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What are the current best digital (not SLR) cameras available?

And what options should I look for (for example what aperture and shutter ranges, ?x optical zoom)?

I own a powershot s3 and it served me well, so I prefer a model from canon, but would like to check reviews of other companies as well.

I'd like optical zoom, aperture, shutter and ISO settings at least as good as I have on my powershot s3. And of course a much higher resolution which is most important for me.

And is there a way to know what DPI the camera takes pictures at? Mine took at 180DPI
post #2 of 9
Check http://www.dpreview.com for reviews/buying guide and ask on the forums if you want a faster answer to a specific question. There's only a few people on here that do photography with DSLR. At the $600 range you're looking at SLR already, top end popular point and shoot cameras are in the $300-400 range i.e. Panasonic LX-5/LX-7, Canon S95-S120.
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What about the Powershot G16 and the somewhat better Coolpix P7800?
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Canon G16 or Sony RX100 are really nice
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I think the resolution is higher, but that camera has less zoom and other specs than the other two I mentioned.

Any idea when newer models of digital camera (non SLR) will come out?

Thanks for the help so far.
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At the $600 point, are there really any bad cameras? For that much money, you can buy pretty much anything that's not a DSLR.
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For a DSLR; a last gen camera like the Nikon D90 or the Canon equiv can be had with lens at that price point.

You can occasionally find them new with warranty, factory reburb, or used.
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If I am used to use the LCD screen to shoot pictures, and not look through the lens like in DSLR camera...

Would I be convenient in using a DSLR model (as the D60) with line view? (or is it very limited in options)? or should I just get a lower resolution digital camera like the P7800?
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Panasonic DMC-M1 gets favorable comments against Sony Rx100:
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonic-lumix-dmc-gm1/1

Some complain about too small a body - if you have big hands, at least.
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