It’s that time of the year again when people ask about cameras. This year I thought I’d share…
Rule of thumb: as you go down the list image quality gets better and price gets higher.
Don’t under estimate pocket-ability. The best camera is the camera you have with you.
Budget to also buy a case and a big memory card.
Nikon do decent SLRs too, but this list was originally composed for people I know for whom being able to borrow my Canon glass would be an advantage.
Around 100 of your English pounds:
Great reviews, both officially and via friends and family.
Great camera, but Canon compacts have reliability issue with the lens mechanism (based on the number we’ve had go wrong) so you need to be careful with them and treat with extra TLC.
We have this one and it works well (when I charge it!!!!) and it’s waterproof so good for the beach etc. The door for battery/memory card needs to be kept clean to keep things waterproof and that can be a pain.
Around 500 and 500+
Bigger than a compact, smaller than a Digital SLR, nice image quality.
Entry level digital SLR – better picture quality than the compacts but big and bulky so you’re less likely to carry around. No video mode on this one.
Like the 1000D but better, and with video. But more spendy too :-)