Anticipating a nice tax refund this year, are you?
There really is not a sufficient 'all in one' device that gives good quality photos & video and also serves as a cell phone/MP3 player. The most very basic $100 Canon or Nikon Point and Shoot digital cameras can supercede any cell phone camera since the lens & processor/firmware are better. This is even more relevant for shooting decent video, especially if you require low light performance and/or the ability to utilize an external flash as necessary. There are separate CNET forums for video/audio if you want to do some more reading/posting more specifically on each part of your purchase(s).
The real problem here is how much you want/need/can spend in each area, and which one is really the priority dollar-wise. For example, an iPhone requires the additional $30/month data feature on top of a voice plan. Is that also in your budget? If so, it knocks off at least two items since it behaves very well as a phone & MP3 player which would work with your current iTunes library. There's also the issue or portability. Some folks like the quality of a dSLR with higher quality lens/better processor over a basic point and shoot digicam. Understand, when you ask a general question like 'do I get a good point and shoot camera', that's sort of subjective to one's needs and what expectations they have about a device and how it should behave . The term 'overbuy' is also quite subjective when you start talking about gizmo purchases.
Getting around the video limit of 2hours may be tough. I don't believe any of the flip HD cameras will give you the best quality video though since the lenses are so petite compared to other non-flip models. Such research on cameras & camcorders is probably done respectively in other places in CNET since they are quite different devices.
Taking photos with an iPhone and/or other model is handy but you can do better if you don't require a dedicated device.
Hi, All the technology is crossing over - I don't know what to get!
I'm going to get a good point and shoot camera.
But then I think I want a decent camcorder where I can film quick stuff - but also longer stuff without having to download to keep filming.
I also have been looking for an mp3 player (I have my music on Itunes).
And now I'm needing a new cell phone (I am open to one of these new ones with wifi for web browsing and e-mail - currently out of contract with tmobile)
My problem - So many products have overlapping features-music, cameras, video, and phone service. I am unfamiliar with the quality or the problems with any and all of these products.
Do I get a good point and shoot camera? Then a low to mid level camcorder? Then an mp3 player or Ipod for my music? And then a cell phone too? Am I overspending by getting too many products when one or two could do the things I need?
I know I want a seperate camera. The flip camcorder has a flash drive with a two hour filming limit which I don't like I think. But now I'm so confused with all these extra features on the cell phones - do I get a good cell phone that plays music too-and skip getting a seperate mp3 player or Ipod -or do I go with an Iphone? Will that give me good enough cell service, music, and the occasional video and quick photo? Or do I get another type of cell phone - and then a seperate Ipod or mp3 player? But then what about the video and photo capabilities? Do I look for that on my phone? - Or do I get a seperate camcorder - or even digital camera for that matter?
I'm overwhelmed - I don't want to overbuy - (buy a bunch of products that do the same thing well enough-therefore overspending?) Or is it better to buy a seperate camera for important photos in varied light indoor and outdoor and for family gatherings and trips. If I decide that - the features on the cell phones - camcorder or video recording and playing my music on an mp3 player - seem to overlap on these seperate products. Should I buy these things seperately - or is there one product that does at least these three things well enough - making it unnecessary to buy all these different products - therefore spending too much money without needing to. This is all confusing the heck out of me. Any advice would be greatly appreciated - thank you so much in advance! P.S. - I am obviously technically challenged (I'm a bit older and all these innovations are confusing the heck out of me!)