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Question by Mic: Best camera for Traveling lightly and for concerts?
Okay so im looking for a camera thats compact so i can take it to concerts and travel lightly with. Any suggestions?

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Answer by Elvis
my suggestion
go to the links below for help

http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-camera-buying-guide/

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/dap_10153_12605_DAP_Holiday+Splurge+Camera?adCell=W3

http://www.bestbuy.com/site//olspage.jsp?id=pcmcat157400050015&type=category

http://www.adorama.com/alc/

http://www.pcworld.com/article/125645/how_to_buy_a_digital_camera.html

http://www.informationweek.com/news/personal_tech/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=206501781

http://www.dynamicgraphics.com/dgm/Article/28819

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/compare.asp

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  • This a second TZ5 I have. I bought a first one (blue) in April of this year and used it for two weeks before my wife dropped it on a plush carpet and it immediately showed ‘lens error.’ I was very disappointed and I previously was very disappointed in TZ3 low light photos, so I decided not to bother with Panasonic TZ5. However, I decided to try my luck again, after I collected a bunch of gift cards and needed to buy something. This time I got a silver model. I just took them to Madonna concert and I was very very pleased with results.

    1) I did buy two additional extended life batteries on ebay 1400mA each. The original one is 1000mah. I got used to my Fuji F30 doing 500-600 shots per charge with no problems, so I am spoiled and wanted fresh batteries. However, I did not need them at the concert. I took about 370 photographs and 5 videos about 5 minute length, and my TZ still shows two bars! I did not use flash but I did do a lot of zooming and reviewing. Looks like I will be able to squeeze 400+ photos on the original battery which is superb!

    2) Ability to set a minimum shutter speed is priceless for application such as a concert where you need to zoom all the way. I just selected 1/60 minimum shutter speed, Auto ISO, H focus and I got some great shots with these. If I did not have the minimum shutter speed, I would have not been able to take pictures that I did at the concert.

    3) Display is very nice

    4) True wide angle (not just crops the frame)

    5) extended optical zoom

    6) auto red eye removal

    7) ISO 400 is now useful!!!

    What can I wish for? I guess 12-14X zoom instead of 10X zoom and little optical viewfinder. Shutter and Aperture Priority.

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5A 9.1MP Digital Camera with 10x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom
    Price: $ 219.95
    http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-DMC-TZ5A-Digital-Optical-Stabilized/dp/B0011Z6D9U/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&s=photo&qid=1241018740&sr=1-9&tag=commentglitte-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325

  • If you are really on a budget and want the best quality for the money, check out the P&S Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 [with a Leica lense] which has more features than most pro DSLRs that require auxiliary lenses not even equal to the single initial full-range lense that comes with the FZ28. It is reviewed at:

    http://www.steves-digicams.com/2008_reviews/panasonic_fz28.html

    It just came out on November 4, 2008.

    It’s an all-in-one 10.1 megapixel digital camera which includes (i) built-in image stabilization; (ii) HD720 quality video [Quicktime] which permits zooming while videoing skateboarding, action sports; (iii) a 18x zoom [27 – 486 mm (35mm equiv.)] “Leica” lense for nature and concert photography; (iv) up to 0.39 inch macro option; (v) up to 6400 ASA; (vi) takes up to 380 pictures per 120 min. battery charge; (vii) has a “burst speed” of 13 fps; and sells new for $ 270 at amazon.com. in the U.S.

    Here’s an actual handheld picture of the moon:

    http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/bf/1b/a83ac060ada0881604bad110.L.jpg

    Good luck!