July 21, 2010
The thing is, I have absolutely no idea what makes a good camera anymore. When I was working for CowPuters lo these many years ago, a 5 MP camera was the top of the line at the consumer level, and even then I knew that the ones we carried were... um... not so good. I do know that all the megapixels in the world don't matter if the lens is crepe, and being able to zoom in on something from a mile away isn't useful if the camera can't do anything with the input.
So all you shutterheads, I need your advice! What's a good camera for someone like me? I've been looking at THIS one, but I really don't know if the one on the shelf right next to it is better, worse, or exactly the same... help?
In general it's really good at taking pictures. It uses AA batteries and it goes a good long time on a single pair. (And I use RayOVac alkalines.)
It's a 6 MP camera. Its low-light performance leaves just a little to be desired as it frequently wants to use the flash.
Bonus for the otaku: it's the same camera Izumi Konata's father uses to take pictures in ep 22 of Lucky Star.
I would recommend checking out the CoolPix series of cameras before making a final decision on what to buy. This model is good and I'm sure the subsequent models aren't pikers.
Posted by: Ed Hering at July 22, 2010 01:51 AM (gLbEB)
Funky connection cable to the PC, though, not a standard USB. That might be something to consider. (On the other hand, it just stores the images on an SD card, so you can always pop that out and into a reader... if you have a reader, heh.)
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at July 22, 2010 02:35 AM (mRjOr)
Check DPreview too, they'll probably have at least a forum thread. (There's about a million billion new models announced each month, though.)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at July 22, 2010 12:38 PM (PiXy!)
In a lot of kinds of products in the early stages there can be a great deal of difference. But once things settle out, the competiting products are all pretty much the same. That's where we've gotten when it comes to point-and-shoot cameras like the one you're looking for.
I love my Nikon, but I can't claim it's better than competing Sony or Canon cameras in the same price range. Almost certainly if I'd ended up with one of them instead I'd be just as happy.
Oh, and the other rule that applies here is, "No matter what you buy, something better at a lower price will come out six months later."
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at July 22, 2010 12:48 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at July 22, 2010 01:01 PM (/ppBw)
Posted by: David at July 22, 2010 02:25 PM (oyblT)
Wouldn't buy a camera that was Memory Stick or XD only, though.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at July 22, 2010 07:30 PM (PiXy!)
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