JohnJ
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Low-Cost Point-and-Shoot

Tue Dec 01, 2009 2:35 pm

My new-ish Canon 40D is my primary "hobby" camera, but my wife and I also like to keep a slim point-and-shoot that can fit into a pocket for kid pix, vacation shots, etc. Our old Canon S410 just died and I'm in the market for a new small camera. Since we're planning this new camera, it would be nice to find one that is capable of producing Airliners.net-quality images. I don't need lots of zoom, just something that would be capable of getting crisp, low-grain images of static aircraft, museum displays, etc.

Any thoughts? Since I recently bought the 40D I don't want to spend a lot of money; $300 is probably the absolute top limit. Since I already have Canon going that direction would be a plus, but not mandatory.

Thanks,

John
 
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clickhappy
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RE: Low-Cost Point-and-Shoot

Tue Dec 01, 2009 3:21 pm

The Canon S90 seems to be getting some great reviews, but costs $400. Maybe a used Canon G10?
 
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RE: Low-Cost Point-and-Shoot

Tue Dec 01, 2009 5:17 pm

John,

I appreciate that you do not intend to use the camera for aviation photography but this is indicative of the quality of the pocket camera I use and carry at all times when the 40D is inappropriate.


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The camera is a Canon Ixus 960 IS.
I have since bought an Ixus 120 IS which is significantly smaller (slimmer) and has a similar specification.
Obviously I have no idea of US prices but over here the price is around £150 - £170.

Malcolm.
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RE: Low-Cost Point-and-Shoot

Tue Dec 01, 2009 6:56 pm

These were taken with a Pentax Optio M50. Retailing for around £80 ish. Very neat and small and it has a useful 36-180mm equivalent lens.


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RE: Low-Cost Point-and-Shoot

Tue Dec 01, 2009 7:24 pm

John,

In addition to my two SLR bodies (XTi and 40D), I have a Canon PowerShot 880 IS which I use as a holiday camera and for when I want to travel really light (and it's great for swimming / on the beach as I got the marine pack for it). The quality is very good for a compact and I love the way it handles.

I recently bought a Canon PowerShot 960 IS for my fiancee and it looks to be a nice improvement over the 880 IS (even though I'm not in a hurry to get rid of my 880). But she / we have used it for a few days so far, so I'll reserve judgement until we use it more.

Both the above have a moderate zoom, but they are nicely wide at the wide end.

Something to be aware of: I was very disappointed that the first copy of each of the above I got had an issue with the left side being very soft. amazon replaced both, no questions asked, and the second copies are good. But I was expecting Canon to have better QA.

Keep in mind that in museums you need good high ISO performance (where flash is not allowed) and compacts just do not have that. And where flash is allowed, the compact flashes are pretty poor anyway. Just an FYI.

The S90 or the G11 do indeed look great. But I assume they are over your price range?

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JohnJ
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RE: Low-Cost Point-and-Shoot

Wed Dec 02, 2009 2:01 am

Thanks for the input and the example photos. I just know next to nothing about point-and-shoots and really don't even know what to look for in terms of image quality. At least when buying a popular DSLR you know that the image sensor is going to be well up to standards. With a point-and-shoot I just have no idea. Is there anything in particular to look for in judging the image sensor or is it luck of the draw in this area?

Yes, $400 is probably more than I want to spend for this but if forced down that avenue it's not out of the question.
 
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RE: Low-Cost Point-and-Shoot

Wed Dec 02, 2009 3:46 am

Well I just bought (6 weeks ago) the Panasonic Lumix LX3 and can only say that I'm stunned by the quality that this camera gives me. Leica makes the lens and it's (35mm equivalent) got a great wide angle lens (24mm) and f:2 so it's fast. Will also shoot 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 and 1:1 aspect ratios.

Here's a sample from my recent trip to Havana......

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RE: Low-Cost Point-and-Shoot

Wed Dec 02, 2009 5:21 am

The LX3 is a nice piece of kit - great photo.

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