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Digital 'Still' Camera Recommendations

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by fluffybear, Nov 14, 2010.

  1. Nov 18, 2010 #41 of 128
    hdtvfan0001

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    I know...but since 90% of the conversations here centered around P&S...keeping things apples-to-apples...

    The OP is not looking for an expensive nor bulky solution.
     
  2. Nov 18, 2010 #42 of 128
    Steve

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    For the record, the "DSLR inage quality" GF1 is not bulky, and is available in the OP's "up to $800" price range.
     
  3. Nov 18, 2010 #43 of 128
    hdtvfan0001

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    Compared to the latest P&S....I've heard a number of folks refer to them as "bulky".

    I personally don't see them as such, but even a number of reviews I've read cite "more bulky" as a comparison trait. I also looked at the new Canon G12, which would likely be "more bulky" compared to my Canon S95...but I would have no problem enjoying either one. A number of the Nikons are also a different form factor, but would be pleasing for me to use.
     
  4. Nov 18, 2010 #44 of 128
    Drucifer

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    When you go too small, you run the risk of camera shake. For me, I prefer some bulk and a neck strap for low light.
     
  5. Nov 18, 2010 #45 of 128
    Groundhog45

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    This thread has a lot of good info. I hope you guys will post any links to good prices that might pop up during the black Friday - cyber Monday weekend. :D
     
  6. Nov 18, 2010 #46 of 128
    hdtvfan0001

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    Certainly the smaller form factor of P&S cameras is more of a challenge with motion-related misfires on photos than with larger cameras...which is why image stabilization is a nice feature in mine and other newer P&S cameras. It doesn't guarantee results, just improves the odds by compensating for less-than-professional users.

    Higher shutter speeds also help toward that.
     
  7. Nov 18, 2010 #47 of 128
    lflorack

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    I am very definitely an amateur photogropher but wanted something a bit more than a 'simple' point and shoot camera. My research led me to the Cannon S90 (predecessor to the S95). I have found it to be a very good camera that takes excellent low-light pictures as well as 'normal' pictures too. Most (if not all) SLR's will be better in some way, but I'm very pleased witht this camera.

    If you are interested -- remembering that I'm very much an amateur, -- go here to see some of the photos I've taken with the S90. I recommend using the slideshow option.
     
  8. Nov 18, 2010 #48 of 128
    hdtvfan0001

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    Very cool to meet another satisfied Canon Powershot fan.

    The S90 was rated very high for quite some time too, and the S95 I got added HD video and a few other little goodies...but is not all that unlike yours.

    Nice photos by the way.
     
  9. Nov 18, 2010 #49 of 128
    lflorack

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    Thank you!

    I just got back from a 15-day European/Trans-Atlantic cruise. Using my S90, I took about 850 shots. When I get some time, I'll categorize them and put them up on Flickr too.
     
  10. Nov 18, 2010 #50 of 128
    hdtvfan0001

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    Appreciate the share.

    As you have seen firsthand...these cameras take some amazing photos. In only a few weeks using mine, I have seen just how versatile and powerful these Canon Powershots can perform.

    I included a few in post # 10 from a recent jaunt to New Orleans.

    The friends who were with us repeatedly commented that they could not believe the quality of the images with these P&S devices.
     
  11. Nov 21, 2010 #51 of 128
    TBlazer07

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    "Rangefinder" camera ..... that's a term from waaaay back. :) Other than the fact they have interchangeable lenses, do they have the shutter lag of a P&S or that of a DSLR?

    Is there a website that lists the actual lag time of P&S cameras?
     
  12. Nov 21, 2010 #52 of 128
    TBlazer07

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    Exactly the point I was trying to make. Don't get me wrong ... P&S cameras take excellent photos .... just not the one of my Grandson getting his first hit in little folks baseball or catching his first football pass. :) I'd much rather carry my Canon P&S in my pocket then 1.6lb Nikon around my neck. They also make some nice light weight ~50-220mm tele-zoom lenses that also work fine as a normal lens so all you really need is the 1 lens.
     
  13. Nov 21, 2010 #53 of 128
    hdtvfan0001

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    Some of the P&S cameras have "rapid fire" shooting capabilities as well...they vary...its a configurable for those who want it. I agree with you that having a P&S that does 95% of what a large bulky DSLR can do, but instead it fits in your pocket...is a big plus.
     
  14. Nov 21, 2010 #54 of 128
    Cholly

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    try www.Steves-digicams.com
     
  15. Nov 21, 2010 #55 of 128
    Steve

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  16. Nov 21, 2010 #56 of 128
    hdtvfan0001

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    Have you succeeded in finding anything to your liking?

    One thing to keep in mind...this coming week with Black Friday shopping might be a great time to find a good deal on a new camera. Good luck on your search! :)
     
  17. Dec 1, 2010 #57 of 128
    TBlazer07

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    Rapid "FIRE" is not rapid "FOCUS." 2 entirely different things. Rapid fire doesn't refocus, you have to "fix" the focus before the first shot. If the subject moves location you get lots of blur and the initial focus still has the lag. It's the FIRST shot you miss, which is the important one
     
  18. Dec 1, 2010 #58 of 128
    hdtvfan0001

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    They're not the same, but they're also not that different, depending on the specs. The purpose/needs for taking sequential photos drives which works best. Most folks don't require machine-gun photography.
     
  19. Dec 1, 2010 #59 of 128
    Mike Bertelson

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    Maybe I'm not understanding you but that’s not true for all cameras. When my T1i is set to "AI Servo AF..., focusing will be continuous during continuous shooting." (the quoted text is from the manual).

    Of course this means that in continuous mode it will only do 3.4fps, but it does continually focus during shooting.

    Mike
     
  20. Dec 1, 2010 #60 of 128
    Steve

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    I think TBlazer was responding to the capability of most point & shoot cameras in his response, as opposed to dSLR's. The newer ones have the ability to refocus during continuous shooting, as you point out. I was surprised to see the new D3100 can even continuously autofocus while capturing 30fps HD video, as well as in drive mode.
     

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