New Member. Advice on Cameras. Help me find 'the moon on a stick',

Discussion in 'Intros & Welcomes' started by Fair Weather Camper, Jul 29, 2015.

  1. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    Greetings Good Folk of the forum,
    A friend suggested this would be an excellent place to ask about this,

    Am looking to upgrade to a slightly better digital device - present model 12 MP and quite old now,
    My days of toting nearly a kilo of SLR are well gone, it did take very fine pictures but that could have been more down to the scenery than the operator.

    So the main criteria for a replacement are:

    Decent landscape shots, whilst being able to cope with low light levels.
    (despite the optimistic moniker most of my wanderings are about the 'Celtic Fringes' and it isn't always sunny there as I'm sure you'll have noticed)

    But at the same time OK for close ups of flora and fauna encountered.

    Lightweight (sub 150g or thereabouts - that weight is not including case, charger, etc)

    Reasonable battery life, with the option of taking a spare in case of multiday, away from sockets, trips.

    Robust enough to survive the odd bit of dropping, mucky mitts, and being shoved unceremoniously into a bag.

    And of course boringly, not too pricey, would be quite happy with S.H. (it's how I get most of my stuff) or if anyone with knows of good deals on anything new worth having right now that would help.

    Because in my usual spirit of 'leaving it a bit late' need it in the next three weeks for a trip with potential sunshine.


    Thanks for reading this far down the page :) And gratitude in advance for any relevant info, FWC
  2. andreostergard

    andreostergard Trail Blazer

    I'd look at the Canon Powershot/IXUS series like the 240HS. I've got an earlier model and it takes decent shots.
    There are a lot of things that doesn't come with your criteria like the combo lightweight, low price and good/decent shots (if you downgrade from an DSLR and get something too cheap you'll only be disappointed). It all comes down to glass and sensor, just like any DSLR or camera, and that costs if you want good picture quality.

    My recommendation would be the Sony RX100-line. You don't have to get the latest model they're all in similar specifications. I've got the Mark III but that's only because I wanted the pop-up viewfinder. Otherwise I'd gone with the Mark I or II. An alternative could be the Panasonic LX-7 or one of its siblings, had one of those but upgraded to the Sony.

    Here's a picture taken with the Sony RX100 Mark III.
    [​IMG]Laugavegur by André Östergård, on Flickr

    Here's a picture taken with the old Canon IXUS 240HS (lens is broken so there's some sharpness missing in the upper right corner).
    [​IMG]Skaneleden_2015-05-23_14-08-35_IMG_1553 by André Östergård, on Flickr
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  3. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    i have a canonpowershot SX260hs. Very happy with it. great image stabiliser, huge zoom 28-500 equivalent. great up to iso1600 and still usable with some post processing at 3200. has gps so i can see where pics were taken. battery lasts forever. used at -15 for a whole week in estonia and was still full when i got home after 300 shots. Love it but weight is a compromise for the zoom capability. 231g

    review here

    http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/canon_powershot_sx260_hs_review/
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  4. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    Thank you very much for all of that, food for thought and action. Like I said - 'moon on a stick', it's more than likely that my present digi' is mainly fresh air inside, so will have to look at going a little heavier to get better picture quality (I'm quite strong really, but maybe I'll ditch the fat novel? ;))

    Really helpful advice re SH to look out for - this is exactly the kind of expertise I was after: but too lazy (busy actually) to do the research.


    Glad you cleared it up about the cloud, top RHS - thought it didn't look quite right :)
    Iceland looks photogenic, if a little bleak, no trees for comfort breaks :eek:

    Thanks again.. anyone know where any of above might be acquired ? (I am really busy - honest!)
  5. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    I'm have a Canon Powershot A1300. Nothing special, but does the job - no longer made - a few 2nd hand ones around - very inexpensive. Reason I chose it - it has a viewfinder, which for me is essential. Not many small compacts have a viewfinder. The technicals - I let the camera do the work.
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  6. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    Looks like Canon might be coming out on top, or have you all got something going with those guys?

    My previous reply was just to Andreostergard. As I am still on 'first five posts' probation, there is a bit of a time lag, hope the mods are out 'playing in the hills'. Enjoy :). I'm curious, has anyone ever given vent to a string of pent up profanities on their sixth post?

    Thanks for the link Paul, very useful. I feel a trip to an actual shop, to have a play coming on, at those prices I'm considering buying new.

    I know what you mean about a viewfinder Cathy - it is a hard habit to break - and yes as for 'technicals' that's what the camera does best - our main task is to carry it to something worth photographing. For me its more about logging good memories rather than taking exhibition quality pics, I just don't want to be too embarrassed if someone else wants to take a look:o o:

    Cheers again for the advice, if I do take any pictures worth letting anyone see I'll let you know :photogenic:
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  7. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    Sorry, very poor forum form, I liked (and have now officially liked) all your posts very much, extremely helpful to a newbie crashing in with impertinent questions.
    I'm getting a little bit excited about going shopping now, and that really isn't me :o o:

    p.s. how many 'trophy points*' before we receive one of Pauls most excellent looking items?? You're missing a marketing trick there Paul;)

    * I have one whole point now, Thanks Cathy, maybe I should quit while I'm ahead and cash it in now?
  8. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    think canon is a habit i developed and stuck with but i did once veer away and buy a panasonic. It was bloody awful :D

    Good luck with whatever you decide and enjoy getting to the photo :)
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  9. Robin

    Robin Moderator Staff Member

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  10. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    Darn it Redscotti, you trying to thwart my shopping trip? :)
    Thanks for the offer, have pm'd you re'

    So neck and neck for Canon and Sony now, the tension builds:confused:

    I had a go with, after a chance meeting last night, a Sony Cybershot DSCx50, 30xopzoom , mmm very nice, yes heavier (and pricier:eek:) but I reremembered there is something to be said for having a bit more 'heft in the hand' - helps counteract that 'just struggled up a hill' camera shake.

    I may have to leave the 'throwing axe' at home next trip to compensate for the extra weight :(.

    Like Cathy, I do like a view finder esp if sunny :dude: but not a deal breaker.

    Gratitude all for pointers and friendliness. :happy:



    note to mods "I hereby solemnly swear not to start 'swearing like a docker' if I ever make post #6" Still in the hills? Or just taken an instant dislike?
    :biggrin:
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  11. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I use the RX100 III - or at least have for the last few months, the image quality is superb.

    That said I'll blaspheme.... unless you are doing big prints most of the reasonable quality point and shoots will deliver, the difference is a trained eye and snobbery ;)
  12. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    Thank you too Ed for that most timely and sage advice. (ignores aside re 'trained' eye:rolleyeses:)

    I will bear it in mind as I wander, still befuddled, yet somewhat better informed 'mongst the Temples of Mammon later today...:)

    In a spirit of fairness I have liked your post too.

    Though, after viewing your profile I fear you might immediately bankrupt any nubile cottage manufacturer, were they to get involved in a 'products for points reward scheme' :biggrin:

    You see mods? Perfectly civil.
    ...Nice trip?
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    Now. Anyone got a turquoise avatar? t'would look rather well on the page doncha think?

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