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Suggestions on what p&s camera to buy
« on: April 06, 2007, 06:57:14 PM »
Hello, what p&s camera can you guys suggest for me to buy? I'm looking for a camera that is practical, compact, has a large LCD screen and easy to use as my mom will be the one who will be using it. I'm leaning towards getting the Ixus 850 IS. I heard that it's priced around 18k, but I saw on another thread that the Ixus 800 IS sells only for around 13k. Will the Ixus 800 IS suffice? What other models can you suggest? Preferably from Nikon or Canon. TIA :)

PS: I just read the in-depth review of both cameras at www.dpreview.com and it seems that Ixus 800 IS is better than the 850? Can somebody comment on this?
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Re: Suggestions on what p&s camera to buy
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2007, 08:34:12 PM »
Canon makes very good digicams, but I find them a little bit difficult to use.
I think this should be a concern, especially if you're having your mom use it.
Also, I find their local pricing to be uncompetitive (unless you buy from Quiapo).

Anyhow, I just recently got a digicam for my niece too.
Its a Sony W50, which has a Carl Zeiss lens and a 6MP sensor, for only 12k.
Also, one of the easiest to use interfaces for me is the Casio Exilim digicams.
However, if image stabolization is a concern for you (judging by your choice of a Canon IS model), then the Nikon L-series of digicams aren't bad either (some come with VR).
Consider also Olympus, since even their lower end models also already come with image stabilization.

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Re: Suggestions on what p&s camera to buy
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2007, 08:51:46 PM »
i  suggest get a canon powershot s3is..very powerful prosumer camera...

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Re: Suggestions on what p&s camera to buy
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2007, 09:08:44 PM »
Thanks for the replies. I'm biased towards canon as i hear that they make the best p&s cameras in the market so I guess other brands are out of the question. As for the s3is, i don't think my mom will be able to maximize all the features of that camera. I'm now choosing between the Ixus 800 IS(cheaper than Ixus 850 and better image quality(according to dpreview)), and the Ixus 70(Slimmer than the 800/850(I think), has a larger LCD?, and at around the same price as the Ixus 800). What do you guys suggest i should buy? why or why not? thanks so much in advance!

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Re: Suggestions on what p&s camera to buy
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2007, 08:23:15 AM »
i got my nikon P3 from watsons hidalgo for only P13,000 last year. it still sells at over P20,000 plus in the malls.  it's got VR, for your mom's shaky hands, a bright 2.7" display, for her squinting eyes, and a very simple program menu, for her weary mind.  as a bonus, it's 8 megapix, so you can sneak it in your photo bag once in a while for backup.

on the downside, the VR drains batteries like crazy if left on,  so be sure to get an extra battery pack. they are cheap though and sells at columbia for P1,200 (nikon).

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Re: Suggestions on what p&s camera to buy
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2007, 08:26:07 AM »
get those canon cameras with face recognition features. i bet your mom will like that!
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Re: Suggestions on what p&s camera to buy
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2007, 09:40:56 AM »
A friend of mine chose between those 2 models.  I accompanied him to Hidalgo and he spent about 2 hours deciding which to buy.  In the end, even though it was more expensive by about 4k he chose the 850 IS because of the wide angle lens.  We both felt the difference in perspective was enormous.

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Re: Suggestions on what p&s camera to buy
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2007, 11:05:37 AM »
My brother bought a Canon G7 before we went on a trip to China. It got face recognition and IS. The zoom range is really magnificent, it got what they called tele zoom & digital zoom, combined it's like more than 20x already. When we look at the picture quality it's so clear and sharp almost like the quality of optical zoom.


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Re: Suggestions on what p&s camera to buy
« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2007, 11:46:52 AM »
I think a lot of the replies here are missing the point: HIS MOM IS THE ONE WHO IS GOING TO USE IT.
I do not think prosumer cameras like the Canon S3-IS and G7 fits that profile.
Anyhow, seriously, if you are willing to spend for it then the 850 IS is a good choice.
Still, although in general people do say that Canon does make the better digicams, do not discount the others as well.
Digicam technology has come a long way, and many other brands that used to be laggards are catching up (like Sony).
I really think you're robbing yourself of a really good deal by limiting yourself to just a Canon.
As I said before, local Canon pricing seems to be quite high, while its competitors offer better technology at the same price.
Consider for example the underrated Casio Exilims, which makes use of Pentax lenses (Casio was the first digicam by the way).
Still, its ultimately your decision, and it seems you've already made up your mind.

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Re: Suggestions on what p&s camera to buy
« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2007, 12:08:41 PM »
canon or any camera as long as it is point and shoot camera will be easy to use...thats why it is called point and shoot....very simple to use kahit pa nanay or lola nya gagamit.
i owned casio, sony and canon point and shoot andf the 850is is one of the best p and s you can buy..casios are okay. :)
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Re: Suggestions on what p&s camera to buy
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2007, 04:47:26 PM »
thanks for the replies guys, we finally bought the 850 IS earlier this morning. The LCD seems to be noisy/grainy when I'm using it as the viewfinder, is this normal? And when I point the camera to the window, mey parang vertical na violet lines na nagkakaron dun sa kung saan maliwanag(window), is this also normal?

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