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Ideas or recommendations for a camera.

Post by Ally » Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:58 pm

I've not had a properly functioning camera for quite a while now. I'd like a compact with decent optics and a viewfinder. I'm not to proud to buy second hand nor to buy 3, 4 or 5 year old technology but I'll also consider new. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.
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Re: Ideas or recommendations for a camera.

Post by just a Frenchie » Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:48 pm

What about that ?
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Re: Ideas or recommendations for a camera.

Post by why me? » Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:02 pm

Ally wrote:
Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:58 pm
I've not had a properly functioning camera for quite a while now. I'd like a compact with decent optics and a viewfinder. I'm not to proud to buy second hand nor to buy 3, 4 or 5 year old technology but I'll also consider new. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.
No viewfinder but my 'go to camera' is My 12 year old Kodak dual lens Easyshare V610.
It's a pocket size camera with more programes than I can ever use including blue tooth . Absolutely brilliant in all situations.
Not available new now but still available 2nd hand for about 100 quid if you can find one.
I've got a really good digital SLR with lens up to 300mm but still favour the Kodak for ease of use.
Check it out https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/kodakv610
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Re: Ideas or recommendations for a camera.

Post by Ally » Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:12 pm

Cheers Vic, but the viewfinder is important to me. I have Kodak bridge camera. It just needs a new charger and batteries but it's not something you can slip in your pocket and carry around all the time.
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Re: Ideas or recommendations for a camera.

Post by Ally » Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:13 pm

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What about that ?

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Re: Ideas or recommendations for a camera.

Post by After the Storm » Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:37 pm

My compact one has started to go faulty so I’ve just started to look at some possible replacements. This one gives you the option of using a viewfinder.

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Re: Ideas or recommendations for a camera.

Post by Ally » Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:06 pm

Cheers AtS, but ma hoose cost less than that. I have looked at that one as it does fit my spec, sauf le prix. That's what led my 2nd hand comment. 200€ and that's a stretch.
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Re: Ideas or recommendations for a camera.

Post by After the Storm » Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:15 pm

This one is closer to your budget and there is a second hand price too. Take a read about the electronic viewfinder which this one has, even if you don’t like this one, it might give some idea of what to look for.

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Re: Ideas or recommendations for a camera.

Post by niemeyjt » Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:56 am

I must admit I prefer a proper viewfinder to back screen - exp as you then need glasses to see the screen and it is rubbish in bright sunlight. Then you see all these people holding cameras at arm's length trying to frame a photo - the only benefit is you can hold above your head and still see screen if in a crowd for example.

You don't say what you use it for, but for general shooting I recon a 3 or 4x wide to telephoto zoom would suffice. Optical zoom is preferrable to digital zoom. When a zoom says it is, for example, 28mm - 100mm equivalent this is comparing it is comparing it to proper film camera. 42mm is 1x magnification so a 28 - 100 offers 2/3 to 2.5x magnification.

Only issue with optical viewfinders is if you have a wide zoom range - for that you probably need EVF - as you say expensive.

Also resolution - you probably don't need the latest 24 million pixels (MP) - 8MP to 12MP will be sufficient for general shooting and producing album sized photos (after all, thats what most phones have nowadays)

Have a look at second-hand Canon Ixus - the earlier models had optical viewfinders - later ones don't as I suspect their zoom was too wide.

Maybe the Canon Ixus 95 IS or 100 IS. They are selling for about £70 s/h

Reviews - https://www.dpreview.com/products/canon/compacts/canon_sd780is

Amazon - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Canon-Digital-IXUS-100-Camera/dp/B001T9NH4W

Ebay -https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Canon-IXUS-100-IS-PowerShot-SD780-12-1MP-Digital-Camera-Red-2-GB-Memory-Card/223096600713?epid=100190202&hash=item33f197f889:g:-GAAAOSwcjhaqZMN

Small enough also to fit in a pocket.

I had an earlier one until my son decided to see how well it bounced on paving stone (hint: it doesn't)
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