Rank amateur seeking camera buying advice

Topics covering photography and videography of the flora, fauna and landscape of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Show off your talent. Post your photos and videos here!
Post Reply
quentinc
Topix Expert
Posts: 890
Joined: Tue Nov 01, 2005 10:28 pm
Experience: N/A
Location: Los Angeles

Rank amateur seeking camera buying advice

Post by quentinc » Sun Aug 12, 2007 6:14 pm

I'm in the market for a new digital camera. I'm strictly a "point and shoot" kind of guy, so my criteria are pretty basic -- small/lightweight, decent zoom (I know most are optical 3x -- how much difference does 4 or 5 make?), good picture quality, but basic basic basic. Also, does image stabilization actually do what it claims? One of the cameras the camera store was pushing was the Canon SD850.

I'd love any advice/suggestions, thanks.








User avatar
will_jrob
Topix Acquainted
Posts: 89
Joined: Sun Nov 27, 2005 7:35 pm
Experience: N/A
Location: S F Bay Area

Post by will_jrob » Sun Aug 12, 2007 6:56 pm

This site has plenty of reviews for digital cameras,
http://www.steves-digicams.com/.
I use a 'old' Olympus 755, 10X optical point and shoot, without image stabilization. The camera is generally so fast, rarely under 1/250th in daylight, that camera shake is not an issue. The zoom is great for pictures of subjects that normally can't be closely approached.. wildlife, and the macro settings are essential for wildflowers. The tradeoff is in camera size, it's not shirt-pocket size, and it takes a second or so to get itself powered up and focused, and the autofocus sometimes has to be coaxed onto the subject I want.

User avatar
benca98
Topix Novice
Posts: 7
Joined: Sat Sep 01, 2007 2:10 pm
Experience: N/A
Location: Orangevale, Ca
Contact:

Fuji Finpix S5700

Post by benca98 » Sat Sep 01, 2007 3:02 pm

My wife took this image with her Fuji S5700. auto mode point and shoot.
It has image stablization also.
Image

User avatar
Buck Forester
Founding Member
Posts: 452
Joined: Mon Oct 31, 2005 1:38 pm
Experience: N/A
Location: Lincoln, CA (Sacramento area)
Contact:

Post by Buck Forester » Thu Sep 06, 2007 6:10 pm

The Canon 850 IS is a good one. I just bought my wife one a couple of weeks ago. It's sweet. It's tiny. But it has a large LCD on the back which makes viewing the image very good. It's also 8 MP so if she so desires she could huge prints out of an image.
It's all about the WILDERNESS!!!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/buckforester/page9/

User avatar
The Other Tom
Founding Member
Posts: 878
Joined: Mon Dec 19, 2005 6:06 pm
Experience: N/A
Location: Upstate South Carolina

Post by The Other Tom » Fri Sep 07, 2007 3:54 am

Most digital cameras these days take good pics. Personally, I would get the highest zoom I could afford and still be happy with from a size standpoint. Also look at battery life and what kind of memory card it has. Some of the memory cards can be expensive. Being able to look thru the viewfinder is important to me because sometimes the screen is washed out due to lighting conditions. http://www.dpreview.com/ has good reviews.

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest