$400 Point&Shoot Camera suggestions?

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  1. paymonGT macrumors member

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    I'm in the market for a $400ish P&S camera. Any suggestions? I love what I have read about the Sony RX100 II series, but too rich for my blood.
     
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    I'm a fan of the Lumix cameras, just bought a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 for under $300.
     
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    What about an Rx100 Mk1? the Mk2 wasnt that much of an increase?
     
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    If you don't already have one, I'd just put that money towards an iPhone 6 and use that.
     
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    I have a Lumix ZS25 and it's great. 16MP, Leica lens, nice wide angle (24mm-480mm), perfect for travel shots. Starts up fast, no lag when shooting and fantastic battery life. It's small, compact and can produce some really nice images. $229 on Amazon.
     
  7. leighonigar, Jan 28, 2015
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    More info would be useful. What kind of size is acceptable to you? What are you intending to photograph and how will you reproduce your work? There are some excellent compacts now (The RX100 series would be my first thought too), but the smaller compact system cameras are definitely worth looking at, and sometimes are even better value.

    Oh, http://nikonrumors.com/2015/01/28/d...th-10-30mm-lens-and-camera-case-for-145.aspx/ is a cheap alternative to a good quality compact. Slightly bulkier with the interchangeable lens than a good quality compact, but similar image quality. I use a V1 (same sensor) all the time and it's lovely.
     
  8. DevNull0, Jan 29, 2015
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    I really don't understand what possesses people to post such utter idiocy on every thread like this one.

    The person wants a camera, not a phone. Every $400 point and shoot camera on the market blows the iPhone 6 out of the water as a camera. In that price range you have large sensors, 60x optical zoom as a choice, and lots of physical buttons. When you're taking pictures real buttons for controls and a shutter release are a world of difference from a touch screen.
     
  9. VirtualRain macrumors 603

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    Three reasons...

    1. The best camera is the one you have with you... http://digital-photography-school.c...ne-you-have-with-you-mobile-photography-tips/

    2. Apple iPhone is the 2nd most popular camera (on Flickr)... http://www.iphonefaq.org/archives/974142

    3. You can take stunning photos with an iPhone... http://www.ippawards.com/2014-winners/
     
  10. DevNull0, Jan 29, 2015
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    1. The OP wants a point and shoot, presumably he knows what he wants better than you do.

    2. So lots of people have iPhones. Your point?

    3. An iPhone doesn't compare with a real camera for the reasons I listed.
     
  11. VirtualRain, Jan 29, 2015
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    I think you're incredibly rude, but besides that, you appear very narrow minded. After seeing this thread, I asked a number of people in my office to recommend me a point and shoot camera... They all suggested an iPhone. No one I talked to would consider buying a discrete point and shoot camera - even those into photography.

    Personally, I have a huge investment in DSLR gear, but sometimes, when I want a portable point-and-shoot, my iPhone is there and produces very satisfying results that are immediately editable and shareable which are just as important as pure image quality in many situations.

    I'm not sure if an iPhone is suitable for the OP, but it's definitely worthy of some consideration, regardless of what you think.
     
  12. phrehdd, Jan 29, 2015
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    iPhone suits some people well. I find it an unclever distraction from photography and more a mediocre tool for imaging at best. There are several 400 dollar cameras that offer MORE for the user. To each his/her own.
     
  13. leighonigar macrumors 6502a

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    This is it. It's the reason that ordinary point and shoots sales have slumped, and you very rarely see them. If people want to capture a moment they generally want to share it, and keep it conveniently on their ever-present assistant - the phone.

    iPhone cameras are genuinely very good, but they do lack zooms and they can't really match the creative options of anything with a larger sensor. This could be something like the RX100 mentioned with its 1" chip, or a coolpix A with its full-DSLR quality innards. Or it could be a small mirrorless camera, and often there are stunning bargains about. I still think this kind of thing http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/910126-REG/nikon_27619_1_s1_mirrorless_digital.html is amazing for the tiny price.
     
  14. jms969 macrumors 6502

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    The RX100 B is on sale right now at B&H for $498

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/869238-REG/Sony_DSC_RX100_Digital_Camera.html

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    Amazing price on the Nikon!!!
     

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