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What's a good point & shoot alternative to a dSLR ?

by CBSTV / July 12, 2006 3:06 AM PDT

I recently had a baby and my current Kodak camera is just too slow to capture some of his cute moments and produces way too much red eye.

I want a good camera that has a quick shutter lag, a fast next shot delay, amazing picture quality... almost professional and is easy to use.

I'm teeter tottering on buying the Nikon D50, but I don't know if I'll have the time to learn how to properly use a dSLR. Plus, I don't know if I want a camera that is that big and will require multiple lenses.

What is a good, user friendly alternative to Nikon D50? Is there something out in the market that will produce high quality pictures (better than your typical point and shoot)? It doesn't have to be super compact, just smaller than an dSLR.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


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I'M no expert BUT
by johngaltny / July 12, 2006 5:16 AM PDT

You may want to look at the Canon S2IS. I've had one for 6 months and I love it plus, with the S3IS now out the prices are down substantially. You cant't put it in your pocket but you can't do that with a Dslr either.

Good luck with the new baby.


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by football2008 / July 12, 2006 5:24 AM PDT

Canon S2IS is a good option
and so is sony H2 or H5

These are not SLR but easy to use point and shoot and also has some options to do some experimentation

all the best

compare cameras in before u buy it.


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by airshowfan / July 12, 2006 11:01 AM PDT

I'm a big fan of the big-zoom Panasonics. The new FZ7 is especially fast (shutter lag comparable to an SLR). The lenses are superb, lots of zoom, easy to use on auto, you can learn all the features one by one and slowly progress from all-auto to all-manual (at which point you'll be ready to use an SLR), and extremely compact for all the features it has (although I say that because I also have a 20D...). The FZ7 is smaller than the FZ30. The FZ10, FZ20 and FZ30 are almost the size of a Rebel XT, but the FZ1, FZ3, FZ5, and FZ7 are quite a bit smaller, with nearly all the features except the flash shoe and focus ring. I think the FZ7 manual-focuses using buttons, though, which is about the same thing as a focus-by-wire ring...

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Actually, DSLRs include fully automatic operation just like
by Kiddpeat / July 12, 2006 1:18 PM PDT
In reply to: Lumix!

a point & shoot. You don't have to work your way through an intermediate camera to get to a DSLR.

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Yeah, you're right, but...
by airshowfan / July 13, 2006 9:40 AM PDT

... I first thought an SLR was kinda intimidating (and a little out of my price range).

And what's even better: On my Lumix, as you change the aperture and shutter speed and ISO up and down, the image on the LCD/EVF gets correspondingly darker or brighter. This allowed me to build an intuition for exposure settings more quickly than an SLR could have. It's nice to have an electronic image that changes in real time whenever you change a setting - to me, that was the best way to learn about all the settings. In an SLR, you only see the result of changes AFTER you take each shot (which is still a vast improvement over having to wait for film to be developed, but still).

Sure, within only a couple months of regularly using the Lumix, I was ready for an SLR. But I really really liked having that Lumix to learn about all the settings. And SLRs are so big, especially when you want a 400mm lens like I do, so the convenience of the Lumix was hard to beat.

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