A&P Best Point & Shoot (not DSLR) for $500-600?

Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by Fearan, Nov 28, 2007.

  1. Fearan

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    I'll be going to Europe for 6 months and want to get a good camera, as my current little POS HP 4mp won't cut it. I'm looking at a Point and Shoot that's not too large (something I can bring to the bar with me without looking like a dork) but that will still take awesome pictures and have good battery life.

    Price range: $500-600USD
    Requirements:
    -Solid body (backpacking might get it slightly wet, banged up)
    -Battery life

    Would be nice:
    SDHC (already have some, so it'd be nice to be able to use them)

    Is the Canon G9 the best camera for these requirements?
     
  2. SuperCzar

    SuperCzar Mac Crew, DSLR Crew

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    G9 is sweet.

    S5IS if you want a megazoom.
     
  3. Fearan

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    No care for megazoom.

    Is the G9 going to be too big to lug around everywhere?
     
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    I'm not a good judge of that, I lug a 20d around.

    But I would say not.
     
  5. Fearan

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    Lug a 20D everywhere? :bigthumb:

    What about getting a smaller camera like the S950,850 or whatever they're called. What are the disadvantages/advantages of those over a G9?
     
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    g9 is about the most advanced P&S available, great in every regard. add external flashes, great lens, etc etc

    SD series are nice, but no where near as controllable. a true P&S where as the G9 can be adjusted in every way a dslr can
     
  7. Dwight Schrute

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    It really doesn't make sense to spend $500 - $600 on a point and shoot when you can get something like a Nikon D40 with a lens for $479. And it will take way better pictures than any P&S.

    And before you complain about the size, the D40 is pretty small. Probably the same footprint as the G9.
     
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  8. Fearan

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    I can't carry a D40 around with me. :hsugh:

    Ever see a guy at a bar taking pics with a D40? Looks retarded.
     
  9. Fearan

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    And does anyone know if stirlingtek is good for batteries? The NP.. whatever for the G9 is like twice as powerful for $10. Seems like a bit too good of a deal? :dunno:
     
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    :ugh:

    and then spend a few grand more on more lenses and accessories and have to cary a huge bag everwhere . . .

    dslrs are not for everyone and you can get a more versatile camera for a much lower price point in the P&S market. there is nothing wrong with going that route
     
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    A G9 is just as big dude.
     
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    I didn't say there was anything wrong with it, I was just making a suggestion. You don't need to buy a ton of lenses and accessories, that's your choice. The G9 is nowhere near as versatile as the D40, AND it's the same price.
     
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    name me someting a d40 can do a g9 can't :mamoru:
     
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    if you carry it around without a lens on it might be close :ugh:

    give up man
     
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    Have you ever seen one in person? It's tiny! You could throw it over your shoulder and not even know it's there. And don't tell me you can put the G9 in your pocket either.

    This guy is gonna buy what he wants to buy, but I don't see why people spend so much money on super high-end point and shoots when all they do is give you inferior picture quality and features for the same price. All they do is save you a little size.

    Then again, if he's factoring in "how he'll look at the bar" into how to spend 600 bucks, I suppose it's a lost cause.
     
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    nope, never ever seen one in my life :mamoru:

    add a 18-200 VR (similar to the g9 range + IS) lens on there and you're adding another $700 + more weight and size, and don't even gain in extra f stops through the range

    have you even used a high end P&S? IQ is on par with low end dslrs. most people don't need or want a dslr but get scared thats the only way to get decent IQ. instead they never bring it with them as its too big and heavy.
     
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  18. Fearan

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    I was just trying to make a point that carrying a DSLR for 6 months wouldn't be very convenient, so I need something smaller that will still cover my love for photography. I was just trying to use an OT-friendly example, but forgot this wasn't the Off Topic forum. :hsd:
     
  19. Fearan

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    What about the SD950 or SD850 IS? What are the major differences with those cameras, apart from lack of RAW files?
     
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    The exposure controls on the SD series cameras are really limited. The G9 will be a lot more capable if you try to do anything with it photography wise. The image quality is also much better on the G9.

    There's a reason the G9 costs a lot more money.
     
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    g9 has about a 3 stop disadvantage when it comes to noise compared to xti/40d. (iso 100 on g9 ~ iso 800 on xti/40d) but my 40d doesn't fit in my pocket...

    and the exterior of g9 is metal.
     
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    Canon SD870. It's got IS, DIGIC III, takes SDHC, a bright 3" screen, and is half the thickness, half the weight of the G9.
     
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    oh, so about the same as a nikon dslr then.
     
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    noise on the newer nikon DSLR's is just as good as the canon's
     

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