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#6141725 - 02/06/12 05:14 PM Looking for input on a few Canon Point and Shoots...
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My Point & Shoot just died and I'm looking for a replacement. Google has this list of top rated P&S cameras which I thought was very helpful. If anyone has any direct experience with these 4, I'd appreciate any input.

I'll be packing it hunting but also plan to use it for general use, family & trip photos. Good HD video is a definite plus.

1. Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS 12.1 MP Digital Camera
2. Canon PowerShot S95 10 MP Digital Camera
3. Canon PowerShot S100 12.1 MP Digital Camera
4. Canon PowerShot G12 10 MP Digital Camera

Thanks!
Eric

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#6142754 - 02/06/12 08:27 PM Re: Looking for input on a few Canon Point and Shoots... [Re: EricM]
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I recently got a Nikon Coolpix AW100 from Joel @ Camera Land. I did a lot of research and went with this one for a P&S pocket camera.

16MB
Full 1080P HD video
5X optical zoom
28-140mm lens
Waterproof to 33 ft
Shockproof
Vibration reduction
A real GPS and world map
Much more

Check it out.

Bob
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#6142818 - 02/06/12 08:44 PM Re: Looking for input on a few Canon Point and Shoots... [Re: Bobcape]
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Bob, I like those specs. Thanks, I'll check it out.

Eric

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#6142920 - 02/06/12 09:19 PM Re: Looking for input on a few Canon Point and Shoots... [Re: EricM]
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The S100 and G12 you have listed are pretty different camera's. You might think a bit more about your priority's. The g12 is a high end point and shoot with a flip out screen. It's nearly twice the size of the S100 but has more options and bells and whistles. It's often seen as a good 2nd camera for someone used to shooting with an DSLR.

The S100 is more "pocketable" camera that has a rep. For good image quality in a small camera. IIRC it will also shoot in RAW which is a big help if you want to adjust your photos before you print them.

There are also other camera categories for "super zooms" and weatherproof camera's. They've got some that can shoot hd video underwater.

If you want the smallest that takes good pics I'd try the s100. If you want the most control go with the G12. If you are rough on stuff and/or snorkel a lot you might look at a waterproof. Lots of camera's, lot's of Niche's depends on what your priorities are.

I have an earlier version of the G12 the G9 and much prefer it to the smaller P&S camera's I own. it's still pocketable but takes better pics. They are soon coming out with a new larger sensor version called the G1x that I'm going to buy as soon as I can get my hands on one. I have DSLR's and my priority in a P&S is the best image quality in something that's pocketable.

Good luck! .......... Dj
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#6142963 - 02/06/12 09:37 PM Re: Looking for input on a few Canon Point and Shoots... [Re: djpaintless]
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One other thing to remember, more Megapixel's doesn't necessarily mean better pictures. Sometimes say a 10 or 12 MP camera might take sharper more color saturated shots than a 16 or more MP camera. Unless you plan on poster size blowups anything 10 MP and up is fine. if you want Poster size blowups you won't be using a P&S anyway. :-)

...........dj
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#6143066 - 02/06/12 10:38 PM Re: Looking for input on a few Canon Point and Shoots... [Re: djpaintless]
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Dj, like you I'm looking for best image quality in something that is pocketable! I have a DSLR for "best quality" photos, but I don't plan to haul that beast around as much as I would a P&S.

Eric smile

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#6143075 - 02/06/12 10:45 PM Re: Looking for input on a few Canon Point and Shoots... [Re: EricM]
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Originally Posted By: EricM
Dj, like you I'm looking for best image quality in something that is pocketable! I have a DSLR for "best quality" photos, but I don't plan to haul that beast around as much as I would a P&S.

Eric smile


You might want to check out the G1x on dpreview or the like then. It's big for a P&S but I think it should ride in a pocket better than a 4/3rds or the like. I've gotten some of my favorite pics with my G9. I love my DSLR's but some people are intimidated by them and don't act as natural as they might if you just pull a P&S out of your pocket. I think the g1x should be available March-ish.

Oh yea, remember that startup time and shutter lag can be an issue with some P&S camera's................dj
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#6144078 - 02/07/12 08:34 AM Re: Looking for input on a few Canon Point and Shoots... [Re: djpaintless]
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The G1x looks very cool! http://www.dpreview.com/products/canon/compacts/canon_g1x

Dpreview has some good forum chat on all these cameras. Thanks for the tip!

BTW, the S100 looks pretty darn good, too!

Eric

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#6144744 - 02/07/12 11:39 AM Re: Looking for input on a few Canon Point and Shoots... [Re: EricM]
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go to best buy or wherever and look at them. FEEL them. see what you like.
I recently bought the Canon ELPH300 for pics inside the house. Works very well but I think I would be disappointed if hunting photos of wildlife. would work great for after the shot pictures, though. Video is HD and very good also. EASILY fits in a pocket also.
If your old one was a canon, your "learning curve" on the controls will be less with a new Canon (probably).

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#6144915 - 02/07/12 12:13 PM Re: Looking for input on a few Canon Point and Shoots... [Re: EricM]
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Originally Posted By: EricM


BTW, the S100 looks pretty darn good, too!

Eric


yea the IQ and the f/2.0 lens on the S100 is tempting me too. I may end up with both.

I like the idea of the Waterproof/tough camera's but most of the lenses on them are slower in the f/3.5 range......dj
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