dealssp-820 olympus 14-megapixel 40x optical-zoom…

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Plus one for a great zoom and a well-reviewed camera, but I have no interest in a camera without a viewfinder.

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All I use are Olympus cameras. My 80s Olympus still works.

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@moondrake: ... me too......i guess im showing my age....no viewfinder , no deal.

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The black model is $153, but the silver one is priced $136 !

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@moondrake: point and shoots are fine without a viewfinder, but this is more that a point and shoot.

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The image sensor size on this camera is 1/2.3 That is similar to cell phone cameras. You will get better pictures because of the nice lens, but not the kind of quality that you would blow up at all. Also having a high number of megapixels squished onto a small sensor will increase the level of noise in the pictures.
Also with it zoomed to 40x it will be about the equivalent of a 900mm to 1000mm zoom lens on a 35mm camera. That will get you close to some far away things!

If you just want an inexpensive camera to take slightly better pictures than you cell phone or smaller point and shoot, this will work well and you can't beat the price.

Here is some info about camera sensor size:
http://www.gizmag.com/camera-sensor-size-guide/26684/

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All my cameras are Olympuses too. I still use the Olympus Pen F 1/2 frame I bought new in 1967. (Yes, I know I'm older than dirt)

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@mfalco: That's being a little disingenuous with that statement. Most point and shoot cameras use a 1/2.3 sensor. Most cell phone cameras use a 1/3.2 which is roughly half the size of a 1/2.3 sensor. Take a look at almost the entire current Canon lineup. With the exception of the S110/120 and the G line, every other camera in their "High-end Advanced Digital Camera" section uses the 1/2.3 sized sensor. The same is true of most of Nikon's cameras as well.

Check here for a better comparison: http://cameraimagesensor.com/size/