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Best Point & Shoot / SLR type camera?

post #1 of 12
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Can anyone recommend me a good cross between a point & shoot / SLR camera? I like how sick SLR's are, but they're too bulky imo and not very easy to carry around. Looking for a high quality point & shoot I guess.

Was looking at getting a canon g12. Any have any recommendations?
post #2 of 12

I'm no camrea expert, but I think what you're describing is referred to as a 'bridge camera'.

post #3 of 12
nikon v1 & j1 are cool.
i have a leico d-lux that allows me to do some manual things when i don't want to take out my nikon slr...
post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by AndyMG View Post

I'm no camrea expert, but I think what you're describing is referred to as a 'bridge camera'.

Awesome. Thanks. This will aid in my hunt!
post #5 of 12
mirrorless.
post #6 of 12
Sony NEX-5N sounds like what you want. A good blend of point and shoot and SLR. Or simply NEX-5 which is only 400$.
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Sony NEX-5N sounds like what you want. A good blend of point and shoot and SLR. Price is 700$

Cool. Noted.

The g12 has got a lot of good reviews and is sub-$400. I was hoping to spend under $500.

Thanks for your reply
post #8 of 12
the fuji x10 is $500. i think it's the best executed fuji x-series so far, and the sensor is fairly good despite its small size. iso 400 looks ok.
post #9 of 12
I'm still very happy with my lumix lx5
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mirrorless.

Agreed, I've been extremely impressed with a used Lumix GF1 I picked up a couple weeks ago.
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the fuji x10 is $500. i think it's the best executed fuji x-series so far, and the sensor is fairly good despite its small size. iso 400 looks ok.

+1. The X10 takes lovely photos. The hybrid viewfinder is not as good as the one in the X100, but then the X100 is a) twice the price; b) has a fixed lens (so no zoom); and c) is larger.

I took my X10 on a recent overseas trip and it served me very well. It's bigger than a point-and-shoot and the non-retractable lens means that it isn't compact, but it still fitted into a jacket pocket and took much, much better photos than a compact camera. Controls are great and it works well in auto, semi-manual and full manual modes. It turns on very quickly and shoots very quickly, too, which is great when taking family shots (as kids move so quickly!).
post #12 of 12
I got rid of the midpoint between P&S cameras and SLRs. I have a smartphone that takes pretty nice photos and I have an SLR for when I want quality photos.

You can always get an SLR with a 1.6 crop and a minimal zoom lens. Most of the big lenses you see people carrying are for crazy zooms. With the amount of pixels cameras have now, you can be zoomed out and have the photo cropped in a computer and it'll still look nice.

Also with the SLR, you can always upgrade to better lens with higher zooms. It'll last you longer in the long run.
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