Point & Shoot camera for safari

Oct 3rd, 2010, 04:31 PM
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I've used my Canon SX-10 on a couple of safaris and have been happy with it. I had previously used a couple of digital Rebel XTs with interchangeable lenses, but I like having less weight and being able to shoot from wide-angle to telephoto with one camera (the 20x optical zoom is about like a 560mm telephoto lens.) The camera also shoots video, which I think is important for wildlife. I have a separate video camera, so I use that, but my friends who shot video with their SX10 had great results. Whatever camera you decide on, I'd suggest that you ensure it has an eye-level viewfinder. It's so much easier to shoot outdoors with one. Also, spend some time using the camera before you go and get familiar with all its settings.
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Oct 4th, 2010, 02:33 AM
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Panasonic FZ100
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Oct 4th, 2010, 09:50 AM
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Thanks for all your responses!
The Canon SX 10 seems to be the most popular around here and more in my price range. So I'll see if I can locate one at one of our camera shops here and see how it feels.
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Oct 4th, 2010, 12:47 PM
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micmic is the FZ100 an SLR or is it like the FZ30? I love my FZ30, but your pictures (once I ignored your watermark) were AMAZING!!
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Oct 4th, 2010, 12:48 PM
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KathBC, sorry forgot to add that we have founds Lens & Shutter on Broadway to be a wonderful store to go & camera shop, the people are very honest & helpful & they always have lots of different types in stock to try out.
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Oct 4th, 2010, 01:42 PM
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LyndaS, my pictures were shot with an FZ28. The FZ100 is not an SLR, it's just a much improved FZ28. It has better video analysis (full HD), can get an external microphone for great sound, has a sensor with more megapixels, a rotating LCD, wider angle lens, and a greater zoom (24x)! This Panasonic camera also has a feature called "Extra Optical Zoom" which when used results in a magnification of around 50x! This happens at the cost of reduced image resolution, but is still EXTREMELY useful when on safari because you can focus and measure light more accurately for very distant subjects. So the result is better than if you just shoot a 14 megapixel image and then crop the center part.

Here you can see a review of the FZ100:

http://www.safari-guide.co.uk/panaso...tal-camera.php

It's what I would get today as the definitve portable safari camera. In fact I'm tempted to get it even though I already have the FZ28
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Oct 6th, 2010, 07:57 PM
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You might also want to check out Olympus camera (E series, but might be a new one now they change so fast). A lot cheaper than Nikon, etc & I was satisfied with last years pictures. The only problem was my Nikon F2 with 300mm lens as normal that was left behind cried the whole time that it was the one that took the pictures for National Geographic & how could it be left behind - the Olympus is much lighter and simple editing of digital picture can be AMAZING.
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Oct 7th, 2010, 03:38 PM
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Even though I use pro equipment primarily, I used a Canon G11 for my trip to Kenya recently. Phenomenal camera, best quality at ISO 80, 100...and does RAW too. But the focal length is limited 28-105 or so startinga t f/2.8. Camera body is a bit bulky( can fit in your typical cargo pants), also does RAW.
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Oct 7th, 2010, 06:30 PM
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Now TigerPhotog you've gone waaaaaaaaaaaayy beyond what a "photography for dummies" such as myself can understand!

I don't even know what RAW is!!
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Oct 7th, 2010, 07:54 PM
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KathBC

I am surprised you don't know what RAW is !!

If it is not cooked ...it is RAW

Oops !! I think it s time for
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Oct 7th, 2010, 09:36 PM
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RAW is an uncompressed/lossless format which you can use to manipulate the image with more control than an in-camera converted/compressed jpeg file. One thing you can do with RAW file format is tweak the white balance and fix it AFTER you take the picture. Cannot do that with jpeg... er, it's very tough to fix colors in a jpeg image.

Yes, RAW means...uncooked, lol.
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Oct 8th, 2010, 01:53 PM
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Tiger.... duh! I'm as much a dummy as KathBC
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Oct 8th, 2010, 02:49 PM
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See I was right after all !
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Oct 8th, 2010, 07:08 PM
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Gee Percy you're soooo smart!

TigerPhotog...you missed the "idiot proof" portion of this thread! I mean I can barely get the film developed and the glossy 4 x 6's neatly arranged & inserted in those gold sticky corner thingys in the nice album my Aunt Agnes gave me with the crocheted cover.

Ok I'm going camera shopping tomorrow...watch out Lens & Shutter on Broadway!! Will try not to ask if it comes in another colour.
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Oct 8th, 2010, 07:20 PM
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I second the G11. It is idiot proof, but you can also use it for more complicated stuff. We have a friend who is a fairly well-known photographer, and he is always borrowing our Canon G10 (the predecessor of the G11) for his vacations. We took the G10 and the Panasonic FZ35 (more zoom) with us to Kenya, as well as some tiny elphs, and that turned out to be a good mix of point and shoots. We also had a lot of fun with the Flip - used it for crossings, masaai dancing, etc.
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Oct 9th, 2010, 07:03 PM
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Ok here's what I learned today... 2 of the camera stores wrinkled their nose at the Panasonic FZ35 & FZ100 both saying they weren't worth the extra price. For me also it is out of my price range.

One of the stores sells used cameras & had a Canon SX20 for $269 CAD (retail $399), it's been fully tested by the store and is just going thru it's 30 day hold while the police check if it's been stolen. So peace of mind here. Cnet reviews felt the image quality wasn't quite as good on the SX20 as the SX10 while dpreviews gave it a gold score along with the FZ35.

There's now a used SX10 available online for $180 CAD with all the accessories, has the receipt & says it can be tried before buying. Not as much peace of mind but that's a heck of a price!

What to do, what to do???!!
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Oct 9th, 2010, 08:08 PM
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Thanks KathBC

Good Night O
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Oct 10th, 2010, 08:03 AM
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KathBC - I love my SX10 - that's a great price. I paid nearly $400 USD last December on Amazon, which was a premium over the SX20.
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Oct 10th, 2010, 09:32 AM
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renoduck, I loved your photos! That's the one I'm leaning towards and am sitting here on pins & needles waiting to hear from the $180 SX10 guy!!!

There's been a couple SX10's listed on craigslist for $300 which I thought was a fair price also.

Will keep you all posted!
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Oct 11th, 2010, 03:54 PM
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Ok well I missed out on the $180 Canon SX10 but managed to pick one up today for $260 including taxes so I'm pretty happy with that!

Plus a Panasonic 4GB Class 10 memory card for 1/2 price!

Now I just need to practice, practice, practice!
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