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My daughter in law is looking to get our son a camera for Christmas. She sent me the following list she is considering.
Any comments or suggestions or warnings?
1) Canon Powershot SX40 HS
2) Canon Powershot SX150 IS
3) Nikon Coolpix P500
4) Kodak Max2990 2290
my dh stopped by a local camera shop w/ the list of 4 same cameras. The guy looked @ the list and said, "you can always do better then kodak for that price".
My dh has a Nikon D3100 that he loves and takes w/ him everywhere! He has lots of pix stored on the computer and but now better get some sort of backup in case the computer crashes and all is lost.
For less than $100 you can get an external hard drive. Well worth the money and you can store all your photos plus important documents as well. I only temporarily use my computer to store photos I'm editing and then off they go to the hard drive. I also use Shutterfly and Snapfish websites as a 'storage' location since I periodically order prints and enlargements. They store your photos indefinitely (or so they say) as long as you order something from them at least once a year. I probably have at least 10 years worth of photos on their sites.
The SX40 tops the other Canon, but the Nikon tops that. One thing I saw betweeen the SX and the Nikon was that the Nikon has a pop up flash, I don't think the Canon does. I would check if there will be a problem with lens shadows on the Canon.
Last edit I promise. One other thing is what would he/they prefer for zooming. A ring on the lens or a rocker? None of these cameras have zoom rings.
A rocker is one or two buttons you push to either zoom in or out. You have another choice as some cameras let you do the zooming/focusing with a ring on the barrel of the lens, like the old style cameras all did before point and shoots. I think Fuji uses this to separate their camera lines. A trip to a camera store should to get hands on and feel the difference.
Those two things came to mind that the posts here didn't bring up.
Pop up flash
and the preferred zoom/focus choice
Fuji has an HS20 model that I would throw into your choices. On the link I posted above it came in second to the P500, but when I looked at the advantages of the HS20, the listed advantages seemed weightier to me IMO than the advantages of the P500. So I'm open to other peoples opinions on that. Why the p500 is a better camera than the HS20?
If you can find a store that has the P500 and HS20 you will be able to get a feel between rocker and ring focusing/zooming.
If I were in the market for a camera in that range ,I would take the Nikon P 500 I have handled one and it just felt right ..One point I would like to make is battery life you really need to look at that long and hard anything other than a lithium battery pack would not be in the cards for me ..now mind these are just opinions... just take all reviews with a grain of salt...
[quote="niceguy2"] One thing I saw betweeen the SX and the Nikon was that the Nikon has a pop up flash, I don't think the Canon does.
All four of the cams have pop-up flashes. The Canon is the only one that also has the capability to use an external flash. Just depends on if you want the hassle of carrying around an external flash. Personally, if I was planning to use a Point and Shoot or Bridge type camera, I would not want to carry around an external flash. That sort of defeats the purpose of a P&S in my mind, but at least the option is there. I would guess you could use the Canon off-camera flash cord so that you could get dramatic side lighting and shoot macro without lens shadow? I don't know.
Congratulations! New toys are fun and a challenge. Hope you get some great photos and we get to see some! I can't help with the downsizing as I use Photoshop and it's not easy. Took me forever to learn how to use it. I know there are a lot of freebie programs and websites out there that will do it though. I just never checked them out.
An external hard drive will hold a lot, but it depends on the size of the drive. The drives are now available up to 1 Terrabyte (1 TB). Mine is not that big (500 GB I think). I've had it about 5 years and haven't filled it up yet. You should be able to buy one with more than adequate storage for $100 or less. I shoot a Nikon D60 and don't reduce the size before storing as a general rule, but I do edit out/delete a few photos before storing.
I use the Microsoft Picture Manager most of the time for downsizing photos before e-mailing, but Picasa is good too. You just have to sign up for an account on Picasa but as Grits said, it's free and an easy place to store and share photos with others as well.