Best advanced P&S for under $300?

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    What is the best P&S camera for under $300? I am going to be using it for outdoor and scenery photography mostly. I want it to have some good features and be the next best thing to a DSLR. I also want SD compatibility.
     
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    Well, I've always been a fan of Fuji's compact cameras, as they make good lenses for them, so I would recommend the outdated, but still fantastic, Fujifilm Finepix F50fd. 10 megapixels, 2.7" screen, face detection, ISO 3200 maximum, great movie recording, and a ton of other features. It's also about $200, so you can spend on the "essentials" you need (memory card, case, etc).

    Or, if you're willing to go a bit over budget, the Fujifilm Finepix F100fd. 12mp, 5X optical wide-angle zoom, ISO 12,800 at 3mp (yes, you read that right), image stabilization, etc etc etc. The F100 is $380, though.

    Enjoy!
     
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    I don't believe i said it was better than anything. I made one recommendation.
     
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    I owned the S3IS aned loved it. It helped me learn alot of the basics of photography before upgrading. It resembled a dslr in many aspects, so im sure the S5IS would be a great camera too.
     
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    I 2nd that. I use to have one.
     
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    i got m S5600, for $130 and its brilliant, but i alerady want an upgrade to a full dSLR,

    in my opinion go with something cheaper because you will most likely want to upgrade soon!
     
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    The S5IS is a great little camera, and was my medium of choice for learning the mechanical aspects of photography.

    And I still keep it with me when I can't bring my DSLR, or when I need a longer zoom (I only have a 17-55mm lens at the moment).

    For a couple of hundred quid, I can't fault it.
     
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    Hey, Rogan! So you went with the S5600? Or was it the 5700 or the 6500? Hehe, either way, hope you're enjoying it!!!

    And I would really agree with Rogan. Try and limit yourself to what is "good enough", as you'll most likely want to upgrade to a proper DSLR once you've played about with the manual settings.
     
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    kodak vs. canon...
    IMO canon is always the victor in that battle.
    im basing this on minimal experience with P&S models from both companies.

    *EDIT* i realize i made a pretty general statement above, but from initial handling of a couple different models (none if which have been mentioned yet), and pics taken...so im not sure my quick vote for canon is even relevant...lol...disregard if need be :)
     
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    yeah i did, because it was the cheapest, and wasnt that much differant to the 5700/5800, and i figured i knew id want to upgrade when i had the money, so the S5600 is easy to sell on for the price i bought it, so was a good buy until i can afford a 20D or D70
     

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