Which digital camera should I buy?
June 1, 2006 6:28 AM Subscribe
I need help finding the right digital camera. (I've returned 2 already.)
posted by kdern to Media & Arts (35 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm becoming an avid amateur photographer (2000+ photos on Flickr) and I outgrew my Kodak LS743. I had problems with exposure, flash, macros and blurry indoor photos.
First I bought a Casio Z850, but I got photos that were grainy, noisy and blurry. I know the photos can be improved by learning how to use the manual features, but I don't want to work that hard to get a decent picture.
I returned it to my local camera store (no restocking fee) and got the Canon SD550. I played with the SD700 but found that I was getting blurry shots despite the image stabilization feature, so I got the SD550 for almost $200 less at B&H.
The pictures are OK - not fabulous. I have to increase the sharpness of almost every photo in Photoshop. I still get blurry shots indoors (the camera has a max ISO manual setting of 400 and no sports mode) and the colors are a little muted. The macro works well, but without a soft flash mode, macro photos are either overexposed or blurry without flash.
So what do I do now? Is there a better point and shoot camera out there for me? Am I just too picky now for one of these tiny pocket cameras? Can I spend the same money ($300-400) and get a camera that's a little larger that will take great photos? I have a crappy old 35mm that can take better photos than any of these 3 digitals.
I'm returning my camera to B&H today and possibly paying a 15% restocking fee, plus shipping, which kills me. I have to find something better.
I prefer cameras that use SD cards and battery rechargers that plug right into the wall (no dock). But I'm flexible.
Here are samples of my (best) photos with the new camera. Remember that I've increased the sharpness on almost all of these, and also played with the brightness and contrast (curves) on many of them. And still they're not incredible. (You should have seen the 150 bad ones I deleted).
Thank you for your help.