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Old April 14th, 2013, 08:08 PM   #1
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Question What camera

I'm looking for a camera with a decent zoom, good image stabilisation, quick auto focus. The main use will be for a safari holiday we have planned, plus trips to athletics and motor sports and golf tournaments. It needs to be simple to use.
My budget is between £300 - £400.
I have read good thing about the canon SX50 but would quite like one that allows you to swap lenses. Maybe an Olympus Pen with a lense?
Any suggestions. :-)
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My Panasonic DMC-TZ30 would be ideal for that
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Old April 16th, 2013, 12:52 AM   #3
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I'm looking for a camera with a decent zoom, good image stabilisation, quick auto focus. The main use will be for a safari holiday we have planned, plus trips to athletics and motor sports and golf tournaments. It needs to be simple to use.
My budget is between £300 - £400.
I have read good thing about the canon SX50 but would quite like one that allows you to swap lenses. Maybe an Olympus Pen with a lense?
Any suggestions. :-)
what's the zoom you want?
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Old April 16th, 2013, 03:19 PM   #4
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what's the zoom you want?
I would like a zoom that can get me close to the action but is still manageable without a tripod. I think most of the bridge cameras have zooms that must be unmanageable without a tripod past a certain magnification. (I assume the canon I linked above with a 50x zoom must be impossible to use without a tripod at 50x).

I think I'm moving more to having a camera with interchangeable lenses, maybe a 4/3 camera such as the below one.
http://www.jessops.com/online.store/...2296/show.html
It has had good reviews, particularly with a fast auto-focus and good image quality and it seems it copes well with lowlight.
I'm not however sure how much 'zoom' I would actually get with the 40-150mm lens. Some reviews suggest the lens it's just about manageable without a tripod. Also it's almost two years old now but the newer models are well out of my price range by the time I take into account of the lenses.

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My Panasonic DMC-TZ30 would be ideal for that
Thanks, although it doesn't have interchangeable lenses it looks pretty decent. I however have a pretty decent compact camera already (but lacking a powerful zoom) and I'm now thinking I'd like something that I can play around with more when I get better knowledge and add lens too when required.
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if you want an interchangeable one then yes get yourself a 4/3 camera. that said they will be a bit above your budget as you want a long lens too.

i'd guess something like a GF5 and kit lens, and this -
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Panasonic-DM...ords=lumix+gf5

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Panasonic-H-...f=pd_sim_ph_14

it's a bit above your budget though.

this was taken with the big brother of that second lens from a moving cable car -



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Old April 16th, 2013, 05:56 PM   #6
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Cheers, those photos look very good.

I'll have a hunt around tonight to see if I can get a good deal on that combo otherwise I may just go for the Pen bundle and accept the slight drop in quality.
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that pen bundle is really good value.

i'll give you a tip for a future lens... amazing quality lens.
http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/...c_20_1p7_o20/4
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that pen bundle is really good value.

i'll give you a tip for a future lens... amazing quality lens.
http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/...c_20_1p7_o20/4
I went for the Jessops Pen deal as I couldn't find a low enough price for the Panasonic camera and lens. The free next day delivery is a nice touch by Jessops too.

That lens seems very good, I'll definately buy one in a few months.

Thanks for the help.
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sweet. with that lens you'll pretty much have a camera system that'll keep you happy for a while to come
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My Panasonic DMC-TZ30 would be ideal for that
That's what I use. It has great stabilisation and a 20x zoom. Very handy & compact.
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Old August 11th, 2013, 11:16 PM   #11
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The Safari holiday that I bought the camera for has just ended, so I thought I'd post a few of the best photos I took:

image hosted on flickr


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Sadly it seems I have much to learn with the camera and it's settings as many of my photos weren't as sharply focused as I thought they were
I also had to stop shooting RAW format halfway through the holiday as my 32 gb memory cards were filling up too quickly.
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