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Hello, I'm planning on buying a new P&S to replace my Canon SD450 and I had all but settled on a Nikon S550 when a friend informed me that Nikon cameras tend to be a hit or miss, with emphasis on the miss..

I don't know if he's wrong, but I thought that I might as well ask people who know their stuff about it..

Basically, I shoot mostly people in social situations, or scenery and buildings when I go on vacation, so something that incorporates the two would be great (which I thought the S550 would do perfectly, with it's 10 MP and 5x optical zoom). The Nikon's lack of IS kind of bothers me, and I've also heard that it fails at shooting things close up, which I also like to do when playing around and experimenting with textures and the like..

Of course I realize that I probably won't be able to find a camera that incorporates ALL of this in my budget (which is up to $250, maybe $300 if I'm absolutely smitten) and also comes in an ultracompact, which I would prefer, but something that comes close would be nice..

Any suggestions? Would I be good with the Nikon?.

Thanks!..

Comments (6)

Well. I.S. should be "must have" feature on P&S cameras who perform poorly in low light due to their small pixels..

Consider Fuji F100fd (5x wide angle zoom), Canon SD870IS (4x wide angle), SD1100IS (3x zoom), Panasonic FX35 (4x zoom) in that order.All should be within $300..

Ksenia V wrote:.

Basically, I shoot mostly people in social situations, or scenery andbuildings when I go on vacation, so something that incorporates thetwo would be great (which I thought the S550 would do perfectly, withits 10 MP and 5x optical zoom). The Nikon's lack of IS kind ofbothers me, and I've also heard that it fails at shooting thingsclose up, which I also like to do when playing around andexperimenting with textures and the like..

Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612Thanks for visiting and leaving comments ..

Comment #1

Any suggestions? Would I be good with the Nikon?Thanks!.

It'll be okay but you can do a bit better..

It's not listed in the database here for some reason but Canon's Ixus 970IS could be worth a look (It'll be called something different in the US). It has a 5x zoom and all the usual attributes of a small Canon..

The others mentioned will be okay too, though the Fuji isn't perhaps as small as you'd like. You may be better looking at the F50fd, though it doesn't have the wide-angle lens..

Androohttp://Androo.smugmug.com..

Comment #2

If you go the Nikon route I'd gor the S600 or S700 as the S550 lacks any real IS. The S600 has lens based VR and wide angle whilst the S700 has sensor based VR and a bigger sensor. I've posted some sample images from my S600 here:.

Http://forums.dpreview.com/...ums/readflat.asp?forum=1007&thread=27734258..

Comment #3

Andrew Butterfield wrote:.

It's not listed in the database here for some reason but Canon's Ixus970IS could be worth a look (It'll be called something different inthe US). It has a 5x zoom and all the usual attributes of a smallCanon..

One can find it in "News" section below:http://www.dpreview.com/news/0803/08031302canonsd970is.aspBut it will cost more than OP's budget..

The others mentioned will be okay too, though the Fuji isn't perhapsas small as you'd like. You may be better looking at the F50fd,though it doesn't have the wide-angle lens..

Fuji F100fd's size:3.8 (W) x 2.3 (H) x 0.9 (D) in.Canon SD950IS's size (Ixus 970IS should be of same size):3.8 (W) x 2.4 (H) x 1.1 (D) inSo it makes Fuji smaller.Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612Thanks for visiting and leaving comments ..

Comment #4

I'll try to make sure I add the IXUS 970 IS as soon as I have a moment..

Richard - DPReview..

Comment #5

The first two you listed are actually over $300 (I'm Canadian, and I have often heard that our electronics are priced higher here), and though I couldn't find the Panasonic model you listed at any retailers nearby, I have decided to go with the Panasonic DMC-FS5K instead. Haven't purchased it yet, but it looks to be pretty perfect..

Thanks so much for your help!.

Ajay0612 wrote:.

Well. I.S. should be "must have" feature on P&S cameras who performpoorly in low light due to their small pixels.Consider Fuji F100fd (5x wide angle zoom), Canon SD870IS (4x wideangle), SD1100IS (3x zoom), Panasonic FX35 (4x zoom) in that order.All should be within $300...

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