BEST Point and Shoot Camera Today
I was disappointed that the new Fuji F50fd didn't do better in Phil's latest review! I had high hopes Fuji wouldn't sacrifice IQ for pixels in this next version. In your opinion, what is the best point and shoot camera on the market today. Please explain why. I'm looking to replace my wife's Sony 4 mega pixel Cybershot for Christmas..


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Todd Chipman wrote:.

In your opinion, what is the best pointand shoot camera on the market today. Please explain why..

What I would consider the best may not meet your criteria. What's best for me may not be the best for you or her. It's like asking what's the best car for you..

There is no answer to your question since the universal perfect camera doesn't exist or everyone would have it..., hence the various makes, models, colors and sizes..

I could suggest the Canon G9 but you may not like it's price, or the Panny FZ50 but it may be too big, or the Fuji F40 but it may be too small, not enough zoom, no manual controls, etc.....see what I mean?.

Determine what type of photography she's interested in....night scenes, social gatherings, sports, wildlife, family portraits, macro, etc. Does she need a zoom or is wide more important? This will narrow down the selection since some cameras are better suited for specific purposes..

Set up some criteria and prioritize them, then read reviews from the various brands, and look at their samples. Don't forget to look at the users samples as well..

When you have narrowed down your search to about 2, 3 or 4 models, I'm sure someone here or in the specific forums will give you further personal opinions which may help..

Many Nikon and Canon DSLR owner like the G9 as a companion camera for it's image qualities and build but I prefer the A650 over it for it's features and swivel LCD since they have the same sensor and 6X lens.Good luck in your quest..........


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Comment #1

Really Awful, and not TOO awful. There used to be OK P&S cameras and a couple of 'not bad' cameras, but the manufacturers decided people would buy darn near anything if it was pretty.And as near as I can tell, they were right.STOP Global Stasis! Change is good!.

Now that you've judged the quality of my typing, take a look at my photos..

Comment #2

I am starting to sound like a salesman for panasonic. Just purchase a panasonic dmc fz 18 after spending days researching. conclusion this is the best point and shoot on the market this hour. big zoom, all the manual and auto settings you will ever need and a 18x zoom. Best feature is a lecia lens.Read dp reviews for the fz18. some recent photos.

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Conclusionthis is the best point and shoot on the market this hour. big zoom,all the manual and auto settings you will ever need and a 18x zoom.Best feature is a lecia lens.Read dp reviews for the fz18..

Yup, .....sounds like the best for you but not for someone who doesn't care about 18X and would rather shoot social indoor scenes without flash and be small enough to carry in a pocket..


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I was looking for the best P&S and now have conclusion after several month research:.

FZ18:No question, the lens is No.1 in P&S class. Every agrees..

G9:The sensor is the best in P&S..

If you want pocketable, go for G9. You can add wide angle/tele zoom for few hundred $..

If you want the flexible range at very low cost, go for FZ18 (from 28mm to 504mm with 28.7x at 3MB, another 1.7x TCON can be added)..

No other P&S can beat those two in overall (they might beat them in a few area)..

Personaly, I have decided to go with FZ18 because I have an old pocketable camera as backup. I'm very happy about FZ18 - it is poor man's DSLR!.


Comment #5

This depends so much on your shooting style and what you want to shoot. I would not overlook what Ricoh has to offer. The GRD and GX100 both get very good reviewsespecially from people who are serious photographers and want a compact rangefinder style camera for a walkabout.Too many subjects, not enough time.....

Comment #6

There is no 'best' in compact P&S cameras. If we're talking bridge cameras (DSLR style with fixed lens) then it's easy: Panasonic FZ50 or Fuji 9100. But pesumably your wife won't want something heavy hanging around her neck?.

Presumably also, not having a viewfinder hasn't been an issue? She can see the LCD in bright sunlight on her Cyber shot? You should subtly enquire about her likes and dislikes with the present camera..

Today's new cameras have higher megapixels - not necessarily making better image quality due to extra sensor noise - and image stabilisation; the latter being an advantage..

Look at the Canon Ixus models, the one with 28-105 lens might make a nice present. If your wife likes to fiddle around more with settings, then one of the Canon A series - with flip out LCD - (as someone suggested here) could be a good idea..

Tell us more about her camera likes and dislikes, then we may be able to more helpfully point you in the right direction..

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