I made a camera thread a few months back, but I didn’t get around to buying one, and I will soon. I’ve changed my mind about requiring certain features and what exactly I’m looking for so I decided to start a new thread.
I’m looking to spend somewhere in the area of $150-250 for a new camera (or fairly recent used one). I’m going to be selling my old video camera to be able to justify buying a gadget I probably won’t use as much as I should, so it has to take decent video to replace it.
I like playing with manual controls - shutter times, aperture settings, the normal photography stuff - but I’ve come to discover there’s very little in the sub-$400 market that has a decent amount of manual control. Everything below that range is pretty much point and shoot. Still, some cameras offer some control - like a manual long exposure time mode and stuff like that. That’s a nice bonus.
I’m flexible on form factor. I actually prefer a big beefy camera I can grip generally, but if I get one of those tiny compact cameras they make I can keep it in a pocket and take it everywhere.
Right now I’m leaning towards the Canon 300 hs. It’s ridiculously tiny (I played with one in an electronics store and it’s no bigger than a few credit cards stacked back to back - amazing), seems to take pretty good images - not the greatest, but more than adequate, takes good 1080p video, has the normal suite of canon image processing and gadgety features (I am way too into silly stuff like being able to wink at the camera to make it take a picture), and has a 24mm-120mm equivelant lens which is amazing in such a small form and very flexible.
Some of the reviews say the video is way too jittery to be useful but in this sample movie it looks fine to me. Especially when you consider it’s the video from a tiny tiny camera that’s not even a video camera.
But I haven’t really researched anything but canon so I don’t really know my options. The 500hs is also an option for $50 more - with a faster lens, possibly slightly better optics, a touch screen, but a bigger form factor.
Anyway, what are my options in the $150-250 range? Is the 300hs a good choice? What factors should I be looking at?