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    What is a good P&S?

    I know this question has come up a few times before, but the answers go out of date so fast as the number of models in production diminishes.

    I am looking for suggestions for a 35mm P&S camera for my father. It will mainly be used while he is out walking - day trips or the walking holidays my parents go on regularly.

    Criteria are that it is small, light weight, simple to operate. Zoom is needed as it will be used to take pictures of landscapes, portraits, and close-ups of flowers (being realistic, not expecting anything close to true macro, but a close-up mode so the camera doesn't keep trying to focus on the distant mountain rather than the wild flowers in the foreground). Ideally a zoom range of 28-90mm or thereabouts.

    After buying a piece of junk at short notice from ebay when his previous camera broke 10 days before going on holiday, I want something brand new, with full instructions, and a guarantee. He is not interested in D......l, don't even suggest it

    Canon Sureshot Z90U is about the best I've seen, but the lower zoom range starts at 38mm and wider would be better. Money is not necessarily an object so if there is something expensive that most retailers wouldn't stock, suggest away!

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    Ian

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    The Pentex IQs are still around, new old stock, as well as used.

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    Ahhhhh zoom, the killer of all my recomendations. The Olympus Sylus Epic is still in production but curse that fixed lens.
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    I've had an Olympus Stylus zoom for about 10 years now. Love it. It can pass for a Real Camera<tm>. Still running strong. I think they still have at least one version of this available new.

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    Olympus mju zoom 105. Great reliable little camera.

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    yashica T4 without the data-back
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    Yes, I also love the Olympus Stylus Epic. It came in handy when I was in China and my 35mm SLR stopped working.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmr View Post
    I've had an Olympus Stylus zoom for about 10 years now. Love it. It can pass for a Real Camera<tm>. Still running strong. I think they still have at least one version of this available new.
    Yes, you're right. It's still available new. I took mine on a trip around the USA and with 400 speed color print film I got some great results. It was refreshing not to have to lug around a heavy camera bag for once.

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    ....the one that's in your pocket!
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    Seems like lots of people like the Olympus. I can get a Olympus mju-III Zoom 80 or 120 new. Only opens up to 38mm at the wide end, but there doesn't seem to be anything wider with a zoom lens. All of the 28-xx models have been discontinued, presumably because it sounds better to offer a longer telephoto focal length than a few extra mm at the wide end. The weather proof design is a useful feature.

    Close focus is 60cm, which is about as good as it gets with this type of camera. How fast and accurate is the auto-focus? As far as I can tell there is no dedicated close-up mode unlike the Canon Sureshot. Is this likely to cause difficulties if the camera is being regularly used close to its minimum focus limit?

    Ian

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