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    Question camera?

    What is a good point and shoot style camera? I would love to have something like a rebal, but don't want to carry around something that big. Plus i'm a photography retard and wouldn't do the camera any justice. I'm trying to upgrade from my cheap kodak 7mp before this years hunting season.
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    Thumbs up Camera

    I recently got a Canon EOS 40D. It is my first DSLR. There is definitely more to carry around. I am taking the best pictures of my life, but there is something to be said for the convenience of point and shoots. I have had great success with Sony Cybershot point and shoot digital cameras. Excellent quality. I also bought a Pentax W20 (I think) last year for a float trip. It is waterproof. Very nice camera with great image quality. The Sony Cybershots are a bit better for image quality, but the waterproofness of the Pentax sure is nice depending on where you will be using it. B&H Photo/Video is a great website to buy from. Great selection, good prices, reputable, and fast shipping. If you want a great quality point and shoot, yet still a powerful zoom, look at the Sony DSC-H7. It nears the performance of a DSLR more so than most point and shoots, yet is very simple to operate. It has a 15x zoom! That will capture many good wildlife photos. Perhaps a great camera for you to look at. I put a link to the camera below from B&H website. Below that I will put the link to a review of the camera.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...al_Camera.html

    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sonyh7/
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    I've used a couple of Panasonic FZ series superzoom cameras that I liked. The latest one is the FZ18. It's similar to the Sony that Dan mentioned, but less money and lighter I think. Also it takes less costly SD cards than the Sony's Memory Sticks, but that's a minor point these days. Both of these have very good image stabilization systems built in, and this is a must have on a superzoom. Panasonic also has more pocketable versions called TZ4 & TZ5.

    I also recently used an Olympus 850SW that is both shockproof and waterproof. We took it for some incredible snorkeling shots on a Belize reef last month. Video from it was pretty good too. My son dropped the thing on a concrete floor once and it still works great. Pretty impressive camera for it's size. There are several models available, and my only complaint is that they use XD cards. Again, a minor point these days. Check 'em out: http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_se...digital_sw.asp

    I believe this forum's sponsor, Camera Land, sells them for a good price. http://www.cameralandny.com/

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    I heard the Olympus waterproof camera that Jim mentions is nice too. It is that or the Pentax I mentioned if you are looking for a waterproof camera. I was surprised with the images from the Pentax. Pretty sharp. I wish I would have taken some underwater fish pics. I will next time. Just never thought about it on the last trip. I will attach a link below to pics taken with the Pentax W30. We floated the Goodnews in SW Alaska. When the link opens, click "view slideshow" in the upper right.

    http://www.flickr.com/gp/21144083@N02/46S6B3

    Below is a link to the Pentax W30 for comparison purposes. Both are very capable cameras.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...al_Camera.html
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    I have a Sony DSC, and the IQ is superb. interested in the waterproof Olympus tho . . .

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    Hey thanks every one for the replies! Looks like i might pick up the sony. I like having the 15x zoom.
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    Thumbs up good choice

    I think the Sony DSC H7 is an awesome camera. I almost bought it a few months back, but decided instead to take the plunge into DSLR's. I got a Canon 40D. Awesome camera for sure and I will be busy for some time learning to get the full use from it. But for an easy to use, highly capable camera, that would not require much time to master, and cost a ton less, the Sony H7 is top choice (to me). The H9 is basically the same camera, but has a tilting lcd screen. A weak point to me. Something to break. See the H7 here if interested...

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...al_Camera.html
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