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I'm new to photography and looking for a camera under $200.00.

I was looking at the Cannon Powershot A590 I like that it has a lot of a features, what's you're thoughts on it and is there anything better then it for under 200? I don't want a really simple camera even though I'm a beginner I want to be able to learn and mess with things. Any recommendations?..

Comments (19)

Look for a good used camera and get more function for less $$. Often folks moving up to a new camera will sell the old one..

Check outhttp://www.keh.com.

Compare what is available with DP reviews. I would not recommend buying a new P&S for under 200 bucks when you can get a good used camera with more features for the same amount..

JimOlympus E-510 and a bunch of stuff to hang on it...

Comment #1

I'd get the a720 instead of the 590 due to it's longer telephoto lens and better macro (closeup) capabilities. Should be under $200...

Comment #2

MaryGierth wrote:.

I'd get the a720 instead of the 590 due to it's longer telephoto lensand better macro (closeup) capabilities. Should be under $200..

Do they have about the same features? If so I'ma look into it.Thanks for the site for used cameras and look and see what I can find...

Comment #3

Another good "student" camera under $200 is the Fuji S700 (aka S5700) -.

Http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Fujifilm/fuji_finepixs5700.asp.

Kelly Cook..

Comment #4

KCook wrote:.

Another good "student" camera under $200 is the Fuji S700 (aka S5700) -.

Http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Fujifilm/fuji_finepixs5700.asp.

Kelly Cook.

I just check it out it's only 7 megapixels and it doesn't look like it has as many features...

Comment #5

The S1000fd that replaces the old S700 has 10Mp. However, it's just a hair over $200USD, priced more like the Canon A720..

Kelly..

Comment #6

RobiSuicide wrote:.

I just check it out it's only 7 megapixels and it doesn't look like ithas as many features..

As an aside, 7MP is more than you need unless you hope to make very large prints. You only need 1-2 MP for a 4x6 print and you can certainly print at 12x8 or larger with 7MP..

Most people on these forums believe that increasing MP leads to worse image quality, especially in low light. Unfortunately the camera marketing people don't want to hear that.Chris R..

Comment #7

KCook wrote:.

The S1000fd that replaces the old S700 has 10Mp. However, it's justa hair over $200USD, priced more like the Canon A720..

Kelly.

Robi-.

I think I've been in the same boat as you. Last year I wanted to purchase a camera for >$200 that would have enough features to learn photography basics. I chose the a570 and that camera along with the chdk has taught me a lot. The 720 is a step up and if you can find it - seems like it's out of stock in a lot of places- you could learn a ot from it..

However, I have to say though that KCook really seems to knows alot about P&S. If I were you I'd take a serious look at the Fuji S100fd based on this recommendation...

Comment #8

I used to buy only Canons. Recently got my first Fuji, plenty happy with it. Certainly a different flavor from Canon however. It's nice to have so many choices..

Sometimes I could just SHOOT Fuji for their crazy naming game. The Fuji S100fs is their premier P&S, priced up at over $650! Gotta watch those silly zeros. No thanks to Fuji!.

Kelly..

Comment #9



Thanks for all the info. I think I might go with the FujiFilm finepix s700. I read somethings about it not having true image stabilization despite what that the ads say can anybody confirm that?..

Comment #10

RobiSuicide wrote:.

Thanks for all the info. I think I might go with the FujiFilm finepixs700. I read somethings about it not having true image stabilizationdespite what that the ads say can anybody confirm that?.

Per the specs and press release in the camera database, it does not have image stabilization. It has an anti - blur mode which combines higher iso and shutter speed to minimize blur...

Comment #11

Mary got it right. Under $200 about the only cameras with optical IS are by Canon, Kodak, and Panasonic..

My previous Canon had optical IS, my current Fuji does not. In my view IS is nice, but not a must-have. You can get excellent results without IS. IS just makes it easier, and then only in some cases. For at least 80% of my own photography, IS makes no difference whatsoever..

Kelly..

Comment #12

I'm not convinced that increasing the megapixels harms image quality, but it doesn't benefit it either. The difference between 7, 8 and 10 mp is not visible..

The Canon A series models with IS are a great choice for a budget camera that offers some manual control. The only downside is that none of them offer true wide angle (28mm equiv). The SD870IS does, as do some Fuji, Panasonic and Nikon...

Comment #13



Does the Fuji S5700 have about the same manual controls as the Canon Powershot A590? If so then I think I'll buy the Fuji...

Comment #14

It's good to always question "manual" control on P&S cameras. As they may provide for different aperture settings, but only at 2 or 3 different values! None of the S700 reviews mention the aperture steps. But the S700 does have the TV, or shutter priority, mode. Which would indicate fine aperture settings are there. Hopefully a S700 owner will pop in here and tell us. Or you could just start a new thread asking about the S700 in the title..

Kelly..

Comment #15

KCook wrote:.

It's good to always question "manual" control on P&S cameras. Asthey may provide for different aperture settings, but only at 2 or 3different values! None of the S700 reviews mention the aperturesteps. But the S700 does have the TV, or shutter priority, mode.Which would indicate fine aperture settings are there. Hopefully aS700 owner will pop in here and tell us. Or you could just start anew thread asking about the S700 in the title..

Kelly.

Best to start a thread in the Fuji Talk forum but I think the camera would have a range of aperture settings. I read a post where someone said a P&S has an iris type aperture if the exposure comp specs indicate changes in 1/3 increments which is true for the s700...

Comment #16

Most ALL cameras that provide EV compensation are in 1/3 stop steps. But this is very easily done just with the electronic "shutter". No need for an actual lens iris..

Kelly..

Comment #17

While in the store today I looked into the Fuji S700. In Manual mode it definitely does have the fine aperture settings. Not just 2 or 3 values like with Samsung or Sony..

Kelly..

Comment #18



Sounds like that's whats I'm going to buy. I've heard a lot about it not performing very well at all when there's not much light but I don't think I'll really mind that...

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