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Hi, I wonder if anyone can help me. My Canon Powershot (3.1m!!!) has given up the ghost after years of great quality pictures. I want to go for a camera which is slightly smaller, with a better …
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8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
Hi, I wonder if anyone can help me.

My Canon Powershot (3.1m!!!) has given up the ghost after years of great quality pictures.

I want to go for a camera which is slightly smaller, with a better resolution and not too expensive!

I have seen on Canons outlet (on ebay) a number of good deals on the Ixus range, of particular interest to me are 850,860, 950,960 IS.

Thing is I am not sure if I should get too caught up on the megapixels as I am ulikely to print larger than 7x5 or A4 at the largest.

Ideally I would get a camera which costs under £150, don't mind if it's a refurbishment and I am not completely fixed on it being a Canon camera would consider other quality brands.

If anyone has any ideas or have made a recent purchase I would be keen to hear of the camera and the place it was purchased. If anyone has any words of wisdom I would be equally grateful for advice.

Thanks in advance.
Jay
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8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
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#1
i have an olympus mju 790 and love it-its small and robust-i can also use it underwater etc. Dont know if this would interest you?
#2
louloo
i have an olympus mju 790 and love it-its small and robust-i can also use it underwater etc. Dont know if this would interest you?


thanks for your reply, I have had a look at it and it looks decent enough, I think though I am paying a bit for the underwater capability and I probably wouldn't use it, so probably not the ideal camera for me
#3
anyone else have any suggestions? particularly around the megapixel issue and how important that really is nowadays?
#4
I wouldn't worry too much about the number of pixels, I suspect that your old 3.2MP powershot was ok at A4 size, I know mine was. It is arguable that it's worse to have too many MP as the sensor remains he same size which means each of those pixels has to be smaller and hence struggles to get as much light on it when you take a photo. Any new camera will be more than capable of A4 photos, even with some cropping.

I'm on my 3rd Powershot (A720is) and think they are fantastic, although as you say a bit bulky, however, they are not as bulky as the older powershot's, so depending on which model you're replacing a new powrshot may be quite a bit smaller. The main difference between the powrshot and ixus cameras is that the ixus has a Li-ion battery which is why it can be made smaller, whereas the powershot A range use AA batteries. I prefer using AA batteries as a decent set of NiMH batteries will last ages and you cabn always have a spare set aswell. Also in the unlikely event that you really do lose all power you can use Alkaline batteries in an emergency (although you should turn off the screen nd use the viewfinder to prolong battery life)

If you like your old Canon then I'd stick with Canon if I were you. If you do want a really small pocket sized camera and don't care about AA batteries then I'd go for the ixus, otherwise go for a powershot.

Also, go to Jessops so you can have a bit of a look and feel of them, they should let you have a go and this might help you to make a decision before you buy from elsewhere!
#5
yes thanks for that Mike that's really useful.

I was thinking maybe it wouldn't matter so much about the number of pixels and thought I may buy one to tidy me over for now as I don't use my camera all that often.

Saw the Canon A470 for under £50 on the site, do you think this would be disappointing given it has fewer features?
#6
JayJaz
yes thanks for that Mike that's really useful.

I was thinking maybe it wouldn't matter so much about the number of pixels and thought I may buy one to tidy me over for now as I don't use my camera all that often.

Saw the Canon A470 for under £50 on the site, do you think this would be disappointing given it has fewer features?


I think the A470 is probably a nice little camera, but I don't think it has so many of the manual features that some of the other powershots do. The image stabilised cameras are very nice. My A720is has a 6x zoom which I can get crystal clear pictures with, because of the image stabilising, which on the Canon's is second to none. I've found the bigger zoom to be great as it makes it easier to get close up's of my 4 year old daughter without her being distracted by me.

That said, if you don't need the manual features and generally just want a simple point and shoot that'll take nice pictures then I think for £45 you could do a lot worse than the A470.
#7
yes... I think I will have a look at one and have a think. I am tempted to save the pennies for now and have a simple point and shoot for now. I never intended to replac e my powershot and to go for a digital slr. Will put that on the backburner for now!
#8
I have a Ricoh Caplio R7 - the one before the latest model, on purpose due to better reviews. It's a point and shoot and particularly good at macros. I am very pleased with it. There are pics and other advice, from people who know a lot more than I do, on the Photos thread.
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/107205/show-us-your-photos
#9
Chesso, thanks for that. Ricoh looks nice. Thanks for the link also - though it has completely confused me again and re-ignited my desire for a top quality camera!

What do you guys think about the Fuji S1000 FD - only £100 from Fuji's site as a refurb?
#10
JayJaz
Chesso, thanks for that. Ricoh looks nice. Thanks for the link also - though it has completely confused me again and re-ignited my desire for a top quality camera!

What do you guys think about the Fuji S1000 FD - only £100 from Fuji's site as a refurb?

It's a real quandry isn't it. I listed with some help on the Photos thread exactly what I wanted to do and what types of things were important and went from there with more help from the Photo thread guys.
#11
chesso
It's a real quandry isn't it. I listed with some help on the Photos thread exactly what I wanted to do and what types of things were important and went from there with more help from the Photo thread guys.


It really is yes. The Fuji has superb optical zoom and I think it is capable of 7.5fps when on a lower resolution.

Tempted to compromise on the size as it looks like such a good camera... I did originally favour Canon though... :?

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