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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
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Took me a few moments to work out where Stan lives!
Same initial question as always: what is the budget for this?
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
Sorry just when you think youíve covered everything the budget £250 £300
(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.
...can't help with the camera but wish him well.
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.
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†
I`d have a look at the Fuji X-S1.
Quote: ...can't help with the camera but wish him well.
Likewise. And a safe return.
Have a look at this:- Top 7 Cameras For Active Photographers
Most of the big 5 names compact cameras will fit the bill.
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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