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Digital Camera Recommendations, please

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by whusurdadi, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. whusurdadi

    whusurdadi Senior member

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    My wife wants to get a smaller digital camera to shlep around to take pics/videos of the kiddies - and my DSLR is just too big for her [​IMG]
    I haven't had a point and shoot in years, so I have no idea what's good currently...
    Any recommendations would be great - pm or post here!
    Thanks,
     
  2. Xericx

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    Canon SD780is. Love it. Takes HD video, tiny and holds a great charge with the batteries.
     
  3. dcg

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    Canon S90 and Panasonic DMC-LX3 are good options for smallish cameras with pretty good (for that sort of camera) lenses, though the sensors are not much better than the rest of the P&S market. If she doesn't require the faster lenses and manual controls, there are smaller options out there, though these two would be a good bet if you'll be using the camera once in a while and appreciate that sort of thing.

    There are also a few 4/3 cameras that have come out recently, but they're more pricey and have compromises that your wife may not want to deal with.
     
  4. Kyoung05

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    Here's a good review (albeit, from last year) of budget point and shoot cameras.

    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/Q408budgetgroup/

    I have the Panasonic DMC-LZ8 and, for my needs, it works really well. I like having the option of manual controls (in fact, I may even figure out how to use them one day), but if your wife wants a set-it and forget-it type of camera, maybe the Sony W120 is worth taking a look at.
     
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    dcg speaks the truth. i would go with the s90. good on just full auto and good to learn photography.
     
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    I use and like Nikon S500. I think they have come out with the newer version of this camera.
     
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    Second the LX3 and S90 recommendations...both are the best in the market for pocket sized cameras.

    Using an LX3 now and I'm still amazed @ the quality of the pics in good lighting, almost as good as my D5000 and it fits into my jacket pocket!
     
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    Get an IPhone 3GS. Lighter than any camera you can find and it records like a decent non HD video camera. [​IMG]
     
  9. Xericx

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    damn you all, now I want an S90.
     
  10. Joffrey

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    As someone who's used a cell phone camera as my primary camera for the past few years, I've considered making the plunge (getting used to lugging another object in my pocket) and buying a digital camera. I'm currently looking at the Canon Powershot Sx200IS and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25. 12x zoom isn't all that important (so I'm also going to look into the Canon SX110IS).

    Any other ideas? Ideally I would simply get a camera with a very good camera that would stand up in low light situations. I already know I would need a Xenon flash in my next camera. Lot's to think about it.
     
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    I have a Panasonic DMC-TZ5 that I use when I go climbing. Don't feel like lugging the Canon dSLR up 4,000+ ft of elevation gain at altitude. The TZ5 has a wide range, so wide angle and zoom are still possible (has 10x optical zoom).
     
  13. Joffrey

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    Looks like a pimp camera, but a bit too hardcore for me. I don't mind a normal point and shoot but I still would like the best possible image quality and low light/flash performance as possible, while being pocket friendly. I also like the Canon 780is in terms of looks and size, but looking at some reviews I'm a little too enlightened than I cared to be. So now, it's mostly off my list.

    However, I'm no serious photographer and will most likely use this photo for social occasions (at the bar, parties, etc.) Maybe a sporting event once or twice a year. So, should the image quality downsides of the 780is be a factor?
     
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    Slightly off topic, but does anyone think that the Canon s90 might go on sale with Black Friday? I'm eyeing it and hoping that there might be some price competition on it...
     
  15. SirSuturesALot

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    How long will it take for the S90 to fall below the $300 mark?
     
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    How long will it take for the S90 to fall below the $300 mark?

    Under $300? That's should be a while... I'm it moves under $400 on Black Friday. Most places seem to holding firm at or around MSRP.
     
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    Canon EOS 5D Mark II (body only)

    A great follow-up to the 5D and top-flight full-frame camera, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II delivers the fluid shooting experience and fine photos you expect from a professional model.

    Price:$2,199.95 - $2,899.00 (check prices)

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    Nikon D5000 (with 18-55mm lens)

    Nikon packs a lot of features, great performance, and good photo quality into the D5000, making it an excellent value for the money.

    Price:$651.89 - $849.99 (check prices)

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    Canon PowerShot S90

    As long as you're not expecting dSLR speed in a tiny body, the Canon PowerShot S90 is an excellent compact camera for advanced amateurs.

    Price:$399.00 - $429.99 (check prices)

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    Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 (with 20mm lens)

    The best interchangeable-lens compact we've see thus far, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 delivers great photo quality and performance in an enthusiast-friendly shooting experience.

    Price:$899.95 - $1,299.99 (check prices)

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    Kodak EasyShare Z915 (blue)

    When your budget won't stretch far, you don't have a lot of choices. Among the handful of decent digital cameras less than $200, the Kodak EasyShare Z915 will fill your camera needs without emptying your wallet.

    Price:$154.95 - $199.99 (check prices)

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    Really? We're recommending DSLRs for a guy who wants a pocket camera?

    If your only goal with a point and shoot is to take relatively close up pics of your kids, get on eBay and find an older Canon somewhere in the range of 5MP. Seriously. More MPs would ostensibly allow you to make larger prints, but you're probably not making prints at all. 5MP would give you a quality 8.5x11 anyway, so the print aspect is irrelevant.

    What is relevant, however, is that point and shoots in the 10MP range lose color sensitivity. The lenses are too small to capture enough light in each megapixel to yield a rich, vivid image. The zoom on a point and shoot is useless past about 10x too because it requires a tripod, which defeats the purpose of a point and shoot.

    Here's a useful chart for those of you concerned with print size: http://www.lesjones.com/posts/005446.shtml


    Also, since it was brought up, I'll also say that the Canon 50D is a monumental waste of money for someone just getting into DSLRs. DSLR bodies are obsolete after about two years because the price point for higher MP bodies is constantly on the decline (MPs matter with DSLRs because the lenses are big enough to capture enough light). DSLR lenses, on the other hand, won't be obsolete for at least a decade, probably longer. For somebody just getting started, the majority of their money should be invested in two or three quality lenses. Buy a Rebel T1i, preferably used, if you can get a good price. You won't be printing much, and unless you're using your television as a computer monitor, the lower resolution won't mean a thing. In about five years, 60+ MP DSLRs will be available at casual consumer prices, which will render bodies like the 50D about as useful as a Diana (actually less so, because Dianas at least have an interesting, unique character).
     
  18. Joffrey

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    Damn, I hate doing my research before buying stuff. Now I want the s90.
     
  19. tundrafour

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    I recently purchased a Ricoh GR Digital II. It's quite small and low profile compared to most digital cameras of a similar size: [​IMG] Image quality is, in my opinion, good, but on the noisy side. The best part of the camera, though, is its flexibility. It has a decent automatic setting but can also be controlled completely manually (aperture, shutter speed, focus, etc.) if needed. It seems to be popular among Leica enthusiasts looking for something a bit cheaper and that stands out a bit less. A couple of pictures I took with it: [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  20. Joffrey

    Joffrey Senior member

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    After some more research, I'm interested in:
    1. Canon Powershot S90
    2. Fuji Finepix F200EXR
    3. Sony Cybershot DSC WX1
    4. Sony Cybershot DSC TX1
    5. Fuji Finepix F100D

    All between $350-400. All quite compact.
     

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