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What is the best camera under £150?

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I have a fuji z10fd, wanting to upgrade, any particular great deals on cameras better than the one I have?

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On the basis that by better you mean having the ability to exert more control over the end result then there's not much choice in the budget available. The normal recommendation of a Panasonic TZ4 is not really appropriate as, although it does have a choice of metering modes (including spot) it does not have any semi auto or manual exposure modes at all.

So, after a bit of head scratching, I've concluded that probably one of the best options would be the Fujifilm S8000FD at £129.99 + £5.99 delivery from ukdigitalcameras here ukdigitalcameras.co.uk/pro…119
Here's a brief synopsis:

18x optical zoom with true wide-angle to telephoto
Face Detection technology
CCD-shift image stabilisation
16 scene modes
2.5-inch LCD monitor
AA batteries with up to 400 shots
Up to 15 fps high speed shooting

Plus full manual exposure, shutter and aperture priority modes too.

That huge zoom range should cover pretty much every eventuality plus close up mode (down to 1cm).

Full specification on Fuji's website here fujifilm.co.uk/con…ecs

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On the basis that by better you mean having the ability to exert more … On the basis that by better you mean having the ability to exert more control over the end result then there's not much choice in the budget available. The normal recommendation of a Panasonic TZ4 is not really appropriate as, although it does have a choice of metering modes (including spot) it does not have any semi auto or manual exposure modes at all.So, after a bit of head scratching, I've concluded that probably one of the best options would be the Fujifilm S8000FD at £129.99 + £5.99 delivery from ukdigitalcameras here http://www.ukdigitalcameras.co.uk/prod.asp?i=4119Here's a brief synopsis:18x optical zoom with true wide-angle to telephotoFace Detection technologyCCD-shift image stabilisation16 scene modesOnly about 1 megapixel more than the Z10fd, does the incredible zoom make up for it? Would this be a decent camera to take pictures of the landscape with? 2.5-inch LCD monitorAA batteries with up to 400 shotsUp to 15 fps high speed shootingPlus full manual exposure, shutter and aperture priority modes too.That huge zoom range should cover pretty much every eventuality plus close up mode (down to 1cm).Full specification on Fuji's website here http://www.fujifilm.co.uk/consumer/digital/digital-cameras/d-slr-long-zoom/finepix-s8000/Specs

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Only about 1 megapixel more than the Z10fd, does the incredible zoom make up for it? Would this be a decent camera to take pictures of the landscape with?

That was my message.

As in my PM:

Don't worry about MP counts at all. I use an Olympus DSLR with 8 MP and it's more than I'll ever need. The latest compacts with 14MP are there simply as a marketing ploy to sell new cameras to customers who already have the ideal equipment for their needs. In a compact camera anything over 6-8MP is a waste of time due to the very small sensor size. What matters here is the density of pixels on the sensor; when there are too many they are so close together that interference results. Manufacturers attempt to solve this by ever more tricky software in camera but they're papering over the cracks.
There is a case with DSLRs for fairly high MP counts, say up to 12-14MP but only if there's a regular need for prints larger than A3 size.

Yes, this would be a good camera for landscapes. You have all the ingredients, the ability to assume manual control, a decent wide angle end to the zoom range and an infinite number of zoom steps up to extreme telephoto to pick out details.
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