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Which compact camera has the best digital zoom


wasper e2
8 532 1 Ireland
12 Aug 2009 10:47AM
A work colleague goes to lots of concerts & would like to buy a compact camera that can take pictures of the stage. She wants something more than 3x.
Any suggestions please?

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12 Aug 2009 10:54AM
What sort of budget is available?

Also, don't confuse digital zoom with optical zoom. Optical zoom uses the lens elements and the full sensor area whereas digital zoom merely crops the image on the sensor which usually results in lower quality images.
wasper e2
8 532 1 Ireland
12 Aug 2009 11:06AM
About 350. She doesn't like bulky cameras & thats why the compact.
12 Aug 2009 11:38AM
You could check this group test out:

link

Olly
12 Aug 2009 2:54PM
malum e2
10 622 1 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2009 3:36PM
Panasonic TZ7 has 12x optical zoom (300mm equivalent on a 35mm slr) and also records movies in HD should you fancy it.
I bought one yesterday and the movies mode is excellent.
It also has wide angle at the short end (25mm equivalent)

All for 250 odd
montechoro e2
12 2.3k 2 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2009 3:39PM
Yep - go for the Panny TZ7 - you won't be disappointed given your stated requirements. It is a very versatile camera.
wasper e2
8 532 1 Ireland
12 Aug 2009 3:45PM
thanks for all the input. Can you please tell me where did you get the Panasonic TZ7?
malum e2
10 622 1 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2009 3:46PM
Click the link in my post above.. got mine from Amazon
KenTaylor e2
10 3.0k 2 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2009 1:27AM
I will add the Panasonic LX3 to the list that sits within your budget.
malum e2
10 622 1 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2009 9:20AM
On the LX3 a 2.5x optical zoom is going to cause a problem at gig unless you are in the front row.
lovely specced camera other than that though
cannyman e2
6 123
16 Aug 2009 9:32PM
How can one person possibly know of all the hundreds of P & S cameras which one has the best zoom. It is obvious they are going to say the camera they own.
Cristian e2
10 950 1
16 Aug 2009 11:18PM
I've got the panasoniz TZ-5, which has a x10 optical zoom, plus extra x6 on digital. Been very impressed with it, I believe the new model is now x12 optical.

No manual settings as such, but "scene modes" which once you suss them out are pretty useful.

Cristian
7 Oct 2009 9:30AM

Quote:On the LX3 a 2.5x optical zoom is going to cause a problem at gig unless you are in the front row.
lovely specced camera other than that though

You could buy the tele attachment for the LX3 and it won't loose it's fast aperture but it will cost about 200.
wasper e2
8 532 1 Ireland
7 Oct 2009 2:38PM
Thanks for the info much appreciated.

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