Need recommendations for a DIGITAL CAMERA!

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    Jun 17, 2010 4:11 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    I'm looking to buy a digital camera. I want a user-friendly, high-performing camera with which I can take pictures and make short videos. I like the SONY cameras I've used, so I'm partial to that brand. I'm looking to spend roughly $300. And I don't mind buying a used camera on EBAY.

    What do you suggest?
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    Jun 18, 2010 4:09 AM GMT
    If you want to stick with Sony, I'd recommend the Cybershot WX1. The sensor/lens is well suited for taking low light/dark pictures. So it's a versatile camera for day and night photography. It takes HD video. And it's really compact. Under $300 brand new.
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    Jun 18, 2010 4:21 AM GMT
    Cannon...I've had 3 of them and I've loved every single one.
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    Jun 18, 2010 4:27 AM GMT
    Canon G9, G10, or G11. Read the reviews on them. Many professional photographers I know will carry one around as their point-n-shoot, and most have used them during a shoot just to prove it's not the camera that makes the picture good, but the photographer. (all three have a hotshoe to connect to studio lights)
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    Jun 18, 2010 4:32 AM GMT
    if you're looking for something that would slip right into your pocket the sony TX1 is a great choice. You need something with more zoom the HX1 has that power for ya (a bit more pricier though).

    aside from Sonys, Canons are an excellent choice, they're fast, pretty universal when it comes to accessories (meaning it'll be cheaper for ya), and they have a great lens / image sensor.
  • jlly_rnchr

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    Jun 18, 2010 4:36 AM GMT
    That Olympus Pen looks so damn impressive, but pricey and kind of bulky. I might still have to get one.
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    Jun 18, 2010 4:41 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidCanon G9, G10, or G11. Read the reviews on them. Many professional photographers I know will carry one around as their point-n-shoot, and most have used them during a shoot just to prove it's not the camera that makes the picture good, but the photographer. (all three have a hotshoe to connect to studio lights)



    I second that. The G series Canon makes are amazing cameras. I have a G10, the pro photogs I work with use them as backups to their multi-thousand-dollar cameras.

  • Starboard

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    Jun 18, 2010 5:01 AM GMT
    I got a Nikon Coolpix so I could be all cool like Ashton Kutcher. But I tend to get these little halos in a lot of my pics...I checked online and they say it is a common problem with compact cameras because the flash is so close to the lens (the halos occur from reflections off of dust particles). Stay away from compact cameras, stay away from Coolpix, stay away from Ashton.
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    Jun 18, 2010 5:04 AM GMT
    The Canon G11 is pretty awesome. Unless you need a hot shoe for an external flash and more manual control, I think the Canon S90 is a better camera for casual point-n-shoot. It has a faster lens, it costs less, and it's easier to carry around. I'm hoping Canon offers HD video in the next version. Then I can sell my Panasonic LX3.
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    Jun 18, 2010 5:33 AM GMT
    Starboard saidI got a Nikon Coolpix so I could be all cool like Ashton Kutcher. But I tend to get these little halos in a lot of my pics...I checked online and they say it is a common problem with compact cameras because the flash is so close to the lens (the halos occur from reflections off of dust particles). Stay away from compact cameras, stay away from Coolpix, stay away from Ashton.
    Take a piece of duct tape and.make a small lens hood to block the light from getting in the lens.
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    Jun 23, 2010 4:32 AM GMT
    jlly_rnchr saidThat Olympus Pen looks so damn impressive, but pricey and kind of bulky. I might still have to get one.


    I want that camera sooo bad!
  • manpit209

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    Jun 23, 2010 6:21 AM GMT
    Camera's from Cannon are pretty awesome. I've owned two and have friends/family who use Cannon as well. Everyone loves it! High quality, high performance and reasonable price. I tried Sony at one point and was not happy. I also tried a friend Olympus and that was not a good experience either. Cannon all the way!
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    Jun 23, 2010 7:13 AM GMT
    I like my Panasonic Lumix. I can't say I'm a very sophisticated user, but my friend Frank is and he has a higher-end one from the same line he likes.
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    Jun 28, 2010 12:00 AM GMT
    Hey gents,

    Thanks for the tips. I ended up buying a CANON Powershot SX120 IS.
  • oursirpeace

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    Jun 28, 2010 12:21 AM GMT
    I'm really thinking of getting Canon G11 as I'm trying to get into photography but should I wait for the new G model to see if it's got HD video recording?

  • Jun 28, 2010 12:28 AM GMT
    Any Canon is good. I just got an Olympus Stylus Tough 8010. This camera is waterproof, shockproof, and virtually indestructible.
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    Jun 28, 2010 12:45 AM GMT
    oursirpeace saidI'm really thinking of getting Canon G11 as I'm trying to get into photography but should I wait for the new G model to see if it's got HD video recording?

    It's up to you. If you don't shoot a lot of video, then it's a non-issue. But I feel that other cameras in the same class/price have HD video and the G11 should have had it too. Same with the S90. I'm in no hurry to replace my current camera. So I'm going to wait to see what Canon offers at the end of the year when they release new models.
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    Jun 28, 2010 12:48 AM GMT
    BlkMuscleGent saidHey guys,

    I'm looking to buy a digital camera. I want a user-friendly, high-performing camera with which I can take pictures and make short videos. I like the SONY cameras I've used, so I'm partial to that brand. I'm looking to spend roughly $300. And I don't mind buying a used camera on EBAY.

    What do you suggest?


    O-man, I just bought a FujiFilm Finepix on eBay, for $91. Used, but highly rated vendor. I was comparing it to the Panasonic Lumix for the reasons you specify above, plus for the lens cover/slide thingy that turns it on and off.

    I usually go to Frys north of the Domain to check out the merchandise...then make the purchase on eBay. The Finepix does HD video, 12 MP still shot. Easy interface.