New MILC or Point-n-Shoot?

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  1. AmazingGracePlayer

    AmazingGracePlayer Active Member

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    Just got back from vacation and was utterly disappointed by the quality of night pictures (too much blur, or too much noise, no sweet spot) and the dullness of day pictures from my Fujifilm Finepix J10. So I am looking into getting a new camera. I'm deciding between an MILC or a more advanced point-n-shoot. I thought about DSLR for a bit, but their bulkiness is just not worth it. So, any recommendations for cameras, or articles that touches on this topic are welcome!


    Budget

    * What budget have you allocated for buying this camera? Please be as specific as possible.
    $1000, new or used

    Size

    * What size camera are you looking for? Or does size not matter at all to you?
    The smaller the better.

    Features

    How many megapixels will suffice for you?
    10MP

    * What optical zoom will you need? (None, Standard = 3x-4x, Ultrazoom = 10x-12x)
    Standard will suffice, but ultrazoom is a plus.

    * How important is “image quality” to you? (Rate using a scale of 1-10)
    10

    Do you care for manual exposure modes (shutter priority, aperture priority, manual)?
    Not if the built-in modes will do the job.

    General Usage

    * What will you generally use the camera for?
    Taking pictures of food, cars, and scenery (especially in low light conditions)

    * Will you be making big prints of your photos or not?
    No

    Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos?
    Yes, a lot

    Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos?
    Rarely

    Miscellaneous

    Are there particular brands you like or hate?
    No Apple. Oh wait... No.

    Are there particular models you already have in mind?
    None so far, but I read good reviews of Sony's NEX models.

    (If applicable) Do you need any of the following special features? (Wide Angle, Image Stabilization, Weatherproof, Hotshoe, Rotating LCD)
    Panoramic picture is a huge plus, otherwise no.
     
  2. Andy Stanton

    Andy Stanton Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    Mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras are usually built around a larger sensor than those found in point and shoot cameras and, therefore, produce better low light images. All of the Sony NEX cameras, the Panasonic GF or GX cameras, the Samsung NX cameras, the Nikon 1 cameras and the Olympus Pen cameras fit into that category. While these cameras tend to be small enough to fit into a pocket, especially with a "pancake" lens attached (a prime lens that doesn't zoom), using any other lens will make the camera too bulky for most pants pockets. If you want a long zoom lens not only will the extra cost be substantial but the bulkiness factor will increase as well. I recently reviewed the Nikon 1 J3 and found to be a very good camera with excellent low light ability. Nikon 1 J3 Review: Simple, Small, and Slick

    An alternative is a long zoom point and shoot of high quality, such as the Canon SX260 or the Sony HX20v. These cameras have good low light image quality (though not nearly as good as the MILC's) and a very long zoom lens.
     
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    Night photography can be demanding. Least expensive fast lens right now for mirrorless cameras is the Nikon 1 Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8 which can be found for under $200. The older Nikon 1 models are being sold at very deep discounts, so the addition of this lens will still leave the bundle price well under $1000. Next least expensive is the Panny 20mm f/1.7 pancake for under $400. Still doable with a body for under $1000.

    Sony RX100 does well in low light too.

    Kelly Cook
     
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    Nikon lenses will only fit in Nikons, correct?
     
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