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Offline Ochotona

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Point and Shoot recommendation
« on: September 03, 2015, 03:16:30 PM »
Does anybody have a recommendation for a good point and shoot or at least compact camera for travel that I could pick up for <$200?  Features I'd like include a real viewfinder (i.e. that you put up to your eye rather than focusing and composing with an LCD screen), ability to export RAW format, and a relatively wide view at the wide end (wider than 24mm (35mm equivalent)).  None of these is necessarily a deal killer though.  Thanks.

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Re: Point and Shoot recommendation
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2015, 08:36:40 PM »
Does anybody have a recommendation for a good point and shoot or at least compact camera for travel that I could pick up for <$200?  Features I'd like include a real viewfinder (i.e. that you put up to your eye rather than focusing and composing with an LCD screen), ability to export RAW format, and a relatively wide view at the wide end (wider than 24mm (35mm equivalent)).  None of these is necessarily a deal killer though.  Thanks.
I think I will follow this thread since I would like to get my daughter in laws a good camera for them and their kids, rather than limiting themselves to the phones camera.
Take your camera with you dammit. You can't take your next "best photo" if your camera is sitting at home in the bag, now can you?

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Re: Point and Shoot recommendation
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2015, 09:06:39 AM »
Hey Dood,  here's one I'm looking at. Olympus SH-1

http://smile.amazon.com/dp/B00IZDKTMS/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=1N9GT1F78UXB5&coliid=I3VXXHF3AA9S4U&psc=1

I'm probably going to have to bend on the "real" viewfinder if I want a camera small enough to slip into a pocket.C

Canon Direct has this one as a refurb right now for $130, which is pretty tempting.  f2.0 lens is a nice feature.  Powershot S110:

http://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/catalog/powershot-s110-black-refurbished
 

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Re: Point and Shoot recommendation
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2015, 10:18:13 AM »
I dunno Ocho...I know my wife is frustrated with her present P&S JUST because of that LCD screen viewing. In bright sunlight it is all but useless to her. (we ain't gettin' any younger yanno!)

Not sure what is out there that might work, or (like we have been doing)... we'll just have to wait until someone comes out with an eye viewer.
Take your camera with you dammit. You can't take your next "best photo" if your camera is sitting at home in the bag, now can you?

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Re: Point and Shoot recommendation
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2015, 08:06:31 PM »
I dunno Ocho...I know my wife is frustrated with her present P&S JUST because of that LCD screen viewing. In bright sunlight it is all but useless to her. (we ain't gettin' any younger yanno!)

Not sure what is out there that might work, or (like we have been doing)... we'll just have to wait until someone comes out with an eye viewer.

I use one of these when I need to use the lcd screen in bright sun. Works pretty good but a bit pricey.
http://hoodmanusa.com/cgi/commerce.cgi?search=action&category=CI03
6D, T2i, Canon 600EX, 430EXII, and some other stuff my wife doesn't know about.

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Re: Point and Shoot recommendation
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2015, 09:36:17 PM »
I dunno Ocho...I know my wife is frustrated with her present P&S JUST because of that LCD screen viewing. In bright sunlight it is all but useless to her. (we ain't gettin' any younger yanno!)

Not sure what is out there that might work, or (like we have been doing)... we'll just have to wait until someone comes out with an eye viewer.

I use one of these when I need to use the lcd screen in bright sun. Works pretty good but a bit pricey.
http://hoodmanusa.com/cgi/commerce.cgi?search=action&category=CI03

 Oh yea.  That would work for sure!  You're right though..it is kinda cashy.
So far, this is about the only one that fits the criteria I was hoping to use but damn...almost 230.00 each. (and I was hoping to get either one for the wife, or 3 for the wife and 2 daughter in laws. OUCH)
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/996038-REG/panasonic_dmc_fz70k_lumix_fz70_digital_camera.html
Take your camera with you dammit. You can't take your next "best photo" if your camera is sitting at home in the bag, now can you?

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Re: Point and Shoot recommendation
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2015, 11:33:36 AM »
Doodle, I've discovered the same thing.  You'd have to spend about $250 and up for what we want.  And I too found the Panasonic Lumix cameras to be the best options, although I'd go for a more compact model than what you found.  Personally I'm not ready to drop that for a camera that's probably only marginally better than a modern iphone and not as good as my T2i.  I think for now I'll just continue to take my old canon powershot 8000 with it's 7mp resolution when I need a pocketable camera.

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Re: Point and Shoot recommendation
« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2015, 06:24:20 AM »
Doodle, I've discovered the same thing.  You'd have to spend about $250 and up for what we want.  And I too found the Panasonic Lumix cameras to be the best options, although I'd go for a more compact model than what you found.  Personally I'm not ready to drop that for a camera that's probably only marginally better than a modern iphone and not as good as my T2i.  I think for now I'll just continue to take my old canon powershot 8000 with it's 7mp resolution when I need a pocketable camera.

I hear ya!  I'm not sure what to do at the moment. I really wanted to get these as Xmas presents for the daughter in laws too.   I have to hope that these (or another type of) cameras go on a huge sale for the holiday seasons.
I think one of the bigger reasons I wanted to get them a decent camera is that image storage while away from a computer could be an issue while taking a lot of photos.  (well, that and the eyepiece feature)  I even considered getting them a gently used DSLR but I know they don't want to lug those around; hence a smaller version if possible.
Really...it's getting to be a headache thinking about all this.   :-\
Take your camera with you dammit. You can't take your next "best photo" if your camera is sitting at home in the bag, now can you?

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Re: Point and Shoot recommendation
« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2015, 12:48:58 PM »
Canon just released a nice little compact point and shoot with a viewfinder, 24-100mm equivalent 1.8 lens with a 1" 20MP sensor.  Down side is the $800 price.

http://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/catalog/powershot-g5-x?cm_mmc=EM-_-ES-_-151008-_-G5xButton&WT.mc_id=EM1510ES08046&RID=1-OFQPZQ&CON=1-33DZ-1477&PRO=&CID=1-OEHWZM

Having just returned from the trip that sparked off this discussion, I can report I'm pretty satisfied with my iPhone 5 photos.  They're really not bad, and certainly close enough to my old point and shoot (7MP powershot) to make bringing it along unnecessary.

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Re: Point and Shoot recommendation
« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2016, 12:56:19 PM »
is it too late?
if interested, I've been very impressed with my Oly Pen E-PL2

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Re: Point and Shoot recommendation
« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2016, 02:26:39 PM »
Not too late.  Looks like a nice camera and can apparently be had for $125 used!  Is it small enough to slip in shirt pocket?  Does it have a viewfinder?  Those are two of my wants.

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Re: Point and Shoot recommendation
« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2016, 03:02:44 PM »
I got mine on ebay cheap as a refurb. it doesn't have a viewfinder, the whole back is an LCD.
it's about 4.5x3 inches, and almost 4 inches deep with the standard 14-42mm lens.
oh yeah, big selling point, it's a 4/3 camera with interchangeable lenses.
you wouldn't have to go with the E-PL2, there are a bunch of them, I think there are even a couple smaller than this one.

a few examples from mine: