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Six months to Stan

tomcat606 9 108
26 Mar 2012 7:48PM
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

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Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
26 Mar 2012 8:02PM
Took me a few moments to work out where Stan lives! Wink

Same initial question as always: what is the budget for this?
devlin 8 653 39 India
26 Mar 2012 8:02PM
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
tomcat606 9 108
26 Mar 2012 8:17PM
Sorry just when you think youíve covered everything the budget £250 £300
GarethRobinson 11 1.0k 2 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2012 8:17PM
(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.
MikeRC Plus
13 3.6k United Kingdom
26 Mar 2012 8:25PM
...can't help with the camera but wish him well.

Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
26 Mar 2012 8:33PM
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 9 108
26 Mar 2012 9:14PM
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†

Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
26 Mar 2012 11:52PM
User_Removed 8 4.6k 1 Scotland
27 Mar 2012 2:11PM

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


Likewise. And a safe return.
Ewanneil 8 1.1k 2 Scotland
27 Mar 2012 2:26PM
collywobles 14 4.0k 10 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2012 10:55AM
Most of the big 5 names compact cameras will fit the bill.
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
28 Mar 2012 11:07AM
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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