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Old Jun 8, 2010, 9:22 AM   #1
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I am from India. Have been following this forum and finally registered because I need to choose a pocketable P&S camera.
I am a total noob when it comes to digital photography but would like to improve my skills.
My requirements:
1. Camera should be pocketable.
2. Good image quality.
3. HD videos.
4. Good tele range (if possible but not a priority)
5. Affordable.

I have shortlisted a few cameras with their prices at our place (converted in USD) and how I feel about them.

1. Ixus 120 (SD940) $245 : Looks solid and very compact. Wide-angle, cheapest of the lot. Possibility of CHDK firmware with Canon cameras.

2. Sony W350 $265 : Compact, though build quality not in same league as SD940. Wide angle, optical zoom in video.

3. Sony WX1 $310 : EXMOR sensor means good low light picture quality. 10fps burst. Wide angle, optical zoom in videos. What scares me is that it is not a very popular camera across various forums. Read in an amazon review that daylight picture quality can be improved by using some custom settings. If it is not a cumbersome process, wouldn't mind doing that.

4. Sony TX1 $265 (Vendor warranty), $350 : Good build quality, EXMOR sensor and read that performs better than WX1. But only 35mm wide ( Can this be overlooked because of Panorma feature? )

5. Sony H55 $310 : 10x zoom

6. Canon SX200 $310 : 10x zoom

7. Panasonic TZ7 (ZS3) $310 (Vendor Warranty), $425: Highly recommended everywhere.

The Panasonic TZ7 and Sony TX1 are basically out of my budget unless I buy ones with Vendor Warranty. Basically Grey market stuff.

Affordability and image quality are my main requirements. It is going to be my only camera for at least an year or so.
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Old Jun 8, 2010, 11:08 AM   #2
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Welcome to the Forum. We are pleased you dropped by.

Your clear top choice is the canon SD-940. If affordability is an absolute priority, that a look at the Kodak Z-915. It is a very amazing little camera that produces excellent image quality for it price and handles higher ISO settings without much noise.

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Thx for the reply, mtclimber. Really appreciate your helpful posts on the forum.

I myself had set my mid on SD940 initially but found that some people found pics by last year's Canon SD series cameras liks SD780, Sd940 to be soft. If that is not the case, then I would definitely prefer SD940. Kodak Z-915 is a very affordable camera at ~185$, but it is big and heavy (pocketable is also an requirement) and doesn't shoot HD videos.
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Yes, the Canon SD-780 does have soft photos. That is true. However the SD-940 has sharp photos and very good image quality based on my experience.

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Yes, the Canon SD-780 does have soft photos. That is true. However the SD-940 has sharp photos and very good image quality based on my experience.

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And any idea, how SD940 compares to likes of Sony W350 or WX1?
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the Sony WX-1 lack any real adjustments. The W-350 is a good camera but not quite as good as the SD-940. They are close but there is a difference.

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So, SD940 it is unless someone else has some other views.
Btw, Sarah, I once again want to thank you for your wonderful service here.

Edit: Just saw SD1400 as well. Is it worth spending 50$ more?

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Considering the pocket-able and HD video requirements the Sd-940 remains your best bet. The Sd-1400 is below it in image quality.

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Finally bought SD940.
Read somewhere that SD780 was Made in Japan but SD940 was Made in China.
Mine SD940 is Made in Japan.

Thanks Sarah for all the help.
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Congratulations on your new SD-940, Aamir-

It was a pleasure helping you. Have a great day.

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