Hi am new to this group--My name is Sue and I live in Wyoming. I have had an Olympus C-750 and thought I was ready for the E-500 but after receiving found out it did not have the live preview screen that I thought it had. Thank goodness Samsclub.com took it back. Now I am looking for the best Digital Camera that is better than the C-750 that I just sold to my friend. I have been reading reviews for the Panasonic DMC-FZ30 but don't know if that is the best one. We live close to Yellowstone and love taking wildlife pictures. Also, flowers using the macro setting. I would appreciate your opinions. Thanks, Sue in Wyoming
Hi Sue, It's interesting in how the consumer (prosumer) digital camera has changed the way we approach photography. I just shot a series of photographs with a D200 at my dentist's office for his web site. I continuously found myself lowering the camera to look down through the non existent articulated viewfinder which I always used on my CoolPix 5000 and 8400. Those consumer cameras made it much easier to shoot casual unobtrusive photographs.
Getting back to your question, I'd recommend looking at consumer cameras from the camera manufacturers. Canon probably first, then Nikon and olympus.
I know exactly what you mean about the live preview screen, Sue. It's one of just a few things I'd like to see done differently on my Canon Digital Rebel.
If you liked the Olympus C-750, you might consider the Olympus E-330 which does feature a tiltable live preview screen. For more information than anyone really needs about this camera (it goes on for 28 web pages), visit this link:
I just happened to stumble across what might be the perfect solution. A company named Seculine has created the Zigview - a unit that slides onto your existing viewfinder giving you an angled LCD screen. This is apparently a very new product, since it's a little tough to find info, but the principle seems sound. From the look of it, it's a tiny live video image shot right through your viewfinder. Not cheap, but not outrageously expensive either, less than $300 can give ANY camers with a slide-off eyepiece (film cameras too!) a live video viewfinder.
This link gives a review:
This link lets you purchase one: