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Old 12-29-2012, 05:56 PM   #1
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So I went to best buy and told the guy I wanted a nice camera but nothing to advanced as I am a beginner. I've also like to take photos but mostly just on a digital camera or iPhone to post on Facebook of my DD. recently I started scrap booking and wanted something that would take nicer photos when printed out. So I bought a cannon power shot at best buy. About $300. Anyone know anything about this specific camera? Did I make a good choice. Like I said I didn't want anything to advanced for now until I learn more about cameras and all the functions. This had good reviews, hoping I like it.
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:08 PM   #2
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Which Powershot model? Is it an S110? That is the only one I can find for around $300.
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:13 PM   #3
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So I went to best buy and told the guy I wanted a nice camera but nothing to advanced as I am a beginner. I've also like to take photos but mostly just on a digital camera or iPhone to post on Facebook of my DD. recently I started scrap booking and wanted something that would take nicer photos when printed out. So I bought a cannon power shot at best buy. About $300. Anyone know anything about this specific camera? Did I make a good choice. Like I said I didn't want anything to advanced for now until I learn more about cameras and all the functions. This had good reviews, hoping I like it.
In all honestly the sales people at Best Buy are often not the best informed when it comes to cameras. However, pretty much all point and shoots have plenty of auto modes to help out beginners. Look in the manual to see which to use when... like when to use the sports mode, when to use night mode, etc... And there is always full auto. I'd also read in your manual on how to use your auto focus system.
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:14 AM   #4
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In all honestly the sales people at Best Buy are often not the best informed when it comes to cameras.
I have to agree with you there. I was browsing there before Christmas and the sales person tried to talk me into a DSLR because a P&S just wouldn't do what I want. The look of shock on her face was priceless when I told her I had 2 DSLR's nd I knew exactly what I wanted. I was looking for a friend based on what she wanted.

OP I don't know what kind of Powershot you have but they can take decent pics. Mine could go off of auto and I was happy with the results. Just don't drop it. I unfortunately did that during the approach of hurricane Sandy on to the fully extended lens.
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Old 12-30-2012, 11:13 AM   #5
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Judging by the quality of photos I've seen come from an iPhone, if I had an iPhone, I wouldn't bother with another piece of equipment to carry around unless I was looking for a dSLR. The iPhone takes photos that rivals most of the point and shoot cameras.
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Old 12-30-2012, 11:15 AM   #6
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We have always had cannon powershot cameras. We found them easy to use (even my 4 yr old uses it with ease.) The pictures are decent.
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Old 12-30-2012, 11:24 AM   #7
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Judging by the quality of photos I've seen come from an iPhone, if I had an iPhone, I wouldn't bother with another piece of equipment to carry around unless I was looking for a dSLR. The iPhone takes photos that rivals most of the point and shoot cameras.
I agree there for the lower end point and shoots as far as image quality goes. But you do get things with a regular camera that the iPhone can't give you, like optical zoom.
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I agree there for the lower end point and shoots as far as image quality goes. But you do get things with a regular camera that the iPhone can't give you, like optical zoom.
I agree.
I have an Iphone 4S. In very bright light it takes very good photos. You start getting into lower light, and the the photos are not that great. Also if you need a flash, the iPhone is not the camera to use. Because of those issues and other limitations is why I picked up the S100 for my compact camera needs.
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:54 PM   #9
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I had an iphone 4s that took relatively decent pictures outdoors. I downgraded to a 4 and the picture quality is not nearly as good. In fact, it is awful. I took several pics at WDW last month and they are all bad.

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Judging by the quality of photos I've seen come from an iPhone, if I had an iPhone, I wouldn't bother with another piece of equipment to carry around unless I was looking for a dSLR. The iPhone takes photos that rivals most of the point and shoot cameras.
Any decent P&S is much better than an iPhone. The first few reasons that come to mind are optical zoom, flash, adjustable ISO, and response time. An iPhone is decent in very bright light and terrible in dim light.
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:49 PM   #11
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Any decent P&S is much better than an iPhone. The first few reasons that come to mind are optical zoom, flash, adjustable ISO, and response time. An iPhone is decent in very bright light and terrible in dim light.
Completely agree with you rossb! The iPhone and some of the other top smart phones work great and are very convenient as a walk around camera, but a decent P&S camera is much better. Just a few things I would add to your list: battery life, especially if you are at the park all day, taking photos/videos on your phone will make it hard for the phone to last the day. Also lack of an SD card, for a week vacation, an iPhone, even 64gb, would likely not be enough (at least for me ). Also while a p&s does add an additional item, they are small and easy to carry. DSLR on the other hand are more of a chore, especially on a HOT summer day.

That said, the current gen smartphones are more than enough for most people! If you visit at least once a year, the iPhone is fine. If its a one in a life time trip, or if you can only go every few years, especially if you have kids, do yourself a favor and get a p&s!

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P&s come in all levels of quality, at all prices. If you took the iPhone 5 and stripped out everything completely unrelated to photography, it would be a $200 ultra compact p&s.
There are certainly p&s cameras that are better, but there are also many that are inferior. IMHO, the iPhone 5 kicks the pants off any p&s under about $150.
What's the value of a p&s that has a high quality f2.4 lens, 8mp camera. With built in GPS, built in wifi sharing, touch screen focus, hd video, and high quality in-camera photo editing.

The only thing you miss is optical zoom. Then again, the Sony Rx1 is the best "p&s" there is... And costs $2800, and it doesn't have optical zoom either. So the iPhone 5 is in good company in this respect.

So to me, the question is whether (1), you already own a super high quality smartphone camera and (2), are you looking at p&s cameras that are actually better.
I wouldn't spend $100 on a run of the mill p&s, just to have something apart from my iPhone.

Anyway, to see the ability of the iPhone camera, here is a link to a professional photographer who took her iPhone on an around the world trip.

http://mostlylisa.com/worldtrip/

In reference to the OP.... If she got something like the Canon S95/100/110 which is in that price range, I do think that camera is quite a bit better than an iphone.

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Old 01-02-2013, 08:17 AM   #14
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OP, have you come back to read what the responses were?

Have you played with your Canon? Do you like it?
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P&s come in all levels of quality, at all prices. If you took the iPhone 5 and stripped out everything completely unrelated to photography, it would be a $200 ultra compact p&s.
There are certainly p&s cameras that are better, but there are also many that are inferior. IMHO, the iPhone 5 kicks the pants off any p&s under about $150.

Anyway, to see the ability of the iPhone camera, here is a link to a professional photographer who took her iPhone on an around the world trip.

http://mostlylisa.com/worldtrip/
The iPhone does not kick the pants off any p&s under about $150.

Mostlylisa's pics are nice, but you can't tell much from 500x500 samples and many of them seem over processed. I guess the iPhone will suffice if you only want to post small pics on a web site, you don't need flash and low light performance, and you are not concerned with image quality, shot to shot speed, and an optical zoom.

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