Need Good affordable Point & Click Camera

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Frisco, Aug 8, 2014.

  1. Frisco macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2002
    1) Easy to use; no nothing about photography
    2) Takes Good Pictures--not looking to be a photographer here

    Affordable, good pictures and easy to use?

    Please any advice appreciated!
  2. Apple fanboy, Aug 8, 2014
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 8, 2014

    Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    How much are you looking to spend? If you already have an iPhone, you need to spend quite a bit to see an improvement.
  3. MCAsan macrumors 601


    Jul 9, 2012
  4. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    Sailing beyond the sunset
    Without a price range, it's impossible to answer this question.

    One person's "affordable" is another's "too expensive".
  5. Nickwell24 macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2008
    My P&S is the canon SX280 - currently $200 at Best Buy. I'd recommend it.

    Don't let the GPS & Wifi tempt you though, you'll never use Wifi as it's a royal PITA, and GPS will drain your batteries FAST! I purchased it for a vacation camera when I leave my DSLR at home and just want something pocketable.
  6. Frisco thread starter macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2002
    Around $250 so the Canon looks good. Thanks. I don't need anything HD or video or Wifi or anything fancy. No need for RAW.

  7. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    A lot of the point and shoots clump into categories, often conveniently around your price range.

    There are a bunch of weatherproof cameras, but they sacrifice some utility for that feature, and are a bit pricey for what you get (I have the Panasonic TS5; love it).

    There are what they often call "travel cameras" that are pretty easy to use, have a decent zoom, are very small, and often have features like wifi (handy for sharing on the road) and/or GPS.

    Superzooms are also popular; they look kinda like SLRs, and are bigger and bulkier. But they have huge zooms, and take pretty decent pics. Popular especially with those who do outdoor stuff, wildlife etc.

    Some point and shoots have features, like RAW capability, more manual controls, and the ability to add like a flash. Some concentrate more on wifi features, a hot topic these days. Samsungs, for example, seem to almost have more in common with phones.

    In general, the last one or two models behind the current one are often great deals. Folks geek out on all kinds of megapixel specs and such, or bells and whistles like GPS or higher def video or more wifi features, so if you can live without that you can do very well.

    Also generalizing, I'd say the Panasonics often are a bit better at video. Canon has a super wide range of cameras, and their firmware is hackable, so even an old Canon can do amazing things if you're interested in longevity. Nikon and Sony also make some great units, as does Olympus. It's sorta hard to go wrong.

    Just as an example, CostCo right now in the US has a Panasonic Z35 and a Nikon CoolPix S6800, for US$200 and 229 respectively. Both would do fine. They also have a Kodak superzoom for that price.

    I'd decide on a feature or features that you think would be most useful to you and your intended uses, and then go from there, like telephoto, video, GPS, etc.
  8. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    i disagree. I just bought an iPhone and the camera is nowhere near a good P&S.
    My Canon PowerShoot from 2005 still takes better photos than any phone today.
  9. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    Me too. If you are interested in just pics taken close up, with little variability, it will work. The P&S are tending now to deliberately incorporate features, zoom being an obvious example, that phones don't have. And then there's image quality.
  10. Frisco thread starter macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2002
    Which of these is better: the Sony
    Amazon Sony

    or Canon
    Canon PowerShot A2500 16MP Digital Camera
    Amazon Canon

    I have no interest in photography. This is for the rare occasion that I need to take some decent pictures. For example I was just in a car accident and guy lied on what happened.
  11. firedept macrumors 603


    Jul 8, 2011
    Stick with the Canon. I have a P&S Canon that I use when I don't want to pull out the DSLR and it has been pretty faithful since about 2009. Does a pretty decent job for a quick "I am not fussy" shot.
  12. Frisco thread starter macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2002
    Okay thanks. I ordered the Canon.
  13. ada11 macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2014

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