Best camera for a civil war reenactor

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Jeff B NJ
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Best camera for a civil war reenactor
9 months ago

Hi All,

I have a different combination of hobbies - photography and civil war reenacting. For years I have been taking a Canon Elph with me out on the field. You can see examples of my work on our unit's website http://www.14NJVols.com,  As a regular camera I use a Olympus Pen E-PL5. Which while fairly compact, is not quite unobtrusive/flexible enough to take out on the field.  Plus it is more expensive than I am willing to risk.

Features I am looking for are as follows:

unobtrusive - people don't want to notice somebody in the ranks carrying a camera - so a big 35mm dslr is out. A black body is best, no shiny bits to attract attention.

fairly rugged - I am marching / running all over a field, camping in a tent. Doesn't need to be bullet proof, I"m not slamming it on the ground, but plan on carrying it in my haversack - think the civil war equivalent of a messenger bag.

Fast auto focus. I want to point and shoot and put the camera away. While in camp I can take advantage of all the camera's features but on the field its auto all the way. If you look at my photos you will see it is a mix of both.

Under $500. That Fuji better blow everyone else away for me to really consider it.

I've been looking at a number of different cameras

in no particular order:

1. Sony DSC-HX50V/B 20mp 30xzoom $302

2. Panasonic DMC-ZS25 16.1MP 20Xzoom $188 in silver

3. Canon Powershot SX-20 12MP 20X Zoom $188

4. Olympus XZ-2 12MP 4X Zoom $300

5. Fuji X-20 12MP 4X Zoom $499

6. Panasonic DMC-LX7K 10MP 3.8 Zoom $300

What advice can everyone give me?

 Jeff B NJ's gear list:Jeff B NJ's gear list
Olympus PEN E-PL5 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm 1:4-5.6 Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F4-5.6 OIS Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 II R Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm 1:1.8
Olympus PEN E-PL5
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