Wide angle lense Compact camera

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  1. Nonimus

    Nonimus Member

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    Can anyone here recommend a wide angle lense compact digital camera. I'm not after an SLR but a simple point and shoot type camera.

    I am considering the samsung 650 to be relased inm March:
    http://www.dpreview.com/news/1001/10011903hz35whz30w.asp

    but am open to other options if they are better. The GPS feature of the samsung is nice but not essential, my main concern is wide angle lense in a compact type design and high quality photo's with large zoom nad also HD video recording.

    any recommendations are welcome.
     
  2. FB008

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    Panasonic LX3, but not a large zoom range.

    Otherwise i'd go for a Canon S90
     
  3. adamadam

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    You can also consider Ricoh GX100 and GX200
     
  4. SyN

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    LX3 > GX100
     
  5. TRG.dOinK

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    Ricoh models from R3 to the current CX3 all are wide angle 28mm with long zooms (28-200) and the CX2/3 goes to 300mm (CX3 also finally got HD recording)

    GX100-200 is from 24-72mm and is more of a manual/pro p&s.

    GR Digital 1/2/3 are all fixed at 28mm.

    Panasonic LX3 is another popular camera (which is a rival of the gx100/200)
     
  6. aaaaah

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    The two new Panasonic superzooms go from 25mm-300mm. (Edit: Tz8 and TZ10 i believe)

    I have an LX3 that I could be tempted to let go but as mentioned before it only has a small zoom range.
     
  7. intrasonic

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    How soon do you need the camera? I've been looking at getting a compact high-zoom camera and it looks like we're gonna be bombarded with new models in the following 1-2 months. Many of the big-name consumer camera makers have announced high-zoom compact cameras to challenge the likes of last years panasonic ZS3/TZ7.

    Sony HX5 - 25mm-250mm (10x), Manual controls 1080i video and GPS
    http://www.dpreview.com/news/1001/10010701sonyhx5w380s2100tx7.asp

    Canon Powershot SX210 IS - 28mm-392mm (14x), Manual controls and 720p. No gps.
    http://www.dpreview.com/news/1002/10020804canonpowershotsx210.asp

    Panasonic ZS7/TZ10 - 25mm-300mm (12x), Manual controls, 720p and gps.
    http://www.dpreview.com/news/1001/10012605panazs7.asp

    None of these cameras are on the market yet, but will be within the next month or two, I think. After the success of the ZS3/TZ7, I think all the big brands decided that they needed a model for the compact travelzoom niche, so soon we'll be spoilt for choice! Can't wait for some reputable websites to get proper production models to review.
     
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    not sure but at the moment the samsung looks like my choice, seems to fit my bill...
     
  9. VZey

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    Sony HX5 is getting really good reviews. Do a quick google search for some reviews.
     
  10. JazzXP

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    +1 for the S90 - I bought the other half one about a month ago. It's got a fairly wide lens that is nice and fast too (f/2.0 at the wide end). It's zoom range is basically the same as what you get with a kit lens for an SLR.
     
  11. gregzeng

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    Compact superzooms - new every month.

    Google "2010 review COMPACT DIGITAL SUPERZOOMS" as I did. Samsung has the best bang for the buck. My last 2 superzooms are Samsung.

    Current comparative reviews indicate the latest is Panasonic. Inbuilt GPS; if ever you venture outside your bedroom (I'm a nursing home person), the GPS positioning will legally provide you with evidence: accidents, crime, insurance claims, holidays, alibies, etc.

    At my age, I've been victim of many car accidents (rarely with myself driving). Crime - everywhere: look at the "disabled people" carrying their backpacks, suitcases ... briskly walking/ running from the disabled persons car parking spots. As a patient or careee, I photograph their crimes as often as I can.

    Most criminals (by my definition above) are rich young women in their consulate registered SUVs, visiting the hiigh priced fashion shops ... my carer / driver is usually a woman, with constant mobile phone contact if I have medical legal emergencies.

    Greg Zeng, Retired (medical) IT Consultant, Australian Capital Territory
     
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