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Old Oct 5, 2011, 11:19 PM   #1
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I am looking for a camera with full manual settings control, apart from Aperture Priority and Shutter Speed priority. I should be able to manually set the Aperture and Shutter Speed of my choice. My budget is around $200. I prefer Canon or Nikon.
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In that price range, the Canon SX130 gets my one and only vote.
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In that price range, the Canon SX130 gets my one and only vote.
Thank you for your reply FiveO. I am sorry for the late reply, I was out of station, in the boondocks.
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If you want a large zoom range in addition to the usual PASM modes then Samsung's WB700 might be worth a look... but yes,SX130is is a good suggestion- as is the newer SX150is...
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If you want a large zoom range in addition to the usual PASM modes then Samsung's WB700 might be worth a look... but yes,SX130is is a good suggestion- as is the newer SX150is...
Thanks Simon40, but the reviews say the camera SX130/150 is poor when it comes to low light handling. What do you think?
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I think you are asking more than $200 will buy. All cameras in this price range, plus $200 more will have poor low light preformance.
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I think you are asking more than $200 will buy. All cameras in this price range, plus $200 more will have poor low light preformance.
Oh you mean to say that I will not get good low light performance until I am willing to shell out at least $400?
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Oh you mean to say that I will not get good low light performance until I am willing to shell out at least $400?
It cost me $499 for the Canon G12, you can get one now for around $445. The Canon s95 also preforms well in low light, and is more compact than the G12. But then again; it all depends on what you call good.

I get more or less noiseless images to ISO 800, beyond that the higher the ISO the more noise. 1600 is about tops, maybe a little more if you stick with small prints.

Really good low light performance, only begins after you purchase a DSLR. Less than that, you have to accept some compromise.
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Thanks Simon40, but the reviews say the camera SX130/150 is poor when it comes to low light handling. What do you think?
Nearly all compact cameras(with small sensors) suffer in terms of low light ability- however if you're prepared to sacrifice some zoom range then maybe go for a compact with a faster lens(f/1.8-2).
Examples are- Canon S95,Samsung EX-1,Olympus XZ-1 and the Nikon P300.
All of these theoretically should yield better results in low light- as they would not have to utilise high iso settings so readily. All have the PASM modes- though they are unfortunately out of your desired price bracket- however,the Nikon is pretty close- and is probably my favourite of the bunch..!
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It cost me $499 for the Canon G12, you can get one now for around $445. The Canon s95 also preforms well in low light, and is more compact than the G12. But then again; it all depends on what you call good.

I get more or less noiseless images to ISO 800, beyond that the higher the ISO the more noise. 1600 is about tops, maybe a little more if you stick with small prints.

Really good low light performance, only begins after you purchase a DSLR. Less than that, you have to accept some compromise.
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Nearly all compact cameras(with small sensors) suffer in terms of low light ability- however if you're prepared to sacrifice some zoom range then maybe go for a compact with a faster lens(f/1.8-2).
Examples are- Canon S95,Samsung EX-1,Olympus XZ-1 and the Nikon P300.
All of these theoretically should yield better results in low light- as they would not have to utilise high iso settings so readily. All have the PASM modes- though they are unfortunately out of your desired price bracket- however,the Nikon is pretty close- and is probably my favourite of the bunch..!
Thanks Steve40 and Simon40. I appreciate your advice and take action accordingly. Since I often go to remote parts of India and do not have the internet connection, I was unable to reply immediately. Sorry for the delay.
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