I am planning to buy my first digicam and am confused with the choices. I see Bert suggesting canon g9 as a good choice. I am looking for something under 200 GBP,that works well both indoor and outdoor and have good picture quality in dim light as well. As this is my first camera ease of use is very much essential. Please suggest.
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There are so many models of digital cameras, it's really hard to choose one.
I would get one that takes SD cards, because that's the most widely available and standard type of memory card. I wouldn't get a Sony or an Olympus, because they use their own proprietary (non-standard) type of memory cards, which are more expensive than standard SD cards.
You might also want to look if the camera takes standard AA-type batteries which you can buy everywhere, instead of a brand-specific rechargeable battery.
Also, keep in mind that more megapixels does not automatically mean that a camera is better. The quality of the lens is much more important than how many megapixels it has. The more megapixels, the more noise (speckles etc.) you will see in the image. Anything more than 4 megapixels is more than enough for most purposes.
A good website that has lots of information of lots of different cameras is dpreview.com.
- picture quality vs. size - picture quality vs. $$ - ease of use vs. flexibility
and so on...
For me small size is important and so is flexibility - I want shutter and aperture control. I agree that "number of pixels" gets too much attention. Lens quality and other aspects of the sensor's quality are just as imortant, if not more important than pixel count. I love the g9 and g10 but I wish they had a few less pixels and performed slightly better in other sensor tasks.
Also, I'm a huge fan of RAW because it lets you "fix" stuff you wouldn't otherwise be able to fix. I would say that in any case you want to have histogram review capability - to me it's the single best feature to help you take better pictures.
The other thing I do a lot in low light situations is force a shutter speed of 1/20 or 1/30 - even if the camera complains that it doesn't have enough light. Sometimes you can fix an underexposure... it's REALLY tough to fix blur
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