Simple P&S

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Huge, Jan 21, 2010.

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    Huge Guest

    My mother wants a simple P&S for her "Introduction to photography" course.
    Bearing in mind she's nearly 80, although a pretty switched on 80 (she
    just switched to Windows 7 on her PC!), can anyone recommend something?
    Huge, Jan 21, 2010
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    Paul Giverin Guest

    There's loads of them out there as you know. I bought my wife a
    Panasonic TZ7 last year. It has great IQ and good Leica lens with an
    equivalent range of 25-300mm. I was particularly keen that the lens was
    fairly wide because IME most P&S cameras spend their time there. Having
    said that, 300mm at the long end can be quite handy too.

    I'm not a fan of cameras doubling up as video recorders but its almost
    unavoidable now. The TZ7 records in HD and I admit I was very surprised
    how good it was.

    The bad points.... well there is no manual control. Its either fully
    automatic (intelligent auto) or you select a scene mode like "portrait",
    "night scenery" etc. You cant dial in an aperture or shutter speed.
    That's what my wife wanted though.... a true P&S.

    I think its great though. I've got three cameras of my own, a DSLR, and
    two film SLRs used exclusively for B&W stuff. Often when we go away, I
    don't want to drag all the cameras with me so I'll take the two SLRs and
    leave the DSLR at home knowing that she's got the TZ7 if I need to shoot
    in colour.
    Paul Giverin, Jan 21, 2010
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    Geoff Berrow Guest

    Well you need to check if it's really a point and shoot course.

    If that's the case, they can't be teaching much more than style,
    composition and probably some image manipulation. To learn that
    anything is fine, even a mobile phone.

    It's a shame there isn't the digital equivalent of the Zenith SLR
    Geoff Berrow, Jan 21, 2010
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    Huge Guest

    I've told her to go back to the instructor and ask what she needs, as well,
    but I know precisely zip about the P&S market. Although I keep mumbling about
    buying one to carry round with me when ICBA to drag 2 tonnes of Nikon
    junk round with me.
    True. But everything's about "features" these days.
    Huge, Jan 21, 2010
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    Bart Bailey Guest

    A touch of nostalgia there,
    takes me back to the Zenit 2 1/4 square I had in the 70's.
    Poor man's 'blad', had pretty sharp optics too,
    could even get away with some school assignments
    that were expected to be done with our 4x5 view boxes.
    Bart Bailey, Jan 21, 2010
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    Geoff Berrow Guest

    Our little Canon Ixus is always in my wife's handbag. :)
    Indeed. :(
    Geoff Berrow, Jan 21, 2010
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    Rob Morley Guest

    That's what the marketing is all about, it needn't be what photography
    with a modern camera is all about.
    Rob Morley, Jan 21, 2010
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    Huge Guest

    That's what I meant.
    Huge, Jan 21, 2010
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    Geoff Berrow Guest

    I wonder how many people with a p&s actually use the various modes?

    Anyway, isn't this backwards? Surely a manual mode is all you need to
    teach the effects of shutter speed, aperture and ISO?
    Geoff Berrow, Jan 22, 2010
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    David Guest

    Oh damn! First visit here and this is pretty much what I was going to ask.

    I'm after a cheap and chearful digital camera with both shutter speed and
    depth of field adjustments and a quick shutter response. I doubt I'll ever
    print any of my photographs so not bothered about pixel count.
    Does anything fit the bill? Happy to go second hand or new.

    Otherwise around what's the lowest sort of price for a DSLR?

    Thank you

    David, Feb 11, 2010
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