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Ask a Geek Girl: Looking For the Perfect Camera

I love being asked about digital cameras. Not only are there so many options out there in terms of size, color, and features, but I am always on the look out for the next hot camera to drool over! So when I saw cwjam88's question about which new digital camera she should spring for, I jumped at the chance to give my two cents. Cwjam88 writes:

What is a good point and shoot camera? The one that I have says it has "image stability" but it really doesn't, unless it's used in really high-lit places, the images look noisy. Plus is there a long wait after taking a picture to be able to take another one? Which point and shoot takes images quickly, turns on quickly, and doesn't have noisy images?

To hear my take,


I can tell you from experience that the Sony T100 is a great point and shoot, and one of my favorite cameras I've ever owned. I carry this baby around at all times just in case I find a news-worthy shot, and need to capture it quickly. It's face detection and antiblur solution makes shooting in low light, bright light, and everywhere in between easy and also reduces picture noise that can come with low-light situations. The other thing I dig about the T100 is you can edit pics right in the camera which, lets be honest, isn't really that useful if you know your way around Photoshop or iPhoto. . . but it's really fun to play with anyway. Plus, it's really fast in between shots, so you can capture every moment. The price is a little high at $350, but you can find great certified refurbished models for $279, which is a great deal!

Now that I've told you about my fave camera, there's plenty of other options out there that are fast, easy to use, and quite stylish to fit your taste. Do any of you geek-chic camera lovers out there have any other suggestions? Leave them in the comments below. And don't forget to post your tech-related questions to the Ask a Geek Girl Group — your geeky conundrum may be featured on geeksugar!


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megnmac megnmac 9 years
I love my Canon Powershot SD 400 - I have had it since early 05 and it is still taking great pictures, is easy enough to hand someone to take pictures (though some people get all blurry shots for not holding the button down then pressing it), and it has been a great go anywhere camera. I also love my mom's, which is a jump up to the SD 870 (8something?) and has such a nice big screen.
Murmur314 Murmur314 9 years
Personally, I'd recommend the Fuji FinePix F30/F31. It's a little hard to get nowadays but worth it as it's the only compact camera I know of with decent resolution *and* high light sensitivity *and* high battery life. There's a simple equation that shows why most compact cameras sold today suck: Ap = As / np where Ap = area of a pixel As = area of the CCD sensor np = number of pixels The sensor size has been pretty much constant over the years, however the number of pixels has been steadily increasing. That means that the area of a single pixel keeps on decreasing, meaning that cameras become less and less sensitive to light. That in turn means that you need more and more light to take non-blurry shots. Thus it's actually better to stay away from any compact camera above 5 megapixels, in my opinion. The FinePix F30/F31 being an exception :)
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I think it depends on the quality you're looking for. A good website for camera reviews is and Judging by the pictures across the Sugar websites, I wouldn't ever use a camera they use.
jennacyde jennacyde 9 years
Casio Exilim-- SUPER easy to navigate the options to make quick changes to your flash or other settings. 8 mpix for less than $200.
julieulie julieulie 9 years
I have an older Canon PowerShot (SD550) but it takes great pictures both indoors and out -- I wish it were a bit more compact (the new ones are) but regardless, I've been really happy with it. In fact, I recently compiled all the pictures people took from my bachelorette party weekend. Pictures were indoors, outdoors, landscape photos, people photos, etc., and the best quality pictures came from my camera and a friend's Canon PowerShot SD1000. The pictures from the Sony, Casio, and Kodak cameras just looked fuzzy and noisy in comparison.
Leony Leony 9 years
I've only tried Nikon and Canon but for digital compact I prefer Canon over Nikon because it seems great to capture people photos. Casio Exlim also has colour variation if you more interested on the design. Sony also great one, I heard they just released their latest collection T300 in Japan. It's pretty neat digital compact camera.
cwjam88 cwjam88 9 years
Thanks Geek Sugar! Yeah, I have a Canon PowerShot SD 850 Digital Elph. A friend of mine has the 750 and she has the same problems too. What do you think about the Sony Cybershot DSCW120/P 7.2MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom with Super Steady Shot? I was watching the show John and Kate Plus 8 and Kate had problems with her digital camera and her husband got that one for her saying that he tried out all the digital cameras in the store and that one was the best. Has anyone had this camera?
hkmarks hkmarks 9 years
I had a Canon Powershot worked wonderfully and took great pictures. The CCD in this model (A75) was defective and gave out after a couple years but that shouldn't be a problem in new ones. I heard they fix it free and if that's still true I think I'll get mine fixed. My mom found it hard to use, though I didn't. The 4xAA batteries made it pretty big, but they did last pretty much forever. I got a Fujifilm FinePix Z to replace it, and while it's super easy to use and small, the pictures can be a little grainy if there isn't enough light. It focuses very well, though, and has a mode where it quickly takes 2 pictures, one with flash and one without. I really like that. A pretty good budget camera. I tried a Kodak Easyshare camera in-store and it seemed incapable of focusing on anything. Maybe it was just that one, but no thanks.
jjschiffer jjschiffer 9 years
My Samsung NV10 is my savior!
carak carak 9 years
i'll add Canon SD1100IS and Panasonic TZ4 to the list. both have image stabilization (real stabilization!) and face detection. the Canon is more compact than the Panasonic, but the Panasonic has a 10x optical zoom. the Canon also comes in different colors. they're both using a lithium ion battery which will help with the camera's speed and if you get a faster speed memory card, like a Sandisk Extreme III, it'll save pics faster so you can take the next shot quicker.
amers230 amers230 9 years
i was so gonna ask this same question!!! i'll have to look into that camera geek...
tiabia tiabia 9 years
I actually just recently purchased the Casio EX-S10 in Red/Plum...I love that camera!!!
rubiesymusica rubiesymusica 9 years
what other cameras have fast times between shots and image stability? those are the two reasons i want to get a new camera.
celestegc celestegc 9 years
Hey!!! What do you think about Sony cybershot T300 in red and T2 in pink? I'm between this two but I can't decide! Any advice?
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 9 years
i have a kodak C??? point and shoot that i also carry around with me at all times. it's is pretty noisy from far away and takes a while between shots to clear but the majority of my pics are great and print beautifully all for the low price of $100
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