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Powka
15-03-12, 02:31 AM
I'm going on a trip to US (from UK), and going to be doing a lot of outdoor photography, mostly in the cities (New York, Washington DC, SF, LA, etc) and some landscape photos like Grand Canyon.

Budget is very tight and I just want a camera that can take some good pics and bring back nice memories from the trip. I've read this CNET review (recent): http://reviews.cnet.com/best-compact-cameras/

I thought Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS would be a great choice! Very good price and good reviews, however, I'm not sure how good it is outdoors, and capturing the spirit of, for example, such places as Grand Canyon's sunset/sunrise. Would this be enough for a regular user? Or should I better get a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V, which is about $150 more expensive. My budget is $200-300, but if the difference between them two is like night and day, then I might consider taking Sony instead.

Thanks for any tips people!!

canismajor
15-03-12, 10:37 AM
The Sony HX9 ticks a lot of boxes, and the WDC mag says 'it looks superb'. It has a 14mp sensor and a zoom of 24-384mm which should cover most of your intended shots. Also Image Stabilisation (important for low light shots) and a good 3 inch screen. This camera could work well for you. All the best.

Chris Cool
15-03-12, 11:57 AM
Amateur Photographer (WDCs sister mag) has given it Compact of the Year Award 2012.

Click for review (http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/equipment/reviews/compactcameras/129187/1/sony-cyber-shot-hx9v-review.html) and Images (http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/equipment/galleries/sample-images/sony/34201/1/sony-cybershot-dsc-hx9v-test-images.html)

Click for another review with sample images (http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/sony_cybershot_dsc_hx9v_review/)

elainescamera
22-06-12, 05:07 AM
Now I have to think about this HX9V, TZ30, and Nex3. I was also considering the Elph 300 HS early on. Oh! So many choices, but if Hx9V was awarded as one of the best cameras of the year, then it must surely be good.. (Pensive!) :) I'll be reading more about these digital cameras then. Thanks!


Click here for the best compact digital camera reviews (http://digitalcamerareviewsandinfo.com).

digitaleye
23-06-12, 10:24 PM
Hi Elainscamera,

Check out Nikon P7000, you can get these cheap now, it's a proper enthusiasts camera, top quality images. Be aware of high zoom cameras... read all the reviews on cameras that you're interested in. The new Nikon P7100 is another option.

digitaleye
23-06-12, 10:56 PM
Now I have to think about this HX9V, TZ30, and Nex3. I was also considering the Elph 300 HS early on. Oh! So many choices, but if Hx9V was awarded as one of the best cameras of the year, then it must surely be good.. (Pensive!) :) I'll be reading more about these digital cameras then. Thanks!


Click here for the best compact digital camera reviews (http://digitalcamerareviewsandinfo.com).

Here's a good link to a test report for the Sony Vrs Nikon.

http://snapsort.com/compare/Nikon_Coolpix_P7000-vs-Sony-HX9v

Remember: if you want to edit you're images to a high quality, you need a RAW file, Sony's model only shoots JPEG. Lens aperture is very important, having a f2.8 lens on a compact can get you out of noise problems because you can set low iso settings= better quality images.