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Thursday, 22 May 2014

Finding the Perfect Camera: Top 5 Contenders...

You may have seen in my recent 'Finding the Perfect Camera' post that I have been hunting hard for just such a camera. I had narrowed it down to a more advanced point and shoot camera to allow me to develop my skills without spending vast amounts of money.
 
During my recent research I have found the top 5 cameras that have everything I want and thought I'd share this features update in case you are in the same situation as me to save you a job!

The Top 5:

1) Nikon Coolpix S6700

Key Features
20.1 megapixel CCD sensor
10x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 25-250mm)
Optical image stabilisation
3.0 inch 230k dot LCD screen
Retouch menu
720p HD video recording
ISO 80-1600 (ISO 3200 available when using Auto mode)
5cm minimum focusing distance
Smart Portrait mode
Advanced Glamour Retouch
Available in black and red

2) Sony Cyber-shot RX100


Key Features:
1"-type Exmor CMOS sensor (13.2 x 8.8mm, 3:2 aspect ratio)
20.2 million effective pixels
28-100mm (equiv), f/1.8-4.9 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens
Steady-Shot image stabilization
Face Recognition and Face Registration (up to 8 faces)
Rear control dial and customizable front control ring
10fps continuous shooting in 'Speed Priority' mode
3" 1.2M-dot 'WhiteMagic' LCD screen
13 Picture Effects (27 with variations)
Memory Recall feature can store up to three groups of custom settings
1080p60 video, (AVCHD) with MP4 option (50p in PAL regions)
Built-in stereo microphones
330-shot battery life (CIPA)


3) Panasonic Lumix DMC LX7

Now this baby to me looks the most like a retro camera and comes in both black and white.

Key Features
10.1 megapixel MOS sensor
3.8x optical zoom, f/1.4-2.3 lens (35mm equiv: 24-90mm)
Power Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS)
3.0 inch TFT LCD screen (920K dots)
Full manual controls - aperture ring, internal ND filter and focus lever
Full 1080p HD video recording
ISO 80-12800
1cm minimum focusing distance
11fps full resolution continuous shooting
Creative control with 16 artistic effects
Versatile shooting functions including time lapse shot


4) Canon Powershot S120


This is the one camera that was recommended to me the most across all the social media I use. When I put out my request for help literally I had short responses of 'S120' in a constant stream on Twitter and on my Facebook. 

Key Features
12.1 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor
5x optical zoom f/1.8-5.7 lens (35mm equiv: 24-120mm)
Optical image stabilisation
3.0 inch 922k dot LCD touch screen
RAW shooting and full manual controls
Built-in Wi-Fi
Full 1080p HD video recording
ISO 80-12800
3cm minimum focusing distance
12.1 frames per second (for 5 shots)
HDR mode

5) Canon IXUS 150

Key Features
16 Megapixels for detailed shots
8x optical zoom and 16x ZoomPlus to get you closer
Stylish, ultra compact body with metal exterior
Intelligent Image Stabilizer for sharp photos and movies
Smart Auto gives beautiful shots with one simple click
Available in Red and Silver

Now I'm sure if you're like me some of this may be like reading a foreign language and I have been accused of taking this purchase to seriously but for me finding these things out and actually learning what they are and do has been very beneficial. I want to make the best decision for me and my purse!!

So after reading through these top 5 I think I have chosen my favourite... what's yours?

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