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New Camera

I bought a digital camera many many years ago, and it is woefully out of date. Now that I work at flickr I want to start taking more photos with a decent camera. I figured I would just splash out on an entry-level dSLR, but maybe that is far more than I need. I also thought that maybe I should get a small waterproof camera that I could get a waterproof case for and use for taking photos while diving, but that is less important to me, and realistically I probably would not use it a lot.

So, what I really want is a good versatile camera, it doesn't need to be too small, I probably don't need to change lenses, and I would like good photo quality in lots of different situations. Here's some of the cameras I've been considering:

Canon PowerShot S90
This is really compact, but it seems like maybe I am paying for compactness when I'm not sure I care too much about that.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2
This camera isn't released yet, but it seems like it would be a great entry level dSLR-like camera. There seems to be some dislike of "Micro Four Thirds" cameras so that concerns me a little.
Canon PowerShot G11 I'm not really sure if this falls in the megazoom category, but I'm also thinking something between a compact and a full dSLR might be just the thing to get started.

I really can't decide. I need suggestions. Am leaning towards the Canon S90.


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Mar. 11th, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
So this probably isn't going to help, but I have a compact, megazoom and dSLR camera. I use them all for completely different things and none does everything I want (thus 3 cameras).
Mar. 11th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
This makes lots of sense. I think if I eventually become more enthusiastic about taking photos I will also have more than one camera.
Mar. 11th, 2010 10:15 pm (UTC)
FWIW two of the three (the compact and megazoom) are Panasonic's (Lumix) and I love them. The compact especially is one of the best I've ever had of that kind. It takes amazing photos and works very well in both bright and low light (amazingly well in low light, actually, hardly any grain with very minimal light) and also wicked fast for outdoor action shots. It's the best camera of the three in those two conditions. It has an excellent mix of pre-sets with a pretty wide range of options for manually setting things (especially for what's basically a point-and-shoot camera).

The other Lumix is my megazoom which works exactly as advertised and takes fantastic zoom photos, with almost no image degradation even at maximum zoom. It's shit in low light or indoors, though. Since that's not what I bought it for, it's not really an issue.
Mar. 21st, 2010 06:39 am (UTC)
i've had several canons and i think they generally make great cameras. i'm not so crazy about the small ones though. i've had two of them because i liked the idea of how small they are. what i didn't like about them is how fast the battery pack wears out before needing recharging. as a result i'm back to a larger canon that takes regular batteries instead of the specialized battery pack. i like to be able to travel and not worry about the battery pack wearing out.
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