Need a new P&S

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by carve, Jul 29, 2008.

  1. carve macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2006
    Hey everyone, I think I am in need of a new point and shoot. I currently use a sony cybershot dsc-p73. It is a great little camera, it only has 4.1 megapixels though. I also want to buy a new camera because the battery life on it is horrible. It is my "go to" camera which I just grab if i'm going somewhere with friends. I am willing to spend up to $200 for a new camera, maybe $230. My needs are something that can take decent macro shots, and good night pictures. Any suggestions?
  2. santa macrumors member

    Sep 2, 2003
  3. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

    NC MacGuy

    Feb 9, 2005
    The good side of the grass.
    The macro won't be a problem but there aren't many good P&S's that'll take a good night shot - I'm assuming non flash?
  4. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    The P73 is at least 4 years old. I have the very similar P7 and it's on it's last legs.

    As for a new P/S camera, I'd think that most Sony, Panasonic, Fuji, Canon cameras in your budget would easily surpass any photos coming from the P73. The tech has advanced so much in the last 4 years.

    I'd suggest a Panasonic TZ-4 (or a TZ-5 if you can stretch the budget) because it's pretty compact and has a nice 10x zoom starting at a wide 28mm. Most P/S cameras only go down to 34 or 38mm.

    The Canon digital Elph series are pretty nice too, although it's tough to figure out which one is the latest/greatest as Canon's numbering system is so messy.

    If you want more manual controls (which could help with night shots), you might need to go with a slightly bulkier camera. Canon's A-series are pretty decent and they tend to cost less than the Elph's as well.

    Most new P/S have decent night shot modes, but it depends on what you're shooting. If you're shooting night "scenes", you'll need a tri-pod any way since the shutter is open longer. If you're looking to shoot people at night, you might need something with a good night portrait mode to help control the flash better. Stick with the bigger names and you can't go wrong.

    Also, check out and .... I find these two sites to be the best for ametuers like me.

  5. termina3 macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2007
    If battery is the biggest issue why don't you just replace the battery? You won't get a great camera at that price point (although there are many available)
  6. cr2sh macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2002
    I have owned several Canon p&s cameras and each one was better than the last (with the exception of the G2 being the first and best)... anyways, my new 870 IS is a pretty amazing piece of technology. The image quality is amazing, the ISO performance is best I have ever had in a camera this small, the Image Stabilization makes low light shooting without a flash a LOT easier and the screen on the back is HUGE.

    This camera sells for $249 new on amazon.. but I'm sure you could find it cheaper somewhere. I would very highly recommend it.

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