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Any ideas on a good point-and-shoot digital camera w/video for $100-150 ?????
self | 07/22/12 | Chi-townChief

Posted on 07/22/2012 11:44:11 AM PDT by Chi-townChief

Looking for a good digital camera for primarily night photos and videos. Any thoughts??


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1 posted on 07/22/2012 11:44:21 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief; SWAMPSNIPER
Swampy might know.

/johnny

2 posted on 07/22/2012 11:47:24 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Chi-townChief

There was just a Consumer Reports article about this, FWIW.


3 posted on 07/22/2012 11:48:14 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Chi-townChief

Thanks for posting this. I need one, too.


4 posted on 07/22/2012 11:48:35 AM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: Chi-townChief

I’ve had a Canon 12Mp Power Shot A3100 IS for a couple years. Like it a lot. Don’t know if that model’s still available, but the Canon line is good. I’m sure they have something to fit your bill...


5 posted on 07/22/2012 11:50:47 AM PDT by bcsco
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To: Chi-townChief

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/digital-cameras.htm


6 posted on 07/22/2012 11:53:00 AM PDT by Hodar (A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.- Burroughs)
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To: bcsco

Thanks - I’ll take a look at Canaon. I had one of those big old early digital Kodaks that was great and now have a smaller higher mp Nikon that totally sucks.


7 posted on 07/22/2012 11:54:13 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief

OOPS - “Canon”


8 posted on 07/22/2012 11:57:09 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief

Spend another 20 or 40 bucks and get a Sony Cybershot, you will not be sorry.


9 posted on 07/22/2012 11:59:06 AM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: Hodar

Your link of course leads to another page of links that require a subscription to access..... no thanks


10 posted on 07/22/2012 11:59:50 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: Chi-townChief

My Canon is easy to operate, has a decent size viewer, and takes fine pictures, at least for what I use it for. It’s not a professional grade camera by any means, but suitable for the every-day photo opportunity. And the battery has a great memory cycle. I don’t have to recharge it often at all.


11 posted on 07/22/2012 11:59:50 AM PDT by bcsco
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To: Chi-townChief

Just about all of them now shoot video. Just about all of them will do an acceptable job under good conditions.

I have noticed the local Wal-Mart just about always has some digital P&S cameras on clearance and some of them are great deals. When I say great deals, I have got a couple of middle end P&S cameras which were just a bit out of date for as little as $25. One was a Nikon L-20 and the other a Nikon L-16.

I also bought a Sony MP-4, also for $25. It is a video camera and will also take individual shots. I actually bought two. I sent one to my Daughter for a Christmas present. They already had a high end video camera so they took it, still new in the box to their local Wal-Mart and returned it for $179. They about fell over when I told them I had actually paid only $25 for it.

Don’t be concerned about number of pixels. They all have enough.

Buy a name brand, as new as possible. If you have the chance look up the model on DP review.


12 posted on 07/22/2012 12:01:05 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: Chi-townChief

I love my Canon equipment (always have)

The A2300 give you lots of pixels and is really geared to the point and shoot folks. And at about 120 bucks it is tough to beat


13 posted on 07/22/2012 12:02:31 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Chi-townChief

Can’t go wrong with a Canon camera


14 posted on 07/22/2012 12:09:51 PM PDT by DivineMomentsOfTruth ("Give me Liberty or I'll stand up and get it for myself!")
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To: bcsco

I have had a Canon G9 Power Shot for about five years now and love it (about $400 new). Shoots great stills, plus both SD and HD video, has manual settings too and even does time lapse. My brother has a $2000 digital Nikon and likes my camera better.


15 posted on 07/22/2012 12:13:57 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: Chi-townChief

Sony Cybershot. Many models from $100 to $300 within the “Cybershot” series of cameras. I bought mine last year for a trip to the Rockies because it had the capability to shoot panoramic(wide open landscape) scenes.


16 posted on 07/22/2012 12:14:51 PM PDT by MachIV
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To: yarddog

I have a Nikon Coolpix 4100 that totally blows - can’t take a decent night photos and the video is temperamental; don’t know how many music performances I missed recording because it would stall after a few seconds. Try it again 1/2 hour late and it would work but then stall again on the next usage.


17 posted on 07/22/2012 12:32:49 PM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: yarddog

I have a Nikon Coolpix 4100 that totally blows - can’t take a decent night photos and the video is temperamental; don’t know how many music performances I missed recording because it would stall after a few seconds. Try it again 1/2 hour late and it would work but then stall again on the next usage.


18 posted on 07/22/2012 12:33:02 PM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief

After re-reading the original post, I realized he is talking about low light pictures which is an area, P&S cameras do not perform well.

I would suggest nothing less than a beginner DSLR, I noticed the latest Nikon entry level, the D3200 performed well at some very high ISOs. It also has an extremely high resolution, probably exceeding most Professional models.

Of course it starts at around $700.


19 posted on 07/22/2012 12:42:33 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: Chi-townChief

Look to the Consumer Reports, CNET and other review sites for reliable info. I would.


20 posted on 07/22/2012 12:44:20 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Chi-townChief
I'm very happy with my Fujifilm S4080 (14 mp and 30 X zoom) It does panorama pix and fairly close detail beautifully. I haven't tried the video yet. The cost has really come down on these to around $200.
21 posted on 07/22/2012 12:54:47 PM PDT by Bearshouse
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To: Chi-townChief

Cybershots are inexpensive and easy to use. I have an 8mp on my DROID phone. It is more than I need and easy to share and print to my Kodak printer with the correct paper. Im just biased. Who needs more than 8mp unless you are a pro or blowing something up(that didn’t sound right). You know what I mean. ;0)


22 posted on 07/22/2012 12:56:04 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: yarddog

The old Kodak did fine at night - just kind of big to carry around casually.


23 posted on 07/22/2012 12:57:10 PM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Nifster

Canon A2300 on eBay now for $99.00 16mps .


24 posted on 07/22/2012 1:23:19 PM PDT by Lionheartusa1 (-: Socialism is the equal distribution of misery :-)
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To: yarddog
I would suggest nothing less than a beginner DSLR, I noticed the latest Nikon entry level, the D3200 performed well at some very high ISOs. It also has an extremely high resolution, probably exceeding most Professional models

My Canon G9 Power Shot, which is basically a point and shoot with many advanced features including different ISO settings, has several "night shot" settings and shoots great scenes at night.

25 posted on 07/22/2012 1:31:25 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: JRandomFreeper

What do you want to do with it?


26 posted on 07/22/2012 1:43:18 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Not me, the original poster. I've got a cheap one I bought over in Korea. Good enough for me. ;)

/johnny

27 posted on 07/22/2012 1:47:11 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Chi-townChief

It’s a little outside your price break but I got my wife a Nikon Coolpix P300 for Christmas and it takes awesome pics even in low light. Movies are good too.

$348 at Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004M8SVGG/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i06

It has been superceded by the P310 but P300 is still available at Amazon

We always had Sony before but this Nikon way outperforms any Sony we have ever had.


28 posted on 07/22/2012 1:52:38 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Chi-townChief

I am a big fan of the Sony Cybershot. I have a model HX9V.
16.2 megapixel and it takes HD video.

You mentioned night shots. It has this feature to shoot photos in very low light. It takes about ten rapid images, then the internal chip in it, processes then together somehow. While on a trip last fall to the Holy Land, I got amazing shots inside in very low light.

Also has a cool auto feature for panoramic shots. You click, then just move your camera from left to right across the scene you want. No need to line up anything. The camera’s internal GPS “stitches” the horizontal scene together seamlessly.


29 posted on 07/22/2012 1:54:02 PM PDT by Apple Pan Dowdy (... as American as Apple Pie mmm mmm mmm)
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To: Chi-townChief
Check out www.dpreview.com for comprehensive camera reviews. I've been partial to the Panasonic Lumix line.

-PJ

30 posted on 07/22/2012 1:58:14 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: Inyo-Mono

The G-9 was one of the better P&S cameras but it cost nearly as much as most beginner DSLRs and the DSLRs will beat the heck out of it in very low light.

It is also getting a bit long in the tooth but I agree, still capable of excellent results under most conditions.


31 posted on 07/22/2012 2:09:18 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: Chi-townChief

I use the Canon SD4000 which is designed for low light situations. As an artist I shoot paintings in museums and the camera does a much better job delivering detail in dark areas. I got mine on sale for about $160.00


32 posted on 07/22/2012 2:15:15 PM PDT by runfree
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To: Chi-townChief

A good way to asses a product is to go to Amazon and read reviews.

Or Newegg.


33 posted on 07/22/2012 2:17:04 PM PDT by NoLibZone (We must get down on our knees each day and thank God that McCain/Palin didn't win in '08. Right?)
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To: Apple Pan Dowdy; Chi-townChief
> It takes about ten rapid images, then the internal chip in it, processes then together somehow.

You can do that in software, along with stitching panoramas.
Google exposure stacking software and panorama stitching software.

A program called Image Stacker can be had for less than $20 and can do wonderful things.

I would also recommend becoming familiar with Gimp, the free Photoshop clone.

For your price range, just stay with one name-brands and you'll do fine. Today's $100 cameras will give you roughly the same electronic performance of cameras costing 10 times that much 5 or six years ago, the only difference is, in all probability, the older cameras had better glass.

If you really want to maximize your money, buy used from a reputable dealer, just don't go too far back as your performance at high ISO will probably suffer.

34 posted on 07/22/2012 2:22:51 PM PDT by ADemocratNoMore (Jeepers, Freepers, where'd 'ya get those sleepers?. Pj people, exposing old media's lies.)
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To: Apple Pan Dowdy; Chi-townChief
You can also go to PBase to see all the cameras made by
a particular manufacturer as well as pictures made with
each type of camera. A valuable resource.

http://www.pbase.com/cameras

35 posted on 07/22/2012 2:31:07 PM PDT by ADemocratNoMore (Jeepers, Freepers, where'd 'ya get those sleepers?. Pj people, exposing old media's lies.)
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To: hattend

I think I’m through with Nikon - the one I have is just too much of a disappointment.


36 posted on 07/22/2012 2:32:37 PM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief

Yeah, after I posted I read your comments and figured my recommendation was no good for you.

I’ve had a lot of Sony point and shoots. They take good pictures but they are REALLY susceptable to dirt contamination in the lens iris and focus motor. Everytime we go to the beach, I have to spend hours cleaning the lens mechanism and eventually it just wears out.

Good luck in your search!


37 posted on 07/22/2012 2:37:20 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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“Check out www.dpreview.com for comprehensive camera reviews. I’ve been partial to the Panasonic Lumix line.”

Me too. I own an older ZS3 Panasonic the PQ is better than the newer models.


38 posted on 07/22/2012 2:47:13 PM PDT by topspinr
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I take along a Panasonic DMC-ZS5 on my morning runs. It is small enough to carry in some shirt pockets and has manual options for f stops & exposure (1/2000 to 60 sec.) It has a LEICA lens with good macro capability. It is versatile enough that I use it for everything. It’s a few years old & probably outdated.


39 posted on 07/22/2012 2:51:31 PM PDT by Western Phil
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To: Western Phil

Haven’t tried the video or sound recording.


40 posted on 07/22/2012 2:55:28 PM PDT by Western Phil
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To: Western Phil

One more thing about my Panasonic DMC-ZS3 you couldn’t ask for better sound when using video.


41 posted on 07/22/2012 4:10:14 PM PDT by topspinr
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To: Chi-townChief

A used one at a good pawn shop, maybe?


42 posted on 07/22/2012 5:11:46 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Chi-townChief

If you’re going to shoot outdoors a lot you need a viewfinder, the LCD screen will be almost useless in bright sunlight. As far as the budget point and shoots go this feature would be most important to me.


43 posted on 07/22/2012 5:29:33 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Chi-townChief

Canon is the top of the list for a point and shoot; Nikon is the top of the list for the single lens reflex.


44 posted on 07/22/2012 5:57:54 PM PDT by BuffaloJack (Repeal Obamacare, the CITIZENSHIP TAX)
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To: Chi-townChief
http://www.walmart.com/ip/FujiFilm-FinePix-S2940-14MP-Digital-Camera-with-18x-Optical-Zoom-3.0-LCD-Display-with-Bonus-8GB-SD-Card/20919684

Fuji Finepix ,,, 14MP , 18x OPTICAL zoom , decent flash power , runs on AA's $129 at Walmart WITH a 8gb memory card !!

I don't know why the link isn't hot so just cut and paste it into your navigation bar..

45 posted on 07/22/2012 6:11:04 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: Lionheartusa1

even better


46 posted on 07/22/2012 6:23:19 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Nifster
Your link of course leads to another page of links that require a subscription to access..... no thanks

Appologies ... I'm a subscriber - so they worked fine for me. Thought that was in the "Public" area.

Good luck on the camera shopping - the usual suspects (Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Sony) are in the recommended area.

47 posted on 07/22/2012 10:13:49 PM PDT by Hodar (A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.- Burroughs)
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To: Hodar; Nifster

Customer Reports is in public libraries, and on supermarket checkout stands. I think the current issue has a comprehensive report on everything, cameras among them.

The problem with CR is not that they are “Communists” as many on this forum assure us, but that they are behind the market in the area of electronics, and often enough the products they review in the latest issue are no longer manufactured.

CNET on the other hand tends to be (just like CR, too) incomplete. But there are plenty of good review sites on the Net, and the Amazon reviews as well. (Always look first at the one star Amazon reviews, is my rule.)


48 posted on 07/22/2012 10:20:23 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Revolting cat!

I have no complaints about CR as such. I read them when I am looking for something I don’t have much info on. I find it useful overall (and while I don’t subscribe I do go to the library). I use CNET as well

But as you say they are not complete so they give me a good starting point


49 posted on 07/23/2012 12:08:02 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: Chi-townChief

Thanks, all !!! Now I just have to get out and grab one!!!!!


50 posted on 07/23/2012 7:05:54 PM PDT by Chi-townChief
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