New Camera Decision

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New Camera Decision

I dropped my camera a while ago and lately it just doesn't want to focus. Looking at getting a new one and I have a budget of about $500. There's a lot of compacts out there now with huge zooms that are in my budget. After a lot of reading the 2 I've narrowed it down to are a Cannon Powershot SX30 which has a 36x zoom or a Fujifilm HS20 which has a 30x. Anybody have any knowledge of either of these? I think my preference is for the Fuji.

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I think it depends on what features of the camera are most appealing to you. You take some great shots anyway so you probably already know what you are looking for in this purchase.

From these links (and you have probably read a lot of reviews) the Fuji is ahead but what seems to contribute to the overall rating includes the cameras popularity and the size of the screen which is of little importance to me whereas I consider the zoom capability, the sharpness of the image and the number of shots per second to be more importance especially for birding.

I have a Nikon D90 which I love but I have to consciously think to take it with me simply because of its size especially when I include the sigma 150-500 lens. I was looking at the Nikon Coolpix P500 but I bought a Panasonic-Lumix DMC-TZ20 because I got a really good deal and it was the right size for me to carry everywhere - different strokes. I think the most important thing is to get out, get close and take as many photos as possible no matter which camera you choose. Good luck with your choice.

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A friend has a Fujifilm HS10 witch seems identical to the HS20 except its 10mp a bit slow to use compared to DSLR but the images are amazing!
my wife uses a Panasonic-Lumix fz100 again a bit fiddly but the images again just amazing!

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Hi Qyn and Sparrow, thanks for the input. I had a look at the Nikon Coolpix P500 but ruled it out for some reason, I can't remember why, I read the reviews on it again and can't find the reason, maybe was the price. And to add more confusion I found another one I like Sony DSC-HX 100v, although it is right at the upper limit of my price range.
I should just bite the bullet and get the Fuji, was thinking of waiting until closer to Xmas to see if the prices drop a bit but my old canon is on it's last legs.
Thanks again,

alexdorsey49's picture

it differs actually with what you want as your set. If you are looking for something a little more professional, then a good dlsr will absolutely suit you best. I have a Nikon D90 as well and it is great and has a wide array of stuff it can do.

If you are looking for a point and shoot, then a Canon G12 or even the older G11 will be a good option.

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