Maybe you're right, I'm not an expert by any means, but when I look at photos I took with a cheap digital zoom lens point & shoot camera, well over a decade ago, they look pretty good! I'd be surprised if this is as poor as you state, quality wise. I just reckon high end phone manufacturers are duping us, no way their cameras are worth such extortionate amounts 😏
Always worth checking CEX for s/hand cameras. You can get some pretty decent cameras for very little money and they offer a long warranty, 2 years I think. 'B' grade are normally pretty good.
There are certainly cases for a dedicated compact camera but not one like this which while cheap it's such a poor camera it's a waste of money. It's a much older design than it looks using a very dated 16MP CCD sensor, it's slow, its AF is unreliable, batterylife is poor and it has no image stabilisation at all. The 'electronic VR' is just marketing nonsense for it increasing the iso to boost the shutter which doesn't work well when the sensor is so bad at high iso. Even a cheap smartphone is likely to be able to get better results than this and at least a heck of a lot more convenient.
Is this a more versatile STILL camera than that in a thousand pounds iPhone 11? Tell the truth.... :p
In before the 'just use your phone' brigade: There are still use cases for a dedicated compact camera. This has a decent interface, logically arranged controls, and a smattering of image stabilization. That being said, 720p video is a bit blegh.
Posted 25th Jan 2020Posted 25th Jan 2020
Nikon Coolpix A100 20MP 5x Zoom Compact Camera - Black - £69.99 @ Argos£69.99Argos Deals
Amazon price is £110 so seems a good price for a cheap snapper as this applies to the Black or the Silver ones. Model number A100. Product specification: 20 megapixels. 5x op… Read more
Voted hot because of price but I would rather pay the same money for a canon dslr with 2 lenses.
Agree with you, its to slow also
The new Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM is an ideal lens for professional photographers who shoot with the Canon 1D and 5D series of DSLR cameras. The inclusion of Air Sphere Coating (ASC) technology helps to reduce flaring and ghosting, and suppresses the reflection of light.
70-200mm is a very broad area and your mind went to a kit lens which no pros use. Do yourself a favour and leave
Good point, in fact children are usually not allowed to take their phones on school trips.
I do agree to a point, smartphones are more efficient, and can be better for ease of use - but are not always better depending on the situation. I am not going to let my son take a samsung galaxy s10 or a DSLR camera on school expeditions in bad weather, near lakes etc, hence the small price to pay for the digital camera. But each to their own! (flirt)
Some of what you say is true, your phone is always with you and it's undoubtedly easier to take photos on a phone if you want to share them on social media etc. But I would suspect the sensor on one of these will be superior to a phone in terms of noise levels and low-light ability, and the lens will almost certainly be superior (contrast, sharpness, edge definition, distortion), which is very hard to engineer into an almost flat optic like in a phone, despite all the trickery employed. One other factor is the significant benefits of an optical zoom, which (as far as I know) no phone has - when you zoom with a phone camera you're simply just looking at a smaller proportion of the same image blown up, and you can achieve none of the compositional benefits of a wide angle versus a telephoto etc. Image stabliisation is likely much better too. Additionally, it is likely that on most phone cameras there is a significant shutter lag (time between pressing the button and the photo actually being taken). That is probably much less noticeable in a 'real' camera like this (and better again on a DSLR). A DSLR will be a considerable level above a compact camera like this on most of these counts, and allows a further level of involvement and technical quality, but is likely to cost at least three times as much too. To be honest, if anyone is showing any real interest in photography, I'd probably recommend getting hold of a second hand DSLR (or even a film SLR) and start with that, rather than a compact. Of course, for a lot of people this stuff doesn't matter much and the phone is more than enough. But it doesn't mean the phone camera is better. It's just more convenient. So IMO something like this sits somewhere between your phone camera and a DSLR in terms of complexity and quality, and therefore does arguably serve a purpose for some people.
First of no need to carry this extra item which is heavy weight and delicate . Plus multi lenses and artificial intelligence producing better picture and 4k videos on phone , especially in low light conditions. Also fast internet already to upload on cloud if needed. Phone is always there , I don't see any need for these unless Professional Grade camera like DSLR etc .
Genuine question if you're an expert on cameras as I used to buy these standalone cameras years back but haven't bought one in ages. Would an entry level digital camera as posted here be comparable or better for still images compared to an iPhone X/Pro or Samsung S10?
Posted 24th Aug 2019Posted 24th Aug 2019
Nikon COOLPIX A900 Digital Camera, 20.3MP, 4K Ultra HD, 35x Optical Zoom, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth & 3” LCD Tiltable Screen, Silver Or Black£209Amazon Deals
Great price for a compact super zoom camera Nikon’s Coolpix A900 is a small camera with big zoom capability. Its crystal clear Nikkor lens has a mighty 35x Optical Zoom, while a … Read more
yeah i dunno - i am not into the fancy phones so just going by what i read eg trusted reviews "However, the standout feature is its zoom. Its “periscope” lens uses what’s known as folded optics to squeeze a 125mm lens with image stabilisation into the P30 Pro’s 8.4mm-thick body. While it isn’t technically a zoom (there are no moving lens elements, so zooming between 24mm-125mm focal lengths involves some cropping)," though surely between 24 and 125 isnt cropping unless its cropping the 24mm image it does look good though, or as good as can be shown with a 750pixel high image^^
Same here! From what I've read the separate zoom sensor is 8-megapixel with an f/3.4 lens and 5x optical zoom capability using a periscope system of lens elements to fit in the flat phone shape. As for the Ai lossless stuff, looks pretty good to me and most of the reviews I've seen seem to think it's no gimmick.
when the p30 pro is this price i'll buy it too ;) isn't the 'zoom' camera on p30 a lower res/quality module than the rest of the cameras? (and i thought it wasn't really zoom as such?) and ai lossless? doubling resolution by magic? why not do it again its lossless and get 20x etc etc
The P30 Pro has a fully OPTICAL 5X Zoom (with moving glass elements) which can be increased with an Ai lossless 10x zoom that is way better than just a plain cropped image as all reviews and samples I've seen have shown. The P30 Pro doesn't compete against this old Bridge camera with it's 40X optical zoom obviously and it's 5X the price but it certainly does on image quality, low light ability, stunning 4k video and versatility. As a 'photographer' I would choose the Huawei all day and every day over this outdated relic.
For the “photographer” it won’t.P30 is mainly a digital zoom so it just crops the image.A proper zoom which doesn’t lose image quality is one which has moving glass elements within the lens.So if you are in the market to buy a camera you will tend to buy a camera.
Posted 16th Jul 2019Posted 16th Jul 2019
Used: Nikon Coolpix P1000 125x Zoom 'moon' Camera £603.23 @ Amazon Prime Day£603.23Amazon Deals
Really fantastic camera and an excellent price for a UK sourced model with 30 day returns if required. It's a point & shoot with 125x optical zoom. Yes there are some trade off… Read more
As much as i love it im really missing the ability to have an ISO higher than 100 when the shutter is higher than 1 second and aperture is 2.8 for astrophotography shots. This is the best i could manage on a fairly light polluted sky in Essex at 30 second, 2.8 ISO 100.
Agreed. I also have this camera but the crop zoom will still only capture what was viewed at 600 mm.
These Samsung washing machines are getting a bit weird loking
I bought the same s10+ sd855 version but the iemi on it is for s10 try to register the iemi with my bank mobile insurance but both iemi turn up as s10 I have no idea what to do I bought it through PayPal I am thinking to raise the issue with PayPal but not sure what to do
Purchased many times from them in the past with no issues, but they failed to deliver on my last 2 orders. Paypal refunded me. If you are in hurry then buy, but beware.
Posted 12th Jun 2019Posted 12th Jun 2019
Nikon Coolpix A100 20MP 5x Zoom Compact Camera now £64.99 at Argos£64.99£79.9919% offArgos Deals
Also available in Purple https://www.argos.co.uk/product/4874902
The lens is going to be really soft at the longer end of its zoom range, it's continuous shooting burst can only get about 7 shots in its buffer (less than a 1 second burst) before slowing down significantly, manual control options are very limited, and at the end of the day it's essentially a bog standard point & shoot with a really big zoom lens attached so image quality isn't spectacular even in ideal conditions. I would not say it's suitable for photographing motorsport, but nothing at this price point is to be honest. If this is the extent of your budget and you're ok with average quality snapshots from a long distance then it's not the worst option imaginable, but if you're looking to get more into photography (especially anything involving fast moving subjects) I would keep saving and get something better on the used market. The Sony A6000 is a killer entry level mirrorless camera, especially for your usage given its well above average continuous shooting abilities and autofocus system. You can probably pick one up and a 55-210mm lens for under £400, it doesn't match the insane zoom ranges achievable on bridge cameras like the B500 here but images will be far better even if you need to crop.
Would this camera be suitable for photography in motorsport? I need a good zoom but also able to capture karts travelling around 50 mph. Any advice would be great as I’m a novice at photography. Thanks
The Panasonic FZ82 is a similar priced bridge camera alternative which has better optical zoom (60x) if that's what you're after.
Viewfinder a deal breaker
Posted 23rd Mar 2019Posted 23rd Mar 2019
Nikon A900 Coolpix Digital Camera - Black. £214 delivered @ Amazon Deal of the day.£214£279.9924% offAmazon Deals
The COOLPIX A900 delivers outstanding performance in a compact body. dgrt Enjoy exceptional quality NIKKOR optics in a pocket-sized body to fit any lifestyle: shoot stunning trave… Read more
OP, sorry that you are disappointed with your purchase and are going to return it, but well done for posting that and seemingly undermining your own deal. That is the essence of HUKD, whereby the real value are the comments that follow the original post contain valuable and often hard won information. I always read the complete thread if considering a purchase, especially if it is a technical item. More than once it has changed my mind and saved me money and disappointment. FWIW I'd leave the deal as is. No doubt others will have thoughts both pro and con its value. As I say, the very essence of HUKD. (y)
Sorry if anyone has gone ahead and bought one of these, After some playing I've decided I'm going to return mine. My reasons are non standard USB cable, battery needs to be in camera to charge, plus it's tiny. Image quality isn't what I was expecting and I had low expectations, really noisy at full size, and dark, even on a sunny afternoon like today. Lovely sunset this evening, deep orange, with a few small purple/blue clouds, the pictures I took show none of that beauty, very poor colours. (poo) One day I'll learn that impulse buying tech invariably leads to returns. If anyone knows how to delete this post I'd be grateful.
Good price, around £109 elsewhere. Not my choice of colour, clearly they were only in red where you saw them, but still a good deal!
Posted 28th Jul 2017Posted 28th Jul 2017
Nikon COOLPIX W300 Yellow. Waterproof to 30m, shockproof, freeze-proof and dustproof too! £194.99 @ Very£194.99Very Deals
This is an absolutely amazing price for this Nikon camera that has only just been launched. This offer seems to be for the yellow model only as the others here are still showing … Read more
Sony DSCH400 is 10 times the camera for twice the price. I wouldn't buy anything without an evf.
The physical size of the sensor is the important factor, not the number of pixels. The one in this camera is more than a 6x crop on a full frame sensor, so you will get very noisy results, but at least there's an optical zoom and focal length advantage over a smart phone.
The biggest issue with this for sports shots is the lack of a viewfinder. You'll find it almost impossible to frame an action photo successfully using the screen, particularly in bright sunlight.
Until 2nd May add something cheap to put it over £100 and get a £10 Argos voucher as well.