Best point and shoot digital in $250-$350 range?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Brian Huether, Dec 23, 2005.

  1. I am looking for a camera with a good sized LCD (2.5") and with good enough
    shooting quality to make excellent 8x10 prints. The camera also needs to be
    very compact (my wife doesn't like my Sony DSC 717). A 3-4x optical zoom or
    thereabouts would be nice. It doesn't need to have fancy processing
    features, since I take care of all that in Photoshop. Needs to have good
    macro mode as well.

    thanks,

    brian
     
    Brian Huether, Dec 23, 2005
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  2. Brian Huether

    m Ransley Guest

    I like my sony w5, a w7 is near 320$ it has threads for filters and
    lenses, but you have alot of good choises out, Canon, Nikon, Casio,
    Fuji, Kodak, etc. Sonys new N1 has a 3" screen as does a Kodac. I enjoy
    camera editing and viewing so much that I would have liked a 3" screen.
    There are so many in that price range , check out www.dpreview.com
    If I hadnt got sony it would have been Canon, The Nikon had only auto
    exposure modes. I suspect prices to really drop early next year.
     
    m Ransley, Dec 23, 2005
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  3. Brian Huether

    SMS Guest

    The only cameras that really meets those criteria are the Canon SD450
    and the Panasonic DMC-FX8. The macro mode and the LCD size really narrow
    it down.

    Trade-offs

    Panasonic has image stabilization.

    Canon has settable ISO (not just auto), the ability to use an external
    flash, an orientation sensor, closer macro focusing range, and better
    auto-focus.

    You might also add to your criteria: AF assist lamp, and Li-Ion battery
    (helps when searching because the AA battery cameras are never very
    compact).

    http://buydig.com/shop/product.aspx?sku=CNPSSD450
    http://buydig.com/shop/product.aspx?sku=PNDMCFX8S

    The reviews of this series of Panasonic models hasn't been stellar.

    One issue with these very small cameras, with large LCDs is that the
    battery life isn't wonderful. One review said that the SD450 is good for
    about 150 shots using the LCD.

    I'd get the SD450.
     
    SMS, Dec 23, 2005
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  4. Brian Huether

    Bill Funk Guest

    RTFM
     
    Bill Funk, Dec 24, 2005
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