking about 250 upwards, however this will have a kit lens which are normally 18-55mm

You will have to pay extra for a zoom lens.

You will probably be better going for a model that has just been replaced, like the Nikon D3100 as they tend to be a lot cheaper than they were originally new, but are quite a bit cheaper.
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excuse me for hi-jacking, but im looking for a camera too: sub 75 would be brill.

just needed for decent holiday pics
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and cc : hope you get something good and share the pics
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With a 10+ zoom you would have to look at a bridge camera. They look a bit like a dslr but the lens is fixed. They get these amazing zoom ranges by using a smaller ccd so the image quality is not quite as good at the extremes of exposure as a dslr, but to get that sort of range on a dslr you would be shelling out for 2 or 3 lenses in addition to the body and a sight more than 200. However unless you are planning for pro use or huge prints the quality is fine.

I've been using a 12x Canon S3is for years now (it's discontinued), but there are a number of replacements in your price range. I am a fan of Canons having been using them since about 1978. They currently have one with a 50x zoom, SX50 HS, for around 300 and a smaller 30x, SX500, around the 200 mark.

Have a look at this review site Home | PhotographyBLOG

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Thats a great idea, and I wonder how I can get the thread moved there?
Just hope that a passing mod sees your post saying that.
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To the OP:
On your budget your options are limited.
If it needs to be a dSLR, then go for a second hand one:
Used Canon 450D + 18-55mm IS | London Camera Exchange - Norwich
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Canon-1000...item27d4e149f5


You could go new (with a stretch):
Canon EOS 1100D Digital SLR Camera: Amazon.co.uk: Camera & Photo

(I've been shooting Canon for over 30 years, but have also used Sony & Olympus digitals as well)
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excuse me for hi-jacking, but im looking for a camera too: sub 75 would be brill.

just needed for decent holiday pics
For you sir, I'd look at the Canon Outlet on fleabay. This is where they sell their repaired returns/ex display stuff
http://stores.ebay.co.uk/canon-outle...4&_sop=2&_sc=1

You could get a Powershot A2300 for 50 or an Ixus 500 for 80
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excuse me for hi-jacking, but im looking for a camera too: sub 75 would be brill.

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With a 10+ zoom you would have to look at a bridge camera. They look a bit like a dslr but the lens is fixed.
I've recently bought cameras in both of those categories! For me, the market is somewhat limited as I have two basic criteria which any camera must meet. Firstly, it must have a viewfinder, as I find LCD screens unusable in bright sunlight. Secondly, it must use AA batteries. Dedicated Li-ion batteries make for a much more compact camera, but their life is limited & spares are expensive; a typical Li-ion has a capacity around 1200mAh, while AA rechargeables can be 2700 or more, that's 5400 for a pair. Another advantage of AA's is that if your batteries run flat away from a convenient power supply you can get "normal" batteries just about anywhere.

For the cheap camera I use a Canon A1300. 5x optical zoom, small enough to fit in a pocket & reasonable picture quality. Nothing special, not a camera for the "serious" photographer, but great for holidays & cheap enough not to worry about dropping it or losing it. The newer A1400 is available under 75.

For the "bridge" camera I bought a Pentax X-5 - "only" 26x optical zoom. I haven't had it long enough to do any serious photography with it, but early results look good. It has a good quality feel to it & the controls are the best I've had on a digital camera - the most-used functions are immediately accessible. Good value for 150.

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Thanks very much for your input guys, thats given me some ammo to start looking and I'' certainly look at the models suggested. cheers.
 
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likewise, thanks very much
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