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[merged] New digital camera, Nikon Coolpix or another company?

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I have had a Nikon Coolpix S51 digital camera for a number of years..now it is time to replace it, the side panel came off and the battery compartment door does not stay closed and I would like to have more pixels. I tend to take most of my photos indoors and it would be nice to have one that is great indoors without a flash if possible. Also, I want one that is very simple to load photos to my computer. Any suggestions? I would like something small and under $300.00. Thanks in advance!!
 

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Upgrade your cell phone & kill two birds with one stone.
 

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If you like Nikon, get another Nikon, because the controls will all work the same and the photos will look like you're used to them looking.
 

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Check out the local pawn shops - you can often get one just a month or two old for less - and they will let you try it out in the store.

I bought a Cannon Powershot (12.1 MP) and I really like it. :D
 

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I am an absolute fan of the Coolpix S8100. It has now been replaced by the 8200. It is a bit thicker than some of the pocket cameras, but still small enough to slip into any pocket. Glass lens and an optical zoom of 10X (now 14X). This zoom allows me to take quality long shots and close ups that I could never take with a simpler camera.
 

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I am an absolute fan of the Coolpix S8100. It has now been replaced by the 8200. It is a bit thicker than some of the pocket cameras, but still small enough to slip into any pocket. Glass lens and an optical zoom of 10X (now 14X). This zoom allows me to take quality long shots and close ups that I could never take with a simpler camera.

Check prices on this one (8200) at Amazon. looks good, and definitely more camera capability that run-of-the-mill point-n-shoot cameras for not a lot more cost.

Jim
 

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I love my Nikon DSLR and equipment.. But while researching a point a shoot to carry around in my purse I would suggest looking at the Canon S95.. It has an awesome lens that can handle low light.. The S100 came out but it is not worth the price difference. :)

I get most of my camera stuff from Fred Miranda Forums.. The S95 is running for $250-265 if you don't mind excellent used condition.
 
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We bought a new Sony Cyber Shot (the second one we have owned) last month. We were in California for two weeks and the pictures turned out really well. It is small. easy to use and cost under $200.00 at bestbuy.com.
 

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A post saying that you agree with yourself???

:whoopie: :whoopie:

I guess he really (really) believes P&S models are "dead" !
but perhaps the definition of "P&S" has changed. Cell phone cameras have improved but you can buy larger sensor, smaller size cameras like the Canon G1x, Nikon, Sony NEX, etc.
 

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A post saying that you agree with yourself???


:eek:

Yikes!!! That's what happens when I reply to a post from several months ago. Don't I feel like a ##$&6*^!

Oh well, at least I'm consistent! :D
 

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Agreed. Point & shoots are dead.

I'll be the contrarian and disagree.

First of all, I don't have to pay a monthly fee for my small P&S Nikon. The optics are better. The features are more geared towards taking pictures, as opposed to talking and texting.

I don't want a smartphone. I see the people of the first-world lost in their little three-inch screens. And I want no part of it. (I wonder if there will be some posture problem that arises years from now because half our population spends every waking minute with their heads down, staring at their damned phone?)
 

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:eek:

Yikes!!! That's what happens when I reply to a post from several months ago. Don't I feel like a ##$&6*^!

Oh well, at least I'm consistent! :D
Thanks for the explanation. I guess I should be embarassed for posting on a thread that was three months old.

BTW, I partially agree with you. For many people, a smart phone is all that they really need. They have been upgraded to the point that they take reasonably decent pictures. On the other hand, point and shoot cameras are now sophisticated enough (how much so depending on the camera) that, for many people, they are much more convenient and much less expensive than a SLR camera. So the point and shoot cameras have a new market to replace some of what they lose to smart phones.
 

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Again, P & S's are dead.

Think 8 track tapes, etc.

Anyone serious about photography isn't using a P & S *or* a cell phone to shoot photos.

Considering the megapixel count, abundance of sophisticated (and free) on-board photo editing apps, and ability to actually do something with your photo after you've shot it, it's a tough argument against cell phones being used for casual photography;the device that already resides in your pocket.

You can embrace and utilize technology, or you can admonish it. Your choice, your prerogative.

I can't help but wonder about those that criticized cell phones before they broke down and bought one. I know a few people...;)
 

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Cell phone cameras are nice, but they don't compete well with an optical zoom in a small camera. They each have their uses.
 

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I am an absolute fan of the Coolpix S8100. It has now been replaced by the 8200. It is a bit thicker than some of the pocket cameras, but still small enough to slip into any pocket. Glass lens and an optical zoom of 10X (now 14X). This zoom allows me to take quality long shots and close ups that I could never take with a simpler camera.

I'm a huge fan of the 8200. Upgraded last year from the 8100 because of the better zoom. Excellent results in all conditions, and does well in low light situations. I hardly feel the need to carry the larger, heavier dslr around anymore.

Mike
 

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I can't help but wonder about those that criticized cell phones before they broke down and bought one. I know a few people...;)

Yes, me for instance. I need a cell phone for work. Last month, I used it twice.

Why spend all that extra monthly money for technology that simply does not interest me? It's not like I'm throwing sabo into the gears of the windmills. I have more computers than I know what to do with. Living one's life vicariously through a 3" screen doesn't look very productive to me.

Half the people I see in Las Vegas are glued to their phone. I don't see the reason for it. Plenty of more interesting things to look at.
 

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I don't think p&s cameras are dead. I get much better results from a p&s than I do from my phone.

That being said, I am a strong believer that in this type of discussion, no one is wrong and the market will decide. The fact that all the major camera companies are still coming out with new p&s models, AND the fact that cell phone cameras are getting better with each new release, leads me to believe that they will coexist for some time still.
 

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I have the iPhone 4S but that camera would never replace my DSLR or point and shoot.. the sensor and lens is just not good enough to give me the bokeh I like in my shots.. attaching some examples.. I am a bit obsessive over my photography though.. :)

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Wait a second. Just by asking the question, you are saying that I should pick my phone for its camera!

I have an HTC Thunderbolt, and I wouldn't exchange all the things I like about it for a better camera. And I won't buy a new phone for a better camera, either. My biggest issue with my phone camera is that using it is clumsy. I don't use it often enough to know where all the adjustments are, so I'm always poking around the screen looking for the white balance, ISO, flash, etc.

Again, I don't really think you're wrong. I think you're off on the timing. Eventually they'll merge, at least for a large percentage of users. But I think they'll coexist for some time yet.
 
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