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Initial post: Jan 14, 2013 10:11:03 AM PST
Don't know anything about cameras, like, nothing. I know how to press the button and something flashes then takes a shot.

I am heading off to Glacier Park this year (I think) and I will be taking a ton of pictures. I don't want to use my iPhone (even though that has a pretty nice camera on it). So I want a quality point and shoot digital camera with a nice zoom, that has great MP for the price, and can fit in my pocket. I would say <$300, that should be plenty for a good p&s camera.

Any advice is welcomed.

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 10:12:35 AM PST
Sorry, everyone here wastes their time with video games and doesn't have interesting hobbies like photography.

Seriously, though, I'd be interested too. The phone just doesn't have the quality we'd like for taking pictures of the kid.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 10:15:46 AM PST
I know there are plenty on here - they don't talk about it much...but they do everyone once in awhile.

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 10:17:36 AM PST
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got mayo?™ says:
One of the highest regarded pocket cameras

Canon PowerShot S110 12MP Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black)

Had an Elph we were very happy with, until the wife had a salt water beach episode with it:
Canon PowerShot SD980IS 12.1MP Digital Camera with 5x Ultra Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3-inch LCD (Blue)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 10:20:52 AM PST
McAwesomeo says:
A 12 MP is more than a little overkill, but Canon as a whole is quality stuff.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 10:22:34 AM PST
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got mayo?™ says:
You are gonna get the megapixel regardless these days... its all competition/marketing based, unless shopping an older camera. I agree MP is not that important.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 10:23:22 AM PST
Well, my expertise is mostly about MF and digital SLRs, not point and shoots. The thing is, MP is nice and all but if the camera has a crap lens then it doesn't mean all that much.

For what you describe I would take a rangefinder. The Canon G15 is good but it costs more than $300 so see if you could find a used Canon G12 or a G9 (preferably the 12.) Skip the G10.

B&H is a good place for used cameras as is KEH. In fact, KEH tends to give better quality items than what they describe.

Here is a used G9 on eBay with a lensmate for a bit over $100 right now.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Canon-PowerShot-G9-12-1-MP-Digital-Camera-Black-With-G9-Lensmate-/140905108888?pt=Digital_Cameras&hash=item20ce995598

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 10:23:35 AM PST
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ice grizzly says:
You will need a Polarizing filter to capure the blue sky and orange sun. All point and shoot cameras produce faded out pictures out door or grainy ones indoor. It is just laws of physics

Canon EOS Rebel T3 Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (discontinued by manufacturer)

Get a 300mm zoom lens and Hoya filter. It may push your budget to $500. But results will be unmatched. Look at the customer samples in the camera and lens page

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_n_6?rh=n%3A172282%2Cp_4%3AHoya%2Cn%3A%21493964%2Cn%3A281407%2Cn%3A172435%2Cn%3A499262%2Cn%3A3109907011&bbn=499262&ie=UTF8&qid=1358187769&rnid=499262

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 10:27:56 AM PST
Nicos says:
I am not a fan of Sony DSLRs, but I had a Sony Cybershot for years as a point n shoot and really liked it. The newer models even have panoramic capabilities. The only downside is that they all have built in wide angle lenses, which causes distortion in extreme close-ups, but that is the only downside. Sony DSC-W670/B 16.1MP Cybershot Digital Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD Screen (Black)

I have also heard great things about the Olympus SP-810 UZ Digital Camera V103020BU000 but I never picked one up because of the size. The cybershot will easily fit in your jacket or jean pockets, where the Olympus would need a bag.

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 10:30:23 AM PST
Okay, let's go with digital SLR's. Within a decent budget..

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 10:31:17 AM PST
Define decent budget.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 10:32:17 AM PST
Yikes, I don't even want to say <400.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 10:33:01 AM PST
Okay, under $400 AND a telephoto zoom lens means you're going used. You okay with that?

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 10:33:19 AM PST
SLR and budget shouldn't be in the same sentence. Especially if you're budget is less than $300.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 10:34:31 AM PST
Yup, never mind on the SLR then. Just might need a p&s for now then until I can afford something nicer.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 10:36:04 AM PST
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got mayo?™ says:
Best 'value' may be a D5100 right now since discounted for the new gen, if the focus is photography. Canon T3i if you are looking for better video capabilities.

The T3 advice above is a great one for starters, as would be a Nikon D3100.

Beware: the lens game gets spendy. Also, while traveling you may want a good backpack. DSLR's are not the best 'active oriented' travel toy unless you are in full photography mode.

Edit: Nevermind on the D5100, price shot up $100 since the holidays. Seriously, best time to get a DSLR was BF....my brother got a T3i with kit lens, with 2 telephoto lenses (55-200mm/75-300mm), SD card, camera bag, filters for $670...from amazon via slickdeals.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 10:37:17 AM PST
Okay, well i still stand by my recommendations for either a used Canon G9 or a G12. Great performance with those things.

Also, when you do choose a camera try to go with optical zoom over digital zoom.

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 10:39:39 AM PST
I'd get a lumix.

Panasonic Lumix ZS20 14.1 MP High Sensitivity MOS Digital Camera with 20x Optical Zoom (Black) (OLD MODEL)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 10:40:11 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 14, 2013 10:40:38 AM PST
Good advice, thanks.

Panasonic Lumix ZS20 14.1 MP High Sensitivity MOS Digital Camera with 20x Optical Zoom (Black) (OLD MODEL)

Ninja'd lol

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 10:43:50 AM PST
If you are willing to go over budget by a bit there is this
Canon PowerShot G15 12MP Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black) (OLD MODEL)

Wide angle is great for landscapes, it has great quality, and has enough features if you ever want to take it off of auto. Other than that it's a very easy to use camera that just works, take great photos, and fits in a pocket.

The S110 that was suggested is also a great Point and Shoot camera but I don't know if it has the zoom you would want.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 10:44:49 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 14, 2013 10:46:45 AM PST
I own a lumix. Not that one though but they are great camera's. Leica Lens!

I got this on a amazon deal for like $215 or something. Just checked my order.. guess I had a GC. Total it was $269

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 3.8x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD - Black (OLD MODEL)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 10:50:04 AM PST
D_Strasse says:
Also, too many MP on a small sensor = noise and grain.

JJ,

Here is all you need to know:

dpreview dot com.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 10:50:44 AM PST
D_Strasse says:
I have my T3i coming tomorrow. VERY excited.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 10:51:40 AM PST
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D_Strasse says:
Honestly, I would go mirrorless, like a Panasonic Lumix (unless you REALLY want to get into lugging around a DSLR.)

Though, if you want point and click ease and excellent pic quality (larger than normal sensor) in a VERY nice and compact go with this:

Canon PowerShot S110 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide-Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black)

I have the older S95. Awesome camera but with a normal to compact camera zoom.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 10:54:54 AM PST
Yeah, that was why I said he should skip the G10. I just didn't want to overwhelm him with information overload.
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