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Initial post: Jan 7, 2013, 6:35:17 AM PST
What would be the best digital camera? Not a professional. Just want something for everyday use but tired of buying small cameras that tear up in a few months.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2013, 12:55:02 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 7, 2013, 12:56:51 PM PST
You won't like the response:

"The best digital camera" is the one that does what YOU ARE HAPPY WITH...

What is "best" for you may be trash to me. (For example, I own 7 Canon cameras counting film, digital still, and digital video -- Yet there are only TWO Canon P&S cameras that I would ever recommend: the G15 {I think that's the newest version} and the D20. The D20 is only in there for those needing a camera for snorkeling, kayaking, and white-water rafting!)

I still have a G2 -- useful for near infra-red photography as it has a very leaky "hot mirror"/IR-block filter. My current "grab&go" camera is an EOS 20D with 420EX shoe flash, in a sling bag. The "good" camera is an EOS 50D in a backpack that breaks 30lbs with accessories.

Posted on Jan 7, 2013, 1:17:00 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 7, 2013, 1:20:02 PM PST
JCUKNZ says:
My Canon s20 which is a 3.3Mp camera P&S which was my first reasonably good digital camera dates from around 2002 and still in good working order, I used to make exhibition prints with it which won competitions .. obviously to me you don't look after your gear. They are precision instruments, even the cheapest, and need to be treated with respect and care.
There are so many on the market I wouldn't like to suggest any particular one to a fate in your hands.
Perhaps you are not destined to be a photographer and should forget the whole idea :-)

Posted on Jan 7, 2013, 1:56:04 PM PST
brad-man says:
Donna, would you mind providing a little more info? Are you looking for a DSLR with interchangeable lenses, a semi serious point & shoot or a fun everyday snapshot camera? Also, what is your budget and can you give some indication of what happened to your cameras that "tear up in a few months?"
Also, thanks for giving Dennis an opportunity for a well needed cathartic release:)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2013, 8:01:40 PM PST
It's all stress... I have a job interview in the morning <G>

Posted on Jan 8, 2013, 4:19:08 AM PST
Good luck Dennis!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2013, 10:15:43 PM PST
Chris B. says:
Hi Donna, Since you don't mention what type of camera you're looking for, I'll make a couple of suggestions.

If you're looking for a reliable compact point & shoot camera that's easy to carry in a pocket or bag, I'd recommend you look at Canon's Powershot line. Two nice and reasonably priced models in Canon's current line are the a4000is and the 110 HS. I shoot mainly with Nikon digital SLR's, but when I want to travel light or don't want to draw attention, I shoot with my trusty 7-year-old Canon SD450 compact point & shoot. It's been a great little camera -- sturdy and reliable.

If you're looking for a digital SLR, I'd suggest one of the smaller and less expensive models from either Canon or Nikon.

You mentioned in your original post that your cameras don't last long. Do you keep your camera in any kind of a protective case when carrying it around? I ask because any camera traveling loose in a pocket or bag is going to be much more susceptible to damage than one in a case.

Several camera companies make compacts designed for rough use and these cameras are typically advertised as being shockproof and waterproof. Check out Canon, Panasonic, Olympus, Nikon, etc.

Posted on Jan 10, 2013, 8:13:40 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 10, 2013, 8:21:12 AM PST
T. Campbell says:
Donna, you said you're tired of "small cameras" that "tear up" in a few months. So I'm not sure if you're unhappy with both the size and the durability. A DSLR is certainly larger and they are more durable... but they're quite a bit larger than most point & shoots and you might feel you've gone too large.

In any case, the Canon G series are "advanced" point & shoot cameras. They typically have metal bodies so they're more durable, but they're still point & shoot cameras (you cannot swap lenses.) e.g. Canon PowerShot G15 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide-Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom These aren't quite as compact... you could put it in a purse but it's a bit too large to fit into a pocket (not unless you've got a big pocket.)

DPReview's summary blurb: "The Canon Powershot G15 is a well-refined product and a joy to use. It is very quick and responsive in operation, built like a tank and offers the most external controls in its class. In combination with the fast 28-140mm F1.8-2.8 lens that makes it a very versatile and pocketable photographic tool that offers almost the same degree of control as much larger DSLRs."

You can find their full review here: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canon-powershot-g15

A DSLR will be a little bulkier still, but the lenses are removable and they perform faster... but you'd ultimately end up spending more money.

Posted on Jan 19, 2013, 11:24:27 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 19, 2013, 11:37:10 PM PST
K. C. Norris says:
Donna,

Sorry, but you may not like my response as well...
Question 1: What is "everyday use" to you? I have a really old Canon S5 IS superzoom which is great for things that stand still, but I'd hate to use it to try and photograph active children or pets at play... My D800 is great, but I'm not as likely to carry it on my lunch break...

For me, I keep my S5 IS superzoom in a little shoulderbag tossed in my trunk. My Apple iPhone 5 and Blackberry cameras are on my person at all times, and my DSLRs are typically charged and ready to go in LowePro slingpacks the corner of the photgraphy room. At any given time I have SOME ability to get the shot no matter what. (The iPhone camera is surprisingly good!)
If my everyday use is at my friend's daughter's cheerleading competitions where light is crappy and flash is USUALLY not allowed, then my D700 or D800 full-frame DSLRs with f/2.8 or larger aperture lenses will be used. If it's one of my nephew's football or soccer games, it's going to be the crop-factor D300s DSLR and lenses (But 400mm or longer) at night, or a really good superzoom during the day like the Panasonic Lumix FZ200 24X or 20x Lumix ZS20/TZ30, and the F/2.8 lens of the FZ200 is fast enough for even the most overcast days! (Trade-offs of smaller size/cost (Lumix ZS20 / TZ30) and higher cost/performance (FZ200) between them, but each has it's merits.)

The superzooms range from $200-$450. The Canon G15 mentioned above comes in around $450, and for about the same $450 you can get a Nikon D3100 with an 18-55mm lens or Canon T3 with 18-55mm lens. Now you've got the flexibility of adding most any lens length or speed you want in the future, but you are adding the bulk of carrying a DSLR. All of these cameras have simple to use "Auto" modes for easy shooting.

Your preferences for size, (Pocketable?) weight, subject motion, typical distances, flash/low-light sensitivity, and intended uses/subjects are really needed to make any sensible suggestions. I'd have a completely different list of cameras for someone who frequents museums, than someone who goes regularly to hockey games...
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