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Advice on choice of camera please!

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fourormore Fri 14-Aug-20 11:30:51

Thanks everyone for the suggestions - I am a real cave woman believe me - folks laugh at my old flip phone etc. but it's dependable, battery lasts and I know what I'm doing with it!

My AC have contracts that cost the earth, upgrades every five minutes and when they don't reply it's because there's no network or the phone was dead! Probably it's more like they can't be bothered but that's always the reason given!
My little flip is £5 a month, has camera that's ok, no internet but I have that at home and plenty of minutes and texts so why would I want to pay more and complicate matters grin

My cave is nice and cool in this heat (I wish hmm ) so I'm off now to boil some bones for the old man's lunch!
Thanks again everyone! Keep safe x

Cs783 Wed 12-Aug-20 16:50:18

Smartphones are expensive too aren’t they? I’m relying on my still expensive but multifunctional iPad for pix these days but of course it’s big. Back in 2014 I bought a Nikon Coolpix S9600 and evening on Auto setting got some photos that served well even enlarged and framed for the wall. It’s neat and trusty and tucks into a small handbag or large pocket. Hope you find something that suits!

fevertree Wed 12-Aug-20 16:34:24

grin for your GD and your cave! And the wotsappers ... smile

fourormore Wed 12-Aug-20 15:19:04

Thanks everyone - as my young GD says - my mobile is an 'olden days phone' and unfortunately neither DH nor I are any good with smartphones etc. We really are in the stone age I know but we're not twitters, wotsappers, facebookers or anything younger than emails grin
We have a few ideas from various sources on line but it can wait until 'normality' resumes (if that ever happens) as we are still semi-shielding due to family illness.
Thanks everyone - I'm off now to climb back into my cave before it gets dark!!!

silverlining48 Wed 12-Aug-20 13:59:20

I bought a new camera but like others only use my phone now. Smaller and easier to carry about.

aggie Wed 12-Aug-20 13:22:21

Another convert to the camera on my phone !

SpringyChicken Wed 12-Aug-20 13:22:00

On the gadget show, they compared cameras with phone cameras and concluded it wasn’t worth having a separate camera for the average point and shoot users

fevertree Wed 12-Aug-20 13:17:58

Soory meant to add, I think what we're saying is that for bog standard 'happy snaps,' if you have a smartphone, cameras are obsolete!

fevertree Wed 12-Aug-20 13:16:35

My Samsung Galaxy (not even the latest model, it's a 9) phone takes competition standard photographs. And I can adjust to near focus of an object, take night photos, live focus (whatever that is smile ), food, edit, add text, it counts down for a selfie so you can position it, slow motion, panorama... and needless to say, I only use "photo" grin.

The best thing is I double click on the "on" button and up comes the camera, ready to take a pic.

Our camera is also gathering dust.

tanith Wed 12-Aug-20 12:52:18

I too have a camera and video camera gathering dust and use my mobile for both it’s just less faff. Sorry no help with your choice of camera though.

Maggiemaybe Wed 12-Aug-20 12:48:01

This is probably no help at all, fourormore, if you really want a camera, but we've given up using ours since we've had phones with built-in cameras. So much easier when you've just got one thing to carry, and the photos can be shared with others at one click.

For what it's worth, we were happy before that with our Sony CyberShot, which is a budget point and shoot rechargeable camera with a decent viewing screen, but it's just sitting on a shelf gathering dust these days.

fourormore Wed 12-Aug-20 12:24:01

For many years we have been using really good, trusty Canon Powershot digital cameras and have had great results. However, they take two AA batteries and nowadays we seem to be paying a fortune constantly replacing batteries.

To be honest we are not avid photographers so we don't need an all singing, all dancing camera with multitudinous accessories - basically we need a 'grab and go!'

Can anyone recommend an idiot proof, point and shoot camera that would be rechargeable please? We have tried ordinary rechargeable batteries with no success so perhaps we need an 'inbuilt' camera battery that can be charged up?

We have recently looked at a Canon upgrade but we would have to fit the lens onto it before going out, then remove it again to put the camera away and really don't want the faff hmm

Thanks in anticipation - please feel free to PM me if there is any hint of 'advertising' as I don't want anyone getting into trouble!