Moving away from DSLR Camera - Looking for a smaller/lighter alternative.
June 5, 2012 4:31 PM Subscribe
My mother currently owns a Canon Rebel XSI with the default 18-55 lens. It has served her extremely well while shooting typical mom material. I typically leave the camera in P mode with a few good "auto" options and she goes to town with it.
posted by Highest_Of_Fives to technology (6 answers total)
The reason she opted for a DSLR several years ago because it was superior to P&S near the price range in all of her test shots. She enjoyed its low light performance and quick focus while shooting moving objects. Most of all - she loved the tactile feel of the camera and its ability to zoom in quickly with a twist of the lens.
Recently she has underwent several surgeries and is unable to carry or even hold the DSLR for an extended period of time. She lost some of her mobility and strength in the process.
I researched "modern" P&S that have larger sensors and great auto-modes. We ended up purchasing a Canon S95, then switched to a Canon S100 to record HD video.
The Canon S100 performed great! We really loved the quality of the photos compared to her Canon. We also enjoyed the HD video recording feature.
However - we had a major road block:
The S100 was too small for her to handle comfortably. She didn't have the "soft touch" needed to handle the camera. The camera was very light and it would sometimes slip out of her hands during an abrupt motion.
We will return the S100 for a camera that's a bit larger and ergonomic, yet smaller and lighter than her Rebel XTI. We have a budget of $500.
Must have features:
HD 1080p Video Recording with auto focus
5x equivalent zoom (or atleast 15-55mm lens)
Great Image Stabilization (for when she shoots without flash) or shakes.
Excellent Auto performance, capable of adapting to low light situations and fast moving objects.
Body style with emphasis on comfort/grip that is slightly larger than the Canon S100 yet lighter than her Canon XSI.
Swing out LCD preferred to help her get angles in situations where she cant physically squat.
No need for macro mode, or hot-slots for addons.
Ive looked at at 4/3 cameras with retractable lenses, Smaller DSLRs, and P&S. We currently have our eyes on Fuji's X10, Panasonic FX5, Olumpus PEN series, Sonys NEX3, Canon G12 (dated?), etc. As you can imagine we're pretty damn confused.
So considering our current requirements, budget, and experience level - what camera would you recommend?