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    Lightweight camera to take photos with zoom capacity.

    My trusty camcorder has a screen problem.

    I really miss the ability of taking zoomed in pictures of birds and other wildlife.

    Is there a camera that is lightweight and can zoom pretty far without the burden of a big add on lens?

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    Not lightweight but I love my LUMIX superzoom. I took it on safari and got pictures as good (or better) than my husband with his multiple long lenses.

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    This is a hard question to answer because it depends on what you consider lightweight, what your budget is, and the image quality you need. I have heard good things about the LUMIX ZS 100, particularly video quality. Unfortunately, I don't have real world experience with this model.

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    Why not just another camcorder? Seems like the zoom ranges on those were always better than the superzoom cameras.

    I have had several Lumix cameras in the past, I always liked the performance. They were larger bridge cameras though, I think there are newer pocket-size superzooms in the range now. I think Lumix still use Leica lenses as well.

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    Panasonic Lumix zs100 gets my vote! It's not super compact, but it'll easily slip into a bag. I take it with me for photos and videos at concerts and it's great.

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    I really like my Olympus TG-4 Tough camera. Small. Takes great photos. Rugged. Waterproof. Itís been replaced by the TG-5.

    Example photo on trip to Dry Tortugas NP last weekend.


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    My dad does a lot of wildlife photography with a Canon Powershot SX60 HS. It's remarkably lightweight, has an incredible zoom range, and takes excellent photos. It's not a physically tiny as some of the other options, but it's not nearly as bulky or heavy as dSLR.
    --Amanda

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