Looking for DSLR recommendations?

Each of the following offers an excellent value for quality/features. If you are looking for specific features ask me on twitter @camerarec or send me an email and I would be happy to recommend something specific to your needs.

A note about Mega Pixels (MP). No longer should you choose one camera over another because it has more MP. Recently some camera manufacturers have reduced the number of MPs in order to increase low light performance. The SD400 and S95(both listed below) are two10MP cameras that offer excellent low light performance and image quality for a P&S. Also note – zooms reported below are optical, I don’t bother mentioning digital zoom.

All the cameras listed use SD memory (bout time!!)  Don’t skimp on memory.  I rec Transcend 8 GB Class 6 SDHC or Transcend 16 GB Class 6 SDHC if you plan on shooting more video.

Super Budget

Nikon Coolpix L22 12MP 3.6x Zoom 3″ LCD Simple, uses AA batteries and includes smile and blink detect. Image Quality is decent.

Budget

Panasonic Lumix FH20K 14MP 8x Zoom & 2.7″ LCD (Black) Slightly wider lens, 28mm, a nice 8x optical zoom and HD video for less than $150. It is not going to be great in lowlight and it is not speedy but overall quality and reliability are very good.

Mid Level

Canon PowerShot SX130IS 12MP 12x Zoom & 3″ LCD A bit more bulk but you get 12x zoom with stereo audio for HD video. Tons of fun features/effects like fisheye etc. Also uses AA batteries but reports on battery life are not great.

Panasonic Lumix ZS7 12 MP 12x Zoom & 3″ LCDHuge Zoom, HD video recording, GPS for automatically tagging your photos with the location and excellent image quality in a form factor that slips into a pocket.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS 12MP CMOS 5x Zoom & 2.7″ LCD Super slim with new CMOS sensor – low light images are excellent. Full 1080p Video and super slow mo video along with a very wide, 24mm lens. *NEW* Post comparing the 300 HS and the cheaper 100 HS

High end

Canon PowerShot S95 10MP 3.8x Zoom & 3″ LCD
Extremely high quality images with very little noise, even at higher ISOs, almost DSLR like quality. Genius control scheme lets you have as much or as little control over manual shooting.

Hope this helps and please let me know if you have any questions.

Follow me on Instagram | Watch my latest Youtube Video | Subscribe to my YouTube Channel




 B&H deal of the day. Reliable 5TB drive for just $149! Today Only! Visit http://photorec.tv/5TB for more info.
 From the evening walk #snail #snailspace #mobilephotography #lgg6 #fb #westseattle
 These are some of my favorite videos to make - You have questions, I have answers. Drop your questions about photography gear, technique, business, youtubing (is that a word?) and anything else you might want to know below - I will be answering in a future video. Thanks for watching and don't forget to subscribe http://photorec.tv/sub #fb


Want to be a better photographer? Become a Photorec.tv Member! $5/Month gets you access to my Lightroom video library the support group and more!

Support this site - Shop for anything through the links below and I earn a small percentage - it costs you nothing extra.

SIMILAR ARTICLES

NO COMMENTS

Leave a Reply

two × two =