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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Point and shoot cameras?

So, I have a Nikon D70 DSLR with some nifty lenses and gadgets and whatnot, and I love her most of the time. BUT, I really need a small point and shoot to hand over to Michael for field trips with Landon or to Avery for fun activities with her friends. And sometimes, you just don't want to haul the big honkin' camera bag around.

I'm having a hard time finding one that I will love. It needs to have some decent optical zoom on it...at least 6x. Megapixels aren't nearly as important to me...most cameras are sufficient in that area. Obviously quality is important. I don't really care about video, but I'd like some different built-in focus features, timer, ability to use fill-flash, etc.

Any suggestions?? I'm not concerned about price really because if it's THE camera, I'll have it for a while and will get my money's worth out of it.

14 comments:

Side by Side said...

I love my Nikon Coolpix P1 it is an 8 MP and takes really great pictures.

I carry it all the time in my purse.

Hope you find a good one.

Shelley Moore said...

I have a Kodak EasyShare Z740 and I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE it! It has 10x optical zoom, and 5.0 mgp, and it takes great pics! I've even gotten some great action shots at teh soccer games :) I'd highly recommend it!

scrapsofmylife said...

Check out the Canon Powershot G9 - I love mine. 12 MP and 6x optical zoom. Perfect for my needs ;-)

Shell said...

Nikon Coolpix S600 10 MP, great zoom

- just got one for my birthday - it rocks - takes FANTASTIC pics

Spekah (and also Maddog) said...

I love my Canon Powershot sd750 digital elph.

Anonymous said...

Canon powershot SD630...great pics fits in your pocket.

Lisa said...

Bryan and I were looking for a camera small enough to fit in a pocket (for vacations and such). This is what I found and we absolutely love it.
Kodak EasyShare V610 6MP Digital Camera with 10x Dual-Lens Optical Zoom

Lisa

Kim said...

I have theCanon PowerShot SD1100IS and I really like it (coming from someone who has a Canon 5D as my professional camera).

RealRach said...

I have the Sony Cyber Shot DSC T100
http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=sony+t100&oe=UTF-8&cid=47424847946480194

It the camera I used for my Cancun trip and it was and still is a great small camera. I have no complaints yet and I have had it for nearly 9mos. I have it in my purse at all times for those "you never know" moments. Love it.

Anonymous said...

It has to be a Panasonic Lumix. With 10x optical zoom, even I can take great pics with it. They are as clear as a bell and easy to view on the large viewscreen. These cameras have won loads of awards and we are on our second (the first one met with a nasty accident, sigh!). I would never buy any other camera again.

Sharon-shutterbug said...

I must second Ms. Anonymous - I bought a "full-size" Panasonic Lumix over 3 years ago after alot of research and have LOVED it absolutely ever since (and several family members followed suit after seeing mine). They recently came out with a pocket version of the big one, which hubby gave me for my birthday. Not as good for indoor shots as my big one, but an excellent camera overall. There are a lot of different models, so look carefully to find exactly what you're looking for. They have 12x zoom, image stabilization, and much more.

Christie said...

I don't know if you've made a camera decision yet, but here are two that I own and love.

Nikon Coolpix P80 - has 18x OPTICAL zoom! Plus digital zoom of course.
http://www.steves-digicams.com/2008_reviews/nikon_p80.html

Sony DSC-W300 - 13 megapixels
http://www.dpreview.com/news/0802/08022501sonyw300.asp

Lil said...

I recently bought a Canon Powershot S5. I absolutely love it. I've always had Canon and they've never let me down.~!

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with the gals that listed Canon's. I have a few friends that are professional photographers, and their main cameras are all Nikons, but they all carry a small Canon with them. I just sent my sil a list of some too, and I'm going to be getting myself one since my dh has my p&s with him up in Alaska for a few months.

Any of their digital ELPH ones are amazing. Here is a link to one of the new ones:
http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&fcategoryid=145&modelid=16719

This is probably the one that I'm going to get!!

Debra