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Mar 11, 2019 19:00:15   #
dino21
 
My wife and I are going on trip to Reno/Tahoe and then on up to Crater Lake this summer. I have a Nikon D7200 but want to get her something easy to use that will take great pictures. She is very new to photography and would like something easy to use. I want to buy her something that she will be able to use right away yet she will be able to use and not outgrow to fast. I also want something that has a normal viewfinder and has an integrated lense/zoom on it. What are your feelings on this camera? OR is there something else you would recommend?

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Mar 11, 2019 19:02:47   #
PixelStan77 (a regular here)
 
dino21 wrote:
My wife and I are going on trip to Reno/Tahoe and then on up to Crater Lake this summer. I have a Nikon D7200 but want to get her something easy to use that will take great pictures. She is very new to photography and would like something easy to use. I want to buy her something that she will be able to use right away yet she will be able to use and not outgrow to fast. I also want something that has a normal viewfinder and has an integrated lense/zoom on it. What are your feelings on this camera? OR is there something else you would recommend?
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Dino...What is your budget?

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Mar 11, 2019 19:04:57   #
PixelStan77 (a regular here)
 
dino21 wrote:
My wife and I are going on trip to Reno/Tahoe and then on up to Crater Lake this summer. I have a Nikon D7200 but want to get her something easy to use that will take great pictures. She is very new to photography and would like something easy to use. I want to buy her something that she will be able to use right away yet she will be able to use and not outgrow to fast. I also want something that has a normal viewfinder and has an integrated lense/zoom on it. What are your feelings on this camera? OR is there something else you would recommend?
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At $300 it has great features.
The Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 is a superzoom bridge camera for photographers on a budget. It features a small, 1/2.33-inch sensor with a resolution of 18MP. A massive lens system in the Panasonic FZ80 provides a focal length range between 20-1200mm (35mm film equivalent) and a whopping 60x zoom.

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Mar 11, 2019 19:10:16   #
PHRubin (a regular here)
 
If you want one pocketable you might consider the DC-ZS70

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Mar 11, 2019 19:13:51   #
dino21
 
My budget is around 350.00

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Mar 11, 2019 19:18:47   #
dino21
 
PHRubin wrote:
If you want one pocketable you might consider the DC-ZS70
Yes this looks like something I may be interested in...Thx!

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Mar 11, 2019 19:48:50   #
Bill Munny
 
I got one of these for my daughter at Christmas. I took the time to download the manual and went thru it with her. I know, data overload. But she is 40 and has taken some great photos and she loves it. No more cell phone pics, but it is not a pocket camera. She does a lot of HDR merge. Simple camera to operate from the start and has many more advanced features to try out. She loves it!!

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Mar 12, 2019 06:12:47   #
Chris T
 
dino21 wrote:
My wife and I are going on trip to Reno/Tahoe and then on up to Crater Lake this summer. I have a Nikon D7200 but want to get her something easy to use that will take great pictures. She is very new to photography and would like something easy to use. I want to buy her something that she will be able to use right away yet she will be able to use and not outgrow to fast. I also want something that has a normal viewfinder and has an integrated lense/zoom on it. What are your feelings on this camera? OR is there something else you would recommend?
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I bought the predecessor a while back - the FZ-70 … great camera! - picked it up for just $280. It has the widest short end of ALL bridges!!!! … And, the FZ-80 in which you're interested, Dino - even has a Touch Screen … a great plus … as well as having a higher res sensor than the one I have. Be aware, though - that model has also been updated. The latest one is the FZ-82 …

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Mar 12, 2019 08:14:53   #
edhjr
 
The Panasonic zs70 is a great little camera. I mostly shoot big Nikons and still use my zs70 at events/parties, I use it when doing things with the grandkids, school events, concerts, plus as a backup. I most always have it with me because "stuff happens". can shoot fully automatic, fully manual or somewhere in between depending on circumstances. My wife has the previous model and two of our adult kids have the even earlier versions. All in use! Great camera!

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Mar 12, 2019 08:54:46   #
lamontcranston
 
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Mar 12, 2019 09:56:29   #
jdub82 (a regular here)
 
The reviews of the Lumix FZ80 are very good. It is an outstanding value at $300.00. One thing to consider is that this would be a good travel camera for you as well, should you ever decide to leave the DSLR at home on a long trip. Yes, the ZS70 will fit in a coat pocket, but the overall value of what you get with the FZ80 is excellent.

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Mar 12, 2019 10:40:41   #
StanMac (a regular here)
 
As Chris mentioned, the FZ80’s wide angle end is a great advantage. Most bridge cameras just don’t have the wide angle reach for those interior shots or sweeping vistas one encounters in traveling. I’m thinking of replacing my Canon SX50 with the FZ80 for that reason.

Stan

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Mar 12, 2019 13:28:54   #
regularguy55
 
Your suggestion is an excellent model, but not knowing your budget, sensor and body size concerns, image quality concerns, etc. all others can do is generalize. You mention a certain bridge camera but one may deduce from a general request possible recommendations for even point and shoots. The considerations of different features may drive your selection. I would make a general suggestion to consider sensor size, type viewfinder (and its capability in bright lights), zoom range, etc. As far as zoom, keep in mind that if you want extreme zooms (generally 600+) then hand held gets more difficult and most require tripod or steady bag for acceptable pics. In my search for similar equipment, I found there to be very few photos, perhaps 1 of 20, that I even considered keeping if the zoom was 600+ and handheld. I opted for the Lumix FZ1000 for several of above concerns, 4K and Time Lapse, and the 5 Axis Image Stabilization it offered. The Lumix line does have exceptional viewfinders in my opinion and if your wife is not accustomed to lcd screen shooting the viewfinder is often easier to use unless one is happy to shoot with a pocket phone camera system. I determined years back to keep my search in such matters concentrated on what my wife wants/likes as opposed to what I or others thought made more sense from my perspective. Good luck in your search.

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Mar 12, 2019 13:38:52   #
mffox
 
PHRubin wrote:
If you want one pocketable you might consider the DC-ZS70


I will second that! I think the ZS70 is a great little camera.

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Mar 12, 2019 14:07:00   #
Chris T
 
StanMac wrote:
As Chris mentioned, the FZ80’s wide angle end is a great advantage. Most bridge cameras just don’t have the wide angle reach for those interior shots or sweeping vistas one encounters in traveling. I’m thinking of replacing my Canon SX50 with the FZ80 for that reason.

Stan


Thanks, Stan … the range the FZ-70/FZ-80/FZ-82 gets with the 20-1200 zoom, is quite staggering. And, the great bright VF does an excellent job at reigning it all in, too. But, Stan - if you're used to the Canon Powershot series - you owe it to yourself to look at the later models in that series. They both have 21-1365 range, and the only difference in the later one (SX-70 HS) is improvements in both Res and throughput. However, the later model - despite all the extra features, apparently, does not handle high ISOs as well as the earlier SX-60 HS. Since, they're both selling at the same price, right now - you're better off with the 60!

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