PeaNut 52,171 October 2002 Posts: 17,687 Layouts: 105 Loc: Froogville
Posted: 11/23/2012 9:38:26 AM
Body size isn't a factor. Actually, I'm not sure I really care for those thin little ones. I kind of like having something to wrap my hands around.
I'm looking for a good camera that's under $300. I want something that'll take great pics. You know - you don't want a 'noise' problem. I'm not sure what to make of this review for the canon powershot sx500 IS.
With general use, the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS' pictures are good. They're sharp and well exposed. Colours could be better but they're close enough to realistic so we don't really have anything to complain about. The lab test shots, however, left a lot to be desired. We found noise at low ISO settings where there really shouldn't be any and chromatic aberrations that we didn't expect from a Canon. Yes, our expectations are high but they are one of the biggest manufacturers in the world and have a reputation to uphold, not to mention stiff competition to beat.
At around Ã‚Â£250/$300, the cost isn't too bad for all the features that you get. It seems though that Canon have fallen foul of the resolution race and simply added a few more pixels without trying to sort out the consequences of that action. It's difficult to believe that they really would do that but given the image quality and the older processor it certainly looks that way. All is not lost, however. The everyday images we took are very good; sharp, exposed well and with a nice colour to them.
So, I need something that will take really nice pics but also something with as much manual control as possible as I'd like to try and figure out that shallow depth of field thing. Where I can get that *really* blurry background.
I keep getting overwhelmed trying to figure out what would be the best camera for what I want and in the price range.