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Topic # 112916 27-Dec-2012 13:07
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Hi All



I am after a 'point and shoot' camera in the $300-$400 range. Basically, looking for a camera that can take good video and decent pictures. Primary use would be videos for Vimeo/YouTube but we would want to take good pics as well.

Anyone got any good recommendations? I know there are some good sales out there at the moment, which makes things more confusing.



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  Reply # 737699 27-Dec-2012 14:17
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Pansonic Lumix are generally good, they have OIS and decent sensors. Other than that look at the reviews on dpreview.com. Canon and Nikon are generally good bets, but there are so many models it's hard to keep up.

I have a Sony RX100, awesome wee camera with a huge sensor and great image quality, but it's about double your budget. When I'm out with family I generally don't even take my DSLR since I got the RX100, or if I do take it with me I often don't get it out of the bag.




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  Reply # 737974 28-Dec-2012 10:00
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My vote would go to the Nikon P310, currntly $374 from JB hi-fi

Fast lens f/1.8, full HD video, decent sized sensor for a compact.

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  Reply # 737976 28-Dec-2012 10:10
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I'd go with any Panasonic Lumix that carries a Leica lens.

Remember - it's not just the sensor and brand that will make the difference - a good quality lens is essential for good photos.

I've got an old Panasonic with a Leica lens and i have no desire to "upgrade" even though it's a paltry 5MP...the photo quality is simply outstanding for a point and shoot (my opinion only).

JB Hifi and Bond and Bond have some serious sales on at present and there's likely to be a bargain to be had there.

Lens manufacturers that generally offer a good experience on a point and shoot:
Leica
Schneider Kruznach (spelling?)
Carl Zeiss

Those would be my choices - probably in that order.

Manufacturers that use those lenses vary fro Panasonic, Sony and Samsung to other brands, but the three "big" brands offer a good point and shoot experience.




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  Reply # 737977 28-Dec-2012 10:19
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i have the Panasonic lumix DMC-ls6 with the leica lense and it is a great camera for what i paid , $99 on sale, it takes great HD video's and 14 MP for photos and it is so easy to use my 12 year old picked it up and was taking great pictures within seconds.







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