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1. Posted by JLT89 (Budding Member 15 posts) 5y

Heya,
Im so confused with cameras!
I'm looking for a travel camera i love taking photos when im sight seeing plus when im going out or with family i want something small.

My budget is no more $600

Looking on the net the following cameras are coming up as the best but when i put each one for a review they dont seem the best??

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10
Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

Thaaaaaank you :D

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 5y

What does "best" even mean? Which camera is most suitable for you depends a lot on how you use it, your skill level with taking photos, etc, etc.

The site I trust most for camera reviews, dpreview, rates both of these cameras as middle of the road in the compact "travel zoom" group. There's nothing particularly wrong with them - they're pretty solid performers, but the Casio FH100 and Samsung HZ35W simply offer more compelling features and better photo quality for roughly the same price. Get any of those four, and I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Your budget seems to be nearly double what most of these cameras cost, btw. For $600, it might be interesting for you to consider taking a small DSLR instead, something like the Nikon D3000. It's a completely different type of camera, not as suitable when going out, and if you want a lens which equals the zoom range of these compacts, you'll end up with something quite bulky - but image quality will be immediately and noticeably better, and the long-term versatility of a DSLR is much higher, allowing you to grow with the camera and get much more out of it. Don't know if it'll be suitable for your purposes, but worth considering, maybe.

3. Posted by bugbitten (Budding Member 25 posts) 5y

...Canon all the way!

4. Posted by Shinkansen (Budding Member 5 posts) 5y

You could consider a Nikon D3100 or Canon Rebel. The dSLR's are nice, but a little bulky for travel but if you want something smaller and easier to use try an Olympus Pen PL1 or PL2.

5. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 5y

I'm shopping for a travel zoom too, and based on this site, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 is #1

[ Edit: Edited on 15-Jan-2011, at 20:53 by Daawgon ]

6. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 5y

You convinced me, now I like the Casio EX-FH100. It is reported to take consistently great pics, and has the features I like (don't really need GPS).

I'm coming from a compact Sony that I lost in Laos - took pretty bad pics, and Sony's manuals are poorly organized.

7. Posted by timtravels (Respected Member 350 posts) 5y

Quoting bugbitten

...Canon all the way!

I agree!

8. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 5y

Canon, for the simple reason - it's better than Nikkon :-)

9. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 5y

Quoting Jase007

Canon, for the simple reason - it's better than Nikkon :-)

*g* Welcome back. It's been boring recommending Nikon cameras unopposed these last few months. :P

10. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 5y

Quoting Sander

Quoting Jase007

Canon, for the simple reason - it's better than Nikkon :-)

*g* Welcome back. It's been boring recommending Nikon cameras unopposed these last few months. :P

Good to be back, i have noticed that Nikon sales have increased

Got a note for everyone out there about non branded batteries:
Over the last few years i've managed to pick up a few spare batteries, some Canon others non-branded.
I went out in the lovely december weather here in moscow with a fully charged camera, 3 shots later it was dead - yep the -19deg C drained all the life out of it. changed battery to the 'official' one and yep life was reduced but i managed to get about 60 shots out of it.
lesson: always keep a spare handy, and if in cold conditions either put a woolie jumper on your camera to keep it warm or use the branded batteries

And i'm looking for another compact, seems ive mannaged to scratch the lens on my little ixus (thats two ruined in two years), however don't let this put you off Canons as one years use in my hands is the equivelant of 10 years abuse most people would dish out ....