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    tomcat606
    tomcat606  596 forum posts
    26 Mar 2012 - 7:48 PM

    Hi all
    Iím looking for some help regarding a cameraí there are criteria it must comply with because of where itís going. My Son is off again for his six months to Stan as they call it. He as asked me to try and find a camera to catch the beauty of the place not just the bad bits so it must be
    Sand proof as possible
    Good zoom as taking the lens off is a no no
    Battery life as charging is difficult
    And work with SD cards

    Age, make or model is of no concern even if it some model from a few years ago
    The photos will range from people to landscape and everything in between

    I hope all can help as I want to get him a good one

    Thanks all Steve
    Wink

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    Carabosse
    Carabosse e2 Member 1139430 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
    26 Mar 2012 - 8:02 PM

    Took me a few moments to work out where Stan lives! Wink

    Same initial question as always: what is the budget for this?

    devlin
    devlin  4651 forum posts India39 Constructive Critique Points
    26 Mar 2012 - 8:02 PM

    There are some good bridge camera's that should do the trick, depending on how much you wish to spend. Have never used one though i am given to believe that the Panasonic Lumix FZ28 is pretty good its lens is a 27-486mm in 35mm terms plus has a decent performance at the long end of the magnification etc....i believe it comes in at about GBP 249 or thereabouts

    Last Modified By devlin at 26 Mar 2012 - 8:03 PM
    tomcat606
    tomcat606  596 forum posts
    26 Mar 2012 - 8:17 PM

    Sorry just when you think youíve covered everything the budget £250 £300

    GarethRobinson
    GarethRobinson e2 Member 8991 forum postsGarethRobinson vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
    26 Mar 2012 - 8:17 PM

    (You posted your budget while i was typing so ignore the advice below)

    Just make sure the zoom lens you get has an internal focus and that when you zoom the lens does not extend. Sand will get in there very quickly. Stick a good uv filter on the lens to protect the front element from the sand/dust and moisture.
    As for the camera body look for a make with some sort of weather sealing for same reasons as above.
    Gareth

    Last Modified By GarethRobinson at 26 Mar 2012 - 8:20 PM
    MikeRC
    MikeRC e2 Member 93501 forum postsMikeRC vcard United Kingdom
    26 Mar 2012 - 8:25 PM

    ...can't help with the camera but wish him well.

    .....Mike

    Carabosse
    Carabosse e2 Member 1139430 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
    26 Mar 2012 - 8:33 PM

    I had the predecessor of this camera. The 'TZ' appellation stands for travel zoom - and I would say it's ideal for that.

    I too wish your son all the best, Steve. Smile

    tomcat606
    tomcat606  596 forum posts
    26 Mar 2012 - 9:14 PM

    Thank you all very much for your help and kind words, I will let you know what I buy him and post some photos when he gets back†

    SteveWink

    Paul Morgan
    Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315335 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
    26 Mar 2012 - 11:52 PM

    I`d have a look at the Fuji X-S1.

    http://www.warehouseexpress.com/buy-fuji-x-s1-exr-black-digital-camera/p1528408

    Last Modified By Paul Morgan at 26 Mar 2012 - 11:53 PM
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    27 Mar 2012 - 2:11 PM


    Quote: ...can't help with the camera but wish him well.

    .....Mike

    Likewise. And a safe return.

    Ewanneil
    Ewanneil  41118 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
    27 Mar 2012 - 2:26 PM

    Have a look at this:- Top 7 Cameras For Active Photographers

    collywobles
    28 Mar 2012 - 10:55 AM

    Most of the big 5 names compact cameras will fit the bill.

    Carabosse
    Carabosse e2 Member 1139430 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
    28 Mar 2012 - 11:07 AM

    The list, linked to by Ewan above, seems a good one - you want a camera which is not too delicate.

    The compact I use (Canon Ixus 230 HS) is ideal in some ways with its 8x zoom and (shirt) pocketability. But it's not really a camera for the rough and tumble.

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