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Point and Shoot

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by mrjester, Jul 16, 2013.

  1. mrjester

    mrjester Senior member

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    Looking for a bit of advice. In about a month, I'll probably purchase a camera. All I have now is my girlfriends pink point and shoot from maybe late 2000's and my tablet/phone camera.

    Price range is sub-$300 preferably. What's the best I can get within that range? What options should I answer so you know what I want? Just looking for the basic, take pictures of family, clothing, etc.

    Thanks guys.
     
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    Nikon COOLPIX P510 ?
     
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    as for cheaper ones I have a Sony Cybershot and its pretty good...all the sub $200 ones are about the same quality (cybershot, cool pix et al) hard to find a really bad camera these days.
     
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    That's really better than the Coolpix?

    I know nothing about cameras. The last one I had was in 2009 and I dropped it in Europe, so haven't had one since - been punishing myself.
     
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    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You can get some decent used DSLR's for a bit above 300. Think of it as getting a used Kiton suit in excellent condition instead of a new suit from Calvin Klein.

    and that's giving PaS's too much credit (I could've gone with Men's Wearhouse)
     
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    dude that blows a coolpix away. Its a MILC camera. its like a cross between a point and shoot and a SLR, it does both but is almost as small mas a PAS.

    the most important thing with any camera is the lens. and this has one of the best.

    plus its made by or for leica and has that great classic leica styleing. that is to say: it looks cool.
     
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    I've seen the S100 (or whatever follows the S90-S95) come below 300 on sale...maybe its the S105 now.

    Really a great line of P&S cameras.

    Just looked it up, looks like amazon has the S100 for 300 and the S110 (no such thing as an s105) for 350. My S95 is great, and my dad--who is a professional photographer--doesn't carry anything besides his S90 or my mom's S95 when he travels. I paid $230 on a crazy sale, but I think I saw an S100 for maybe 250-275 on slickdeals recently.

    I'm happy with my camera so I haven't been following them much lately...I think I might have read something about people actually preferring the S100 to the S110 (or maybe it was the S95 to the S100, but the S110 is better than both). Either way, I love the little things (which really are little enough to go in a pocket, but take better photos than most much larger cameras)
     
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    I wouldn't know the first thing about SLR. I really have no business owning one. I would love it but then follows the advanced things I have no business being around.
    That's pretty awesome. I'll have to look at it.
    I'll look in to these as well. At first glance they look great. So maybe deciding if the Cannon is worth the extra jump in price.

    Thanks for the help guys.
     
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    I don't know what your time horizon is, but I would suggest picking a camera (or a couple cameras) that you are interested in, and going to a site like slickdeals and setting up a deal alert to get an email whenever someone posts a deal. Just looking at the recent history, both the S100 and S110 have been $260 or less in the past month...These things only get cheaper as time goes on, and cameras always have
     
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    Neat. I have some time, so that's a great idea.
     
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    Most dslr's have some default settings that essentially render it into a high level point and shoot. In a few years, when you want to, you'll be able to upgrade by buying a new lens (or a variety of lenses).
     
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    Do they have a default setting that makes them fit in a pocket or weigh less than a pound? I like slrs, but they aren't at all right for this guy's basic needs.
     
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    I still think you should go a little more above your price range and get a dslr. Like clothing, they are an investment, and like good shoes, they can be resoled. Actually, that comparison doesn't work. Basically, after you get this guy, you are stuck with it in present form. You can't upgrade it...you want more, you need to buy a new camera. A dslr is upgradable. Want a better camera? Get a new lens. You can actually build your camera "wardrobe." So...imagine an upgradable Edward Green instead of a static Johnston & Murphy.

    I have a D90
    http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-12-3MP-...UTF8&qid=1374472899&sr=1-1&keywords=nikon+d90

    and my wife has a D80
    http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-10-2MP-...UTF8&qid=1374473084&sr=1-1&keywords=nikon+d80

    You can find both used for just a little above your budget (400 probably...500 max). I've bought all my lenses used and never had a problem, and I know several people who have purchased their camera bodies used and have had no problem. I don't know about buying a used camera online, but Phoenix is a big city...I guarantee that with a little bit of digging you can find a brick and mortar store which sells new and used cameras.

    That being said PaS are less of a hassle to deal with, but if your GF loves cameras, I'm sure she'll be more than happy to show you how to use a dslr.
     
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    This is what I'm going for. My girlfriend likes cameras but maybe phrasing it differently would accurately depict her interest. "She admires them without knowing what to really do with them." She also, contradictorily, hates technology. Her parents got her a laptop that sat in the box from December to June. She pinterests on her phone for hours. HOURS. But no laptop in sight.

    So I think for the sake of us both knowing how to work the camera within a few hours, I'll go for an advanced PaS. I like DSLRs but I have no business with one. Just like my Edward Greens.

    Thanks for the info though, Clag. I read up on both cameras and I like them, but it's not really for me. I'll get by for a few years on a good PaS.
     
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    I splurged on a nice PaS a few years ago in my younger days when I was doing a lot of rather dangerous things I shouldn't have been doing and wanting to photograph them. When I felt my more reckless days were behind me, I picked up a DSLR. I still bring both on travel though, and I got my money's worth with the PaS.

    Have you looked into micro 4/3's? I don't know too much about them...they were originally something Olympus did but I think Panasonic does as well. Sort of like a middle ground between a PaS and a DSLR. The nice thing is you can get different lenses with them. Within your price range.

    http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-Fou...=1374506054&sr=1-2&keywords=micro+four+thirds
     
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    Now we're talking. That's a handsome camera with some bonus points for lens swappage.
     
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    I bet that price doesn't include a good general purpose lens, does it..?

    I know zero about lenses. care to share the basics that I should look for?
     
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    It comes with a decent all purpose lens. Not going to be great at night or anything, but a step up from all but the best PaS (and a definite step up the moment you get something other than the default lens). After you get comfortable with it, I'd probably look at either a 35mm or a good zoom lens (which often can take decent pictures of movement....I think...)
    If you want to read a bit more about micro 4/3:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micro_Four_Thirds_system
     
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