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Old Oct 23, 2010, 9:26 AM   #1
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So this post is for my father. I mentioned to him the great advice I have received in these forums and he asked that I get a recOmmendTion for him.

He is looking for a versitile camera without the ability to change the lens. Size does not matter at all, it is more of a matter of not wanting to have to change lens on the spot. Money is not an issue as he just wants the best camera for his needs. Most of his pictures will be of family both indoors and outside. Most would be non action but does want the ability to take ok pictures of his grandchildrens activities. He wants it to be fairly fast and shoot well in low light situations.

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Is there a budget?

You don't HAVE to change lenses if you get a DSLR and you are happy with the lens you have attached.

From your current description I'd say a Canon 5DMkII with 24-105 L kit lens.

Excellent quality, great in low-light, super for pics of the grandkids.
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if budget and size are of no issue at all. then you really can't argue with that suggestion.
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ditto that, if the price, size and ~1.6kg weight are not a problem, or a Nikon D700 with a new 24-120mm F4 G ED VR as a slightly faster (FPS wise) alternative.
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Ah yes, the new Nikon lens looks great. Either setup would be fine.
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Oh so I guess I thought the recommendation would be for a p&s so was probably off base with price is no issue. He wants to keep below $550.

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...a versitile camera... Size does not matter at all ...pictures will be of family both indoors and outside... non action ... ok pictures of his grandchildrens activities... fairly fast and shoot well in low light situations.
, p&s, below $550.
I'm quite happy with my Canon G11, it ticks most of the boxes in your list.
It was replaced by G12, you might also look at Nikon P7000 with longer lens, but no articulated screen.
If you add an external flash (270EX for G11, or SB400 for P7000) you will have one very versatile and still relatively compact combination with good image quality and plenty of options and controls.
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Yea, I was going to make a similar suggestion. a G11/G12 (g12 if he wants hd video) or the new nikon p7000, with an external flash would be a great choice.

you can also get some of the mirrorless interchangeable cameras for under 550$ now, and they have dslr-size sensors and handle low light similar to a dslr. of course they can change lenses, but you can just keep the kit lens on it if you don't want to do that. The Olympus EPL-1 would be a top choice under 550$. You may be able to get the cheaper NEX from sony under 550$ now too, Panasonic G10 (this one doesnt handle low light as well as the sony or oly), and you can get Samsung NX10 under 550 now too (like the panny it wont do low light as well as the oly/sony). But any of these will beat any compact by a large margin in low light, and are quicker to work with too.
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550, that rules out the Full Frame Leica X1

canon G11/G12, nikon p7000, panasonic lx5 and maybe leica d-lux 5 if he push his budget.
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