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I want to get myself a good point a shoot camera for around $150 ~ $200. I have never had a "good quality" digital camera and have usually relied on the photo function on my camcorder to take pictures. I don't know anything about cameras so don't have much knowledge about what is good and what isn't,. At first I looked at DSLR cameras like the Nikon d90 but they are way above my budget, even second hand ones seem to be going for around $400 and above. So I have been reading a few topics and decided to go for a good "Point and Shoot" camera. Will be used to take photos of Birds, traveling photos and photos of hardware and computer stuff as well on the side. Want something with very good picture quality and lighting effects such as the retro pin hole effects will be sweet too. But anyway I had to ask for some suggestions, also in case anybody might want to sell theirs I may be interested to hear from you.
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Im not aware of any good point and shoots in that pricepoint. Point and shoots in that price point usually arent even better than modern smartphone camera. I could be wrong though, its been a while since Ive paid attention to point and shoot
   
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Really? wow that sucks. I saw a few topics for $100 cameras and they were suggesting Panasonic & Canon Stuff. frown.gif

Should I get a digital slr then? I am not looking to be a professional photographer, just a hobby that comes and goes so not wanting a bulky piece of contraption and investing $500 or something like that.
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Im not aware of any good point and shoots in that pricepoint. Point and shoots in that price point usually arent even better than modern smartphone camera. I could be wrong though, its been a while since Ive paid attention to point and shoot

I'm not even sure how to respond to this. My photographer/gear head side of me wants to scream at you for this response, but my moderator side tells me I'd have to give myself an infraction, and it's not worth it. Effectively, if you don't know, why respond?

A budget of $150-$200 is fine for a P&S that will do most of what the OP is asking for (the only thing you might have issues with is birds in flight, you really want more zoom for something like that in my opinion, and for a reasonably priced point and shoots, it's not exactly one of the fortes).

Used Canon S95s are dropping down into that range - heck, if you're patient the S100 might be down to that range as well. These are great cameras for the money when you pick them up used.
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you can pick up a olympus epl1(or epl2) at around the 250 dollar price point. it will be better then a 200 dollar PS and give you some flexibility if you decide to buy lenses.
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someone should just make a thread for a few different price points for P&S cameras and call it the 'P&S recommendation thread' biggrin.giftongue.gif
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I'm not even sure how to respond to this. My photographer/gear head side of me wants to scream at you for this response, but my moderator side tells me I'd have to give myself an infraction, and it's not worth it. Effectively, if you don't know, why respond?

I responded because I wanted the OP to get an idea of what that budget will get you quality wise. If he is willing to buy something used (he didn't say) then his options do increase. I just wouldn't waste $150-200 on any new P&S you walk into a brick and mortar big chain store and pick up. Not worth it IMO and you can scream at me all you like about it.

A used s95 would be a great option (its excellent) - I wasn't aware that they could be had at that price-point now. I wouldn't recommend anything less than that or at least its equivalents (Nikon p300, panny DMC-LX5, etc).


I just hate seeing people walk into a walmart or best buy and waste $150-200 on some crap P&S. I agree, either buy used, or up the budget just a little bit and get something quality.
   
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well the OP never did mention he'd want to buy used.. that said, as long as it's not beat to hell, I don't see why it wouldn't be an option if you know what you're looking for.
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Oh wow OP. Dont know how I missed the part where you were interested in birding.That changes everything. In that case maybe a used one of these could fit the bill

http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-COOLPIX-Digital-Camera-Location/dp/B0073HSH8U
   
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@ OP-

I'd highly recommend taking a look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8. The lens is actually better than it's successor and it is only $30 over your budget. I picked it up when it was around $300 and still love it quite a bit. Hovering over the $200 price point it is easily a bargain.

http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-DMC-ZS8-Digital-Stabilized-3-0-Inch/dp/B004KKZ0HE

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I just hate seeing people walk into a walmart or best buy and waste $150-200 on some crap P&S. I agree, either buy used, or up the budget just a little bit and get something quality.

I didn't see anywhere in the OP's post that he was limited to buying through brick & mortar rather than online. It's silly to base your entire recommendation off such assumptions.
Edited by exousia - 5/15/13 at 7:34pm
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