I'm not really sure about what camera I need and want I've been looking and don't know enough about them to know what I need and what I'm looking for!! Basically I've got around £200 - £250 to spend (little bit more if I push it) anybody advise what would be a good camera for this price?? I'm wanting to be able to email photos back home to friends and family - is this possible in internet cafes can I just connect the camera to the pc and download the pics?? Anyhelp is appreciated...thanks in advance..Rach
This is a question that comes up in the forum all the time.
Ease of use,
Quality of colour,
Avaliability of cards and price,
A lot depends on your needs (landscapes, action, portrate, night, video).
200 to 250 will get you a reasonable camera
The best place to look for what you want in a camera would be dpreview, and for you specifically the features search. You'll need a couple of iterations to settle on anything, but just fill in anything in that form that you think would be nice to have, and then read their reviews and read up on what the differences mean, and search again based on the bigger understanding you'll then have and so on.
I really don't know anymore what's out there in that segment of the market, but assuming you'll want a compact point 'n shoot that'll still allow you to learn and have some room for growth, I'd say that the Canon powershot S80 or the Nikon CoolPix 8400 might be worth looking into (going by street prices here, these are right at the upper edge of the pricerange you're looking at). Slightly cheaper, a Nikon CoolPix P3 or P4 has image stabilization, but lacks aperture priority or shutter priority mode, which hampers experimentation.
I'm going to agree with Sander, dpreview is a great site to research this. There is no way to say that one camera is the best, it will all depend on what it important to you. You'll have to see which one best fits your needs.
I can tell you that I recently have bought a new camera for my next trip (and to use around here), and with all the info I have gotten from dpreview, I am confident I have made the right choice. I have decided to go with the Canon a610 which seems to be perfect for my needs, and a good price too. It should be arriving in the next few days so I'll be able to play around with it.
Thanks for the advice guys - your right I do just want a point and shoot camera - teke views and portraits am new to this but want to have a way to record my trip!! Will check the site out - thanks again Rach
I was just in the same boat, looking for a new camera and I ended up buying the Casio Z750 for the following reasons:
1)Huge resolution (7,2MP) so its good enough for A3 prints
2)High quality video , 640x480 @ 30 fps (frames per second), so its perfect to capture some video footage on the road!
3)Takes SD cards, VERY CHEAP AT THE MOMENT. Other manufacturer's proprietory memory cards like Fuji/Sony are often way more expensive
4)It has a 'BEST SHOT' setting which lets you choose the scenario you are going to shoot, such as portrait, scenic, running water, wells there's 32 settings all in all, one for EVERY occasion.
5)The batteries last ages! But replacements can be had of eBay for £5 so I bought a couple of them too!
6)It will copy any photo you have already taken and resize it to a lower resolution (say 640x480), perfect for when I upload my 'on the road' pix to my TP blog...big pictures take too long. This means I don't have to use any special software.
7)Price: It is an absolute bargain! I got it for £178. I'm not going to plaster the website on here, but if you want to know then just PM me.
Hope this helps...