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    Camera suggestions

    Well, it's time for another one of those annoying camera suggestion questions.

    I'm looking for suggestions for a new camera to take on bike trips. I currently have a Sony WSC 120 (4X zoom, 7.2 MP, 1080 HD). It took great pics till I dropped it one time too many so now I'm looking to replace it.

    I think I would like something with more zoom, say at least 10X. I would consider more but my research seems to indicate that the 20X and 24X cameras have issues with picture quality at higher zooms.

    I'm clumsy so image stabilization would help me take better pics (fewer blurry pics?).

    Something with at least 7 mp so they can be enlarged. 1080HD would be nice.

    Obviously, as small as possible, for space considerations and as rugged as possible (note fate of last camera). It needs to be easy to use because I'm not too smart either.

    I would prefer to keep the cost under $350.

    Please feel free to correct any misconceptions I may have regarding any of the above requirements and I look forward to your recommendations.
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    I bought one of these a few months back, takes excellent pics and HD video, I am very happy. Has most of what you are looking for, incl stabilization, and has a wide 25mm lens on the low side. Personally I find a wide lens much more useful than a super zoom.

    http://www2.panasonic.com/consumer-e...3S?loomia_si=1

    Good reviews on this too.

    If you want to check out some camers reviews, try Steve's digicam web site, I find it very helpful.

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    I have a new Cannon D-10 waterproof, shock resistant, cold loving camera.
    I am looking forward to wearing it on rainy rides and taking pics.
    But in the mean time I'm going to go snorkeling with it in Cancun next week
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    Quote Originally Posted by SheRidesABeemer View Post
    I have a new Cannon D-10 waterproof, shock resistant, cold loving camera.
    I am looking forward to wearing it on rainy rides and taking pics.
    But in the mean time I'm going to go snorkeling with it in Cancun next week
    I'll pass on the snorkelingthing, but the D-10 rides well in the rain, takes halfway decent movies, can be operated with a gloved hand, and you can't possibly jam the lens with bugs like my poor Canon D470 (R.I.P.).

    As always, YouTube compression artifacts are a killer -- this was taken last fall when I got the D-10.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwbXRcLUVaI
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    I bought one of these...pffog
    +1. The Lumix ZS3 is an amazing camera.

    Here's a shot my wife took with hers, in the Shaba Reserve, Kenya with the lens fully stretched out (12X):



    The Leopard was guarding a Gerenuk which it had just taken, and stached high up in a big tree.

    The little Lumix is as capable as my Nikon SLR with Nikkor 200 mm lens.
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    Anything you wanna know about any camera just look here.

    http://www.dpreview.com/

    Even has sample images and 'street' reviews...

    Ya can't go wrong here.
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    here's another recently updated thread..

    http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthread.php?t=32708

    personally I really like the idea of one of the totally water-weather/shock proof ones now available, rainy day shots can be awesome esp. one including your bike when you're out riding. People who see the shots will soon know just how crazy we really are!

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    Not to hijack this thread, but, tommcgee, I checked out your video. How do you mount your camera on your bike?

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    I think I got the mount from Aerostich. It's not a perfect solution, but the guys I ride with NEVER stop and I wouldn't get any trip pictures without it. For video, the less the camera weighs, the better.

    I'd strongly recommend using a waterproof camera with a mount like this, more for bugs than water. I destroyed a Canon A470 and a Canon G10 lens mechanism with bugs. That's why I bought the Canon D10.





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    "Running Out The Clock" grafikfeat's Avatar
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    Another solution...

    Shoots stills at a pre-determined interval or video.
    Comes in a waterproof housing.

    The HeroCam. Nice results.

    Listed/discussed a million places on here.

    HeroCam w/ Ram Mount.

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    rocketman
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrafikFeat View Post
    Another solution...

    Shoots stills at a pre-determined interval or video.
    Comes in a waterproof housing.

    The HeroCam. Nice results.

    Listed/discussed a million places on here.

    HeroCam w/ Ram Mount.
    Interesting, I have looking at a weather-proof digital that has a feature for timed exposures that you set to be taken every 10 seconds up 5 minute intervals. Less bulk than a camera with a water-proof housing so it slips nicely into your pocket at the end of the ride.
    Can't find the info on the brand at the moment but if I do, I'll post it.
    RM

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