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Recommendation of GOOD P&S Camera $300-400

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ben_liu wrote:
Jun 21st, 2008 7:22 pm
Hello, I am sick of my digital camera not producing quality pictures when needed. I am looking for my first Digital SLR, a real basic one that has a good zoom, (the zoom on our Pentax Optio S6 (old i know) gets blurrier the further we zoom). I don' want something that is hard core, I am using money from my own pocket (summer job) something around $300 - 400 price range.

Thanks!
I added the bold.

'Blurring while zoomed' is usually because of shaky hands. It does not take much shake when you're past 3X. Happy for you (and me too) newer cameras have Image Stabilization.
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Which would you say is the best camera out of the following three?

sd850, sd870, sd890

And,

Is the sd890 worth the price premium over the 850 or is just all hype and stuff when really the 850 would be fine?

Explain to me the advantage of a wide angel lens. And is it worth sacrificing the viewfinder for it?

right now I'm leaning towards the 850.
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mariokarter wrote:
Jul 2nd, 2008 11:08 pm
Which would you say is the best camera out of the following three?

sd850, sd870, sd890

And,

Is the sd890 worth the price premium over the 850 or is just all hype and stuff when really the 850 would be fine?

Explain to me the advantage of a wide angel lens. And is it worth sacrificing the viewfinder for it?

right now I'm leaning towards the 850.

It's really a matter of personal preference between the 3.

I like having the viewfinder. It's handy for sunny days, or when I'm partying without my glasses and can't tell on the LCD whether or not people are smiling nicely.

Wide Angle is the opposite of telephoto or zoom. That is "wide angle" means that you get more scene from the same distance away from your target....but it is all relative just like zoom. If you most often find yourself taking pictures indoors then wide angle makes sense.

Personally, the 28 mm "wide angle" doesn't appeal to me as much as the zoom does, and I like the viewfinder, so I'd rank them as:

890>850>870. Is the 890 worth $100 more than the 850? Not to me.
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Thanks for the advice steve. If I go the 850/890 route I could easily be satisfied with the 850 or wait for the 890's price to drop. So its just wide angle or not. How many degrees of stuff do these two types of lenses capture?

And I think the 890 can be had for the equivelent of 295 CAD before tax, would you consider that a deal?

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