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I need a camera for a vacation cruise and simple family photos

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Posted on Feb 21, 2012 2:52:19 AM PST
Tom Martin says:
Yes, the Canon S100 has GPS.

Posted on Feb 27, 2012 11:44:23 AM PST
UG says:
Call me crazy, but I think the Panasonic TS3 should be on your short list. Small and easy to use, gps, very good HD video and picture quality for a camera that you can drop in the poo! Do a quick search on Flickr for examples.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 1:48:46 PM PST
Before you buy look at the Olympus SP810UZ. You don't need an SLR as photos are about light, angle, Exposure Comp and White balance. In other words you can get the same photo with $100.00 camera as a $6000.00 camera. Check this site out.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 28, 2012 2:27:43 PM PST
T. Campbell says:
"You don't need an SLR as photos are about light, angle, Exposure Comp and White balance."

Partially true.

"In other words you can get the same photo with $100.00 camera as a $6000.00 camera."

Only true in limited circumstances.

The real answer depends on what you hope to be able to achieve with your photos and how you plan to use them. "most" of what makes a good shot is the experience of the photographer. Equipment which is better than you need is just extra expense. Equipment which is below your needs can actually hold you back.

If you want to do subject isolation by selective focus using narrow depth of field and strong background blur... that'd be almost effortless to do with a DSLR and the right lens, but nearly impossible to do with a point & shoot (and it would be the same quality). The DSLR provides with more performance, a faster focusing system, substantially better dynamic range, better ISO range and lower noise when shooting with high ISOs, more latitude for post-processing adjustment, the ability to change lenses to a more optimal lens for your needs... the list goes on.

If it were truly as simple as all cameras take equivalent photos, there'd be a lot of professional photographers who would LOVE to avoid the expensive gear.

Your needs ultimately depends on (a) what do you plan to shoot (point & shoots don't deal with low-light action shots very well), and (b) what you plan to do with the photos after you take them (expectation of those who view the photos and will they be able to see weaknesses in the image). The majority of users don't "need" high end equipment. Keepsake photos from a vacation that will probably only be personally reviewed and/or shared via social websites where the max resolution is still less than a single megapixel usually don't need high end cameras.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 29, 2012 7:21:35 AM PST
Please note, while I enjoy Ken's website sometimes, his objective is to get page views. Sometimes he says things that incite controversy on purpose, knowing they are not entirely correct. If you like his style of images, his advice will be helpful, but if you don't like oversaturated images full of artifacts and halos, you may find his advice a tab bit frustrating. And, his brand loyalty is is as subtle as a bull elephant in heat.

You can only get the same photo with the $100 camera and the $6000 camera if the $6000 camera is not set to take full advantage of it's capabilities, and the photographer makes an effort to get the shot wrong, under good lighting, with a stationary subject. You can take a bad picture with a good camera, and you can take an artistic, interesting picture with a bad camera, but you will be limited more by the cheap camera. I do this comparison all the time, I shoot action indoors, and I see the cell phone and P&S pictures other people take. It's not even close. Back in the day, you could put good film in a cheap camera, and get good results. Now the camera is the film, and that doesn't work. You can't get consistant, good pictures in challenging conditions with a cheap camera.
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