I don't need to get a point and shoot, however I am limited to around$400 price wise... what is the best I can get within this range?.
It's slightly over your price range, but dpreview said "IQ-wise the G9 is about as good as it gets in a compact camera (at low ISO - once you get to ISO 400 the gap between most decent cameras is very narrow), and physically it puts virtually everything else to shame.".
They also said "[...] the price difference between the entry-level models and range-toppers such as the G9 simply isn't reflected in a commensurate difference in output quality. And it doesn't matter how much you are prepared to spend; you can't buy your way out of the 'compact camera problem' - a small, noisy sensor is a small noisy sensor [...]".
It depends on some other details....
If, by point & shoot, you mean, just turn it on and fire without any thought then you have a big challenge on your hands. These cameras do a pretty good job but because of their small sensor, the IQ leave much to be desired compared to DSLRs..
If Image Quality is your top priority and you can handle a small camera that requires some thought then you should look at the Sigma DP1 with it's large sensor and small camera size..
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Any opinions on this camera?Doing a flickr search, and the image quality and colour seems to be excellent..
Just to add a little more to your confusion, I am just new to this site but thought I would tell you that I have recently bought a G9 and am having the best fun with it - I love taking photos of flowers so use the Macro for those shots. It is so compact and fits easily into your bag. I have a couple of other cameras for different things but this one is great without the bulkiness so I find I take it with me always..
Kind regards,Bronwyn Ryall..
While it is good camera, it's advantage over G9 is it's wide-angle lens. In all other parameters (resolution,JPG quality, noise, lens, OVF, handling, size, build), G9 scores over it..
Any opinions on this camera?Doing a flickr search, and the image quality and colour seems to beexcellent.
Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612..
How's your technique? If you've been shooting (like most P&S owners) with your arms extended out in front of you, looking at the rear LCD, then that may be your biggest problem right there..
If your present camera has a viewfinder, try using that. Holding your arms in tight against your body, camera pressed against your nose and eye ridge while carefully and slowly pressing the shutter release until it fires will likely result in better, sharper images. Particularly when zoomed in. (If your camera doesn't have a viewfinder, make sure your next one does.).
Poor technique can make the best camera take lousy photos. Good technique will get the most out of any camera..
Just a thought.Chefziggyhttp://www.pbase.com/chefziggy/lecream.
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