Which superzoom/beginner SLR camera should I buy?

Discussion in 'What Camera Should I Buy?' started by mmstee, Oct 30, 2016.

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Which superzoom camera should I buy?

  1. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

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  2. Canon SX540

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  3. Canon SX530

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  4. Other

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  1. mmstee

    mmstee New Member

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    I'm looking to update my (very old) camera. I currently have a Canon S5, and I think I'm going to stay with a superzoom camera unless there's a beginner dslr that's within my budget. Here's what I'm looking for:

    Budget:
    $350-400 (although I'd be thrilled to find something good for less!)
    Size: Small is not a priority for me
    Optical zoom: I loved having a superzoom but am willing to be talked out of it
    Image quality: a 10. Very important to me.
    Manual modes: yes
    Camera use:
    mainly taking pictures around the home and of kids
    Big prints: want pictures to be of decent enough res to allow for this
    Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos? Yes, if possible
    Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos? Yes (see above, re: kids :)
    Brand preference:
    I've always had and been happy with Canons. Am willing to try something new.
    Other preferences: I prefer an optical viewfinder and rotating LCD, if there's something within my budget with those features

    Are there particular models you already have in mind? I was considering the Canon SX540 or SX530. Is the 540 a significant improvement over the 530? And how does the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 compare to those? It's older but does have the viewfinder and rotating LCD I prefer. Is its ease of use/quality/low light performance similar to the 540? Will switching brands bring with it a big learning curve?

    I'm open to hearing suggestions of other cameras, too.
     

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