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Best camera under 400.00

With great zoom and great picture quality.

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  • GuidenetGuidenet Posts: 239 Officer
    As is usual, I agree with Craig. We do need more info. When you say "great zoom," what does that mean? If you mean a zoom that produces the best image quality, we're talking not much telephoto, just maybe a 4x. If you're talking a lot of reach but not as good image quality, that's a whole different kettle of fish. You can't have both. 12x or 20x or more zoom means serious compromises in image quality.

    Also, we need to know what you want to do with it. If you think about it, if there were some "best camera" under $400, that would be the only one that would sell. All the rest would go out of business. So, what you're going to get is opinions based on what we've tried or read about and depending on what we think you'll use it for.

    Personally, I think the best bang for the buck right now is Canon's S95 because they just released the S100 and the S95 is being cleared out cheap. I paid $400 for mine early this year. I hear they can be purchased around $300 or less right now. Crazy. The only problem is that they don't have a long zoom. Again, that's why it's image quality is so darned good. It might be the best camera for image quality and dim light that can fit in your top shirt pocket. It has the same internals of the Canon G12 but in a small package. If you want a long telephoto though, this is not your choice.

    Here's some snapshots I've taken this year with my Canon S95. When I bought it, I was looking for the best (image quality) shirt pocket compact available, price no object.

    Sunrise at New Smyrna Beach

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    My Daughter on our beach condo balcony

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    Mystery Valley, Navajo Nation

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    Hotel view at The View Hotel, Monument Valley

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    Cat in front of Linda's La Cantina Steak House. Name is T-Bone. Owns the place.

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    These are all just snapshots to show that it works well for me when I point it in the right direction. Your mileage may vary or you might not point it in the right direction. ;)
    Nikon D800, D3S, D700, D300, Canon G1X, Sigma 15 f/2.8 Fisheye, Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6, Nikon 16-35 f/4 VR, Nikon 28 f/1.8G AFS, Tamron 17-50 f/2.8, Nikon 35-70 f/2.8 AFD, Nikon 80-200 f/2.8 AFD, Nikon 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 VR, Nikon 80-400 f/4.5-5.6 AFS VR, Nikon 35 f/2, Nikon 50 f/1.8 G, Nikon 60 f/2.8 G Micro, Nikon 85 f/1.4 AFS G, Nikon 105 f/2.5 AI, Sigma 150 f/2.8 APO Macro, Nikon 300 f/2.8 AFS VR, Nikon 500 f/4 -P, Interfit Stellar X complete six light studio
  • WaterEngineerWaterEngineer Posts: 24,415 AG
    Number four is fantastical, Craig - especially coming from that little camera. Nice shadow work.
  • GuidenetGuidenet Posts: 239 Officer
    Thank you for your kind words, Craig.
    Nikon D800, D3S, D700, D300, Canon G1X, Sigma 15 f/2.8 Fisheye, Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6, Nikon 16-35 f/4 VR, Nikon 28 f/1.8G AFS, Tamron 17-50 f/2.8, Nikon 35-70 f/2.8 AFD, Nikon 80-200 f/2.8 AFD, Nikon 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 VR, Nikon 80-400 f/4.5-5.6 AFS VR, Nikon 35 f/2, Nikon 50 f/1.8 G, Nikon 60 f/2.8 G Micro, Nikon 85 f/1.4 AFS G, Nikon 105 f/2.5 AI, Sigma 150 f/2.8 APO Macro, Nikon 300 f/2.8 AFS VR, Nikon 500 f/4 -P, Interfit Stellar X complete six light studio
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