looking for a new camera. something fast
* What budget have you allocated for buying this camera? Please be as specific as possible.
* What size camera are you looking for? Or does size not matter at all to you?
How many megapixels will suffice for you?
* What optical zoom will you need? (None, Standard = 3x-4x, Ultrazoom = 10x-12x, Other - Specify)
* How important is “image quality” to you? (Rate using a scale of 1-10)
Do you care for manual controls?
* What will you generally use the camera for?
Taking pictures of friends and also scenary during travel
* Will you be making big prints of your photos or not?
Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos?
Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos?
Are there particular brands you like or hate?
no. I used to have a Canon A560 which became damaged. I never really liked the camera and found it to be very very slow. I want a camera where I can many pictures in a row quickly and not take so long to "recover" after each shot.
Are there particular models you already have in mind?
canon SD850 pr Sony W series
(If applicable) Do you need any of the following special features? (Wide Angle, Image Stabilization, Weatherproof, Hotshoe, Rotating LCD)
a rotating LCD would be nice but not necessary
The Canon A630 is pretty nice for under $200. It does not have image stabilization, but has the rotating LCD and a 4X zoom.
The A710IS or similar has a couple extra X in the lens, image stabilization, but no rotater...
Pentax K20D/K5/15/21/40/70/10-17/12-24, Sigma 17-70 2.8-4.5/150-500, Tamron 90 Macro/70-200 2.8, Canon SX20 IS/Elph 500HS
(formerly Pentax 50 1.4/50-200/55-300/K100D, Sigma 18-50 2.8/70-300 APO, Tamron 28-75, Viv 800, Tele-Tokina 800, Canon S3 IS, Samsung L210)
SD850 is nice, but also look at the Panasonic FX30, which is much the same camera for much less.
Even though I'm a big fan of DSLR's, I used one over my 2 week trip and got great results with it.
If you want to take many images quickly you should look into using the Burst/Continuous mode. The A560 actually has a pretty good burst mode, but that is moot now. It's mainly for shooting action shots, but it comes in handy in all sorts of situations.
The Sony W80 has an excellent burst mode.
I can't seemt to find an SD630. Does anyone know who is stilll selling them?
A630. Not SD630.
Originally Posted by Sandbob
I like my Panasonic DMC-TZ3. It's very small, 10x optical zoom and takes great pictures.