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November 2011 Camera Recommendations

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:

Panasonic Lumix FS35 Digital Camera – Black (16.1MP, 8x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD

Great reviews, both officially and via friends and family.

Canon IXUS 115 HS Digital Camera – Silver (12.1MP, 4x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD

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.

Around 250:

Panasonic Lumix FT3 Waterproof and Shockproof Digital Camera – Blue (12.1MP, 4.6x Optical Zoom with GPS)

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+

Olympus E-PL3 Compact System Camera – Black (M.ZUIKO Digital 14 -42mm II R Lens Kit)

Bigger than a compact, smaller than a Digital SLR, nice image quality.

Canon EOS 1000D EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 (non IS) Lens Kit

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.

Canon EOS 600D Digital SLR Camera (inc. 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens Kit)

Like the 1000D but better, and with video. But more spendy too :-)

Enjoy.

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