Choosing Point and Shoot
I own a Canon Rebel XTI. However I have small children and lugging it around to the zoo and other places just is too much. I am looking into purchasing a small point and shoot digital camera. I am thinking the Canon A720 or possibly a Nikon Cool PIX. There are a lot of great sales this week for Mother's Day. I am hoping someone can point me in the right direction.

Thanks so much for your help!..

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You might like to think about something a little smaller but still with that all-important viewfinder. One of the Cabon SD/Ixus Models. The 870 has a 28mm wide angle zoom which will make it useful for interiors..

You can get semi-manual control with ISO and Focus/Exposure locks etc. Best of all it EASILY fits in a pocket or purse..

I've still kept it's 4mp prececessor from 2003 - the s400 - as it remains fit for purpose and seldom gets exposures wrong..

If you go for a G9 you'll be kind of defeating the P&S experience because if you can fiddle around with the settings then you almost certianly will, and then up missing the spontaneous shots which is what having a P&S is all about.John.Please visit me at:

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The 720 is a great little camera (little in this case being a good thing). The review on this site compares the image quality directly with the comparably priced Nikon and I think it's fair to say the Canon trumps it.DanCanonA720ISPentaxK100dSuper..

Comment #2

Stick with the SLR..

I have yet to find a point and shoot that even comes close to what the SLR can do..

Get a faster, smaller lens such as the canon 50mm f1.4 It's super light and very fast. Great in low light and fantastic in the sun..

The problem with point and shoot cameras is that they're not worth the benefit of the smaller size. The tiny sensor is awful in low light and barely tolerable in the sun..

I own two of the best point and shoot cameras - the Lecia D-Lux3 and the Sigma DP1. As far as image quality goes, the DP1 is not bad compared to an SLR. However, the speed of the SLR, the ease of use really makes it much better compared to a point and shoot..

I do carry the Leica with me in my laptop bag at work, but I'll miss some good photo opportunities using it compared to my SLRs..

Think about the photo before and after, never during. The secret is to take your time. You mustn't go too fast. The subject must forget about you. Then, however, you must be very quick..

Henri Cartier-Bresson.


Comment #3

I agree with the recommendation of a Canon sd 870. I have a Nikon d50 and I was not getting a lot of kid pictures because I didn't/couldn't have the camera with me. The Canon sd is small enough that you can always have it with you. You'll enjoy having a small easy to use camera and will be surprised at the great quality in spite of that fact that it is not a dslr...

Comment #4

THANK YOU! Yes, I feel like I am always missing things because my other camera is just too big to take with me everywhere, plus I am afraid it will get lost/stolen!.

Thanks for the help!..

Comment #5

Yeah, around kids there is a risk of damage. My husband was holding our dslr while sitting on the bleachers at a high school football game and a kid fell on him and knocked the camera out of his hands. You do have to watch it around kids not mention if your kids are really little there are times you just can't take your eyes off of them in order get your camera set up (at the park or whatever)...

Comment #6

I agree the Canon is nice. But in that price range I wouldn't rule out Olympus and Sony. Lots of choices..

Kelly Cook..

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