Walk-around camera for wife

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Sellwood Forum Member • Posts: 84
Walk-around camera for wife

I want to buy my wife a lighter weight camera so she can shoot quality photos and learn about shutter, aperture, raw etc, while still not carrying the weight of even a Rebel. Have my eyes fixed on a Canon G12, what do you think?

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wolfpuppies3 Senior Member • Posts: 1,747
Great choice or consider

the G1X which is a little larger but still very easily manageable.
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Re: Walk-around camera for wife

Sellwood wrote:

I want to buy my wife a lighter weight camera so she can shoot quality photos and learn about shutter, aperture, raw etc, while still not carrying the weight of even a Rebel. Have my eyes fixed on a Canon G12, what do you think?

Would think this would be a topic for a beginner discussion. BUT! I will take a stab.

What is your budget? Would you consider an x100? Maybe even the g1x...

I am a super fan of large sensors.

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Good choice or a Sony Nex 5n/F3....

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thelensmeister Contributing Member • Posts: 900
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Yes a G1x would be appropriate.

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DFPanno Veteran Member • Posts: 5,214
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RX-100

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MayaTlab0 Senior Member • Posts: 2,251
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If you want her to learn about shutter, aperture, and so on, I believe the Fuji X100 is an excellent photography school. The fixed focal length is also useful for that purpose.

bobn2
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Depends on the wife. Might be a good trade.
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7enderbender Contributing Member • Posts: 822
Re: Walk-around camera for wife

Sellwood wrote:

I want to buy my wife a lighter weight camera so she can shoot quality photos and learn about shutter, aperture, raw etc, while still not carrying the weight of even a Rebel. Have my eyes fixed on a Canon G12, what do you think?

I had a similar question a while ago when looking for a camera for my daughter to learn some of the basics.

The problem is that there are always at least three limiting factors: size/weight, sensor size and cost. So even something like the G12 is limited because of the relatively small sensor when it comes to getting a good understanding of controlling depth of field with aperture settings. More expensive and bigger cameras with fast lenses and APS-C size sensors will get you closer to that.

Given that a G12 is limited in that sense as well I actually decided on the SX130. Not as stylish and sturdy, battery life could be better, but surprisingly decent results and good manual controls for that class of camera. Has served our family pretty well so far. Not sure if it does RAW. Probably not, at least not without third party firmware tinkering. But good enough to understand shutter, aperture, ISO.

Another cool little camera is the Samsung NX10 that I had the pleasure to mess around with a few days ago. Should be available at a decent price now that the 20 is out. Add a fast pancake lens to that and it's really great.

OP Sellwood Forum Member • Posts: 84
Re: Walk-around camera for wife

I followed several suggestions that were made and I'm going ahead with the G12. Budget IS an issue and right now the G12 is selling for under $400 and the G1x is north of $700. Also, wanted to stick with a Canon product.

Thanks for your suggestions and feedback.
Doug

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Sellwood wrote:

I followed several suggestions that were made and I'm going ahead with the G12.

Good choice, here's a couple of used ones from reliable sellers on FM and POTN........
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1128895/0?keyword=G12#10778492
http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=1201148&highlight=G12

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Dan_168 Veteran Member • Posts: 7,117
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Sony NEX 7. I have one for myself.

AC1 Senior Member • Posts: 1,171
Re: Walk-around camera for wife

Sellwood wrote:

I want to buy my wife a lighter weight camera so she can shoot quality photos and learn about shutter, aperture, raw etc, while still not carrying the weight of even a Rebel. Have my eyes fixed on a Canon G12, what do you think?

Depends on your definition (or your wife's) of 'walkaround'.

If you mean something less bulky than a DSLR but the priority is still to take near-DSLR quality pics then something like the G12/G1x is perfect.

But that is still too bulky to slip into a pocket unnoticed. So apart from being lighter than a DSLR it still has the same disadvantage of not being pocketable. So if something as small and unobtrusive as a packet of ciggies is more important than DSLR quality, then something like a S100 is more appropriate.

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kevindar Veteran Member • Posts: 4,315
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what have in the past frustrated my wife most is shutter lag.
two main considerations are how small, and how much.

I have a panasonic Lx-5 which is great. truly pocketable, short shutter lag, fast f2 lens at 24mm. there is a whole new crop of them now a days, which have even faster lenses.

a little bulkier, you could look to g12 or g1x, or offering from fuji and olympus.

yet bigger, you can look at sony nex with a pancake if you want dslr image quality in a small package. or you can go a little smaller with a micro 4/3rd.
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jan pawlak Regular Member • Posts: 489
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My wife is glad of Canon SX 260.
Very nice travel camera for women

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thelensmeister Contributing Member • Posts: 900
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Most of the married women I know have bigger and heavier cameras than I do. My wife is an exception.

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