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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Apr 2, 2018 4:23 PM CST
My point-n-hope camera may have given up the ghost on Easter. It was an inexpensive red Canon that took passable photos. So, I may be in the market for a new one. I have thus far avoided a cell phone, but may cave on that just to have one device serving dual purpose. And it seems that phones have fairly decent cameras these days. As a person uninterested in the phone aspect, any suggestions of a good cell camera?
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Australis
Apr 2, 2018 6:31 PM CST

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There are still plenty of point-and-shoot cameras available if you don't want to go down the smartphone path. You'll pick up a decent one for far less than a smartphone with an equivalent camera.

Currently it's the big brand names that make good smartphones with cameras (Google, Apple, Samsung, Nokia, etc.)
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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Apr 2, 2018 7:03 PM CST
IMO, there is no smartphone that has a good a camera as a P&S camera. And they cost way more. Just decide what you need - camera or phone. Gene
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frankrichards16
Apr 3, 2018 6:21 AM CST
I like the Panasonic LUMIX 4K Digital Camera ZS60, I have the zs40

really nice camera for ~ $250

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Name: Rick R.
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Leftwood
Apr 3, 2018 8:12 AM CST
I'm sure there are lots of good comparable point and shoot cameras, but I like the Panasonic Lumix series, also.
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EscondidoCal
Apr 24, 2018 8:53 PM CST
I've bought 2 of these (one new & one used), and highly recommend them.

12 mpx is plenty, but especially like the articulated back that allows me to
get images that would be very difficult without it.

This one is used, "good" condition......for $134 may still have a lot of good use left in it. ;)
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
May 9, 2018 10:51 AM CST
Thanks for the help. I bought a Lumix ZS60, received it yesterday. Took a walk-about this morning and snapped some photos on fully automatic mode. Happy with the results, good focus, color runs pretty true (had one problem with a dark purple iris showing up a gorgeous blue that actually made me to go out to double-check, nope, clearly purple). Slightly bulkier than my previous point-n-shoot, but having an actual viewfinder as well as the back screen is wonderful - I can't see the screen for beans on a sunny day. I like to just slip a camera in my pocket and this one will do the trick.
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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
May 9, 2018 11:07 AM CST
I am glad to hear you fond something that works for you. Just too many choices out there it seems these days. Gene
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kniphofia
May 9, 2018 11:20 AM CST
I take photos with my phone occasionally but they can't compete with a camera IMO, especially for close-ups.
My Sony Point & Shoot bridge camera does everything I need.
Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
May 9, 2018 12:41 PM CST
Wow, a camera made just for taking pictures of bridges. Reminds me of a great party game. Bridges. First person names a famous bridge. Second person has to name another and so on. Nice game because it does not last very long. Gene
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m33jones2
May 9, 2018 1:06 PM CST
Deb, there should be a setting for white balance on your camera, and if you adjust it that might fix the purple/blue problem.
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
May 9, 2018 1:11 PM CST
Thanks, I'll try to dig through the manual to find and mess with that. If/when I find the white balance, what do I do with it? Coincidentally, my sister just bought the exact same point-n-shoot, so we will be able to trade tips. She also has a more sophisticated camera, this is my only one.
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Name: Mike Jones
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m33jones2
May 9, 2018 1:43 PM CST
Most of them have different preset settings like: incandescent, florescent, sunny, cloudy...
You can switch through those and try them. And some have a manual setting but I never really figured out how that is supposed to work, and somebody stole my camera so I can't play with it and find out.
Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
May 9, 2018 1:45 PM CST
My advice - leave WB (white balance) in auto which is usually what it is set to out of the box. As great as most of these new cameras are in auto, no camera will get every flower exactly correct. Gene
Name: Rick R.
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Leftwood
May 9, 2018 8:13 PM CST
I have futzed with the white balance quite a bit. It can be very useful when dealing with artificial light sources. But outside, not so much. Setting it to "cloudy" on a cloudy day, or "shade" when you take pics in shade, (most?) often turn out worse than using the auto white balance. However, sometimes very early morning or very late evening can give some bias.
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
May 15, 2018 12:43 PM CST
As with most pieces of technology, this camera is way more sophisticated than I need (or want). Does anyone on this site have a Panasonic Lumix ZS60? Or can someone point me to a Q&A forum where I can simply ask questions? I am bummed that the manual is on-line only and is 400+ pages long. My first experience was to simply put it on iA (automatic mode) and go outside to shoot some photos. They came out just fine. My kids were over for the weekend and various folks messed with different settings. Now all my photos are being taken as MP3 files, no clue why. Or maybe burst mode. I just want a simple JPEG file. I've never used any of my various cameras as video, no interest in that. Frustrating. Way too many menus. I need the camera version of the Jitterbug phone I think! Simple to use, without the need for reading glasses.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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gasrocks
May 15, 2018 12:57 PM CST
Google your brand and model number and your question like: setting jpg. You will get the help you need. Gene
Name: Rick R.
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Leftwood
May 15, 2018 2:19 PM CST
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