Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digicam Help > What Camera Should I Buy?

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Jun 4, 2012, 8:47 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 2
Default Small (elph size), good zoom, fast focus+shoot time - which one?

So I'm looking for the following in a point-n-shoot:
  • Small (~Canon ELPH sized)
  • Fast focus time - the time from pointing the camera to getting a shot (including focus etc) must be fast
  • Good zoom - at least 4x, more is better
  • Good photo quality. Doesn't have to be superb, just good.
  • Bonus feature - Wifi/bluetooth sync so I don't have to connect USB cables.
Price isn't a big issue - most point-n-shoot are under $500. I was considering the 530 ELPH but read a review that said it was blurry. Any suggestions for alternatives?
fnord123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Jun 5, 2012, 3:26 AM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Bangor,North Wales
Posts: 3,751

If speed was my main requirement,I'd be looking at the Panasonic range.
A good "point and shoot" would be the DMC-SZ7....
Or if you don't mind a little bit more size- with more zoom and manual/semi auto control, look at the DMC-TZ25 (though only has mono audio for movies).....
Or for more zoom,manual controls,stereo audio on movies,GPS etc....

Last edited by SIMON40; Jun 6, 2012 at 2:52 AM.
SIMON40 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 5, 2012, 6:04 AM   #3
Senior Member
tizeye's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 382

Keeping close to the elph size, consider the Canon S100
- All P&S have the blackout time lag between shots as that is a characteristic of that class of camera. The processor in the S100 has reduced that where it now actually boasts continuous shooting at 2.3 frames/sec in jpg.
- Zoom 5x, but remember all "x multipliers start from the widest range of the lens, typically 28 or 35, and increasingly 24. This 5x is 24 - 120 on a 35mm equivalent which is a more precise way to compare than a zoom multiplier.
- Photo quality - exceptional for a P&S. In addition to a good processor (subjective/competitive) it (and about 5 others) has some physical features that most P&S don't have - fast f2.0 min aperature lens (most start at 3.5) which enhances lower light capability, and a larger sensor. Another of the 5 with the larger 1:1.7 sensor that is is allso elph size is the Panasonc LX5. An excellent camera with a slightly shorter zoom 24-95, and may be getting a little dated, but an excellent consideration.
- Bonus feature. You don't have to use them, but at least you have them - manual override giving you more control and the ability to shoot in RAW rather than jpg. Sadly, like most P&S cameras the S100 doesn't have a flash hotshoe (the LX5 does) to add a more capable flash vs the pop-up or other accessories. No wireless, but does offer GPS, plus HDMI and A/V outputs in addition to the USB.
tizeye is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 5, 2012, 11:25 PM   #4
Junior Member
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 2

Awesome suggestions, thank you very much!

The S100 sounded perfect - quick startup, improved zoom over my current camera, good quality including low light. I was thinking I would buy it, then I read the Simon40's suggestion...

The big zoom on the Panasonic looks great, but some of the reviews I saw said the image quality was so-so. Also, the startup time @ 2.1 seconds is too long for my wife - she wants a camera she can pickup and shoot with quickly.

If there a camera in the close-to-elph (doesn't have to quite be elph) size range that is best of both worlds? I.e. fast startup time, fast AF time, and significant (let's say 8+) zoom range?
fnord123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 6, 2012, 3:09 AM   #5
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Bangor,North Wales
Posts: 3,751

The Panny' SZ7 start up time is about 1 second,which is as quick as your going to get in this class of camera (v small AND 10x optics)- the longer zooms tend to be a touch slower (and slightly larger).
It won't however have the IQ of the S100- though the SZ7 is fine by "point and shoot" standards.
Compact size and large zoom does tend to compromise IQ to a degree(and speed),but this little chap does pretty well- the Ixus 510HS...(and it has Wi-Fi...!)

Last edited by SIMON40; Jun 6, 2012 at 3:11 AM.
SIMON40 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 6, 2012, 10:44 AM   #6
Senior Member
maryintexas39's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: texas
Posts: 397

i have a panny ZS9 and it's great! also have the panny LX5 i would recommend either. the ZS9 is a bit smaller than the LX5. i'm not a camera guru, but both seem to start up fast.

what type of photos does your wife want to shoot?

Panasonic DMC-LX5/Panasonic Lumix ZS9/Panasonic Lumix ZS15

my flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/maryintexas39/
maryintexas39 is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 7:22 PM.