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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 6:29 am 
My daughter has asked for a camera for her 16th birthday but I am finding it hard to find something that meets her requirements.

She wants something small enough to carry around easily, with a decent zoom, good low light performance, and a viewfinder. It's the last one that really seems to limit the choice.

Could be compact or super zoom.

What suggestions or recommendations would you make? I'm running out of time!



PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 7:40 am 

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Very important: What's your budget?
For low light shots and a viewfinder Id almost instantly think of a Canon G11 or G12, but superzooms also have viewfinders, and the FZ150 isnt that bad regarding noise. Though, it wont ever be as good as the G11/G12.


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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 11:07 am 
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If G12 is considered "carryable" then Canon G1X should be worth a look, bigger sensor should perform better in low light

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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 11:54 am 
Thanks both.

Budget is up to £400 so these canon's are feasible.

I must admit I like the Nikon J1 - I think it fits all her needs and the mirrorless system offers features she would like such as the motion snapshot, and smart photo selector, but doesn't have the viewfinder! The V1 is out of budget though. Is there anything along those lines with a viewfinder?


PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 1:23 am 

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Would a Panasonic G2 or G3 be too big?

PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 6:05 am 
G2/3 looks very interesting thanks.

We are going to go down to jessops with her this weekend so she can try some out so this will be on the list.

Many thanks



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