Low-to-mid Range Camera Reccommendations

Discussion in 'Photography' started by miedvied, May 7, 2006.

  1. miedvied

    miedvied Guest

    I am looking for a camera with an acceptable smattering of modern
    digital luxuries (digital zoom, auto-focus, et al.) for the occasions on
    which point-and-shoot is needed. However, my problem is that most of the
    cameras I am looking at in the price range that interests me (200-350),
    such as the one I currently own (CAnon Powershot S500) offer a lot less
    control than I care for. I'm not interested in a camera in which I can
    not set my f-stop, shutter speed, and preferably see a light-metering
    /before/ I take my photo (with my current camera, one must take the
    photo, go into review mode, and activate the histogram display before
    one gets an idea of whether the photo is under- or over-exposed, beyond
    just eyeballing it).

    Unfortunately, for all the details mentioned in the various reviews and
    tech specs, no one ever bothers to mention whether or not such
    rudimentary controls are available. I suppose it's supposed to be taken
    for granted that if one uses a digital SLR that one wants the full gamut
    of control, and anything else is meant to be neutered.

    Ideally, I want something with the control of a Canon PS A80, with some
    more modern horse-power on its processor, an f-stop with more depth of
    field than the, I think, 4.9 of the A80 and, ideally, an LiH battery
    rather than NiMH AAs.

    Something that caught my eye is the Canon PS S2 IS
    but, par for the course, no one mentions just how much control is
    available. So, if anyone can offer some good suggestions, I would be
    glad to hear it.

    (As for what I personally hope to get out of the camera; I am an
    altogether amateur photographer hoping to get something that will grow
    with me and give me more control over my photos than only choosing
    miedvied, May 7, 2006
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    philo Guest

    Maybe a bit more money...but I really love my Canon Digital Rebel...
    maybe you could find a used one if you want to get it within your price
    philo, May 8, 2006
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  3. Don't know if that's the case, but it does sound like you should not
    even consider anything that is not a DLSR, from what you describe.

    Check out the Nikon D50 or D70 and the Canons in the lower price range,
    if your budget is a limiting factor. Play with them, and go for the
    one that feels better in your hands.


    Carlos Moreno, May 8, 2006
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    Whiskers Guest


    I've been favourably impressed by my Samsung digimax V700; it offers full
    manual exposure and focus control, and the 'histogram' can be set to
    display in the LCD while you are setting the shot up. The camera slips
    into a shirt pocket, and has a real optical viewfinder as well as the LCD.

    The battery is a removable Lithium type, for which a charger is included
    in the kit, and it uses SD cards for storage.

    The optical zoom is "3x", with 'digital zoom' on top of that (but I can't
    see the point of 'digital zoom').
    Whiskers, May 8, 2006
  5. miedvied bedacht in
    I think the S2 IS has full manual control, but another important
    consideration is: how easy can you get at these controls? Most DSLR's
    have a number of seperate buttons for all kinds of settings. But with
    most other cameras you have to dig deep into the menu system every time
    you want manual control.

    Justus Lipsius, May 8, 2006
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