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« on: November 22, 2011, 06:18 PM »

You guys seem to know your stuff when it comes to photography. I am thinking about getting my wife a camera for Christmas. What would you guys recommend for a point-and-shoot for under $200? I usually have terrible luck selecting electronics, so I am going to leave it to the professionals, hehe.

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« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2011, 08:29 PM »

Canon Powershot series either the 300 ELPH or A3300  IF those are a bit much then the A2200 and 100 ELPH.  Great cams for the price.  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?atclk=Brand_Canon&ci=8612&N=4288586279+4291570227
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« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2011, 08:47 PM »

Imaging-Resource has a constantly updated section called:

Dave's Picks.

If you choose the heading of budget, here are the choices currently recommended:

http://www.imaging-resource.com/WB/WB.HTM?view=dp_cheap

The A3300 suggested above is on the list.  Smiley

If you click on any of the blue headings, you will be shifted to a review of that camera. Great starting point for any digital camera search.

Sadly, none of the choices have an optical viewfinder. This option is getting harder and harder to find as the companies can make a smaller, cheaper and cleaner looking camera by leaving out the viewfinder. In daylight, taking pictures is much more difficult without one.

Good luck.
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« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2011, 10:34 PM »

Sadly, none of the choices have an optical viewfinder. This option is getting harder and harder to find as the companies can make a smaller, cheaper and cleaner looking camera by leaving out the viewfinder. In daylight, taking pictures is much more difficult without one.


Agree with John on this point, I have a few of Canon PowerShot SD1000 - SD1200IS cameras, the 1200 is the last one to have the viewfinder. I find it near impossible to use a LCD in sunlight, (but I guess I dont have that problem anymore in Brookings)

Steves digicams is also a good
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again good luck, most of the current camera models all take excellent photos, so pick one that closely meets your needs. When comparing the camera lenses, ignore anything about digital zoom, pay attention to the optical zoom

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« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2011, 12:56 AM »

Imaging-Resource has a constantly updated section called:

Dave's Picks.

If you choose the heading of budget, here are the choices currently recommended:

http://www.imaging-resource.com/WB/WB.HTM?view=dp_cheap

The A3300 suggested above is on the list.  Smiley

If you click on any of the blue headings, you will be shifted to a review of that camera. Great starting point for any digital camera search.

Sadly, none of the choices have an optical viewfinder. This option is getting harder and harder to find as the companies can make a smaller, cheaper and cleaner looking camera by leaving out the viewfinder. In daylight, taking pictures is much more difficult without one.

Good luck.
THe lack of a view finder stops me from buying a lot of cameras.  So much harder to compose a shot or take good video of moving objects without one.  Even some of the Dslr's are doing away with them.
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« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2011, 06:45 AM »

I would go for a Panasinic FS30.
No veiwfinder, but the pics are top class.


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« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2011, 08:59 AM »

Yep we've been in the market for over two  years for a new digicam but the only pocketable cam with a viewfinder is that Canon with only a 4X optical zoom, we want a bit more for shooting kites and scenery. We have big cameras already that don't need replacing. What we need is a compact that can be put in a pocket purse or fanny pack WITH a viewfinder. Besides not being able to use them in daylight where 99% of our photos are taken you can not hold a camera steady at arms length.
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« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2011, 09:24 AM »

When we were in New York last month, we took a trip to Camera Meca, aka B&H Photo.
We picked up this Panasonic Lumix camera for my wife. Now I am a die-hard Canon Pro line shooter, but I have to say, this little PS is a great camera.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/749968-REG/Panasonic_DMC_FH27_DMC_FH27_Digital_Camera.html
Currently $159.99 and free shipping. More features than you can imagine, including touch screen focus and shooting. That's right, touch the screen where you want it to focus and fire away. Great image quality too.
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« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2011, 06:48 PM »

THe lack of a view finder stops me from buying a lot of cameras.  So much harder to compose a shot or take good video of moving objects without one.  Even some of the Dslr's are doing away with them.

 Angry One of the stupidest, lemming-mentalitly, fashion over function/usability design trends to hit the photography market in recent memory.

I can only assume these are the same idiots that push things like glare-inducing shiny laptop/netbook screens.

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« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2011, 09:01 PM »

I keep hearing good things about the Lumix as well.  Never used one, but it's been reviewed favorably. 
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« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2011, 12:26 PM »

For all my  kite-related photos and videos, for the past year I've been using a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 and I'm very satisfied with it, a little bit heavy for a compact, but full of nice features. I only miss the viewfinder, it is really difficult to see anything in that LCD in plain sunlight, also holding it steady at arms length is no easy task, but it seems impossible to get a modern compact camera with some sort of (optical or electronic) viewfinder.
Apparently, many amateurs who started taking pictures using compact cameras without a viewfinder are now asking that the professional DSLR cameras have the capability of pointing with the LCD at arms length instead of using the viewfinder; will we see the viewfinder disappear from the DSLRs too? :-(
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« Reply #11 on: November 24, 2011, 05:34 PM »

I'm seriously considering the Canon ELPH 310HS. Best Buy has it for $199. 12.1 MP, 8x zoom w/28mm wide lens, full 1080p HD video, metal body, etc. Crazy!

I need small and this thing is.

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« Reply #12 on: November 24, 2011, 06:35 PM »

When I was looking at cameras earlier this year the "all weather" or underwater models from several makers had good optical viewfinders.
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« Reply #13 on: November 25, 2011, 10:09 AM »

Thanks for the replies so far, what do you guys think of this one?:

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&pwst=1&q=canon+sx150&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&biw=1366&bih=639&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=17978681049880179759&sa=X&ei=2dnPTp_-IMHm0QHQiPA_&ved=0CEwQ8wIwAQ
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« Reply #14 on: November 25, 2011, 06:47 PM »

Would you guy stop bringing up all the cameras, I don't need anymore...
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