Help me choose a camera.........

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by winds-of-change, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I am in the market for a small, throw in your pocket and go type camera. I have a semi-fancy digital Cannon but it's not easy to carry around and I don't like to fuss with it. Also, my computer doesn't recognize it so I can't upload pictures onto my computer with it. I got it when I heard I was going to be a grandma but now I want a "point and shoot". I know technology has come a long way in the almost 7 years since I bought my last digital camera. C3 is tired of driving to my house whenever I have a question about one of my guns because I can only post lousy pictures. ;) Anyway, you guys can't see the true beauty of my firearms with my fuzzy cell phone pictures.

    Because of my financial situation, I would like it to be reasonably priced. I have a $50 gift certificate to Amazon.com and would like to use that. I am willing to pitch in maybe $50 more of my own money.

    Can you guys give me any recommendations? What experiences have you had with your own cameras? What do you like and dislike?
     
  2. shadamai

    shadamai New Member

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    As far as the Canon goes...if your computer has difficulty recognizing it, you may consider getting an inexpensive card reader at the store that you can plug into your USB port. That way you can easily upload and enjoy your photos. I have a Canon DSLR and at some point my computer stopped recognizing it...I think it may have been a driver problem. Anyway, it was just easier to use the card reader.

    I have a little Sony point and shoot that I rarely use for places like amusement parks where I wouldn't lug the other one around. The pros are that it does reasonably well in low light, is easy to use, and is in your price range. The con with Sony is that they have these little memory sticks that no other company uses. You can only interchange them with other Sony cameras. Some computers that have memory card slots built in don't have a slot for the memory sticks (Sony computers do of course.) You can still install a driver and hook up the USB cord though.

    Personally, if I was going to get another point and shoot I would probably get a little Canon or Nikon that uses a more common memory card size. Also, I would take larger lens size and optical zoom over more megapixels any day.
     

  3. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    I haven't kept up on the P&S Camera's but bought one for my daughter a few years ago by looking at Amazon reviews. The camera took some awesome pictures, I was impressed, and I've had dozens of photos published :)
     
  4. CourtJester

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    I have a canon 7D and an iPhone for everything else. Both work like a charm.
     
  5. Doc3402

    Doc3402 New Member

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    I would go with either a Nikon or Canon point and shoot. I tend to avoid Sony because of their software.

    Someone in the thread suggested you get a smart card reader. I second that idea. There is no sense in killing your camera battery to transfer pictures. Also, a low or dying camera battery can corrupt the picture files during transfer resulting in the loss of the picture forever. Using a card reader also allows you to load pics on your computer without installing the camera software. I see that as a real plus, but others prefer using the camera software for editing. With a card reader at least you have a choice.

    For a pocket camera I prefer using one that runs on AA batteries. They are available anywhere, they fit darn near any pocket, and you are not dependent on having access to a wall plug for your charger.

    Megapixels. Most people will tell you that the more megapixels, the crisper the pic. This is usually only necessary if you plan to blow the pic up to monster proportions. For most of us any resolution over 10 mp is wasted, but it's hard to find a camera with 10 or less. Don't choose a camera based solely on megapixel count.

    Focus. If you want to be able to take close-ups of gun markings you should get something with a macro setting. Most cameras have this, but check to make sure.
     
  6. beaglesam

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    I have a Nikon S4000 that I like. It's $93.95 on Amazon. It's easy to use and takes good pictures.
     
  7. pnolans

    pnolans New Member

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    I got a Fujifilm Finepix T at Walmart for about $80 on sale. It's an OK camera. A little better than my iPhone.
     
  8. Colby

    Colby New Member

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    Sony has finally knuckled under and decided to go with XD cards like everyone else. Check em out.
     
  9. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    I own several P&S cameras since I build my own trail cameras out of these. I get to find out who takes the best pics, day , night , bright light, low light , flash distance etc. In all honesty I have a Nikon L18 that takes excellent pics , has a superior flash on it for a P&S camera, It however didnt work well as a trail camera with the extending lens in cold weather it would break the teeth off the gears trying to open the lens. If your looking for something rugged and durable I dont suggest one of these but maybe find something without a extending lens . Fuji I have not had great luck with and I have owned about 6 of those . They do take great pics but the longevity of the cameras were not great . Nikons , Sonys and Canon are what I use for every day P&S cameras , I like my nikon for low light and dark, I love the day time pics of the canon and there are many hacks you can do on these cameras for upgrades if you have the software to do so , and the Sony I have is a older S600 and it is the best P&S camera I own and I will post a pic and show you why .
    If I had to do it all over again I would go canon , nikon and sony in that order .

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    This one is with a S600 superior flash that deer is about 25 ft from the camera and those trees in the back ground are roughly 40 ft

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  11. shadamai

    shadamai New Member

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    Thanks for the info; it's about time they did that! I still think I would stick with a Canon or Nikon...
     
  12. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Okay. It's down to these two unless anyone has any other suggestions. Does anyone have any experience with either of these two cameras. I am going to post some very beautiful, big, clear pictures of my guns real soon. :D

    http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-COOLPIX...TF8&colid=32Z4E1PJBVFH8&coliid=I2MM1S54BNS740

    http://www.amazon.com/Canon-PowerSh...UTF8&colid=32Z4E1PJBVFH8&coliid=IVWAIQKLW38T5

    Both of them are small, take macro photos so C3 can give me more information about my new (old) Browning FN I acquired from my Dad. Also, they come in different colors. In fact, they both come in.......oh, never mind. ;) I have a $50 Amazon gift certificate so I only have to pay the difference.
     
  13. Devin556

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    I have heard people talk about the coolpix pretty highly but I haven't heard too many talking about the cannon. Have you read any reviews online?
     
  14. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Yes. Both got pretty good reviews on Amazon.
     
  15. Doc3402

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    If you have Amazon Prime the Canon will save you shipping and get it here sooner. Other than that I can't see a clear-cut advantage of one over the other. My personal choice would be the Nikon based on experience with the brand.
     
  16. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Thank you so much, Doc342. I have a very, very old Nikon FE 35 mm SLR that I loved for many years. When I got a digital about 7 years ago, I researched it pretty heavily and found that while Nikon was the 'best' in 35 mm, Canon had it hands down on the digital cameras. In reading the reviews on Amazon, it seems the Canon was more liked by it's users than the Nikon, but not by a whole lot. I'm leaning towards the Canon. I'm still researching but I think I'm going to buy some time today. I am a slow shopper. :) I don't like rushing into anything and possibly getting something I don't like because I didn't research enough.
     
  17. Yunus

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    I agree with Doc, I don't see much of a difference between the two and don't think you will either. That said, I bought the Canon for my mom for Christmas although I don't remember if it was the A2300 or the A3300 but I was all set on a Canon ELPH for about $150 then I saw the one I ended up getting at Best Buy for just under $100 and held it in my hand and it was solidly built and fast with very little lag between when you press the button and it takes the picture. Still a small lag from taking to seeing the picture on the screen but short of a DSLR or paying more than double, you won't see much of a difference. I like Nikon for DSLR's but I like Canon's menu system on their point and shoots.

    I have an Eye-fi card and love it, you should check them out. Get a refurb for half the money, they work just as well.
     
  18. purehavoc

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    I looked at the tech specs on the actual manufacturers web sites to do a little comparison . both are pretty equivalent cameras but the Nikon does shine over the Canon with a better flash distance and it does have more onboard editing than the canon . This stuff is available from canon if you know how to put it on the camera by down loading the hacks from canon . My choice would be the Nikon , simply because of the flash alone , nothing worse than bad low light pics to ruin your needs in a camera . Nikon P&S cameras have been know to have better flash distances than most any P&S cameras out there
    Also looks like the Canon is going to be a bit quicker on startup than the Nikon , essentially as soon as you turn the canon on its ready to snap a shot the nikon is going to lag a bit

    This was a Nikon L18 I converted to trail camera that tree is roughly 40 ft away , yes the snow helps with flash reflection and helps brighten it up but some of my others would have only flashed half that far and the tree would not have looked like that

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  19. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I briefly looked at what an eye-fi card was. It appears that is something to put the pictures on a smart phone. Is that right? If it is, I don't have a smart phone.
     
  20. Yunus

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    It's an SD card which nearly all modern digital cameras take and it has built in wi-fi. You can use it to copy pictures to any computer/smartphone/tablet that you choose as long as that device is either connected to the internet or connected via wi-fi to the card. It does slighly shorten battery life and that's the big negative as well as transmitting your pictures through the eye-fi servers. They don't share your pictures but the possibility technically exists that your photos are being seen by others because they go through a third parties servers.

    Example 1: I take a picture of my daughter around the house and then turn the camera off. 5 minutes later i check my computer and the picture is already on it.

    Example 2: I am going on a vacation, to save battery life I tell my camera not to use eye-fi upload for now. I take all my pictures on vacation and when I return home I turn on wi-fi upload, 20 minutes later all my pictures are on my computer.

    Example 3(this won't apply to you without a smartphone): I take a picture and my phone is in my pocket. Within seconds the picture is on my phone and on my home computer and because the eye-fi card saw that it was over 50% full it deletes the oldest picture it has sent from the card. Now I will never run out of space because it will send the pictures I take to my home and then delete them off my camera.

    I just checked the wi-fi site. If this is something you are interested in, I would get the Nikon, it's "more compatible" which is to say it has a menu option to turn enable/disable the eye-fi transmission which helps on battery life. It will work in the Canon but you can't tell it to not try and transmit even when you know you are out of range, so if the camera is on it will try.

    The next camera you buy after this one, will likely have this capability built into it. Already some do have wi-fi built in but not in the under $100 price range.