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  1. #1
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    Best point and shoot camera under $200?

    So I dropped my G11 on the trail the other day and its toast.

    I want to replace it with something that meets the following criteria:

    1. Durable.
    2. Wide angle lens, don't care about 36846833635647536x optical zoom cameras.
    3. Fast lens/Good in low light. ( as good as a p&s can be)
    4. Under or near $200
    5. Uses sd memory
    6. Not huge/ fit in pocket or camelback.

    I figured I would ask here since I am sure lots of people here ride with their cameras. TIA

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    Basically all pns cameras are pos due to extremely small sensors that makes them very noisy. iso 100 only imo, and then its only mediocre at best.

    image quality is about the same with all of them - sucks

    so get the one that looks the best or has the best features or whatever.

    Even though I'm a nikon guy I'd get a canon compact, because the layout is better and canon makes the best pns cameras imo, not talking image quality, but I think the package as a whole is best with canon, at least their pns cameras. for slrs gthen i think the suck since the plastic is like 3 levels down in quality from nikon. and nikon has kick ass ergonomics on their slrs.

    no pns has any wide angle/low f ratio to talk about, don't kid yourself.

    Get one with maximum 3x zoom, since its almost impossible to make anything over 3x good.

    I would get a phone instead, these small sensors are just as large/small as phone sensors, and the high end phones are just as good as a medium crappy point and shoot camera imo. look at they tested a whatever brand camera with removable lens (no real slr thoguh) against 5 phones and one phone was better, and from what I saw 2 other phones were very good, almost as good. But these were the really high end phones. a lot more than 200. the image quality still sucked compared to a good camera. I don't classify any canon GXX as good imo.

    Personally I'm interested in the sony V and ZR for an all round "device", but more for their entertainment value than actual phones, these are water proof. and has no zoom.

    Other than that; get a used slr (olympuses are small) and a pancake lens. done.

    The way I see it is this: either you bring a real slr camera, or you bring nothing. But most people still bring their phones whereever they go so get a good phone instead.
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    i like this camera for a compact low budget take along. hd stereo recording plus a lot of other features. and it's pretty tough (i'm hard on cameras)

    Best point and shoot camera under 0?-dsctx30b.png

    slr's are just to big for the packs, carried one for a while...
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