Looks like Canon Powershots suck eggs thru straws. Why pay more for a Canon and get less than the Fuji or FZ-30?
Powershot S3 IS
Fuji FinePix S9000
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30
KM Dimage A200
I want a long zoom(above 200mm), auto&manual focus, 8mp+,
John P. Sandstedt
If you're thinking a long zoom, why are you asking questions about Prosumer cameras? Get a SLR and stop quibbling.
A couple of things to consider, Rom:
First, more megapixels does not mean better images - with the smaller CCDs used in these prosumer cameras the photosites are so tiny (to cram 8-9 million of them in the space) that noise (basically false photosite reads from heat photons) is a greater issue than it is with 5 or 6 MP similar cameras.
Next, if you want the longer telephoto capability, your choices are obviously a bi more limited. I had the Lumix FZ20 - same focal range as the FZ30 but it was f2.8 throughout the range - and it was pretty nice. Also had a 5MP chip - not a real issue (I wasn't planning on making poster-sized prints using this camera).
However, to John's point - the problem I did have with the Lumix was the fraction-of-a-second time delay between my pressing the shutter button and the shutter actually firing. I imagine that if you are planning to use the longer telephoto end of the lens range, you are planning on nature or sports (or spying) shots that will require instant-click capability. For this reason, you might want to consider a DSLR and telephoto lens. Yes, it is likely more costly and heavier as well, but the larger CCD size means better quality images (a 6MP DSLR can produce nicer output than an 8MP prosumer unit) and film-camera-like shutter response.
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