Digital Cameras For Beginners


Affordable......or not.

While doing research for the best digital camera to fit my needs, I came across several that caught my interest. The Nikon Coolpix S9100 offers the 3 inch screen I am looking for and is supposed to be great for beginners (which I am), because it offers automatic or advanced shooting modes. This would be great if I choose to make a serious hobby out of photography, but the price of $330 just for the advantage of 18x optical zoom is beyond what I want to spend in case I lose interest too quickly. At $130, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3 was more in my price range, but the 2.7 inch screen is smaller than I want. I would prefer a rugged camera with a 3 inch screen and at least 5x optical zoom that would be good for beginners, like I found in the Nikon Coolpix AW100, especially because it is pocket sized and weighs in at only 6.3 ounces, but once again, the $380.00 is more than I want to pay for a hobby I may lose interest in quickly. At less than $100, the Samsung ST72-16MP seemed to be exactly what I was looking for, until I found the Panasonic Lumix FX78.

The Panasonic Lumix FX78

This camera offers a larger than standard 3.5 inch touch screen, 12.1 megapixels and 5x optical zoom, which is all I really need for now. It’s “beauty retouch” mode improves complexions and removes bags under eyes. The “ make-up” mode adds extra beauty. These, along with the optical image stabilizer, which compensates for handshake, help to reduce frustrations for beginners and helps them produce better pictures. At less than $100, the Panasonic Lumix FX78 is what I would choose.

Panasonic Lumix FX78


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nihongotraveler 2 years ago from Everywhere and nowhere; currently Boulder, Colorado

I'd have to admit, I think point and shoots are a waste of money. A smartphone these days (iPhone 6 is a good example) has 8 megapixels and good software running it that it replaces any smartphone out there. Sure, a point and shoot may have more megapixels, but still a waste of time and money if you are just trying to figure out if you want to get into photography.

I would suggest that one try out a friend's camera for a while to see if the person enjoyed photography. If so, then save the money for an entry level DSLR or mirrorless camera with a good lens.

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cobrien 2 years ago from Georgia Author

I agree, but people like my father,my mother, my husband, and my niece still prefer digital cameras. Some people, especially the older generation, just don't appreciate smartphones.

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peachpurple 23 months ago from Home Sweet Home

i first bought canon, waste of batteries, I think lumix should be better

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