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After I looked at the thread about the end of the pixel race posted a while ago on Ars that's made its way back, I finally know what I want. Anyways, I'm looking for a good camera. 12.1 Megapixels is good but won't need it. Even 12.1 Megapixels are overkill for the average consumer. Anyways, I'll only be using this camera to photograph computers, personal, etc. Just the bottom line. Anyways, optical zoom is pretty important. I've looked at Kodak, Canon, Nikon, and Panasonic. I want to keep it under $400. I would say $200 is nice. Although my sister got a new camera last year (Kodak EasyShare MD30. I like it but it isn't so good), it isn't in my favor. It looks nice and all and it's easy to use but the picture quality and zoom (only x3. The good part is that it's 12 MP which, like I mentioned earlier, is already overkill). Anyways, the Nikon I favor right now is the COOLPIX S8100. Any other suggestions?

Edit: after copying the model, this thing's stuck on italic if you were wondering why this is in italics.

Edit: Panasonic's zoom is pretty disappointing but some of the cameras are impressive for their price.

Edited by HybridCore - 5/17/11 at 4:08am
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Canon S90 or S95. I don't think you'll find anything with good zoom unless you move up to an SLR and that would pretty much kill the compact idea of a digital camera.

But read this article, and probably the rest of his site. He makes a pretty good point about it. I've seen people take fantastic photos with just their crappy iPhone camera.

http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/not-...our-camera.htm
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+1 on the s95!
awesome little camera (though its only 10mp)

but if you really must have 12mp ..

my picks are the

nikon p300 (2 more nikons to look at are the p500 & the s9100 )
or
canon sx130 is

reference

kenrockwell... lolz
its ok to view his site for camera/lens specs, other than that... well.. go for the lulz
Edited by boogschd - 5/16/11 at 4:14pm
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The S95's specs seem pretty disappointing for $400. I'll consider the SX130. I looked at the P300 and forgot to add it. Nice little camera.
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post #5 of 26
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The S95's specs seem pretty disappointing for $400. I'll consider the SX130. I looked at the P300 and forgot to add it. Nice little camera.
The S95 is the best camera out of all of those. I'm not exactly sure what specs you're looking at, but given that budget it'd be the one I'd pick up myself.
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I dont think you can go wrong with Nikon , I'm on my 2nd one only because i sat on my first one and broke the view screen "my fault" the one i have now is 8 mp L-18 cool pix, it does everything you need for a compact digi, Great Pics . I absolutely Love it ! If i upgrade i will stay with Nikon . So i Recomend the Nikon Line whatever price range your looking at . good luck .



Edited by IndicaNights - 5/16/11 at 7:02pm
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Really? It says a 3.8 optical zoom. That's merely any. I usually take lots of photos far away from things. Not just like a couple meters.
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Really? It says a 3.8 optical zoom. That's merely any. I usually take lots of photos far away from things. Not just like a couple meters.
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far away subjects like what? . birds? .. airplanes ?
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Really? It says a 3.8 optical zoom. That's merely any. I usually take lots of photos far away from things. Not just like a couple meters.
Optical Zoom factor is just another meaningless number, in my opinion. It's just the max focal length divided by the widest focal length; it doesn't really tell you anything about the wide or telephoto capabilities of the camera itself.

With a 35mm equivalent of 28-105mm, I'd say it's a very capable and versatile range. Then of course there's the image sensor (bigger than the sensors of all the other cameras listed), meaning less image noise and better image quality, along with the very great glass the S95 uses and the relatively fast max aperture of the lens.

Like I said, I personally feel the Optical Zoom factor is just a marketing gimmick number like megapixels, and out of all those cameras I'd take the S95 over them any day.
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far away subjects like what? . birds? .. airplanes ?
Why not? Anyways, I went to look on some sites like PC Mag and cNet (cNet was a joke to me but they can be good for some things). Since the Nikon is close to the Canon S95, i guess I'll get the Nikon. If you look at the price, there's about a $150-$100 difference. I think the S95 isn't worth an extra $100-$150 over the Nikon. Thanks.

Edit: There's the possibility of the S9100 since it's about $300-$310 and has better zoom but still, the S8100 is my top choice.
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