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Which to buy? suggestions.

12 Nov 2012 2:20AM
Hello Fellow Ephotoziners

I currently have a Nikon Coolpix L120

But i am looking to upgrade to a more usable camera one which I can have for awhile, ability to purchase attachments etc!

I looked around which my current price range and came up which a couple of possible candidates, but user input and recommendation would be perfect.

Fuji S4530 >Review/Specs< http://www.very.co.uk/fuji-s4530-14-megapixel-digital-camera---red/1081743265.prd

Panasonic DMCLZ20 ( Lumix ) >Review/Specs< http://www.very.co.uk/panasonic-dmclz20-16-megapixel-digital-camera---black/1146871121.prd

Fuji FinePix S2980 >Review/Specs< https://www.ephotozine.com/article/fujifilm-finepix-s2980-digital-camera-review-20407

That's the one's I have had my eye on, I thank you all in advance. If you need more information let me know Smile


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Focus_Man 7 481 631 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2012 8:55AM
Hi Alex
Whatever you do end up buying I hope you get lots of pleasure from it. It seems you may well be on a tight budget here with the models you are suggesting, but given your mention of "............. ability to purchase attachments etc......" the range of accessories will be limited.

Did you exclude DSLRs deliberately? There is a dated Nikon the D3200 which has had excellent reviews, better than some higher priced Nikons, which can be found with very good offers which would, I feel, be well worth your consideration. The range of lenses etc is much larger and perhaps better able to fulfill your future needs for adding on to.
User_Removed 8 4.6k 1 Scotland
12 Nov 2012 9:22AM
FocusMan has a point. When you talk about a range of attachments, it sounds as if you may be looking for more flexibility than the cameras you suggest may provide.

The earlier CSCs (and by "earlier, we only mean a year or two old - given how rapidly new models come out) are now selling new for well under 300 and, with these, you have the opportunity to purchase additional lenses, etc., as and when funds allow.
ChrisV Plus
11 2.0k 26 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2012 2:50PM
If you are thinking of going down the DSLR route, if I were starting out and on a limited budget, I'd be strongly considering the Pentax k30 - it's a fantastic camera for the money. Great high ISO performance, weather sealing [weather sealing at that price!], good ergonomics and in body IS.

Pros will very probably largely stick with the CaNikon duopoly [I'm tied into Canon], but the big two will charge more than double for a camera with these features. It isn't quite so good for video as some other cameras [no HDMI, dedicated video button or external mic ports], but other than that I don't thin there's anything to touch it at this price-point.
Paul Morgan Plus
16 19.0k 6 England
12 Nov 2012 7:08PM
I take it your on a very tight budget.

There are two ways you can go, either get a compact with a fairly decent set of features, a hot shoe is recommended for expandability.

Or get a cheap CSC, Olympus, Panasonic etc.

CSC`w with lenses start at around 200 second hand, high end compacts a little less.

Buying new, both can be picked up for under 300, but if you want expandability I would avoid the sub 200 compacts.
12 Nov 2012 7:48PM
If you could stretch your budget a little then something along the lines of the Nikon 1 V1 could be a good choice. Great features, interchangeable lenses and user friendly.

Good luck whatever you choose though.


12 Nov 2012 8:30PM
Thank you for all the messages, and input. I will have a look at all the information and see how far I can actually squeeze Smile

Such a short budget because moving back to Canada, in May. So new camera for the leaving pictures and to last me awhile in Canada.

Again thanks very much, ill put all the advice to good use.

Paul Morgan Plus
16 19.0k 6 England
17 Nov 2012 12:16AM
Niknut Plus
7 1.7k 76 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2012 5:07PM
Alex...from your three choices, the Panasonic LZ20 is a clear winner......if it's as good as my Pan. FZ45, then you
won't regret it.......note the name on the front of the lens (Vario Elmarit.....in other words a Leica lens !!!)......

At 129 you can't go wrong !!!!......hope that helps.Smile
Paul Morgan Plus
16 19.0k 6 England
17 Nov 2012 5:12PM

Quote:note the name on the front of the lens (Vario Elmarit.....in other words a Leica lens !!!)......

Lol some ones been sucked into the marketing Smile
Niknut Plus
7 1.7k 76 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2012 5:51PM
Try telling that to Panasonic !!!......Tongue
18 Nov 2012 1:44AM
The Lumix LZ20 was really high on my what new camera to buy next list, but the lack of a hotshoe did put me off, but Panasonic though, i admit that the brand was enough to put me off, despite that fine Leica lens. But there is nothing inherently wrong with this camera, in fact i came very very close to buying one this week, in red, but another camera won.

I never rated Fuji camera's, their film was the stuff of legend, but after 20 minutes with my Dads old fuji bridge camera i felt suicidal! It was alien to me, but after using simple SLR's for 20 odd years the fuji just looked a complicated mess.

Buying a new camera is never easy, unless a specific model has just come out that you really need badly, and you just go out and buy it, before i bought my 350d i had a 3mp HP compact camera, utter rubbish, so the choice was made for me when canon bought the 350d out, this time however it has taken me several weeks to finally settle on a new camera, and after 20 years of SLR's i decided it was time to streamline which made choosing my next camera even more tricky.

But i am the last person to take camera advice from, i would have bought the Lumix LZ20 weeks ago if they did them in yellow Wink

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