Best camera under $400- Olympus C-765 Ultra Zoom?

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by Buck, Feb 19, 2005.

  1. Buck

    Buck Guest

    Hi, I'm looking for the best digital camera I can buy under $400, can
    anyone recommend one? In the Nov 2004 issue of Consumer Reports the
    Olympus C-765 seems to be one of the best. It's advantages are 10x
    optical zoom. I only need a 4 megapixel camera, any more is not
    necessary. I would like one with at least 8X optical zoom.

    The battery on the Olympus C-765 lasts 2 hours which is ok, but some
    of the disadvantages with this camera is that it doesn't take double
    AA batteries which I would like, in case your somewhere and then your
    rechargable battery runs out and you'd wish you could just buy a
    couple of double AA's somewhere to keep taking pictures. The other
    disadvantage is no image stabilization which I would like. Can anyone
    recommend at least a good 8X camera with image stabilization under
    $400? Also, one that is not too big and bulky. Thanks for any help.
     
    Buck, Feb 19, 2005
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  2. Buck

    Pete Fenelon Guest

    The 770 (very slightly upmarket of the 765) was one of my final
    candidates when I chose a new camera last year. It was nice and compact,
    looked and felt good, was simple to use, gave good images, and had a
    pretty versatile lens, but the lack of IS was a problem given the amount
    of long-zoom or low-light photography I do.
    If you can't afford a Konica-Minolta A series or a Panasonic FZ-20 (I'm
    not sure what US prices are these days), have a look at the K-M Z-series or
    the Panasonic FZ-4 or FZ-5. Less versatile and flexible than their
    "big brothers"...

    Or, wait for Canon to replace the S1 IS... which is cheap, but only has
    3 megapixels.

    pete
     
    Pete Fenelon, Feb 20, 2005
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  3. Buck

    Buck Guest

    Thanks for your suggestions. I can't find the Panasonic FZ10 almost
    anywhere and the two places that carry it have it at $450. The
    Konica-Minolta Z3 looks good, it is 4 megapixels, has 12 optical zoom
    with image stabilization, and also accepts double AA's. The only bad
    thing is Consumer Reports rates the Konica Z2 with "Very Good" picture
    quality as opposed to "Excellent" with many of the other cameras, so
    it seems like it's a notch below the others. I don't know if this
    would also apply to the Z3.
     
    Buck, Feb 20, 2005
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  4. Buck

    Pete Fenelon Guest

    The FZ-10 is obsolete now, and has been replaced by the FZ-20. You'll
    only find old stock! Of course, an FZ-10 on Ebay would meet your needs
    perfectly - 4 megapixels, 35-420mm zoom, and lovely Leica glass.
    (please don't top post)

    The K-M Z range isn't as good as the A range (there's no point in
    it being; K-M can get a premium for the increased quality and use Zs for
    point'n'shoot photographers or as a taster for the more expensive
    cameras) - or (IMHO) the Panasonic or Olympus cameras of comparable
    zoom. But they're about the cheapest way of getting long zoom and
    stabilisation...

    pete
     
    Pete Fenelon, Feb 20, 2005
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  5. Buck

    Buck Guest

    By the way the FZ-4 and FZ-5 look good but they're no where to be
    found. Do you know how much they cost or any places that carry them?
     
    Buck, Feb 20, 2005
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  6. Buck

    Pete Fenelon Guest

    But "only" 3 megapixels, so you're going to have to be careful if you
    want prints from it.


    pete
     
    Pete Fenelon, Feb 20, 2005
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  7. Buck

    cyclone Guest

    Only just recently announced. Not sure of the street dates but you won't
    find one yet.

    Tony
     
    cyclone, Feb 21, 2005
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