Best Camera for Around $300?

Reply Fri 6 Aug, 2010 03:13 pm
I've been interested in buying a new, good camera. Maybe a year and a half ago I saw, I believe, a Sony DSC TX5 on G4. It was waterproof, dust proof, drop proof [5 ft], and did well under cold conditions. I've been looking at reviews and many claim it doesn't work as it's said to so I'm out to find other cameras. If anyone has used one, your opinion would be helpful.

My only wants are a camera that's;

1) Preferrably waterproof [if not waterproof, then one with an available waterproof housing accessory]
2) Has a panoramic option
3) Takes non-grainy/pixelated images [doesn't glow with bright images and takes good images in lower lighting
4) Takes decent moving photos
5) Is not much more than $300
6) I'd also love one with decent zoom, or at least takes pictures well at very close range and/or a self timer

If you have cameras that take good pictures around this price, your input would be really helpful. Thanks.
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cicerone imposter
Reply Fri 6 Aug, 2010 07:53 pm
I think the question we're missing is "what kind of pictures will you be taking with this camera?"
Reply Fri 6 Aug, 2010 10:53 pm
@cicerone imposter,
I just wanted a good quality camera that was versatile and didn't need babysat with friends and children. Chose a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2D a couple hours ago.
cicerone imposter
Reply Fri 6 Aug, 2010 10:55 pm
I believe that camera meets most of what you wanted; that's the important thing to begin with. As you take more pictures at different venues where you might want something with more megapixels or zoom, you can advance to that stage when you get there.
Reply Sat 7 Aug, 2010 01:35 pm
@cicerone imposter,
I'm not extremely interested in serious photography so I think it'll work. I want good pictures of events in my life instead of depending on whether my camera has good or bad days. Maybe eventually I'll gain interest in more advanced photography.
cicerone imposter
Reply Sat 7 Aug, 2010 03:31 pm
I've probably taken over a million pictures with more than a dozen different cameras.

What I have learned from this experience is that it's always a good idea to take several pictures of the same subject; they can come out differently, and you will have the option to delete those you think are inferior.

In the old days when we used film, I was careful not to take multiple pictures of the same scene, because of the cost of the film and developing.

With digital cameras, we can take more pictures without worrying about cost, but it may take some time to filter and delete bad pictures.

I would only suggest you get used to your new camera by taking different kinds of pictures to learn its use and to become familiar with the different modes of your camera.

Practice before serious use will enhance your ability to use your camera with some confidence.
Reply Sat 7 Aug, 2010 06:07 pm
@cicerone imposter,
I'm a member of a great art site where photography is very influential, so when it comes to the difference between a picture of something pretty or a pretty picture, I can tell. I normally take several pictures of everything I photograph, which usually helps, but sometimes makes it hard to choose. I can honestly say I'm happy that cameras have developed into what they are today.
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