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The Man With The Plan
June 24th, 2009, 03:29 PM
Short and simple...

Wife wants new camera. Needs to be digital, fast, and great quality shots. Size, although important, is not super critical. Our current camera is small, but we miss 75% of the pics of our kids b/c the dang thing is so slow!

What say ye? TIA

ColoradoSkier
June 24th, 2009, 04:02 PM
DSLR or Point & Shoot? Canon G9 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000V1VG5G?ie=UTF8&tag=bullockfamily-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B000V1VG5G) or G10 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001G5ZTPY?ie=UTF8&tag=bullockfamily-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B001G5ZTPY) would be a good "hybrid" without the lens interchangeability, but with all the manual settings.

The new Olympus Shock & Waterproof cameras (http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fs%3Fie%3DUTF8%26x%3D0%26ref%255F%3Dnb%255Fss%255Fe%26y%3D0%26 field-keywords%3Dolympus%2520waterproof%26url%3Dsearch-alias%253Delectronics&tag=bullockfamily-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=390957) get good reviews if you are going to be splashing around and stuff.

If I were getting a new DSLR, and had about $1k to spend, I'd be getting a Nikon D5000 two lens kit (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0026FCKA0?ie=UTF8&tag=bullockfamily-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0026FCKA0).

Be careful with entry-level DSLR's. They are like stock rigs. They are nice the first time you take them out, but after that you will want to spend a lot of money upgrading (faster/ better lenses, extra batteries, battery grips, new bodies, etc).

The Man With The Plan
June 24th, 2009, 05:41 PM
If I knew what DSLR was, I'd be able to give you an informed answer to that question! ;) We need ease of use as a top priority. I really don't care how much it costs as long as I never have to hear my wife complain about the camera again.

Jeffro600
June 24th, 2009, 07:12 PM
How much you wanna spend??

DaJudge
June 24th, 2009, 07:52 PM
If I knew what DSLR was, I'd be able to give you an informed answer to that question! ;) We need ease of use as a top priority. I really don't care how much it costs as long as I never have to hear my wife complain about the camera again.
DSLR=digital single lens reflex. I just bought a Nikon D40 for the same reason--shutter lag was driving me nuts. It was a package deal with the camera, 18-55mm lens, 55-200mm lens, camera bag etc for 549.00 It was special Fathers Day sale and I don't see it offered at that price but you might check ebay and some of the discount online camera stores. I am impressed with it so far. Small, light weight, good quallity pics. Reviews:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2007_reviews/nikon_d40.html

http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/nikon/d40-review/

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/NikonD40/

http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-cameras/nikon-d40-with-18/4505-6501_7-32156779.html

~tc~
June 24th, 2009, 08:31 PM
Budget? What do you have now? What kinds of photos do you take?

www.dpreview.com for some of the most useful reviews out there IMHO

The Man With The Plan
June 24th, 2009, 09:49 PM
budget? Like I said before, if I never have to hear my wife complain about the camera, no price is too high! However, it needs to be simple to use. We have neither the time, knowhow, or inclination to learn how to use a complicated camera. It seems that as price increases, so do the features. Not sure that many of those features would be much benefit to us. It needs to be quick, easy to use, and allows us to take great pictures. Currently we have some POS Sony. This thing has been nothing but a PITA since we got it. Had an Olympus before that was ok, but still very slow.

~tc~
June 24th, 2009, 10:08 PM
Well, some of the most common complaints and most significant advances have been in the shot-to-shot speed.

It sounds like you're gonna leave it "auto" most of the time, so no need for a super high end camera.

Personally, if I was buying a camera TODAY, I would probably get:
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonicdmclx3/

One thing to beware of in this price range/market are MP counts that are TOO high. It sounds to me like you won't need more than 5-8 MP. With the small size of the sensor, going to 10 or 12 MP just makes the pixels too damn small to capture much, if any, light at all. If your wife uses the camera like most women, the pictures will be taken indoors in low light, so this becomes important!

ColoradoSkier
June 25th, 2009, 07:29 AM
I'd still go for the Canon G9 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000V1VG5G?ie=UTF8&tag=bullockfamily-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B000V1VG5G) or G10 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001G5ZTPY?ie=UTF8&tag=bullockfamily-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B001G5ZTPY). Small enough to be pocketable, and a "carry around" of choice for many pro's that don't want to carry the DSLR all the time.

mtn WJ
June 25th, 2009, 07:47 AM
Another good choice is the Canon Elph series cameras.

I have two Canon DSLRs a G10 and a Elph. I use the Elph more than I ever thought I would. Compact and great lens for its size.

My wife, kids her mom now have Elphs.

Anyway I agree on the G9 - G10 as well if you dont want a DSLR but if you want something really compact the Elph is a great choice too.

~tc~
June 25th, 2009, 07:21 PM
Yeah, but of they're not gonna use manual controls, they're probably not gonna use RAW ... the same sensor is in the A650 at almost half the price....

rubbersidedown
June 25th, 2009, 07:35 PM
I always like to throw out how much I like my Cannon PS SD 790is. it takes great pic's on "auto". You hit the power button and it is ready to shoot in less than a sec. These pics were from Tues. in very bad lighting conditions (storm over head) and set to Auto. . .

http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs118.snc1/4861_93098023243_739933243_2054700_1647746_n.jpg

http://photos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs118.snc1/4861_93098038243_739933243_2054702_91460_n.jpg

http://photos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs118.snc1/4861_93098053243_739933243_2054704_7756194_n.jpg

mtn WJ
June 25th, 2009, 07:45 PM
I know Canon and Nikon play tit for tat these days. But as an all around digital camera company - Canon is very hard to beat. They are just too conistant.

ColoradoSkier
June 25th, 2009, 09:01 PM
In the Point and Shoot arena, I think Canon blows Nikon (and others) away. In the DSLR arena, they are mostly even I think.

Jeffro600
June 25th, 2009, 09:07 PM
In the Point and Shoot arena, I think Canon blows Nikon (and others) away. In the DSLR arena, they are mostly even I think.

Id agree...with a slight edge to Nikon for DSLR's as far as bang for your buck goes in regards to their more professionally oriented cameras go. The beginner stuff is pretty much identical though.

~tc~
June 26th, 2009, 04:45 PM
In the Point and Shoot arena, I think Canon blows Nikon (and others) away. In the DSLR arena, they are mostly even I think.

x3 - but in my experience, as much because Nikon has dropped the ball in the P&S market as Canon has excelled. Panasonic/Leica, Olympus, Samsung, Sony all beat Nikon P&S IMHO.

rmjeep
June 26th, 2009, 09:54 PM
stay away from nikon point and shoot....... 4th one with a lens problem.. Nikon dslr are good.

Jeff Mason
June 27th, 2009, 04:35 AM
I have a Lumix (Panasonic) DMC-FZ18. It's in the catergory generally known as "SLR-LIKE", looks similar to the Canon's mentioned above and is probably close to it in size.

It is a good compromise between a straight point and shoot and an advanced DSLR. The feature I like the best is the optical zoom (18x). I don't have to be within 20 feet of the action to get a good shot (important for sports and other activities, or when you want to get candid action shots from farther away).

It is also in-between in size. Definitely not one to put in a pocket, but can be put into a fairly small case for carrying around. With one extra battery and a large memory card, I have yet to run out of battery or storage during usage.

The biggest drawback that I have found is the flash. While the Lumix flash is a lot more powerful than the prior compact cameras that I have, it is limited in reach, especially when compared to a full DSLR like the Nikon D40s, etc.

While I really like the Lumix, and would probably buy another one based on my satisfaction to date, I would really like the option of a flash hot shoe to beef up the flash.

Do some research on the compact-like SLR cameras, you may like them!