Digital Photography/Budget Camera


Greetings and thanks for taking the time to assist me with my camera purchase.  My wife and I are taking a trip to New York City to see the Westminster Dog Show.  I have a budget of about $250 for a descent camera.  I've read a lot of great things about Canons, but I'd appreciate a few suggestions from you.  I'd like to take some great pics of the city from the ground as well as above.  It would be nice to be able to have some larger pics printed from our trip without it looking pixilated.  I'd also like something that can take descent photos at the dog show, possibly something with a nice zoom feature as well as taking descent 1080 video.  I don't mind buying refurbished from Amazon.  being a once in a lifetime trip, I want to be impressed with the photos and videos when we return.  Any advice you could provide is greatly appreciated.

Hey Brad

Canon is a popular brand for point and shoot cameras and has some very good models. In case you want to go for a compact camera, the best option would be the Powershot SX280, offering 12 Megapixels & 20x Optical Zoom with a CMOS Sensor and Full HD Videos. If you want a DSLR style body with even longer zoom, the SX50 HS is a good option offering a huge 50x Optical Zoom.

If you prefer compacts only, you can also look at Sony Cybershot WX300 (18 MPX & 20x Zoom with no manual controls) or HX50v (20 MPX & 30x Zoom with Full Manual controls) as they offer substantially better Full HD Video (at 24 frames for film effect & 60 fps for fast action to create slow motion videos) and also allows you to click photos while recording videos. Both these models are Wi-fi enables, allowing you to control the camera from your smart phone (Android or Apple).

If you want DSLR style body with a long zoom in Sony, the best bet would be the Sony HX300, which offers a huge 50x Zoom and manual Zoom/Focus ring (without WiFi).

Please feel free to get in touch for any further queries.



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