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    Camera question

    I thought about bumping the Camera group thread to ask this but it's not as intense... my wife and I are looking for a camera and are thinking about a point and shoot, not necessarily interested in an SLR or anything high end. It just wouldn't get used to it's potential.

    What we're looking at is a Nikon coolpix 10.0 and canon powershot 10.0. Does anybody have any experience with either? We've had good experiences with Canon in the past and it's a little smaller unit that would fit in my pocket better so I'm drawn that way but I wanted to know if anybody had either of these and had any recommendations.

    Edit: We're also open to suggestions but want to stay in the $300 range.


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    Re: Camera question

    Quote Originally Posted by BryceC View Post
    We've had good experiences with Canon in the past and it's a little smaller unit that would fit in my pocket better so I'm drawn that way but I wanted to know if anybody had either of these and had any recommendations.
    And I'd recommend you going that way as well. Admittedly, I don't have much experience with Nikon and the reviews on their latest point-and-shoots have been good.

    Which Powershot are you specifically looking at? There are a couple of 10MP options.

    Just make sure you've got IS (which most of 'em do now) and your optical zoom is good (optical zoom > digital zoom).

    You can look your cameras up here to compare...

    www.dpreview.com


    If buying online (which I recommend), you can go to this site to check up on your online reseller (there are some great ones and some very bad ones)...

    www.resellerratings.com


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    Re: Camera question

    What is IS? I'm not the one doing the most research on it, my wife is doing most of it but I thought I'd ask since I know there are some folks that know a lot about it.




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    Re: Camera question

    IS = Image Stabilization (aka, helps your images be sharp and not blurry, especially with movement)



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    Re: Camera question

    I would recommend going with the Canon!



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    Re: Camera question

    We have a Sony Cybershot that we got last year for around $249 or something. We love it for our simple usage.


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    Re: Camera question

    I think, as far as picture quality goes (for the amateur user), they're going to be pretty much the same. So I'd go by what feels better/more natural in your hands. Yeah, the Canon may fit in your pocket better, but are the menu buttons smaller and more difficult to use? Does the Nikon feel more bulky or awkward?

    FWIW, I've only ever had Canon cameras (started with a G5, then a PS800 and now a Rebel Xti) and I have always been more than happy with them. Our PowerShot is a few years old now, but still works great and takes lovely photos.



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    Re: Camera question

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    We have a Sony Cybershot that we got last year for around $249 or something. We love it for our simple usage.
    We have a Sony Cybershot as well. Takes good pictures. But it isn't the "sturdiest" camea around, IMO - and we take care of our stuff pretty well. A piece off the battery cover broke and doesn't completely shut. That's no biggie. But the mode selection dial is extremely touchy and sorta freaks out and changes settings randomly - the contracts must be pretty wore out.

    Admitedly - it's probably 4 years old or so. Things don't last forever. But this stuff happened maybe year two.

    The other thing about Sony is their cameras use proprietary memory cards (Powerstick?). Not CF or SDIO like many other brands and other equipment. And my experience was that was a bit more expensive.



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    Re: Camera question

    I made the "mistake" of buying a Sony camera a few years back. It was a high end point-n-shoot that had hotshoe on it (for an external flash).

    While not a bad camera, I paid a fair amount for it and in reality - wasn't worth the expense.

    Sony excels in the home theater arena but are not quite up to par with Canon/Nikon in cameras. Their accessories also don't play as well with others. Their camcorders are quite nice though.



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    Re: Camera question

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    We have a Sony Cybershot as well. Takes good pictures. But it isn't the "sturdiest" camea around, IMO - and we take care of our stuff pretty well. A piece off the battery cover broke and doesn't completely shut. That's no biggie. But the mode selection dial is extremely touchy and sorta freaks out and changes settings randomly - the contracts must be pretty wore out.

    Admitedly - it's probably 4 years old or so. Things don't last forever. But this stuff happened maybe year two.

    The other thing about Sony is their cameras use proprietary memory cards (Powerstick?). Not CF or SDIO like many other brands and other equipment. And my experience was that was a bit more expensive.
    We're using a Sandisk memory stick in our Sony camera without issues.


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    Re: Camera question

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    We're using a Sandisk memory stick in our Sony camera without issues.
    Right - us too.

    My point was that it's really not useful anywhere else. I think Sony is about the only brand that uses it. Whereas SD is a bit more common media. And it seemed that even the generics were more expensive. Albiet not much.



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    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    Right - us too.

    My point was that it's really not useful anywhere else. Whereas SD is a bit more common media. And it seemed that even the generics were more expensive. Albiet not much.
    Well, OK. That works for me. We bought that card/stick only for the camera, so we haven't really looked to use it anywhere else.


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    Re: Camera question

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    We're using a Sandisk memory stick in our Sony camera without issues.
    SD does not stand for Sandisk. Memory sticks, SD cards and CF cards are all camera media cards of different sizes. CF and SD cards are by far the most common.

    The point being, some of these cards are being used in other devices and - if you switch cameras and manufacturers, you'd have to replace your card as well.



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    Re: Camera question

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    SD does not stand for Sandisk. Memory sticks, SD cards and CF cards are all camera media cards of different sizes. CF and SD cards are by far the most common.
    Right. I was referring to the idea that it had to be a proprietary Sony memory device.


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    Re: Camera question

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    Well, OK. That works for me. We bought that card/stick only for the camera, so we haven't really looked to use it anywhere else.
    Yeah - I should've been clearer up front.

    The Sony has powerstick - for which we got 2 or 3. But everyone else in her family has Canon, and now so do we with the new SLR - and that uses CF. My phone had SDIO, the video camera also has SDIO.

    So if people have stuff like that, and want to interchange - something to pay attention to. I was one of those brain-dead buyers who didn't pay attention and thought the entire camera world ran off CF. Perhaps my age...

    Agree with your earlier - there's nothing wrong with Powerstick. Works great.



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