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Old 12-31-2012, 08:42 AM   #16
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The Canon SX260 is pretty good and you can find it for $190. It has a 20x zoom and GPS. The Panasonic ZS15 is also good, it has a 16x zoom, no GPS, and also sells for about $190.
Thanks.. I really don't need a GPS on my camera, I have one plus my phone has it
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Old 12-31-2012, 09:38 AM   #17
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Thanks.. I really don't need a GPS on my camera, I have one plus my phone has it
Camera GPS isn't for getting directions. It's for tagging the pictures by location. Useful for some photo sharing sites, some photo organization software.
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Old 12-31-2012, 09:39 AM   #18
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thought I read it had google maps... sorry! LOL
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:07 AM   #19
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Did you order anything? What did you get?
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:22 AM   #20
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Nope, not yet ... still looking. Not hard at it, but still looking ;D
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:06 AM   #21
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I looked at getting my dad a camera for Christmas, I also was looking in the $200 range. The 2 I looked at were the Canon SX260 and the Nikon S9300. The guys at Cardinal Camera recommended the Canon SX260. It was nice, I played with it in the store. Seems to be what you are looking for, 20x zoom, $199, pocketable though its not super compact.
I ended up getting my dad the Nikon s9300 because the store only had the Canon in teal and a magenta type color, not what I would give dad The Nikon is 18x zoom, $199 and it is silver I actually liked the Nikon better when I played with them in the store but both guys that worked there had the Canon as a backup to their Nikon dslr's and really like it.
Oh and to add....my DH's llittle Nikon p&s died recently so I have him my Canon A560. I wanted another p&s for myself but I wanted a wider angle than some of the cheaper p&s's have. I checked out the Canon S110 but it was pricey so one day while on Nikon Cafe I saw some photos taken with a Nikon P310. I found a refurbed one for $150 and bought it. I really like it! The only reason I didn't go for that one for dad is the flash doesn't pop up automatically when needed which I didn't think he would like having to pay that much attention to.
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:59 AM   #22
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The Canon SX260 is pretty good and you can find it for $190. It has a 20x zoom and GPS. The Panasonic ZS15 is also good, it has a 16x zoom, no GPS, and also sells for about $190.
Agree that both of these are nice photos. Just got my brother the Panasonic ZS20 for Christmas. Even though I only used it for a few minutes, I liked it. I would have preferred getting the SX260 for him, but he did enough research on the cameras that I felt the ZS15 or ZS20 were better options for him.

Just saw the SX260 at Best Buy for $199!

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Old 01-04-2013, 08:24 AM   #23
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Thanks - will inquire about the sx260 - I think that was part of the loyalty program, but would rather buy new.
I'll look at Best Buy...

I really want to get a small camera without humping lens all the time - only special occasions, on vacations it's a bit of a pain, as I'm the only one that takes the pictures, my husband will, but really doesn't have an interest and he won't change lens, he just wants point and click!!!
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Well, I went and bought a Canon PowerShot SX500IS, has a 16 megapix and 30x zoom..

I used it for the first time last week at my daughter's talent show at school.. I'm not that impressed.

You zoom in and it takes so long to autofocus you lose the shot - the battery life wasn't great either.

I bought it at Best Buy and I have 30 days to return it for a full refund.

I'm thinking of exchanging it for the camera's you suggested in this thread.

Does anyone know of this camera -- what's your thoughts.

I also am having issue w/ the Canon Rebel .. it WILL NOT auto focus.... it just stopped working one day - It will work on Manual but I'm not a photography wizard, unsure how to properly use it .. I will have to take a course or two and drop it off to be repaired.. I cleaned the mirrors inside, they look okay (someone told me that might be the issue)

Anyways -- thanks again for the suggestions over the past few months.
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That's the compromise of a point & shoot super zoom on a budget.
You're getting the big zoom, but really giving up performance and quality.

Those cameras are pretty good for stationary pictures in good light. But an indoor talent show? Truthfully, even a basic dSLR wouldn't be great -- need a dSLR/mirrorless with a really good lens.
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Thanks ...

I just want an everyday camera... low light - high light, whatever it takes lmao, i want a simple throw in my pocket.. but that isn't going to happen is it?
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I just want an everyday camera... low light - high light, whatever it takes lmao, i want a simple throw in my pocket.. but that isn't going to happen is it?
Cameras need light. Low light is the biggest challenge there is.
The best pocket camera for low light is probably the Sony rx100. It's the only compact camera I've seen that can handle Disney dark rides.
But it's not cheap, and has a limited zoom.

If there was a simple cheap pocket camera that could handle every situation, all the expensive cameras would be out of business.
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Well, I went and bought a Canon PowerShot SX500IS, has a 16 megapix and 30x zoom..

I used it for the first time last week at my daughter's talent show at school.. I'm not that impressed.

You zoom in and it takes so long to autofocus you lose the shot - the battery life wasn't great either.

I bought it at Best Buy and I have 30 days to return it for a full refund.

I'm thinking of exchanging it for the camera's you suggested in this thread.

Does anyone know of this camera -- what's your thoughts.

I also am having issue w/ the Canon Rebel .. it WILL NOT auto focus.... it just stopped working one day - It will work on Manual but I'm not a photography wizard, unsure how to properly use it .. I will have to take a course or two and drop it off to be repaired.. I cleaned the mirrors inside, they look okay (someone told me that might be the issue)

Anyways -- thanks again for the suggestions over the past few months.
On the Rebel not auto focusing... have you tried another lens? More than likely it's the lens and not the camera. If it does it on all your lenses then clean the contacts between the camera and the lens. The mirror is not likely to cause AF to fail on a Rebel.

When using your point and shoot for things like talent shows at school you're probably going to have to get it off auto to get the shots. You're also probably going to need to keep the lens wide.
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That's where I hate Canon's model numbers. The SX50 (reviews indicate AF is went from slow in the SX40 to a respectful speed in the SX50) should be far superior to the bargain SX500. (Yep 12MP is better than 16MP)

The SX50 can shoot in RAW so you can get a little more IQ in high ISO situations.

But there is still a large difference between PnS AF speed and a DSLr with phase detect focus.
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That's where I hate Canon's model numbers. The SX50 (reviews indicate AF is went from slow in the SX40 to a respectful speed in the SX50) should be far superior to the bargain SX500. (Yep 12MP is better than 16MP)

The SX50 can shoot in RAW so you can get a little more IQ in high ISO situations.

But there is still a large difference between PnS AF speed and a DSLr with phase detect focus.
Ahhh... Thought she said sx50. Yes, the sx50 is far better than the sx500. Though shooting an indoor talent show from afar - I still wouldn't expect great shots with the sx50. But it would be a significant step up. The sx50 has a better sensor, faster shooting, and better ISO range.
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