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My wants another camera...
The DSLR is sometime just too big.
The EVO camera phone is somtime just too crappy.

Since we have a DSLR, we don't need a great one. However, low-light performance is a big plus.


The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 got good reviews... what else is out there?

So any good ones for under $200?
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Oh joy, a chance to help out Duckie. This doesn't happen everyday

Unfortunately, low light performance among point and shoots are more or less the same across the board in the sub-$400 category. In lieu of high ISO performance (what results in either clean or grainy low light shots), I'd go for a camera with manual controls. This way, you can set up for a high ISO, fast shutter speed shot in environments with lots of action (Grainy shots, but no motion blur) or for low ISO, long exposure shots (Clean, non-grainy shots).

At the same price point as the DSC-WX9, I'd also recommend the Panasonic DMC-ZS8. It's the replacement for the ZS5/ZS7, is at the same price as the WX9, and comes with Manual/Aperture Priority/Shutter Priority controls. Personally, those manual controls are a godsend to me, and when used properly can lead to some great images. Like the WX9 though, they are a tad bit above $200 (Newegg has them listed for $230).

Another good option is the Sony DSC-H70. Good image quality, manual controls (although lacks aperture priority/shutter priority), and is the newer replacement model of my own point and shoot, a camera I am very happy with myself. This one sells exactly at $200.

Those would be my two suggestions for a point and shoot camera. One is pushing your budget, one is pressing right up against it, but the quality of the cameras + manual controls are things I personally can't live without, and the manual controls in the right hands can lead to some great shots.
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Good advice from reincarnated, but Ducky, if you want great low light performance, the Canon S90 and its sucessor the S95 are at the top of the heap for high ISO performance (for a sub-APS-C sensor camera that is).

They're pretty pricey, but Adorama has a S90 refurbished for $279.00 (includes a 1 -year warranty!): http://www.adorama.com/ICAS90R.html
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Thanks guys..... any suggestions in the sub-$150 range as well?

Controls are nice but not that needed since we have the DSLR as well. In fact, size is more important.
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post #5 of 19
Basically any Canon point and shoots are good. Never Nikon or Kodak though. The hierarchy basically goes like this: Canon > everybody else > Nikon/Kodak.
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True about Canon. In the last few years, Canon, Panasonic and Fuji have been the best for P&S cameras (Sony is steadily staking a claim though).

For sub $150, I can't think of any decent cameras, namely because there aren't any. You get what you pay for at that price point. The lower end Canon Powershots are decent, as are the EXR Fujis.
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Oh joy, a chance to help out Duckie. This doesn't happen everyday
So true. Anyways, Canon would probably be the first brand you go to for P&S. Sony is creeping up there. Panasonic and Fuji are great.
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Do NOT get a Nikon Coolpix L100.....Boy did I find that out the hard way....
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Do NOT get a Nikon Coolpix L100.....Boy did I find that out the hard way....
LOL. I've always wondered why Nikon can't get their act together with their P&S cameras. Despite the bad reviews, I see them often out and about. I think they rely on their reputation alone, that and consumer ignorance.
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post #10 of 19
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Basically any Canon point and shoots are good. Never Nikon or Kodak though. The hierarchy basically goes like this: Canon > everybody else > Nikon/Kodak.
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True about Canon. In the last few years, Canon, Panasonic and Fuji have been the best for P&S cameras (Sony is steadily staking a claim though).

For sub $150, I can't think of any decent cameras, namely because there aren't any. You get what you pay for at that price point. The lower end Canon Powershots are decent, as are the EXR Fujis.
I definitely +1 these suggestions. Canon and Panasonic are my main two choices, then Sony, then everything else.


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LOL. I've always wondered why Nikon can't get their act together with their P&S cameras. Despite the bad reviews, I see them often out and about. I think they rely on their reputation alone, that and consumer ignorance.
If only you knew how many times I've heard "It's Nikon; it must be good". I swear I have not yet heard the same thing said about Canon at a Best Buy
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