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Old Dec 18, 2013, 5:14 PM   #1
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Default Under $250 for toddler shots

Hi all,

I'm trying to decide on a new camera. My Nikon S8100 flash died recently and it's just too costly to repair. I loved the image quality. It was the best camera I've ever owned. That should give you some idea as to just how un-pro I am

I plan to take good photos and videos of my toddler indoors, outdoors, and upside down. It needs to be pretty small so it's not a 5th bag that I need to remember - must be purse-stuffable.

The contenders:
Canon PowerShot SX280 HS
Battery life will probably be a dealbreaker. I found a package for $250 that includes a spare battery. However, as I'm just an ordinary chickimer, I anticipate getting really frustrated with the 100-200 shot max on one battery charge.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7
CNet says these are not for pixel peepers. I'm not completely sure what that means. I do like to print most of my photos and am exploring the best place to print them. I do try to crop after I take the photo if it would look better that way. I just have no idea if a reviewer saying "noise" and "soft" should bother me.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300
Steve's says the mic has terrible audio. My son is learning to talk and I really want to be able to record his funny noises.

Samsung WB250F and similar
The reviews sound very lightweight and noncommittal about these Galaxy types :/

Here are some others I was looking at in reviews:

Nikon COOLPIX S9300
Canon PowerShot SX230
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8
Nikon Coolpix S9500
Nikon Coolpix L820
Olympus Stylus SH-50
Olympus SZ-16
Olympus TG-630
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-WX80
Nikon Coolpix P330
Canon PowerShot Elph 330 HS
Olympus SP-620UZ
Olympus SZ-12
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25
Nikon COOLPIX L620
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H200

I'm really overwhelmed

Thanks for any advice you can lend!


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Old Jan 12, 2014, 7:44 PM   #2
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A DSLR has little shutter lag, so you won't miss your shots. And when your child is old enough to play sports you can slap on a long telephoto lens and have many shots to treasure.

You can buy a used DSLR like a Canon Rebel at KEH.com, around $100 for a body in good condition, and a kit lens (used) for $50. You'll still have money left over for a case and a lens cleaning kit and get in under $200.
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