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World's Best Pocket Camera with High Pic Quality, High Zoom. Unlimited Budget.

Discussion in 'What Camera Should I Buy?' started by flatfoot, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. flatfoot

    flatfoot New Member

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    I seek the best Pocket Camera money can buy which gives the best picture quality in most conditions, high zoom (8-12x+) and high battery life per charge (500+). We can go ahead and splurge for quality!

    Budget: not a factor ($2000+ if needed, but only if really required) ;)

    Size: Pocket-size camera - compactness absolutely essential. Importance: 10/10

    Megapixels: Can be as low as 6MP (paper-prints will NEVER be taken) but prefer 8-10mp if quality is not compromised; I reiterate price is not a restriction.

    Optical Zoom: 8x-14x; would prefer the highest zoom possible WITHOUT compromising pic quality. Importance: 9/10

    Image Quality: Topmost priority after camera size. High quality pics w/o flash in daylight and low-light (indoors and outdoors). Importance: 10/10

    Manual exposure modes: NON essential

    Battery: High battery life per charge very desirable. Can I hope for 500+ clicks per charge? Importance: 9/10

    General Usage (type): Street Scenes, Landscapes, Portraits,

    General Usage (light): Will shoot in ordinary and low light (evening/night and indoors) without flash

    General Usage (action): Moving Objects (flying birds, flowing water etc.) and people in motion will make for 25% of pics shot

    Brands/Models: No preferences

    Other features: Wide Angle - Importance: 7/10

    Video Recording: Essential but quality negotiable

    I would prefer a model with some user-tested history - so maybe not a 2009 model. (?)

    Well.. what are your suggestions?
     
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  2. jetstar

    jetstar Well-Known Member

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    The new Canon PowerShot SX200 could work. But it is not the most pocketable camera out there. If you're looking for ultracompact cameras, consider the Canon PowerShot SD990 IS, although you'll have to give up on optical zoom.
     
  3. Andy Stanton

    Andy Stanton Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    Let me know if you find it. Especially for under $200. :D

    Seriously, no pocket camera will give you everything you want. Jetstar suggested the Canon SX200is. It hasn't been reviewed yet but it should be a good one. I'm looking forward to the Fuji F200 EXR with what looks to be an excellent sensor for great picture quality, a very wide angle view and 5x optical zoom. We should be seeing the SX200is and the F200EXR on store shelves in a few weeks.
     
  4. flatfoot

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    And here I was thinking money would do the trick ;)

    Now, the Fuji F200 EXR is a good example 'cos I will need ONLY the 6MP setting if it gives great quality. Wide angle is great too.

    Cons: It's not yet in the market and so stands untested. 5x zoom is a little less than what I was hoping for. I am not MP crazy but I do want zoom - minimum 8x. Also in terms of resolution doesn't the old Fujifilm FinePix F810 do something similar with 12/6 MP?

    Canon PowerShot SX200 does have sexy specs and though it ain't ultra-compact it can fit the pocket. But it's not yet in the market - I'm somewhat iffy about buying an untested camera that has no expert or user reviews.

    OK guys lemme peg it down a bit. What about this..?

    6-8mp, 8x+ Optical Zoom, wide angle, GREAT pic quality most conditions, 400+ clicks per charge, pocketable ???

    Also would a fast lens and a large sensor help?


    Now that ain't too much is it? :confused:

    And even though nobody cares about money, the budget is still unlimited :)
     
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  5. Andy Stanton

    Andy Stanton Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    Right now you have two options. One is the Panasonic TZ4/TZ5, which are essentially the same camera (except that the TZ5 takes HD videos). The other is the Canon SX110is. Both have 10x optical zoom and very good image quality outdoors. Of the two, the Panasonic is smaller and more pocketable and has a wider angle view. The Canon has full manual exposure controls and uses AA batteries.
    Here are sample pics:
    http://www.pbase.com/cameras/panasonic/lumix_dmc_tz5
    http://www.pbase.com/cameras/canon/powershot_sx110_is
     
  6. flatfoot

    flatfoot New Member

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    Thanx Andy. Excellent suggestions. :)

    Now I am stuck between Panasonic TZ4 and TZ5. :(

    Both have almost identical specs. The LCD size and 1 MP differences don't matter to me.

    Based on reviews: TZ5 has HD video-taking ability and seems able to take "real" 16:9 pics. TZ4 seems able to take slightly better IQ pics.

    How important/true are these?

    Are there other differences between the TZ4 and TZ5?
     
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    Good specs on the ZS models, Dennis. But I would like some user reviews before I commit to the camera - so that would be too long a wait. April release, right?

    The PowerShot SX200 IS is out of reckoning for the same reason.
     
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    The Canon is the one I would probably pick, especially since I'm not too crazy about the SX200is.
     
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    Yes, Panasonic press release says April 2009.

    Dennis
     

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