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Guitarman Jun 22, 2012 10:09 PM

Need an inexpensive point & shoot for eBay...
 
Preferably in the $100 or so price range, give or take about 20 bucks. I have been using my old Fuji S5000 for about 10 years, but it's starting to not like to focus in macro mode anymore. I sell music instruments and related items on eBay, so I need something with a decent macro mode. I will be putting some money back this fall to purchase a more serious camera, but I need something to get me by until then. Doesn't really need much for zoom, just decent glass capable of taking real clear shots in macro in case I want to take a close up of a serial number or something like that. Only retailer in my town without driving about 40 minutes is Walmart. They have a couple Fuji models in this price range, but they also have a Panasonic LS6, which runs on AA batteries, which is a bonus for me since I already have quite a few of them for my old Fuji camera. Any suggestions for cameras in this price range? I haven't really followed what's popular for a couple years.

city_zen Jun 22, 2012 11:27 PM

Take a look at the Canon ELPH 100 HS. It's going for $ 120 at Amazon and other online retailers. Seems to be the best camera in the sub-$120 segment. Or at least the only one with image stabilization and 3 cm or better macro focusing.

Guitarman Jun 26, 2012 10:44 AM

I went in Walmart friday evening to tell a customer of mine who works there that I had his guitar repair done, since they don't like you calling employees at our local Walmart, even if you just want to leave them a simple message, and they had brought out a table of clearance cameras. I found a Canon ELPH 300HS marked down to $99.00. It's a lot different than what I was used to using, but it seems to take great pictures, and the price was pretty unbeatable....

Guitarman Jul 5, 2012 4:50 PM

well, after taking a few more photos with the ELPH 300HS, it's going back to be exchanged for something else. Macro shots look really good, albeit a little soft on the edges, but for what I use it for that's not an issue. What IS an issue is that I cannot take a picture that's not in macro mode without focus being really soft. I took 5 pictures of a friend's truck, 20 feet from my front door of my shop, today, in the sun, and even on a tripod, the focus was so soft that I could barely read the ad he has for his company on the side of his truck. Not acceptable. *sigh*, I thought I had found my camera....

Guitarman Jul 5, 2012 8:37 PM

Just got back from Walmart, they didn't have another 300HS to exchange for, so I paid the difference after looking at all their cameras again and picked out a Panasonic SZ02. Seems like a very solid camera. I wasn't really looking for a camera with a big zoom, but in the price point I wanted to stay within, this one seemed to instill the most confidence, so we will give this one a shot. It's currently on the charger.... waiting impatiently for it to finish so I can try it out.

pcake Jul 5, 2012 11:08 PM

i look forward to hearing how it works out for you. i bought a zs20 and had bad luck with it, but others seem to really like it. and it's got great controls and good touch focus hope it works out perfectly for you!

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Originally Posted by Guitarman (Post 1309870)
Just got back from Walmart, they didn't have another 300HS to exchange for, so I paid the difference after looking at all their cameras again and picked out a Panasonic SZ02. Seems like a very solid camera. I wasn't really looking for a camera with a big zoom, but in the price point I wanted to stay within, this one seemed to instill the most confidence, so we will give this one a shot. It's currently on the charger.... waiting impatiently for it to finish so I can try it out.


Guitarman Jul 6, 2012 9:48 AM

Apparently from what I have been able to dig up, the SZ02 is just an SZ1 that does 1080P video, wheres the SZ1 only does 720P. Those are the only differences I see. I will take a handful of pictures with it a little later and see how it does.


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