Under $300 digital cameras

luis_prJuly 13, 2014

My camera finally died and am researching some replacements. Which one(s) would you recommend for general pictures, close-ups of shrubs (leaves, stems, flowers, fruits) and correct colors (reds for example are notoriously difficult).

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mikie_gw

Kodak I think quit making digi camera's but the stores still have them. Under $100 you should find one with like 14mpix - and macro setting for super detailed close ups.

I call their color 'Disney Colors. Bright and colorful. 'Even their $50 pocket cams take excellent colors on all I've seen. As compared to the standard popular much more expensive Nikons and Canons.

Sony is another digi cam that usually seems to have vivid colors. But reliability seems poor.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 11:46PM
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kudzu9

Over the last 12 years I've owned 4 Panasonic Lumix cameras, and they are all still working. I've been very satisfied with their performance and how they render photos. The newer models have great features and really powerful zooms. And they're compact. I used to haul a bunch of camera bodies and lenses around on trips; now I just put my Lumix in my pocket. The ZS20 model is available on Amazon for $170.

If you want to read an in-depth review, check the link below

Here is a link that might be useful: Lumix ZS20 review

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 12:37AM
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SnidelyWhiplash

I've had very good results from Canon pocket and larger cameras - it's a camera company and it has a wide range of products at different price points, including within the range that interests you.

Kodak went into bankruptcy and I don't think the consumer camera business continues. That's not an endorsement for a product line in my eyes, but you can make your own decision.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 2:51AM
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mikie_gw

Kodak sold off all the consumer lines and digital imaging labs, which they still have access to for their new business.... image sensors are used still by some of the higher end camera manufactures.. Apparently still in production but not by the Kodak we knew. The Kodak camera prices now in the retail markets are excellent values and I assume someone is marketing the Kodak brand name and has assumed the warrantee's. Is it old stock ? I don't know.. but is it quality camera's = Yes.

They came out of bankruptcy .. oddly sold many things to their retirement funds company in UK. Now Kodak seems just in the commercial printing business.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 5:57PM
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kudzu9

snidely-
I agree...I've also had good luck with two Canons I've purchased in the last ten years. Depending on the model, it's a tossup in my mind most of the time between Panasonic and Canon in terms of features and quality of pictures for comparably priced cameras. It's just important to look at in-depth reviews since all manufacturers unexpectedly come out with an "Edsel" every so often.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 5:59PM
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acraftylady

My very old Olympus died just before a trip at Christmas time and since I couldn't get the canon D60 with lenses I wanted right then I bought a Fujifilm SL1000 and have been very happy with it. Paid about $320 plus tax as shipping was free where I bought from. My friend had just gotten this and after playing with hers decided it was good enough for me. I really like the zoom and it has super macro on it and my photos come out great. Mary

Here is a link that might be useful: fujifilm SL1000

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 7:15PM
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iris_gal

My quest was for a camera that could capture accurate colors of iris and roses.

I saw my brother's pocket size Canon S230 (pocket size) was doing a better job on peach colored iris so I bought a Canon A95 (excel reviews, point and shoot but not pocket sized). I loved my old Olympus C3020 for reds and blues but figured it could die soon. Was I disappointed with my Canon! Did not do as good a job as my brother's on peach colors and not nearly as good as the Oly on reds, lavenders! The Oly did die after 7-8 years of service and the Canon croaked after only 3 years.

I kicked myself for not spending more for a Panasonic (the many many iris pics taken with the DMC-FZ20 that I saw were consistently excellent).

In desperation 2 years ago, before iris season, I bought a used $40 Sony W290. Quite good on all iris colors as Sony fans claimed, but there was a missing quality I can't define. Picked up a $100 used Canon G9 last year and I'm at last satisfied. Very good on iris and excellent on roses.

So I've concluded that the model is quite as important as the maker. I like the Canon G series better than a friend's Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR --- tried it for a few weeks. Still itching to try a Panasonic. Good luck.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 3:04AM
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