Hope all is well. I am looking for a digital camera to replace my Canon PowerShot SX120 IS. I have repaired it myself and brought it back from the dead twice over and now I need to move on. So to my requirements.
I am looking at spending at least £100/$161 but no more than £155/$251. So far I've found two possible candidates and they are the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS and the SX160 IS. Does anyone have any thoughts on those two and any others that might fit the bill?
Please reply soon,
Adiman423 in London, UK
asked Dec 16 '12 at 13:48
the SX260HS is pretty good
I have the SX230 HS that I recently purchased and the picture quality is great, especially when you install CHDK on the camera
When you enable camera raw, you get significantly more color and luminance info in the image, allowing for significantly more shadow and highlight detail
answered Dec 16 '12 at 13:56
Brand loyalty may be the item of the day, but I look more for unbiased reviews and recommendations and what I, as a lifelong Nikon user have now discovered is that the Panasonic Lumix may be what you are looking for. I have three now and they all perform to my expectations. Batteries are expensive but there are $6 replacements for the $35 model and perform just as well. You can find 10x optical for under US$100 in the US at 14.1mp. I currently carry a Lumix DMC-SZ7 everywhere I go and snapshooting is quick and no need to worry about battery life. Unflashed night shots look like daylight shots, the 10x optical is about as far as you can go without a tripod or something to brace the camera on. For US$200 you can get GPS capability (what for, I ask) and "Scene Selection" where you can set up the camera for the shots you expect to make.... Scene 1 could be daylight auto ISO, no flash with face focus. Scene 2 could be dusk/dawn shots where you may need a steadier hand but can be set to look like daylight shots. Scene 3 can be night shots without flash and with a steady hand can appear as daylight! Scene 4 you can set for some other unusual lighting and/or action which you like to shoot. So just set the Scene number and you are free of fumbling with Menus and ready to shoot as soon as the camera is ready... a few seconds! So don't hurry, read reviews and recommendations from trusted sources and you will end up with all the features you desire at your budget. Good luck and let us know what you decided upon.
answered Dec 16 '12 at 20:52
while not 100% related, I wanted to post why you may want to consider enabling camera raw in your current camera, or making sure that your next camera will allow you to unlock camera raw in your price range, that will have to be done using firmware hacks such as CHDK which are simple to do and will significantly improve your images
RAW images have a lot more detail and color information and thus allow you to correct for underexposed areas and also for some blown highlights/ overexposed areas. it also allows you to to do more extensive edits without having any clipping.
I recorded a video demonstrating what you can do on a point and shoot with RAW. The SX230HS takes 10 bit raw images while a DSLR can take 14-16 bit RAW images. (the jpeg are compressed 8bit images)
Video link: http://youtu.be/VGL7UP2FD-I
With how cheap storage is, you will be hard pressed to find any real reason to not use RAW, sure they take more space, but the quality they offer is more than worth it.
answered Dec 16 '12 at 23:55
Thanks everyone so much for your help. Just thought I would post a follow-up before I finally declare this quest successfully completed. After a lot of research and some help from my brother I finally settled on the Canon Powershot SX150 IS for £93/$150. Just to get a disclosure out the way my Brother then kindly decided to make it my Christmas gift so I thank him a lot for that.
Thanks once again for all your help,