Which Camera!

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1. Posted by walkitwils (Budding Member 52 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


I am looking to buy a decent camera in the next couple of weeks. I,ll be spending about £200. Any recommendations or stay away froms?:)

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 6618 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'd be looking at the Canon IXUS range of cameras. Robust, point and shoot cameras with a very good reputation. But there's a lot of options out there - have a look at dpreview.com to get full blown reviews.

3. Posted by jl98584 (Respected Member 114 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Both Sony & Fuji make high end consumer (prosumer) digital camera's in that price range I think. I've been really happy with mine, a Sony Cybershot with 12x zoom and optical image stabilization. It's a little larger then some digitals, but light. I wasn't able to find any more than 3x optical zoom in the smaller camera's, and image stabilization really helps with the zoom all the way in. It's not quite as good as a tripod, but let's me get by without one most of the time.

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3932 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

i recently got a Fuji Finepix with 10 x optical zoom and i love it! its really easy to handle and is ok without a tripod most of the time. i got a really good deal on amazon on mine so it might be worth having a look there. this camera got really good reviews.

5. Posted by jl98584 (Respected Member 114 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'm not sure, but I think the Fuji has slightly better color than the Sony. I can go into the menu and tweak the settings, but the less of that you have to do, the better. Sony color is OK, but a bit bluish at times.

6. Posted by jl98584 (Respected Member 114 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I just saw an Olympus SP 550 UZ at Wal-mart today for abut $400. This might be a little more than what you want to spend, but 18x optical zoom, 28mm wide angle, 15 fps, dual image stabilizaton and 7.1 Megapixal - very nice feature list!

Does anybody have any experience with Olympus digital camera's? How do folks like them? I'd be half tempted to sell you mine and pick up one of these myself (I like taking pictures of wildlife, birds, etc. - more zoom the better. The wide angle would also be nice inside compact towns, historic home interiors, etc.)

7. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5297 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

dpreview rates that Olympus as "Above Average". Which is about their lowest rating, meaning "avoid! avoid!" (with caveats on why you might like it after all).

8. Posted by jl98584 (Respected Member 114 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I was just browsing another thread on here where an Olympus owner was complaining about the shutter lag. So if you like to take lots of action shots, that might not be a good choice. I experience it from time to time with the Sony, but it's not too bad (mostly bad light or low battery I suspect).

9. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I have the Olympus E-100 RS 10x zoom, and the Olympus C 5050 zoom

the E-100 is my favorit because of the possibility to take 15 shots per second.
I take many photos of birds and other animals,also portraits of people while they are walking around,so the tele is also not to bad.Wish I could have a better one,but I can handle the camera easy without a tripod.

the 5050 I use mostly for landscape but not when the object is moving,like taking photos on a bus trip,then the 5050 was always to slow,got never what I wanted so I did all my landscape photos through the window with the E-100 and I got what I wanted.
Pixels? the E-100 only 1.5 but if you look at my portrait photos or birds and flowers
you may recognice that the pixel amount is not everything.I prefer a good lens.


10. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 438 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I've owned a bunch of Olympus cameras including two ultra zooms. I didn't much like the UZ 510 but supposedly the 550 is a lot better. They survived well and took great pictures at least until I dropped them into the ocean while kayaking. I'd certainly buy one of their ultrazoom cameras again if I hadn't gone to a DSLR.