Which small digital point-and-shoot?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Artful Dodger, Feb 14, 2009.

  1. I need a camera!!! Am going nuts searching Web sites, for example.
    B&H, the NY-based company where I bought my Olympus 550 years ago.
    (Great camera! Survived being dropped 'n' times; now, will not hold a
    battery charge more than a few shots. Not the fault of the
    batteries.)

    Have visited other Web sites, including those which give the pros &
    cons on each camera. Get more crazy each time.
    Cameras that appear to be attractive get negatives like "shoddy
    construction". That's the LAST thing I want!!!

    Is there a Web site, or a source, that IMPARTIALLY evaluates cameras
    in my range?

    Yes, I want "small", as I am not a pro; just want something light and
    portable for travel, people, etc. pix. (Some of my pix are not bad!
    I have a knack for composing...)

    I do not necessarily need bells & whistles like that "face" thing...is
    that really useful? and other bells & whistles.

    I would like a decent zoom.

    I don't need endless pixels, as i do not blow up pix, but wouldn't
    want to drop below 6 or 7 if possible.

    I would like a viewfinder, but almost none of the newer small cameras
    have one.
    Reason I wanted a viewfinder is that the viewing window on my old
    Olympus was hard to see in low light or glare. I am told that the
    newer cameras do not have that problem, and therefore I shouldn't
    insist on viewfinder. T/F ??

    OK, that's the gist of my tormented search.

    Pricewise, I would like to stay (well) below $400 if possible, but if
    camera meets my needs AND is sturdy, I'd consider it.
     
    Artful Dodger, Feb 14, 2009
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    Dudley Hanks Guest

    How small is "small"?

    The Canon SX 1 / 10 is small compared to bigger DSLR's, but it might be
    still too big for your needs.

    Pick a brand like Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, etc, and you'll likely find
    a good camera for the price you want. They've all got similar specs, so it
    probably will boil down to how you like the feel of the product...

    Good Luck,
    Dudley
     
    Dudley Hanks, Feb 14, 2009
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  3. Nikon coolpix s210. Bloody brilliant!
     
    Michael Cunningham, Feb 14, 2009
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    Wayne R. Guest

    These guys do a good job: http://www.dpreview.com/

    What I've done is pick a few features (battery type, flash format,
    whatever you're concerned with), poke through the reviews of cameras
    1-2 years earlier then go to eBay - a great way to experiment without
    blowing too much cash.

    Even better: Before heading off to eBay, bring a short selection back
    here for specific opinions. That's worked really well for me.
     
    Wayne R., Feb 14, 2009
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    Pete D Guest

    If you want a tough, quality camera you may do well to look at one of the
    waterproof cameras like one of the Olympus's (not my choice due to using Xd
    cards) or the maybe the Pentax W30 or W60.

    I have been looking for another camera to replace my cheap underwater camera
    to compliment my bigger P&S's and D-SLR cameras and have decided on the W60,
    not the best in all departmets but a very good mix of features and
    performance.

    Cheers.

    Pete
     
    Pete D, Feb 14, 2009
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    DT Guest

    If you really like a viewfinder (I do), check out the Canon A570/590 series.

    DT
     
    DT, Feb 16, 2009
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    Scotius Guest

    I have a Sony Cybershot that I got on sale for $119.00 a year
    and a half back, and it was wonderful. I recently had a fall where the
    body got busted up pretty badly, although it still takes pictures. It
    won't work forever, I know, but I was impressed that it still even
    turned on after the fall.
    It's 7.1 megapixels, although you can get them for a little
    more than $100.00 now at 12.1. The newer ones have a 5x optical zoom
    and at least 5x digital after that. You can also buy a waterproof case
    for them and take photos underwater.

    I'll attach a photo I took with mine so you can see what it
    looks like.
     
    Scotius, Feb 27, 2010
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