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    Default Need help buying a camera for family/everyday life!

    Hoping someone out there can help me. I am looking to buy a new camera - to use for family/kids/dog mostly. Just want to be able to get high quality pictures out of it. I plan on spending around $400, give or take a little. I don't want the bulkiness of a DSLR camera, but don't need it to be tiny either. I have dont a little research and the following cameras seem to fit my need:

    Sony Nex 3N
    Fujifilm F900ERX
    Samsung NX1100
    Nikon 1 J1

    Anyone have any insight or other suggestions? I'd appreciate any help!


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    Default Re: Need help buying a camera for family/everyday life!

    Here are a few things to consider about the cameras on your list.

    The Sony and Samsung have the largest sensor - the size of a DSLR. The Nikon also has a relatively large sensor and the Fuji's sensor is slightly larger than that used in most compact cameras. A larger sensor usually indicates superior image quality, especially in low light.

    The Sony, Samsung and Nikon do not have built-in lenses. You have to switch lenses if you want a long zoom, for instance. The Fuji has only one lens, but it's very versatile, allowing you to take ultra-close macros and long range zoom shots (a 20x optical zoom). On the other hand lens quality is going to be superior in the separate lenses of the Sony, Samsung and Nikon.

    The Samsung does not have a built-in flash. If you want flash capability you'll have to attach the flash to the camera's hot-shoe. Samsung does provide the flash along with the camera.

    Here are some reviews by this website that may help you decide as well as some sample images:

    Review of the Fuji F800EXR, the previous version of the F900EXR
    Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR Review
    Sample images of the F900EXR
    Flickr Search: fuji f900exr

    Review of the Sony NEX 3n
    Sony NEX-3N Review: Stepping up to Mirrorless
    Sample images of the NEX 3n
    Flickr Search: sony nex 3n

    "First Look" of the Samsung NX1000, the previous version of the NX1100
    Samsung NX1000 First Look Review
    Sample images of the NX1100
    Flickr Search: samsung nx1100

    Review of the Nikon 1 J1
    Nikon 1 J1 Review
    Sample images of the 1 J1
    Flickr Search: nikon 1j1
    Panasonic FZ28
    Canon Elph 330 HS

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    Default Re: Need help buying a camera for family/everyday life!

    Except for the Fuji, that is the "mirrorless" market. And there are lots of differences between the various models for that market. Links to more rambles on camera selection -

    Is NEX-C3 worth the price over HX9V for me?

    New GP camera, baby on the way

    Need suggestion for upgrading Camera

    mirrorless interchangeable vs. prosumer compact

    Kelly Cook
    Olympus PL2, Canon EOS 50D, Fujifilm F45fd, various film dinosaurs



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