Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Inspector gadget on the prowl again!

Am looking for a compact camera to take lovely photos of our new baby. Yea sure I got a DLSR, but I don’t want to be lugging that around together with a diaper bag, stroller and of course my own fancy handbag :P A little bit too much baggage to carry around.

So what am I looking for in a compact camera? Simply good high ISO capabilities. What does this mean? It just means that I can take good, sharp, no noise (no grains) photo at low lighting conditions without firing the flash. Yes people, this is what you should be looking for if you don't want to use your flash. Don't fall for those non-shake marketing gimmicks. Chances are those will produce pictures that are very yellow. So what is a good high ISO capability? Your camera should be able to take sharp and low noise images at ISO 1600. This is a typical ISO for a good low indoor lighting shot. Canon is a champion with this feature and other makers are fast catching up.

I narrowed down my search to two cameras. The Lumix DMC TZ7 and the new Canon S90.

The Lumix has super wide angle, high ISO capabilities and easy to use. Just put on auto, disable the flash, and it takes excellent pictures. It has no manual functions but plenty of scene modes. It has HD video quality! The LCD screen is huge but the camera as a whole is pretty large too. But the grip is nice. Price is RM1,599.

The Canon S90 is a new camera. Just out into the market maybe only a few weeks ago. It has excellent high ISO capabilities up to ISO 3200. It has manual functions and its aperture can go down to an impressive 2! That is impressive for a compact camera. Also, just set to auto, disable the flash and its good to go. The camera itself looks a bit boxy and not that stylish. Its very gadgety as it can do a ton of things. Sadly, its video is not HD. Price is RM1,799 at one shop but RM 1,599 at another! A tie with the Lumix!

Initially I thought the Lumix would be a whole lot cheaper than RM1,599 as it was launched in March 09. But since I can get the Canon at the same price, I might as well get the Canon!

Maybe I will wait a few more months and see if the price drops. Baby is due in March 2010 anyways.

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