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Old June 9th, 2010, 07:36 PM   #1
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Please help the photography noob....

Ok guys, the garage has claimed another P&S camera, my Cannon PS A590 is on it's way out. Now remember this camera is primarily used in my garage to document my work so I don't want anything expensive that if I break it I will be too upset, say under $250. Also this camera will go to car shows and alike, I do not like taking time to go thru all kinds of settings and stuff like most of you, I just want to point it and get a decent shot. Replacement suggestions?

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Old June 9th, 2010, 07:43 PM   #2
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It's $100 more but I absolutely love my Canon S90. It's a "big sensor" compact with good high ISO, a fast wide lens, decent macro mode, and great controls. It'll do great at car shows in lousy light and whatever else you throw at it. It's much better than any compact has a right to be.

Just get a long full replacement warranty on it so that when you break it you can get another one or more likey its successor for free.
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Old June 9th, 2010, 07:53 PM   #3
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+1 on the s90
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Old June 9th, 2010, 08:14 PM   #4
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What makes it better than say the SX-120IS which is $200
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s90 vs 120IS:
(s90) faster lens + better light sensitivity = it will perform better in lower light like in the garage
(s90) wider lens, allowing you to get more into the shot such as a close up of an engine bay
(s90) rechargeable battery pack and charger included, unlike the 120IS requiring AA batteries... and those rechargeable AA batteries wouldnt last at all
(s90) metal body construction. I'm willing to bet the 120IS is plastic. In that garage you need something tough. Whichever camera you get though, get a case or pouch for it.


All that said, the 120IS is probably fine for what you want to use it for, especially since your subjects (cars/engines) aren't moving around in low light, and the price difference. batteries for the 120IS will be a pain though unless you keep rechargeables on reserve to swap right away.

What happened to the last camera?? You didn't have it for long
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Old June 9th, 2010, 09:09 PM   #6
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If you have an issue with flash lighting reflecting strongly off whatever it is you're trying to shoot (shiny engine bay parts) then you'll love the S90. Yeah, wider lens, faster lens, better sensor. You can get away with a lot and never need a flash on it. Controls are brilliant so as long as you're familiar with the basic adjustments you might need to make you can get in, get exactly the shot you want, and then get back to work with absolutely minimal ****ing around.
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Old June 10th, 2010, 03:36 AM   #7
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s90 vs 120IS:
(s90) faster lens + better light sensitivity = it will perform better in lower light like in the garage
(s90) wider lens, allowing you to get more into the shot such as a close up of an engine bay
(s90) rechargeable battery pack and charger included, unlike the 120IS requiring AA batteries... and those rechargeable AA batteries wouldnt last at all
(s90) metal body construction. I'm willing to bet the 120IS is plastic. In that garage you need something tough. Whichever camera you get though, get a case or pouch for it.


All that said, the 120IS is probably fine for what you want to use it for, especially since your subjects (cars/engines) aren't moving around in low light, and the price difference. batteries for the 120IS will be a pain though unless you keep rechargeables on reserve to swap right away.

What happened to the last camera?? You didn't have it for long
The lense has gotten scratched and the pics them selves are getting dimmer and yellowed.
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go on craigslist, get a used DSLR for 200 - 300 dollars, and a clear filter for like 10 dollars. Then you'll have a good camera and a lens protector that you can just swap for a new one if it gets scratched.

here's a pretty good set but it's $350. Something for 200-300 will be a rarer find.
http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/d...782370421.html

the s90 also has filter adapters available... get that and attach a clear filter
http://www.lensmateonline.com/store/s90v2.php

but now you can see the idea i'm getting at


As for the pics getting dimmer and yellow....? maybe a lot of dust of different sorts is seeping into the camera over time sitting in the garage. Again I'd say get a case and keep it in there most of the time.
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