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Old Dec 20, 2009, 11:59 AM   #1
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Hello all,

I need help finding the right camera. I have been looking at the coolpix lineup, S640. I also have noticed the powershot line. I really like the menu set up for the coolpix line that said I can adapt for a better quality picture. I plan to primarily take indoor pics of my two adorable cats. I also want to take outdoor pics in the spring and summer of my garden (vegetable and flower). My budget is $200-$300.

Desired features include:

good indoor quality (low light conditions)
wide angle capability (around 25mm)
variety of automatic settings
10 Mpixel or better
optical zoom around 5x (for close up of cats or flowers)
non proprietary memory

This would be a first digital camera (not including my phone). I can see buying an entry level DSLR in 5-7 years, if my current camera "bug" grows.

Thank you
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Old Dec 20, 2009, 12:38 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Forum. We're glad you dropped by.

Nikon has had less than a successful year with their P+S cameras. I would personally prefer a camera like the Canon Powershot SX-120, which is now selling at $199.00.

It has 10X optical zoom, a good built-in flash unit for those indoor photos of your cats, and it is a good all around snapshot camera that should serve you well.

Have a great day and a Merry Christmas.

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Old Dec 20, 2009, 1:40 PM   #3
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Thank you for the response. I have to ask, since you said this wasn't a good year for the P+S series would an older model, of the coolpix series, be worth considering?
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Unfortunately Nikon P+S cameras have been on a downward swing since cameras like the Nikon 8400, the Nikon 8800, the Nikon 5400, and the Nikon 5700 which were quite good. And I have no vendetta against Nikon, I own any use a Nikon D-90 DSLR camera.

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I appreciate your candor. I will keep the Nikon DSLRs in mind for the future. Now I will go out and find the SX-120 to play with in the store and get the feel of it in my hands.
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Old Dec 23, 2009, 9:29 PM   #6
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Sarah Joyce-

If I save up addition funds would going to the Nikon P90, still serve as a good beginner camera with a little more punch than the Canon sx-120?

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