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09-27-2016, 09:17 AM   #1
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"New" X90 for $50 - deal or bad deal?

Looking for point and shoot for my non photo savvy sister, who currently walks around with an iPad taking pictures. I saw ad for "new" X90 on Craigslist, $50, seems a bit low but perhaps it was an unwanted gift. I have read a few reviews and some folks like it and others think it is not very good. Thoughts?

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It's pretty damn old by now, so the price doesn't surprise me. Seems like an average bridge camera. She probably won't be disappointed, and TBH you probably won't find anything close to it for a similar price. Of course, it pays to actually inspect the thing if the seller is really truthful about its condition.
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Yup, I was going to take a road trip near there anyway. They haven't responded yet, but when they do I'll suggest meeting at Police Station lobby. If they back out then I know it's a problem.
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I would rather go for a premium p&s like the Sony RX100 III or IV or a recent bridge from Sony or Nikon (RX10 II or P900). Older bridge cameras (or rather all bridge cameras) have bad lenses with low resolution and color aberrations and have no real means to correct them. Newer ones have the same old bad superzoom lens but have rather good in-camera corrections giving decent results.
Or just go for a K-50 with a 18-135 WR lens.

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QuoteOriginally posted by sterby Quote
i would rather go for a premium p&s like the sony rx100 iii or iv or a recent bridge from sony or nikon (rx10 ii or p900). Older bridge cameras (or rather all bridge cameras) have bad lenses with low resolution and color aberrations and have no real means to correct them. Newer ones have the same old bad superzoom lens but have rather good in-camera corrections giving decent results.
Or just go for a k-50 with a 18-135 wr lens.
>50$
>rx100
>50$
>rx10
>50$
>k-5
Maybe that isn't OP's entire budget but it's still WAY out
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Hmm, I might do that, but since she'll probably use it once to make me happy and then shove it in the back of her truck and continue to use the iPad when I'm not looking, I figured $50 was a pretty good compromise. I have an older Sony I can give to her as well, I have it in my camera bag as an emergency only P&S. She has fairly low expectations, but I'd want something better than the 8MP on the iPad.
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Better idea: Give her your old camera and get yourself an RX100
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If it is me.. I am not a big fan of bridge cameras... it carries the look of DSLR but it is not... it carries a big zoom (as a big selling point) because the sensor is so small. The cell phone if it is new one probably have a better sensor than the bridge camera.
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I think bridge cameras can be great for those who are less technically inclined. If the camera is in good condition, it's almost hard to go wrong for $50.

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If new as described I'd buy it. Might turn your sister into a photo enthusiast...

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