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    Good pont and shoot camera??
    Hey guys, I'm looking to buy my girlfriend a good point and shoot camera. Doesn't need to be anything too crazy, just good for vacations and such! Looking to spent $150 to $300 being the max. Any ideas? Thanks!!!!


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    Here's the link to the Canon web site (cameras). I prefer Canon's point and shoot cameras because they're well built, easy to use, and not overly expensive for what you get. They're also compatible with Mac computers.

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    we bought a Casio Exilim EX-Z33 in January to replace an old clunky Kodak. check out my post in the photo of the month thread. i also have a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ-5 that is a couple of years old. i got it because of the 12X optical zoom. it has taken some pretty nice pictures. look me up in Flickr with the same username as here. i am not a professional photographer. i do know that the Lumix series is rather nice.

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    I got a Canon PowerShot A720 IS and my dad swears it makes the best pictures he ever saw for a small point and shoot camera.
    DP Review - Canon PowerShot A720 IS Review: 12. Conclusion & samples: Digital Photography Review

    Recently I got a Panasonic DMC-FZ35, it has a body like a small DSLR which is nice for my large hands and has a 18x zoom which is great when sneaking up on birds.

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    i would go with a lumix

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    Thanks for the help everyone! I'm kind of looking at these 2. Why is the 12mp more expensive than the 14mp? better zoom?

    Camera 1 Best buy

    Camera 2 best buy

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    The Lumix is great. Only issue I have with one is no viewfinder. For a lot of shots I take I really need a viewfinder. Canon's lower cost P&S are usually first rate also.

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    Nikon Coolpix S600 .... great device ... easy to use and great pictures. ( for an amateur like me off course )

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    Almost any P&S digital these days is pretty good. I really like the Panasonics and Canons. But to me the most important thing to consider is how it feels in the hands; there's no substitute to picking it up and getting the feel of how it will be to use.
    As far as the other specs go, MP (anything above 8 MP is essentially meaningless in a P&S), ISO (it may up to 6400 but you won't be able to use anything over 800 except in unusual circumstances due to noise).
    Optical zoom adds to cost and potentially weight and size. My own preference is for a minimum 8X zoom and I really like the 20X on my Lumix FZ28.
    I also like articulating (swingout) LCD -- mostly Canon models.

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    i have always used canon's but recently got my girlfriend a sony and it's awesome. great photo's and very easy to use. nikon coolpix are nice too
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    Quote Originally Posted by TWM View Post
    Thanks for the help everyone! I'm kind of looking at these 2. Why is the 12mp more expensive than the 14mp? better zoom?

    Camera 1 Best buy

    Camera 2 best buy
    Camera one has the Leica lens - which is better than more megapixels IMHO.

    Leica Camera AG - Home
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    I have been looking a Leica as a point and shoot. I like this one
    Leica Camera AG - Photography - V-LUX 20

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    be sure to take a better quality lent over more pixels

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    So many choices. Since you asked. The best point & shoot cameras I have owned are Olympus. Those 2 cameras take great pictures and video. The best DSLR's have been Canon. If I were hunting a camera it would be a Canon or Olympus.
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    A have a Panasonic Lumix TZ-3 which is pretty nice.
    The 10x zoom is really useful when you need it, but the camera is still small enough when you don't. Decent video mode, excellent image stabilization and okay battery life.

    I think the ZS3 is the current successor.
    Amazon.com: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 10MP Digital Camera with 12x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3 inch LCD: Camera & Photo

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    As a Nikon DSLR shooter, I can say with confidence that.. I'd stay AWAY from Nikon point and shoot camera's like the plague ! They're just awful, which is really a shame. Seems they don't invest enough of their R&D money into their portable market.


    I've only ever owned and loved Canon point and shoots, and a bridge camera (S3IS), and can say with certainty that you can not go wrong with a Canon. I bought my wife the Power Shot A590IS and I probably use it more than she does. It is able to be used with manual controls such as aperture, shutter speed and ISO, so if you have a lot more control vs full Auto mode, which is great if you're shooting at night and have a very light tripod..

    Auto mode also works quite well, so can't complain there. The only thing I don't like is that it seems to be an battery eater. Always carry spares..

    Now, other than Canon, I would seriously consider a Panasonic alternative in the form of the Lumix DMC-ZS1, ZS3 or ZS5. The main differences between the three, which differentiate their prices, is the quality of the video. All of them zoom while focusing, which is very rare in a point and shoot, and image quality is great due to the Leica lens. Which mind you is capable of a 12X optical zoom, NOT digital.

    This will allow for a really nice depth of field when zooming in on a subject, blurring the background. The most expensive model which tops out at your desired highest price range ($300) is the S3 The S5 is $258 and the S1 is $189

    Panasonic | Lumix DMC-ZS1 Digital Camera (Silver) | DMC-ZS1S

    Personally speaking, I don't think you can go wrong with the ZS1. If you want better video quality, then you spend more for either the Z3 or Z5.

    Going down the Canon road, I'd seriously have a look at the SX 120. It also has a 12X optical zoom, and manual exposure capabilities for those times when you want more control over your photos. It gets great reviews, with the only negative being that there's a slight delay between shots when using the flash. Oh, and with this camera, the flash doesn't automatically pop up. which is a good thing. It gives you the option to use flash when you want to, not when the camera wants to. This is not a negative.

    Canon | PowerShot SX120 IS Digital Camera | 3634B001 | B&H Photo

    One last thing. Do not be fooled by megapixel numbers. They are absolutely worthless to boast about on a point and shoot. In fact, the more megapixels, the more you should be wary of the image quality. The problem is that these camera's have extremely small image sensors, and the more pixels you try and cram on to them, the more processing the camera has to do to compensate for digital noise. You don't want that. My 6MP Canon produces image quality far better than most if not all 14MP point and shoots.

    The main point to more megapixels is concerning how large you're able to blow up a print. Technically speaking, the more MP, the larger the print you should be able to get. But trust me, a 14 MP P&S will introduce artifacts which you'll see if you try to print at a very large size.

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