Thread: Suggestions on new camera??
February 10th, 2008, 07:18 PM #1
Suggestions on new camera??
Hi folks! Need some help here.
My girlfriend is looking into getting a new camera. A "bridge camera". She's not to familiar with these types of cameras, and is looking for some tips or suggestions. Budget is no more then $500, but would like to keep it around $400 if possible.
Anybody have any suggestions? We really don't even know what brand to really look for. Who's got the best quality and options for the price.
Basically looking for the best camera in the price range I listed above. Looking for something that's "portable". Something that we don't have to carry 2-3 different lenses with, but something that WE still have control over.
Did I lose anyone?
Thanks in advance for any help!
February 10th, 2008, 10:55 PM #2
Sony, Canon, Fuji.. some examples of companies that make them.
Steve's Digital Camera review would be the best place to find the answers you are looking for.
The Canon Powershot S5 IS is on their recommended list.
I am not sure what current pricing is like though.--- Standby to receive our transmission ---
February 10th, 2008, 11:02 PM #3
I would also look at the Powershot G9 if you want something more compact and don't care much about zoom.--- Standby to receive our transmission ---
February 10th, 2008, 11:06 PM #4
Not sure what you mean by bridge. The wife and i have been talkn about gettin a new camera too. We were looking at something like this entry level SLR:
I actually woked with an architect that used this camera in the field. I played with it a little bit ,but i would surely need a manual for it .It took very nice pics.
February 10th, 2008, 11:06 PM #5
Ok, let me clarify this a little bit. I'm a complete camera idiot. But the g/f is not.
That's her thing really. But she really doesn't know what all the options out there are.
Basically looking for the best digital camera you can get for the $400-$500 price range. She's been looking online all day, and found one Fuji camera that she really likes, but it doesn't come out till march. And she's going on a cruise in early April, so I doubt we'll be able to get a hold of one before then.
But thanks for the link, I'm gonna pass that on to her.
February 10th, 2008, 11:09 PM #6
D40 is a DSLR.. the "Bridge" type cameras are regular digital cameras but more of a prosumer models.
DSLR's are far from being compact and you need multiple lenses to get the job done right.
I picked up a D40x and two lenses about a month ago and love it!
The G9 fits the bill for what you need I think.--- Standby to receive our transmission ---
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February 10th, 2008, 11:16 PM #8
I could only tell ya that i seen pictures from that particular camera that i linked and they were amazing. I have only used compact digital point and shoot cameras myself.
I always find i want to zoom in on something , and ya really cant with them 3x or 4x lenses, unless you are already close up. I want something like if i goto a ball game or something i can zoom in and shoot a nice pic. Like a nice panoramic shot of the island from the deck of a cruise ship.
Again I to am newb when it comes to cameras.
February 10th, 2008, 11:47 PM #9
I recently bought the Panasonic DMC-FZ18. They're currently running about $323 on Amazon. Awesome camera. Very light, one lens only, but with a great zoom factor (18x), and it just won't take a bad picture. Check out my pics from Florida. The night shots and sunrise shots were all taken hand held. The image stabilization is unbelievable on this camera.
One word of warning if you buy it on Amazon; stay away from this accessory kit. The lenses and filters *do not* fit the camera without an adapter which is currently unavailable.
Get yourself a 2GB SD card you can store 500 images at full resolution. It also takes pretty decent video, even though it's not a video camera. You can't slip this into a shirt pocket like some other mini-cameras, but it's very light, so it's not hard to tote it around on your shoulder all day.You can't fix stupidity.
February 11th, 2008, 12:09 AM #10
Awesome, thanks for the suggestions so far guys. It's helping.
IDK if this link will work, but this is the list that she has compiled.
February 11th, 2008, 12:13 AM #11
Wow.. who would of known that the Panasonics are getting such great reviews.
I love Panasonic quality all around but never thought they built such nice cameras.--- Standby to receive our transmission ---
February 11th, 2008, 12:48 AM #12
My prosumer is the FujiFilm Finepix S5200 and it has served me well for the last couple of years (have since replaced it with a mid-high end point and shoot and a low-mid end DSLR). The Fujis do take xD cards though which are a little pricier than the alternatives so keep that in mind, but it has served me well..
All of the cameras you have linked to look great. I am sure you will be happy with any of them, and I am sure that you will find at least one limitation with the one you choose before you hit the end of the camera's life.... That is just the nature of cameras. Eventually you will find a barrier and want to upgrade to get past it. Then she will be like me with 4 different cameras for different scenarios (I have an old tiny point and shoot that goes as a last resort/beat the crap out of it camera, I have the Olympus 725sw point and shoot for in-my-pocket camera (as well as underwater and shock proof), I have the Fuji S5200 prosumer for in-between control vs. carry-ability, and I have the Olympus Evolt E-500 DSLR for photo trips where I don't mind carrying a backpack filled with camera equipment).I don't like signatures.
February 11th, 2008, 01:20 AM #13
i have that SONY camera and i absolutely love it. next best thing to an SLRi5 3750 | ASUS P75 | GTX560Ti | 8gb Corsair Vengence
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February 11th, 2008, 07:02 AM #14
I prefer Nikon, because personally I like the quality of the lens. That is just me.
I have a Sony and Fuji, but IMO, Nikon is better. Olympus is also a good product too. But just 2nd best IMO
I have a digital camera is only 5 megapixel and that's enough for me. Very much. I don't need a crystal super clear picture like advance camera nowadays.
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February 11th, 2008, 08:22 AM #15
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February 11th, 2008, 10:28 PM #17
I have a Fuji, it serves me well.
I had an old Film Nikon. I loved it.
Nikon in general makes good products (good rifle scopes ), but the Fuji, for the price, is really good. Has an extreme close zoom feature which is great for taking pictures of stuff that you need up close, like insects in flowers.
February 11th, 2008, 11:00 PM #18
We currently have a Fuji Finepix, and we love it. It takes really good pictures for what it is.
Also have a older Polaroid digi camera. Got it while on vacation, after realizing that we forgot our other camera.
We have some awesome film camera also, I just can't name them myself.
But we just want a GOOD quality camera.
Last I checked with her, she's got 10 on her list that she's looking at.
February 11th, 2008, 11:58 PM #19
I can highly recommend the Canon S5 IS. It comes from a truly amazing line of cameras. It's hard to go wrong. But there are a lot of good cameras. The G9 is also a great choice, but so many are out there. Take her out to a decent camera shop if there are any around. Otherwise a BB/officmax/office depot run might be worth it to get a little hands on with some of the more popular cameras.
February 19th, 2008, 11:26 AM #20
Hmm . . . for the past 2 years I had a Pentax Optio 50. I do not recommend this bargain camera on anyone. It eats batteries like cookie monster eats cookies, and is kind of klunky. If you go pentax, I only recommend the z-series or higher. I have always admired the Canon Digital Elph camera for a "go-anywhere" camera - lots of features, big screen, slick interface.
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