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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 9:55 am Reply with quote
ittim
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Well i've decided to replace my ageing Kodak Digi Camera for my trip to meeru, mainly because of its lack of ability in low level lighting.

I've got a budget of £150 max and I've always fancied an Ixus but on my budget i'm pretty much left with the 95 is and 100is which i'm worried will be a bit too entry level.

I've looked at the lumix FS15 /FS10 but then i'm worried about the build quality.

Does anyone have any recomendations?

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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 11:34 am Reply with quote
1ee
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With a budget of £150 I don't think you can really be too picky on things being too entry level.

The 95IS and 100IS do get good reviews from what I can remember though. For my point and shoot I've got the 110IS and I love it. Not sure what the current prices are but it was around £300 when I bought it. I would imagine the prices are far lower than that now.
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 11:42 am Reply with quote
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Why point and shoot?

If I were you I would be looking to buy a second hand DSLR for £150. Maybe a Nikon D40 or something like that.

It may be worth having a look whats going on ebay.

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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 12:00 pm Reply with quote
ittim
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Thanks Guys,

Not sure i'm suited to a DSLR, although I like to have a play with settings i'm not too sure I have the experience to make the most of it.

I had a (very) quick look at an EOS 400D and it seems quite bewildering on the face of it. I leave in a week and don't want to have to try and learn too much while away.

I do like the canons, Ixus all seem pretty good, glad 1ee mentioned the 110is as I think thats kind of where I'm at.

What about something like a powershot SX120, is this kind of between DSLR and a Compact?

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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 12:09 pm Reply with quote
1ee
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Depends what you're after mate. Do you want compact for the convenience of size? Or is size not an issue?

The 110IS is a very good camera, I have taken some excellent images with it. So if you're after a compact camera that'll fit in your pocket where you can make some setting changes I can highy recommend it.

My first picture on the "favourite beach shots" thread was taken with the 110IS.
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 12:11 pm Reply with quote
ittim
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I guess the camera size on meeru isn't an issue. I still have my Kodak compact for use at other times I guess.

How does the 110is operate in low level light? my Kodak is terrible. It is about 5 years old so I guess the sensors/processors have improved since then.

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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 12:23 pm Reply with quote
1ee
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Sent you a PM matey.
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 12:46 pm Reply with quote
Humble Jim
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I also rate the IXUS range. My goodness they punch hard for their size Smile.

My Pam has a 120 IS and is no camera expert, everything she takes is completely on Auto (though there are more manual ways of driving it).

Low light performance? Well, she took this in New York last year.



Bit of a blow up from the above...



Note that I've knocked down both the photos above considerably to web friendly size.
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 12:54 pm Reply with quote
ittim
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Thanks HJ, certainly seems pretty impressive, I like the idea of being able to overide settings if I wish as well. Being a techy means I like to fiddle with these things! Laughing , Just not up on cameras.

Best get looking for a deal, any of you used buyacamera.co.uk?

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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 12:57 pm Reply with quote
1ee
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Try camerapricebuster

They compare multiple camera shops so you get the best price.
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 1:04 pm Reply with quote
ittim
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cheers Lee

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PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2010 11:59 am Reply with quote
ittim
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Well the only Ixus' in my price range are really the 95is and the 100is.

I have to say my head is being turned by the FUJI F200EXR seems a lot of camera for £150. Should I look into it further or is the lower spec canon a better bet? so confused.... Confused

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PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2010 10:34 pm Reply with quote
Humble Jim
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There's a detailed review of the F200EXR camera on dpreview (a site I have reasonable respect for).

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/fujifilmf200exr/

Gets a "Highly Recommended", which is usually a well earned accolade with them. Do read the full review first though and - if you can - see if you can get your hands on one somewhere before buying. Always useful just to get a physical feel of equipment you're going to be long associated with. If it just feels 'wrong' in your paws or too flimsy etc. then it's not for you.

HTH
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PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2010 7:35 am Reply with quote
ittim
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thanks HJ, I did have a look around yesterday, all I could get my hands on was the ixus 95is and 100is. Well saying that, the 100is was the only one I could actually use. It seemed to small for me. Think its designed for kids in clubs who want to get their photo's on to facebook.

The 95is was in PC world and the manager wouldn't let me play with it and had no stock anyway ( i hate that place)

Did have a quick play with a Lumix FS10, felt a bit cheap.

Sadly I couldn't find the Fuji anywhere, even in a Fuji camera shop.

I'm running out of time though so i'm tempted to take a gamble.

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PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2010 8:25 am Reply with quote
ittim
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Thanks for all the help guys, ordered the F200EXR, Seems to stand out for the price. Fingers crossed I get some great pics from Meeru with it Very Happy

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