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Budget is around $100-120.

Been looking at the Canon A3100 IS and Panasonic Lumix FH20. Can anyone comment on those? Anything better?
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the canon will work.
    
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Flip has some good offerings, I'm not sure about the US prices but the Ultra HD has amazing quality and the thing is absoloutely tiny, there's also the Mino which is even smaller and has similar quality.

Here's some footage of the Mino, set to 720p. I have one personally and I think it's a great little thing for the price, but again, I'm not sure about US prices.


Edited by Reflux - 1/2/11 at 7:41am
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Originally Posted by thisizbrian View Post
the canon will work.
Can you elaborate? Some details would be nice. I'm thinking of just waiting for the Lumix FH20 to go on sale. Slick Deals reports that it's been as low as $100-120 before.

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Originally Posted by Reflux View Post
Flip has some good offerings, I'm not sure about the US prices but the Ultra HD has amazing quality and the thing is absoloutely tiny, there's also the Mino which is even smaller and has similar quality.

Here's some footage of the Mino, set to 720p. I have one personally and I think it's a great little thing for the price, but again, I'm not sure about US prices.
Flip? Rather get a compact point and shoot for simplicity, not sure how my parents would go about with a Flip.

That video looks pretty good though, but does it take pictures?
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I don't know much about camera's, but I just got a Kodak EasyShare C195 for a mere $80, and it seems to perform alright. It works better than the camera I used to take these -

http://www.overclock.net/photography...mera-pics.html

I haven't really had a chance to get out and test it a whole lot though since it's been snowing pretty non-stop here and I don't want to ruin it. Here's a shot I just took, using the camera's built-in panorama function. This is just a straight up shot with no settings changed from auto, or post adjustments.



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(That's road salt all over the Dodge, not noise by the way.)

Here's a re-sized version, with a very slight contrast/brightness adjustment -



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Not an amazing camera, but I was pleasantly surprised with it for the price. I think I'll get some nice pics this year with it.
Edited by Aaron_Henderson - 1/3/11 at 8:54am
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^ that camera will do horrible indoors. That picture was at 146ISO, and there still lots of grain.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Shane1244 View Post
^ that camera will do horrible indoors. That picture was at 146ISO, and there still lots of grain.
The man is right

Then again, it's a common problem for all but the highest end point and shoots.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Shane1244 View Post
^ that camera will do horrible indoors. That picture was at 146ISO, and there still lots of grain.
How did you check what ISO it was taken at? Sorry, noob here obviously.
Edited by Aaron_Henderson - 1/3/11 at 5:16pm
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I saw Aaron's pics and was like... man that looks like Ontario.

For what it's worth I have a $200 Canon P&S and it's fine, although the batteries die really quickly. Mostly I was just posting as I was happy to recognize Ontario since I'll be moving there next week.
Edited by BillOhio - 1/3/11 at 5:24pm
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How did you check what ISO it was taken at? Sorry, noob here obviously.
EXIF data. I have a plug-in on Google Chrome that allows me to hover my mouse over a photo in-browser, and it displays the EXIF data for me.

Barring that, you can download the image yourself onto your computer, right click -> properties, click on the "Details" tab, and all the info should be there for you.
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