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Old Jul 27, 2011, 7:56 PM   #1
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Default Need help choosing camera

I am looking for a decent budget(under $300, preferably closer to $200) camera that can also take HD videos. This would be used for:

Videos of children and family

What I am looking for:
1.Good video and photo quality is the most important thing. I know at this price point it not going to be spectacular but I would like something that we can play back on our high def TV and be viewable.

2.Decent in low light conditions-again, i know it will be sub-par to more expensive models but at this price point something relatively decent(comparatively to competition in this price range). This would be mostly used for outdoor travel shots(Seine River night cruise, sightseeing at dark,etc)

3. Relatively portable(could be carried around in a tote bag, if not in large pockets).

4. Decent battery life would be nice but if all other things are good, i could just buy several backup batteries.

Some models I am considering(though I would love additional suggestions):
Nikon Coolpix 8100 or 9100
Canon SD4500
Sony Cyber shot DSC-TX7 or DSC-WX9 or DSC-HX5v

Also, as a nitpicky thing, I would prefer a camera that uses batteries that can be charged in a charger outside of the camera and does not have to be in the camera to be charged.

Thanks for any help or advice.
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Old Jul 27, 2011, 8:58 PM   #2
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For a little while, I had a Canon PowerShot. I don't remember which model, but I bought it about 4 years ago, on eBay, for about $160 USD, I think. It might've been the A-560, but I see those are going for about $200, right now; and that leads me to think that wasn't it.

I don't remember if it did video, but I think it did. I never use the video options, so they tend to get ignored and forgotten about.

But, it was a decent little point-n-shoot. It used regular batteries and/or rechargeables. It served its purpose well for vacation pictures, birthday parties, etc.

Not long after I got the camera, my son's girlfriend borrowed it and it got broken; and never replaced. But, that's okay! If I still had it, I probably wouldn't've gotten my T3! All's well that ends well!
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Old Jul 28, 2011, 5:38 PM   #3
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You want it straight out? You have the money for a Toyota and you're aiming at a Bentley.

I have a $400 (at the time of purchase) camera and the low light is still not spectacular. ANY PnS you get will give you a very average performance in low light. Apart from that, there's a website 'snapsot.com'

They have a very easy to use comparison system. Go there and see which lens has the biggest aperture (smallest f-stop number) at wide angle. Then compare the censor sizes for all these models. I am PRETTY sure they'll all be the same size, which if is the case, go for the one with a better zoom, or with the battery thing you mentioned or, hell, the prettier one.

Because then it RARELY makes a difference.
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