ZR3, ZS5/7 or other for 'snapshooter'

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mackitten
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ZR3, ZS5/7 or other for 'snapshooter'
Dec 2, 2010

Thanks in advance for any thoughts

Looking for gift for 25 yo female living and working in Manhattan

I have been researching ones for myself for months and ended up 'requesting' a Panasomic Lumix LX5 (I love my DSLR and my prime 50mm but needed a new 'on the go option - I hope I love it!)

So my issue is I dont think what I was looking for and researching is so much relevant to what she would need and like.

She has had some sony cyber shots in the past and is fine with them.

I notice she just points and shoots and I think is happy to have pictures come out clear of her friends and less concerned that the colors are perfect or lighting correct.

Price - around $200 give or take
Needs to fit easily in purses to take about the city and out with friends

EASY TO USE - maybe switch or buttons for different modes that she can easily just pick - like nighttime or indoor/outdoor settings
Nice LCD screen
Extra 'fun' features I am sure she would like but not required
Takes nice, clear, in focus pictures

I have read about the

ZS7
ZS5
ZR3

worried the panasonic have too many manual options and not enough easy selections for her...? I want to get something nice that takes good pictures for her but I also want her to enjoy using it and not be overwhelmed by too many features that she isn't using

Any ideas, thoughts, other recommendations

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