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From what my experience tells me, buying a new camera is much more of a troublesome job than buying any other product. The pixel count, aperture size, lens, zoom and what not only make matters worse. And to top it all every manufacturer offers more than one camera at around the same price point. So it’s not only company x’s camera vs company y’s camera but competition within the same brand as well. However if you’re looking for a decent camera under 10000 I’ve narrowed the search to the following cameras.

  • Panasonic Lumix FP5
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25
  • Sony DSC-W630
  • Canon Powershot SX 150 IS
  • Canon Powershot A3400 IS
  • Nikon Coolpix S6200

 

Panasonic Lumix FP5
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25
Canon Powershot SX 150 IS
Canon Powershot A3400 IS
Nikon Coolpix S6200
Sony DSC-W630
Announced
Jan 5, 2011
Jan 5, 2011
Aug 23, 2011
Feb 7, 2012
Aug 24, 2011
Body type
Ultracompact
Compact
Compact
Compact
Compact
Compact
Sensor
Max resolution
4320 x 3240
4608 x 3456
4320 x 3240
4608 x 3456
4608 x 3456
4608 x 3456
Effective pixels
14.1 megapixels
16.1 megapixels
14.1 megapixels
16.0 megapixels
16.0 megapixels
16.1 megapixels
Sensor size
1/2.33″ (6.08 x 4.56 mm)
1/2.33″ (6.08 x 4.56 mm)
1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
ISO
Auto, Hi Auto (1600-6400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Auto, Hi Auto (1600-6400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Auto, 80 ,100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Auto 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Auto 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Image
Focal length (equiv.)
35 – 140 mm
28 – 224 mm
28 – 336 mm
28 – 140 mm
25 – 250 mm
25 – 125 mm
Optical zoom
4×
8×
12×
5×
10×
5x
Manual focus
No
No
Yes
No
No
Screen
Screen size
3
2.7
3
3
2.7
2.7
Screen dots
230,000
230,000
230,000
230,000
230,000
230,000
Touch support
Yes
Yes
Optics
Maximum aperture
F3.5 – F5.9
F3.3 – F5.9
F3.4 – F5.6
F2.8 – F6.9
F3.2 – F5.6
F2.6 – F8.0
Minimum shutter speed
60 sec
60 sec
15 sec
15 sec
2 sec
Maximum shutter speed
1/1600 sec
1/1600 sec
1/2500 sec
1/2000 sec
1/1600 sec
Aperture priority
No
No
Yes
No
No
No
Shutter priority
No
No
Yes
No
No
Flash range
4.9 m
5.8 m
3 m
3 m
Video
Format
Motion JPEG
Motion JPEG
H.264
H.264
MPEG-4
Motion JPEG
Motion JPEG
Microphone
Mono
Mono
Stereo
Mono
Stereo
Mono
Resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
1280 x 720p (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps), 160 x 120 (15 fps)
1280 x 720 (25 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps)
1280 x 720p (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
(1,280 X 720 / 30fps), (640 X 480 / 30fps)
HDMI
No
No
No
No
Yes (Mini)
No
Battery
Battery
Battery Pack
Battery Pack
AA
Battery Pack
Battery Pack
Battery Pack
Battery Life (CIPA)
260
250
180
250
Physical
Weight (inc. batteries)
141 g
159 g
306 g
126 g
160 g
116 g

After looking at the specs you should be able to make up your mind. Just make note of a few things. A larger minimum shutter speed enables to capture low light scenarios (example night sky) better, while a smaller maximum shutter speed enables to capture fast movement better. Aperture priority is a setting on some cameras that allows the user to choose a specific aperture value while the camera selects a shutter speed to match. Shutter priority works similarly. The relationship between the focal length of the lens and the size of the imaging area (film plane or CCD array) determines the field of view of the camera.  If the focal length is smaller, the field of view is wider and vice versa.

So go ahead and choose what suits your needs the best.