So the consensus seems to be that I should spend my money on a compact camera. Which is a consensus I am quite happy to go along with. The problem is that, as is often the case, answering one question has led to another. Namely, which compact camera should I buy?
I’ve done a little research into cameras in my price range ($150-$300) and this is a brief summary of what I’ve found:
|Camera||Optical Zoom||Shutter Speed||Aperture||Price (est.)|
|Sony Cyber-Shot DSC E90||3x||1 – 1/1600 sec||2.8(W) 5.2 (T)||$220|
|Casio Exilim EXZ100||4x||2.6 (W) 5.8 (T)||$280|
|Samsung i8||3x||1~1/2000 sec||3.5 (W) 4.5 (T)||$200|
|Panasonic DMC-TZ4S||10x||8 – 1/2,000 sec||3.3 (W) 4.9 (T)||$280|
|Canon Powershot A590 IS||4x||15-1/2000 sec||2.6 (W) 5.5 (T)||$180|
|Nikon Coolpix S550||5x||$230|
I didn’t include megapixels because all of them have at least 7MP, the blank spaces in the table are bits of information the manufacturer’s website didn’t provide (or at least not where I could find it).
Out of this lot the Panasonic appeals to me because of it’s large optical zoom but it’s at the top end of my price range and the Canon, which sits at the bottom of the price scale, looks like great value especially considering this isn’t going to be my primary camera. I’m not quite ready to part with my cash yet so leave a comment and tell me which compact (in the $150-$300 price range) you think I should go for and why. Although I’ve just read a review of the Sigma DP1 so maybe I need to keep saving and aim for that!