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    Hi

    I'm after a new digital camera i currently have 7 meg 3x optical zoom Olympus Camera.

    Both camera i had in past been Olympus seem simple to use.

    Im after a improved camera with a decent optical zoom over 10 and one that good in low light.

    Any suggestions appreciated.

    I did see a Olympus VR310 but when i read review on it said you can't zoom in when recording video, would this be possible with other models?

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    Hi and welcome.

    Need to know you budget and what low light subjects you wish to record.

    As for zooming whilst filming. There are quite a few that do.


    Cheers!

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    Thanks. Under 150 if possible, as look into a DSLR after. Low light just times when in dark places etc. I decent camera to carry about that good deal.

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    I shoot with a Panasonic TZ7 & TZ10. My brother uses a TZ30. There was also a TZ20.

    The TZ stands for Travel Zoom. These were over 300 when they first came out so Panasonic did a slightly cheaper versions with with mono sound, no GPS and no highly compressed movie files. These were also around 250!

    So, I had a look round for you and found the Panasonic TZ18 that has been reduced to 140. Just in your budget. http://www.photographyblog.com/revie...c_tz18_review/ ---------------- http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004I1KOM...G&linkCode=asn

    If you can afford to go 10 over budget. Then you could buy the Panasonic TZ20 from here http://www.buyacamera.co.uk/search.asp?RecId=PANCA5001 ------ http://www.photographyblog.com/revie...c_tz20_review/ It has a higher resolution touch screen plus lots of other goodies that may interest you.

    Have a look at the zoom range and quality on my TZ7 to give you an idea of what the TZ18/TZ20 is capable of http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk...ange+images%29

    With regards low light photography. I carry a pocket tripod and use that pressed up against lamp posts, bus stops, benches, on walls and pavement etc. together with the 2 second timer. The 2 second timer stops you shaking the camera when you press down on the shutter. I also never shoot above 400 ISO as the pictures become noisy/grainy - try to shoot at 100 to 200 unless you must get the image.http://digital-photography-school.com/iso-settings

    And don't forget. Post processing is an important part of photography and should be used to sharpen and enhance pictures taken with your camera. If you don't have an imaging editor, then use the one in my signature below. There are http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/ to get you started. The most useful is the http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/Videoes/...06_Levels.html and for even more adjustment. The http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/Videoes/...07_Curves.html is a must (it's my favourite all-in-one adjuster). My Resize-Crop-Sharpen tutorial below, will get your pics ready for the internet or whatever

    Cheers!

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    Last edited by Chris Cool; 13-08-12 at 02:04 PM.

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    Thanks Chris

    Plenty to look into. I didn't know whether to stick with Olympus, i could spend more depends whether look into a SLR though that could be too technical for me!

    This type camera going be massive improvement on what i have so give good read up. Thanks

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    Panasonics have been top of the travel zooms for quite a while. That's why I suggested them

    If you want to know what it's like to drive a DSLR, then http://web.canon.jp/imaging/enjoydslr/index.html


    Cheers!


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    I was at friends the other day had go a Bridge Camera. Don't think want one them, some features seem good but some pics don't come out well.

    Looking in to DSLR or Compact system Camera. Thinking System Compact Camera could good for me as less bulky. I do have digital magazine here with reviews in but from last year

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    Quote Originally Posted by claireb View Post
    I was at friends the other day had go a Bridge Camera. Don't think want one them, some features seem good but some pics don't come out well.
    Probably down to operator error...

    Looking in to DSLR or Compact system Camera. Thinking System Compact Camera could good for me as less bulky. I do have digital magazine here with reviews in but from last year
    There are plenty of up-to-date reviews on here. Select a few that interest you, then come back and ask about them.

    Cheers!

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    Thanks Chris, what's your views on Bridge Cameras. Sorry for all questions just want make sure make right choice.

    A lot compact system cameras are very pricey. I'll have good look on site come back you. Thanks I appreciate the help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by claireb View Post
    Thanks Chris, what's your views on Bridge Cameras. Sorry for all questions just want make sure make right choice.
    No worries!

    Bridge Cameras and small compacts like the Panasonic TZ30 are best in Good Daylight! If you want to shoot when lighting is poor, then you have to use a tripod. It doesn't have to be a large one. I use a pocket tripod and rest it against lamp posts, bus stops and on walls, benches, pavements etc using the 2 or 10 second timer. The advantage with the smaller sensor is the long zoom!

    Here are two of the best Bridge cameras IMO that are worth a look at.

    The Panasonic FZ150 http://www.photographyblog.com/revie..._fz150_review/ has the smallest sensor that is found in most Bridge and Compact cameras and is very good in good light! Google for best prices!

    The Fujifilm X-S1 Fujifilm X-S1 has a larger sensor, so is better in low light. Google for best prices!

    Cheers!


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