So Lexi broke my camera which is kinda good because now I get to buy a new one. But I don't know what to buy. I've decided I definately need a P & S but I don't know anything about "the best" camera. I know there are websites out there but I want YOUR opinions. Yes opinions. The facts are good but since I have no idea what I'm looking for (I want it to have manual option but what should the manual option include???) I really need help.
Oh, do P & S come in quick shutter??? I want something fast so I can catch the kids. So there you have it...Hope you guys can help!
I don't know much about more recent models of point & shoots, but we have a Ricoh GX100, which is awesome. It's about 3 years old, it shoots great in manual, and also shoots RAW. DH bought it when it first came out and I believe there is a newer model or 2 but I still love this one.
It's a little bigger than one of the ultra compacts, but still small enough to carry around easily.
I've owned p&s digitals by Olympus, Pentax, and Kodak.
My favorite was the pentax. In fact, I still use it as my 'just in my purse' camera since it's pretty small.
FWIW ... I thought the olympus was a good camera until it stopped working. I had a bad experience w/ Olympus customer service and as such, I'll never buy another Olympus camera.
When my pentax finally dies, I'll replace it w/ another p&s (they're just handy to have for those situations where you can't lug around the big camera). And I will likely go w/ a Nikon CoolPix of some sort. My bf has one and I love using it when she lets me.
When you are looking for manual options, make sure that it will allow you to control your shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. My pentax allowed me to control shutter speed and aperture, but not ISO. That hurt a lot when I wanted to try and shoot in low light and it wouldn't let me change the ISO. But my Pentax is pretty old ... like 6 years old. I think most cameras w/ a manual option these days DO allow you to control all 3 of those settings.
With all that said ... go to the store and hold a few cameras (this is the same advice we give for dSLRs too). Get a feel for what works for you. Find out where the controls are at and how it feels in your hand. Look and see what you have to do to use the manual settings. Some are easier than others. Then check out the review sites like www.dpreview.com and make sure it really will do all that you want it to do.