Camera Point and Shoot Help

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by ParaMud, Apr 2, 2013.

  1. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    My camera is pretty good, just a little dated. I am thinking of getting a better one for my alaska trip.
    I currently have a Cannon Powershot sd790 IS.

    I want one with a good zoom. Looking to spend around $200ish. It does not have to fit in my pocket.
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  2. SuttoFL

    SuttoFL Fueled and ready

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    I've been looking for something to fill the same role. I recently came across "mirrorless" cameras which basically fill the gap between a point and shoot and a big DSLR. Cameras like the Nikon J1 (or V1), Olympus PEN EP-1, etc...

    Most of them fall in the $300-400 range but can be found on eBay for around $250.
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    Bogfarth Fridge Magnet Safety Tester

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    Digital Camera Resource

    This site has great reviews, tells you anything you want to know, and always gives the best four/five prices at the bottom of each camera's page. I've been trusting the guy for years, and he's never led me astray.
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  4. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    You'll need to be more specific than 'good' zoom. A 'good' lens to me is as bright as possible, as wide as possible, and reaches to at least mild telephoto. Not a dark, slow lens you can get a horrible blurry image of an eagle at a half mile with. YMMV.

    For me, that is a $600 Fujifilm X10 with a 28-112mm (equivalent) F/2.0-F/2.8 lens. Other options at lower cost are available, such as the Olympus XZ-1, XZ-10, Panasonic Lumix LX3 or LX5, and whatever the most recent range of Canon S-series (S95, S100, S110) you can afford.

    Glass is expensive. There's a lot of in in a decent sized lens, even on a point and shoot. Recommend you buy used and get more for your money, rather than buying a new $200 camera with a marginal lens.
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  5. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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