I am appealing to the masses here. This was also posted on my personal site, but there is a larger audience here that could offer better feedback.
I am looking for some feedback on different digital camera models.
I am in the market for a new digital camera. My previous camera was a Canon PowerShot A75. I bought it last November, and a few weeks ago, the shutter and zoom button (a combo switch) started acting up. Finally, they just stopped working all-together.
When I bought the camera from OfficeMax, I also purchased the replacement plan that they offered, and so in about 2 weeks, I will have an OfficeMax gift card in hand for the cost of the camera (around $200).
I would like to upgrade my camera a little bit, and have some Christmas money that I can put with the gift card to get a better camera. The question I have is what should I get. I liked the portability of the PowerShot, and it took pretty good pictures for a 3.2 megapixel camera.
My ideal camera would be a digital SLR of some kind. I like the Pentax *ist series, and already have Pentax-mount lenses that I could use with it. However, $800 is a little out of my price range for right now. I would like to stay in the $300 – $400 range, maybe creeping up to $450 or so.
And so begins my delima.
On one hand, I would love something as portable and powerful as the Canon PowerShot SD400. It seems to have great image quality and is small enough to carry anywhere. I was also really happy with my other Canon PowerShot, so it would seem natural to stick with a brand/model that I am familiar with.
On the other hand, I am attracted to something like the Kodak Z740 because it has a great zoom (10x). This would make for some great depth of field photos and feel more like an SLR just because of the great zoom range. I am also considering something like the Canon S2 IS, but it my be a little out of my price range as well.
So I am torn between portability and a brand I trust and the bigger zoom with a brand I have little experience with.