Compact/Easy/Good photos

This forum was invaluable a number of years ago when buying our first digital camera. You all were incredibly kind and helpful to me (I am the photographer in the family so my husband wants me to make the camera decisions). Based upon many recommendations from the site, I chose a Nikon 995 (which seems gigantic now!) and we got fabulous photos..

A couple years ago I wanted to get a smaller camera, and unfortunately made a spur of the moment decision and purchased a Coolpix L1. It has taken some great pictures for us, but I have always felt that I couldn't count on itespecially inside. It is time to get a new one (we are going to Hawaii over the holidays and I would like to have a new camera for the tripso need to get it soon to get it figured out!) so I come back here for help..

In reading around the web, these are the four that seem to interest me:.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T100.

Canon PowerShot SD850 IS.

Canon PowerShot G9 (I know that this one is larger than the other three, but I am considering it).

Canon PowerShot SD870 IS.

I take photos of our four children (ages 19-9), our family, vacations, my hydrangea bushes, sporting events (to a degreeI really don't need to worry about being able to take action shots), piano recitals a couple times a year, etc..

Though people think I take some good pictures, I really know very little about photography and it is something that I really don't want to spend time studying. I truly admire those of you who are so knowledgeable. I know that you wouldn't think my photos are all that great, but for us they serve the purpose..

So, if any of you have any suggestions or thoughts, I would love to hear them. I truly appreciate the time many of you take to educate and help those of us in my situation!..

Comments (7)

From what I read, it seems most compact cameras will take good pictures in day light conditions, they are less capable in low light conditions...

Comment #1

Canon SD870 IS is the only one has 28mm wide angle lens, the rest are 35mm. I have a SD800 IS, the predecessor of SD870. It's an excellent little camera. Actually, you can just get the SD800, 7.1MP is more than enough for P&S, and at least $50 cheaper than the SD870. Here are some samples: Gallery:

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Comment #2

The G9 has manual exposure modes and many other advanced features that would require investing a pretty significant amount of your time to learn. If your not interested in learning to use those features I think it would be a waste of money to buy something you won't use..

Try searching on the Canon and Sony forums for your camera choices if you don't get any more info here...

Comment #3

Thank you all for taking the time to reply to my question. Mary, you are probably right that the G9 is a bit of overkill if I am not going to study..

I will read over on the other boards (Sony and Canon) to get more info..

Thanks again...

Comment #4


Thank you for taking the time to reply to my question. It is great to know from your first-hand experience that you are happy with your camera! I did look at your picturesthey are lovely!.

I know this is a stupid question, but can you give me a brief explanation of the benefit of the 28mm? I think, and very well might be wrong, that it means that you can get a wider angle on the shot. Is that correct?.

Thank you again for your time...

Comment #5

DeLynn wrote:.

I know this is a stupid question, but can you give me a briefexplanation of the benefit of the 28mm? I think, and very well mightbe wrong, that it means that you can get a wider angle on the shot.Is that correct?.

That's correct. For example, you are taking picture for group of people sitting and standing around a 7 feet wide sofa, the 28mm wide angle lens can cover everyone 5 feet away from the nearest person, you might need to step back few feet with the 35mm lens. If the room is tight, you got nowhere to go.YongboPhoto Gallery:

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Comment #6

The main thing that distinguishes the G9 from the other cameras from the standpoint of basic point and shoot photography would be it's larger sensor (better image quality). This same sensor is in the Canon A650is. You might want to consider this instead of the G9...

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