Small dslr or other recommendations????

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  1. Pea-n-Me

    Pea-n-Me DIS Veteran

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    And this is where everyone differs. I like my dSLR and my micro 4:3 mirrorless when I want something smaller. But honestly, lately I've been enjoying my iPhone. Just upgraded from the 3 (whose camera was marginal) to the 5 (whose is a lot better) and I like using it a lot. On Christmas Eve I was halfway down the street when I realized I forgot my dSLR. Almost turned around, but then decided to just use my phone. Very pleased with the results, and didn't have to mess with any gear or a camera bag whatsoever. :goodvibes

    If you like these, don't forget to check out the m4:3 flagship, the Olympus OMD, which was mentioned above. Yes, more expensive initially, but may be less in the long run.
     
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  3. DawnM

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    Thank you for this. I think these are questions I need to look at really hard.

    Blur in background is a very nice look and I would like to get some of that.

    As for shutter speed.....I do shoot action of my kids when we are out and about, and I do shoot pics of my pets......they do NOT pose for more than 2 seconds.....but it isn't crucial, it would just be nice to be able to not have a longer lag time.

    I did hit another Best Buy today and took a look at the NEX. They had the Nikon J1 and the NEX.....other than that they had P&S and full size dSLRs.

    The NEX doesn't have a flash, not even a little one????? That is a bit of an issue for me. I don't want to have to take along an external flash. But the size of the kit lens seemed very large as well for a carry around lens. So I am leaning away from that one, even though I did like it when I played with it.

    I NEED to get up to the camera store and see if they have a wider variety and play with them!

    I *think* between the RX100 and the Canon G15, the Canon is winning out. Partly due to price (RX100 is almost $300 more and I can't see what more it does compared to the Canon G15, but maybe you have more insight) and partly due to my already having a Canon and making an easy transition. Yes, the Canon is larger, but it still isn't TOO large to not be able to carry it around.

    But I have others on my list as well that I haven't looked at yet.

    Dawn

     
  4. Pea-n-Me

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    Some cameras you won't find in stores, which makes it difficult when you're interested in certain ones and want to get your hands on them. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't consider them, necessarily. (And it doesn't mean that those in stores are better than those that aren't, necessarily.) But this is where you sort of have to do your homework and rely on specs that are important to you, and various reviews.
     
  5. DawnM

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    Yes, I do know that. We used to have a Wolf Camera right up the street, but they have long gone now.

    I am also doing a lot of YouTube and CNET review watching.

    I realize too that with all reviews it comes down to personal preference as well.

    Dawn

     
  6. KAT4DISNEY

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    The NEX all come with a flash that you can put on or leave off. It's compact and if I think I need a flash I just leave it attached. But the new NEX 6 and the slightly older NEX 7 both have built in flash. I'm not certain about the other new NEX and what they have done on them.

    There are also different kits for the NEX than what Best Buy carries. The NEX 6 is available with a 16-50mm retractable. I'm waiting to buy that lens when it is available on it's own but it's already available with the kit. There is also the 16mm pancake lens (which I got as a kit with the NEX 5n and I assume it's still available in kits). That is what I use when I want to be very compact but of course a 16mm isn't for every situation.

    So an FYI that Best Buy is nice to see the NEX camera but you can order different options from other places. I love the NEX camera and first owned a NEX 3 and then upgraded to the 5N. If I were buying today it would be the NEX 6 with the retractable 16-50mm. :thumbsup2
     
  7. DawnM

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    Good to know. Thanks.

     
  8. stindall

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    my husband got me an olympus pen mini e-pm1 and it's wonderful. think he spent $350 but I'm not 100% sure. I absolutely love it so far. It's a huge step up from my Nikon Coolpix.

    eta: here's where he bought it.
     
  9. havoc315

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    For side by side, look at this:

    http://snapsort.com/compare/Canon-PowerShot-G15-vs-Sony-Cybershot-DSC-RX100

    Basically, the rx100 is better all around. Much bigger sensor. Therefore better low light, less noise. Bigger sensor will give you better background blur. Also a faster shutter burst rate and faster focus system. Far better image quality. So the question is whether the higher quality and performance is worth the higher price.
     
  10. bob100

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    yes, check them out at a store if at all possible. Don't rely on comparison sites like "snapsort" !
     
  11. photo_chick

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    Have you checked out the dpreview.com article about the compact zooms?
    http://www.dpreview.com/articles/2367736880/roundup-enthusiast-zoom-compact-cameras

    They talk about the Canon G15 and the RX100 among others. I think getting your hands on them in person is a good idea, but I also think it's good to do as much research as you can.
     
  12. DawnM

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    I hope to. I am also reading some comparisons that don't match up to the snapsort comparison.

    I think it can come down to user quality at some point, even over camera quality.

    Dawn

     
  13. DawnM

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    Yes, I have been reading DPReviews on all of them, along with CNET and DigitalRev, to name a few.

    I do believe the more I read, study, compare, the more confused I get and the harder the choices become.

    I WILL get there.

    If money were no object, it might be easier, but I do have to consider the cost in some of this.

    Dawn

     
  14. DawnM

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    Thanks. Yeah, not sure if the added cost is worth it but need to weigh that out.

     
  15. photo_chick

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    I think balancing what you can afford with what you want is one of the toughest things when buying a camera. And you can stress over the specs all day long but at the end of it all the camera with the "best" specs on paper may not be the best camera for you. Just step back, take a breath, and try to get to play with some.
     
  16. havoc315

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    Remember, you can always buy from Amazon. Try it out, and return within 30 days if not to your liking.
     
  17. DawnM

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    True!

     
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    I have been digging around a bit and I found that Adorama Camera online sells the PEN E-pl2 for $299 and if you buy a 40-150mm lens add on it is only $99 more instead of the regular $199 cost. Nice set up for only $398 and free shipping.

    Also, on Adarama, for every $150 you use a Visa on you get a $10 Adorama gift card for future use. Use code Visa12B

    Dawn

     
  19. npmommie

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    Dawn did you get the PEN?
     
  20. DawnM

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    I did! I figured for $398 I can sell it if I hate it.

    The 40-150 lens is back up to $299 now (I got it for $99.)

    It will arrive tomorrow. I don't have a memory card for it yet but if the one I have sitting here fits I will just use that for now to play with it.

    Dawn

     
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    Oh, and on top of that deal I also got $20 in Adorama bucks to spend. I am trying to decide what to get. I may just get a larger memory card.
     

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