Thursday, February 17, 2011
My trusty Canon Powershot Elph has died. May she rest in peace. Now after the obligatory mourning period, I have decided its time to buy a new one. Here's what I'm considering.
Canon Powershot S95 $369
Takes pictures in low light without flash
Allows for manual adjustments
For a little bit more money, I could get an SLR.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 $399
Large lens allows for better zoom, color saturation, and better soft-focused background shots.
Can attach other lens to camera
High Quality HD Videos
Light and easy to carry around
Full Manual Control
For $399 on Amazon, plus shipping, this is getting dangerously close to SLR territory.
Nikon Coolpix S8100 $228Pros:
Huge high resolution photo display on the camera
High zoom lens
Fast pictures (up to 5 frames per second)
Subject tracking helps take moving shots better
Some great Night/Dark light (automatic) photo settings
Doesn't allow for any manual settings as far as I can tell.
Leica D-LUX 5 $799
Manual option as well as full suite of automatic photo settings
Classic Leica design (not sure if this a perk I care about, but it's all over every review I read)
Good low light photos
Comes with a free Adobe Lightshop download
High quality video
Video quality is less than all the others, though still HD.
Cost! At $799, there is a whole host of SLR's with automatic features available.
Canon EOS Rebel XS $489
SLR camera at a decent price point.
Noise-free picture taking
Photo quality is lesser than some of the digitals
Nikon D3000 $589Pros:
Fully functional SLR
6 auto modes
Guide Mode helps you learn to use the camera
Fast picture taking (eliminates shutter lag)
In-camera photo editing
At $589, it's not much less than the D3100 which takes much high quality photos.
Less megapixels a lot of point and shoots
What are your thoughts? Did I miss anything really good out there?
I'm looking for something that will take great pictures, but doesn't cost a fortune and is fairly easy to lug around the city in my purse. I used to know how to use an SLR camera in high school, but I'd have to relearn again, so that's a definite disadvantage to the SLR's. But photo quality is a major, major, major plus.
So many things to think about... I'm going to head to B&H this weekend and if see if one of those camera geeks can't teach me a thing or two and help me decide.