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Dear sir, please suggest a digital camera within a budget of 12-13k INR which will be extensively used for landscape photography and macros well as day to day photography. I have short listed the Canon IXUS 230 HS (though itís a bit high priced for my budget), Nikon L810, Nikon L120, Canon SX160 IS and the newly released Sony DSC H100. I want manual modes on exposure, ISO, shutter speed, aperture and manual focus (though the last one is not of high priority), good optical zoom and fast accessibility with loads of features. Am more inclined towards the DSC H100 since itís a relatively new camera with very positive reviews over the web. Which one should I go for and is there any other model I missed out ?? Thanks in advance ..

Dear Soudipan

The delay is deeply regretted.

Your budget is good enough for the segment best Cameras, though increasing it slightly would get you even better choices.

Out of the above mentioned cameras, the Nikons & Canon IXUS 230HS do not offer manual control. The Sony & Canon SX160 are good choices, with the Sony feeling more like a proper DSLR. I'd rather suggest the Fujifilm S2980 (Rs.10999) or the Fujifilm S4500 (Rs.14499) offering 18x & 30x respectively. They look like DSLRs & offer full manual controls, as well as an Electronic Viewfinder (EVF). The detail levels of the same are mind blowing as well.

Considering your budget & the price of the Fujifilm Cameras, i think they would be the best bang for your buck.

Please feel free to get in touch in case of any further queries.



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