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10-29-2011, 08:40 PM   #1
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What's a good cheap durable P&S?

My other has expressed great discontent, unsatisfied with the old high-impact deep-diving 7mpx Olympus SW-770. Too many scenes, too small print in the manual, too much confusion. I have been assigned the task of finding a replacement. The desired specifications:

* Small; cheap (US$150 max); 10mpx is fine; sturdy/WR is nice; and BASIC controls
* EDIT: I forgot to mention: decent low-light performance ie not noisy at higher ISO

EDIT: I should also mention that the Oly replaced a much-beloved Sony DSC-W7 -- great design, lousy manufacture; it crapped-out too soon.

My other used to shoot pro portraits with a Bronica but that was long ago and now wants only something to document life. Any suggestions?


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Thanks, good idea, but price at B&H is about twice the available budget. I would need to be *very* persuasive -- or sell a bunch of stuff on eBay to pay for the Optio.
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I might be hung, drawn and quartered for this, but the Canon cameras, at the price you have indicated, are surprisingly good. A friend is using an IXUS 105, (which in this country costs $150.00) documenting the progress of his child in both still and motion pictures with good results.

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This current Panasonic offering would seem to fit the bill (?).

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The wg1 at $201 seems like a good choice to me

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004MKNJEI?ie=UTF8&tag=gosale-20&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

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B&H is advertising a $50 instant rebate right now, so it is a lot closer to your budget than you might think. Just drink one less can of soda each week for a year and it is paid for.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I'll research those, see what the budget director likes. More suggestions are more than welcome!


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I've been looking at inexpensive pns cameras also. you might be interested in the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS10. I'm waiting til after midnite to see if prices drop.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS10 Digital Camera (Blue) DMC-TS10A B&H

I think i'd go for one of these if it goes under $200

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/752212-REG/Panasonic_DMC_TS3D_LUMIX_DM...al_Camera.html
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My other already decided on a Nikon S4100, just US$130 at CostCo -- and easily returned if it doesn't do the trick. Just in time for a NYC holiday visit.

Thanks for all the suggestions!
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I picked up a Nikon S 6100 today at Radio Shack for $118.00. It seems to be a real nice P&S.
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Good, Cheap, Durable.

Choose two.

I'd pop the extra coin for the WG-1. A used WS-80 may work too. My Fiancee has one and loves it.
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Did you find one, yet, RioRico? My "other" insisted on getting a Nikon Coolpix, which seems to take decent photos at a good price. Seems to be on sale all the time wherever.
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QuoteOriginally posted by cscurrier Quote
Did you find one, yet, RioRico? My "other" insisted on getting a Nikon Coolpix, which seems to take decent photos at a good price. Seems to be on sale all the time wherever.
Coolpix is the Nikon line of P&S cams, not any specific model. Yeah, my other chose a Nikon Coolpix S4100. Seems happy with it. Leaves in a few hours for a week in NYC, waving the camera around. We'll see.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
Coolpix is the Nikon line of P&S cams, not any specific model.
Sorry, didn't realize you were looking for a specific model... But like I said, the "others" like them.
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