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Which Camera to purchase, max budget £200

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In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jul 2013 12:48:57 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 Jul 2013 12:49:42 BDT
T.J.Byford says:

ffordes have always been very reasonable with their pricing, in my view more accurately selling at an item's real value rather than the seller's often inflated view on ebay.

I upgraded my 5 when the 5N came out simply because I wanted to use the add-on evf. I found the 5 a very likeable camera and the 18-55 lens actually better than the amount of criticism it has received. Yes, it is soft in the corners, but overall it is not a disappointing lens at all.

However, without spending a lot, can I suggest you look at a prime lens, the Sigma 30mm, which is a very sharp lens across the frame, and offers the equivalent fov of a 45mm lens in 35mm film camera terms. Currently it can be found new for around £100, or marginally less if you scout around.

Posted on 17 Jul 2013 12:41:14 BDT
I recently bought a Sony Nex 5 secondhand for under £200 from and I couldnt be happier with it. It turned out to have been returned unused when new rather than really being secondhand which they didnt advertise and I was able to register it with the manufacturer which you normally cant do secondhand. They have a big selection at reasonable prices. I shopped around online and found them most reasonable.

Posted on 16 Jul 2013 17:28:20 BDT
J Morton says:
I would recommend looking on gumtree, i got a canon 450D to take out and about, for less than £200.

Posted on 15 Jul 2013 23:42:03 BDT
James Murray says:
Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens Kit (14.2MP) 3 inch LCD go for this slightly over 200 at 289 but if your budget allows you cant go wrong, great camera

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2013 23:31:19 BDT
Zelazowa says:

All things being equal and it's the kind of camera I'm interested in..... if it has a viewfinder... I'd buy it.
Camera minus viewfinder... not interested.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2013 21:37:12 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2013 20:55:24 BDT
papaver says:
please elaborate!
would the option of having a viewfinder mean
A) You would buy it?
B) You would not buy it?

could you please explain to a novice why this is of importance to the decision,?
I only ask because having used my trusty old 8 megapixel/15? x zoom canon ixus for years and still loving the abilities it gives me when it decides to actually work, when I tried using the viewfinder the picture on the memory card is NEVER as big as the image I can see through the viewfinder!!!!!,maybe its me or just a brand/model specific issue? but It really is the smallest flipping hole to try and see through and almost uncomfortable to use,my husband has a rather more EOS 60d? that he manages to create fantastic images with using a thing he calls an 'appature eeso exposing triangle' ??? that's all his department!!! way too techy for me!!!!
I simply want to buy myself a new little-ish camera to literally point and press and smile but I am now even more confused with this view finding you say is important to the sale???? please can you explain to me why it is dealmaker/breaker?, I don't want my husbands scientific/technical answer, just an easy to understand answer!
thankyou! K

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2013 00:06:39 BDT
T.J.Byford says:
Hi, psn:tqfan,

I can't compare the W690 with the other cameras you mention, but I did buy one as I was looking for a truly small pocketable camera and the Sony with its 10x zoom, starting at a nice wide 25mm equivalent, image stabilisation and large screen that dwarfed the body seemed well spec'd. However, the optical quality was not up to scratch at any zoom setting, with noticeable edge softness. I say edge softness but it intruded further into the image than I would have expected. It seemed only about 75% of the image area was usable.

The compromise on image quality was too serious for me to contemplate using it as point and shoot when I didn't wish to use my heavier, larger, and more expensive digital kit. Seeing pics of buildings visibly getting softer towards the outer part of the shot was a big disappointment for me. And there was the problem of far too many pixels crammed onto a tiny sensor coupled with the degree of compression applied to keep file sizes small also contributed to a less than stellar performance.

I appreciate that you are not putting this camera forward as a suggestion, but I would seriously suggest anyone considering the W690 (its spec looks good) should first try and see some images from it.

Posted on 10 Jul 2013 21:03:00 BDT
murrolo says:
best deal i've seen around just now is the Canon Powershot SX260IS - at Dixons for £149. It even has a GPS photo tagger built in. It is a fully functional compact (with Av and Tv as well as a Manual setting) exp comp, white balance set, decent zoom range, half decent lens brightness etc.....only thing it lacks is writing RAW files and exposure bracketing.....but it'll be a while before we get a camera with that for under £150.
Otherwise, get a second hand G9.....great little cameras.....a SLR in a pocket sized unit!

Posted on 10 Jul 2013 19:18:34 BDT
psn: tqfan says:
i got the Sony Cyber-shot WX100 back in March and it's a brilliant little camera. it's tiny, but the picture quality is immense. i think it's been replaced by the newer WX200, but you can still get them. my sister has the W690, which again is a nice little camera, but not as good as the WX100. amazon says the W690 has also been replaced by the WX200.

the wx100 takes video, and it did it very well in low light and high noise (sound not pic quality) conditions. there's no static type noise on playback from the high noise settings, which you can get on some devices.

i went into my local tesco and tried the cameras out there. that's really the best advice anyone should give - try to find somewhere where you can test them yourself. i did this and plumped for the sony, haven't been disappointed.

Posted on 3 Jul 2013 23:08:40 BDT
Zelazowa says:
..... or Sony!!!

Posted on 3 Jul 2013 20:50:01 BDT
Last edited by the author on 3 Jul 2013 20:54:10 BDT
Williams says:
You will not get better than this. It ticks all the boxes as far as I can see.
Buy it quick because it is last year's model [hence the reasonable price]. Compare it with the price and features of this year's HX30.
I don't own one by the way, but did consider it and came a runner up to a more manual and challenging compact camera at more than twice the price, which was purely because it was what I 'really really wanted'.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Super-Advanced High Zoom Camera (18.2MP, 20x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jul 2013 08:41:44 BDT
Donald says:
I have just upgraded from my Canon Ixus to the Canon Ixus 500 HD. It is a lovely little camera with an excellent zoom. It comes without a memory card or a spare battery but these included will still come in under your budget. Google it and you'll see :-)

Posted on 3 Jul 2013 01:02:25 BDT
I have just bought a used Panasonic LX5 for £170 complete with Leica case.

Posted on 2 Jul 2013 20:04:31 BDT
Zelazowa says:
Hello Danni...

Probably any camera in the £200 or less area with Nikon or Fujifilm or Olympus or Canon or Pentax or Panasonic written on the front.
The deal breaker for me would be whether the camera had a viewfinder or not.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jun 2013 17:44:21 BDT
Sparky says:
Hope so ;)

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jun 2013 16:50:29 BDT
Hi Sparky,
You did do well.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jun 2013 13:53:35 BDT
Sparky says:
Hi T.J Byford.
I agree but, I know what this camera is very good and price too. I've just upgraded hence quick sale.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jun 2013 13:25:26 BDT
T.J.Byford says:
Hi, Sparky.

Buying used can result in a bargain. However, used prices can't be guaranteed, and many prefer to buy new, so usual retail is a better indicator.

Posted on 30 Jun 2013 13:22:06 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Jun 2013 13:56:25 BDT
Sparky says:
Yes, mine does, not even a year old and comes with 2 extra batteries & case £190!!
Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Digital Camera (14.1 MP, 35x Ultra Wide-angle Optical Zoom) 2.7 Inch Vari-angle Purecolor LCD

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jun 2013 13:18:25 BDT
T.J.Byford says:
Hi, Dr. A.
Ahem, unless Sparky knows something we don't, no.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jun 2013 13:08:00 BDT
Do these cost £200 then?

Posted on 28 Jun 2013 12:28:26 BDT
Sparky says:
You won't go wrong with a Canon powershot SX30 IS, Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Digital Camera (14.1 MP, 35x Ultra Wide-angle Optical Zoom) 2.7 Inch Vari-angle Purecolor LCD

Posted on 28 Jun 2013 08:25:58 BDT
several of my friends have panasonic travel zooms - but beware of reflections off the screen which can make viewing difficult.
I'd always recommend a screen saver too. I believe you can get anti glare ones.

Posted on 28 Jun 2013 08:15:46 BDT
Do you want a compact point and shoot or something that will stretch you photographically? If the former see below. If the latter you are probably going to have to accept less zoom range and/or buy secondhand.
You can get some good secondhand bargains but remember that technology moves fast in electronics and so check out review sites like DPreview, trusted reviews and so on. Take snapsport with a pinch of salt. Don't concern yourself with the biggest ISO value but with the highest ISO for which noise is acceptable. Also try Youtube for demonstarions of equipment - you can learn a lot that way.
Do you want video clips? I don't so I will not be bothered about HDMI etc. You may be.
How much zoom do you want? Shortish (3-5) good for kids, views; medium (10 - 15) good for general detail or long 20+ ( very long detail, birds etc) Bear in mind that longer focal lengths will give shake problems unless you can support the camera on something solid. The more you ask the more compromises there are likely to be on quality, low light performance etc - you get owt for nowt.
What were you using before?
I'm afraid I don't have direct experience of what's available currently but you could probably get a good Panasonic, Sony, Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Samsung, Pentax "travel" compact with a decent wide to zoom for this kind of money.
Try going on Amazon, and search for compact digital cameras, 4stars and higher, £100 - £200. There will be a couple of hundred. Find one (or more) you like the look of and Google it with 'review' in the search.
You should be able to find a decent camera with a longish zoom without the bulk of a bridge camera.
You can tailor an Amazon search by scrolling down and looking at the selection criteria on the left hand side column.
Always then do a search of the wider net - sometimes Tesco or Argos have a bargain. Try:
/s/ref=sr_nr_p_36_3?rh=n%3A560798%2Cn%3A560834%2Cn%3A560836%2Cn%3A332215031%2Ck%3Acompact+digital+camera%2Cp_n_feature_two_browse-bin%3A182702031%2Cp_72%3A419153031%2Cp_36%3A138896031&keywords=compact+digital+camera&ie=UTF8&qid=1372401841&rnid=389035011 Sorry its so long.
Try looking up on Ebay for "refurbished" Canon, Fuji, etc etc. I have had several good Canons which were new old stock, but had the boxes opened at very reasonable prices. Canon_UK1 on Ebay - you need to keep looking though. Other brands are available if you search.
Try Googling "best travel zoom", "best budget bridge camera" and so on.
Obviously you can scan Ebay for bargains - but always send a message to the seller asking if the camera works OK because you don't want a pup. I find sellers are generally pretty good and have sent a few things back in my time.(even when they said no returns where the description was a bit lacking or exaggerated)

You could try phoning Ffordes or Grey's of Westminster and ask. Their S/H equipment will come with a warranty but will be dearer than Ebay prices.
Having said that I have had some very realistically priced film stuff from Ffordes.
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