Need digital camera silent shutter for stage pictures (zoom a must)

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Need digital camera silent shutter for stage pictures (zoom a must)
May 14, 2014

I have missed too many good shots of my kids the last few years! (See that blur? That one's mine).

High school graduation and a lot of "lasts" coming next year. Need a good camera that will take pictures indoors and out (graduation in the stadium, choir, band & orchestra in the auditorium). Will need a good zoom (super zoom?)

My daughter is a pianist and I can't use a camera that makes a shutter sound during concerts, so a DSLR is out. (Some programs have actually stated "no 'snap' photography) Seriously took a Nikon D3300 to her last concert and took one picture. CLLLIICK! (Oops.) :/

Need a fast capture & display so I'll know if I need another shot! Would love to be able to take still photos while videotaping, too.

Liked the looks of the Nikon P600, but it seems to be slow to capture & show up on the screen. Canon SX50 felt wimpy (really, I have to raise the flash myself?) I like WIFI capability, but it's not a deal breaker (and the Nikon ap was a total dud.) Have a Panasonic Lumix point & shoot, but the zoom is only 8x.. not enough.

I am a TOTAL amateur (so obvious, right?), but want quality pictures. Would be willing to spend up to $800, but would prefer to keep it under $500.

So, basically I need a magic camera.

Advice? Thank you in advance!

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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Nikon Coolpix P600 Nikon D3300
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