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Best Compact under $160
Hi :wave:.

First let me say, this is an amazing sight and extremely helpful. I have been looking at statistics here and a couple other places for a week now and this sight really does have the best information available..

I own a Sony DSC F717, great camera, does xray and all that, very enjoyable but I am going on a trip and would rather not lug a bulky camera around. I can not afford to buy a Panasonic Lumix FX500 or this would be easy to pick one..

What is most important to me is:.

Price: I want a point and shoot under $160. Lets face it, they wont be taking pictures as good as a SLR for a long time to come, why spend all the money on something that is still "good, but not as good"..

Great Low Light Capability (2.8 aperature or larger) -Since I will be in London/Scotland and I hear it sometimes rain there...

1080x720 at least 30fps video(preferably with no size limit) with ability to zoom during filming.

That is the only thing I saw wrong with the search camera section here, it doesnt list 1080 as an option..

If you had to pick, which one would you choose:.

Casio ExilimEX-Z1080.

CasioEX-Z95R.

Panasonic LumixDMC-F53.

Panasonic LumixDMC-FX3.

Panasonic LumixDMC-LZ8.

Panasonic LumixDMC-LS80.

Canon PowershotA590 IS.

Kodak M893 IS.

Kodak Z1285.

NikonCoolpix S510.

PentaxOptio A10.

If a camera had leaps and bounds over another, it might be worth paying a little more than $160. I have gone through option after option, but I still am not sure what is the best for the money..

Help me, I have less than a week to buy one!.

Thank you for any help or advice you are able to give...

Comments (7)

A590IS -but it is not pocket friendly. Poor movie mode.SD1100 - Pocket friendly, But no HD/zoom during movies..

Sony W170 - 5x wide angle zoom, I.S., OVF, movie mode as above but value for money. My choice. (0r W150 - cheaper).Kodak 1275- But no I.S..

WillyWonka wrote:.

Hi :wave:.

First let me say, this is an amazing sight and extremely helpful. Ihave been looking at statistics here and a couple other places for aweek now and this sight really does have the best informationavailable..

I own a Sony DSC F717, great camera, does xray and all that, veryenjoyable but I am going on a trip and would rather not lug a bulkycamera around. I can not afford to buy a Panasonic Lumix FX500 orthis would be easy to pick one..

What is most important to me is:.

Price: I want a point and shoot under $160. Lets face it, they wontbe taking pictures as good as a SLR for a long time to come, whyspend all the money on something that is still "good, but not asgood"..

Great Low Light Capability (2.8 aperature or larger) -Since I willbe in London/Scotland and I hear it sometimes rain there...

1080x720 at least 30fps video(preferably with no size limit) withability to zoom during filming.

That is the only thing I saw wrong with the search camera sectionhere, it doesnt list 1080 as an option..

If you had to pick, which one would you choose:.

Casio ExilimEX-Z1080.

CasioEX-Z95R.

Panasonic LumixDMC-F53.

Panasonic LumixDMC-FX3.

Panasonic LumixDMC-LZ8.

Panasonic LumixDMC-LS80.

Canon PowershotA590 IS.

Kodak M893 IS.

Kodak Z1285.

NikonCoolpix S510.

PentaxOptio A10.

If a camera had leaps and bounds over another, it might be worthpaying a little more than $160. I have gone through option afteroption, but I still am not sure what is the best for the money..

Help me, I have less than a week to buy one!.

Thank you for any help or advice you are able to give..

Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612Thanks for your time...

Comment #1

For your budget of $160, I'd probably get either:.

Canon A590IS - great camera in most ways but a bit bulkyPanasonic FX33 - wide angle lens and very smallSony W120 - 4x zoom.

Sadly you can't have 1080 or even 720 video at that price..

To get HD video you'd have to spend $270+ on something like a Panasonic FX35, Panasonic TZ5 or Samsung NV24..

Androohttp://Androo.smugmug.com..

Comment #2

I agree with Ajay's and Andrew's recommendations for the CAnon a 590. I like the Casio 1080 as well but the cheapest I saw it $175+ shipping at newegg.com. (not sure if they still have it.).

If you like the Casio, not sure if you'd be interested in a refurb? It might be a good deal if you could get it for $125.http://forums.dpreview.com/...forums/read.asp?forum=1015&message=21403469..

Comment #3

Ajay0612 wrote:.

A590IS -but it is not pocket friendly. Poor movie mode.SD1100 - Pocket friendly, But no HD/zoom during movies.Sony W170 - 5x wide angle zoom, I.S., OVF, movie mode as above butvalue for money. My choice. (0r W150 - cheaper).Kodak 1275- But no I.S..

Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612.

Andrew Butterfield wrote:.

For your budget of $160, I'd probably get either:.

Canon A590IS - great camera in most ways but a bit bulkyPanasonic FX33 - wide angle lens and very smallSony W120 - 4x zoom.

Sadly you can't have 1080 or even 720 video at that price..

To get HD video you'd have to spend $270+ on something like aPanasonic FX35, Panasonic TZ5 or Samsung NV24..

Androohttp://Androo.smugmug.com.

MaryGierth wrote:.

I agree with Ajay's and Andrew's recommendations for the CAnon a 590.I like the Casio 1080 as well but the cheapest I saw it $175+shipping at newegg.com. (not sure if they still have it.).

If you like the Casio, not sure if you'd be interested in a refurb?It might be a good deal if you could get it for $125.http://forums.dpreview.com/...forums/read.asp?forum=1015&message=21403469.

Thank you guys for your suggestions. I have narrowed the field to available In store at Circuit City (they approved my credit) and am searching amongst those options now...

Comment #4

Thank you everyone for you help, I think I will get the Canon A590 IS for several reason, mainly which is price, but also time constraints. It cost $150, then the 8gb SDHC memory is $59.99 and circuit city has a deal now for getting a free photo printer through rebate. Not a bad price..

Since I would like to take advantage of credit and not pay cash up front, I am limited to Circuit City. Since I took so long to get this done, I can not wait for shipping and must get one that is available in the store..

I think that I will always be disapointed with the quality of a P&S, even if I was getting the Panasonic FX500, so I might as well save the money for now!.

Thank you all again for the help. I will post some pics when I get back from Europe...

Comment #5

Have a nice trip. I have the Canon a570. I don't think you be disappointed. I like my colors set to vivid and in good outdoor daylight use -1/3 exposure comp...

Comment #6

I strongly recommend you get Eneloop batteries or other hybrid rechargeables (even if it means reducing your budget for memory). I also prefer the results manually selecting white balance, sunny, cloudy etc rather than auto wb...

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