Two Questions: Cameras and Hoops

Question No. 1: If you were to recommend a good camera to me, which would it be? The trip to New York that Rebecca and I are taking is coming up fast with a little over four months until departure. My Canon PowerShot SD1000 is getting old (and the lack of photo quality shows), so I want to upgrade before we leave. I don’t need anything terribly tricked-out and don’t want to spend more than $500. DSLR would be nice but it’s not a deal-breaker. I just want the ability to take crisp, colourful and focused photos. Awesome zoom would be a nice bonus.

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Question No. 2: Who wants to shoot hoops with me? While this question is mostly directed at those of you that I actually know rather than randomly, I’m open to the possibility of pick-up games if enough people are interested. I recently bought myself an outdoor ball and want to hit the courts under the Cambie Street Bridge once these monsoons leave Vancouver. I’ve been playing since junior high, will dribble dizzying circles around you and make you sweat for the ball, but I promise it’ll be fun. Who’s in?

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13 Comments on “Two Questions: Cameras and Hoops

  1. #1 Canon S90 is probably the best compact P&S out there right now but it’s a little expensive. Sony Cybershots are also pretty good. DSLR is great and all but it’s a bit bulky to carry around when you’re travelling and just want to take snap shots.

    #2 I hope you don’t mean playing in the rain. ๐Ÿ˜‰ :p

  2. I recommend the Fuji F200EXR. I have the older F30 at home and had work buy this one for us. It’s not a big zoom but for any photo lacking full daylight and particularly indoors, nothing else comes close without going DSLR. Since you seem to take your share of indoor/bar/restaurant photos, I say it’s the way you should go.

  3. I recommend the Canon G10 or G11. A friend of mine who works as a photographer loves his G10 as it’s not as bulky as an SLR kit but has a kick-ass lens and waaay more functionality than the Canon Powershot series.

    It’s just slightly over your price limit but as a fan of Canon myself, if I had about that much to spend I’d get the G10.

  4. damn, the G11 is pretty good too… Not sure what the difference is between the two. I’d have a look at it in store before buying on-line though…

  5. I say save your money…the camera you have takes great pics…anyting other than the big leap to a DSLR won’t be worth it. (staying with Canon, especially if your a mac user-the Canon 7D-will be the last Camera you buy.)
    I don’t think you would notice any difference in your photos if you get something slightly different and you’ll just be carrying around something bigger. Probably not the rec. you where hoping for but….a camera you know before a big trip…will be a camera you love….More loot$ for NYC!

  6. May I suggest you get what our friend, Miss 604 uses (thanks to a reco from me), the Nikon P6000 which is comparable to the Canon G11 mentioned above.

    It’s around $300 and has a ton of great features. It’s the closest thing Nikon makes in a point and shoot form factor with the quality and functions of a DSLR…it’s also what I carry with me when I don’t want to lug my DSLR around.

  7. The G11 is amazing. It is what the pros use to set up their shot and it’d be the last camera you would ever have to purchase. Well, that is the line they used on my sister. Who just purchased one. And loves it.

    By the way, the photos you have now look great. I’d ditto Andrew’s comment and say ‘Just save your bling. More moolah for NYC!’

    Have you seen the new Sex and the City 2 trailer? Get excited!

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  9. I’m chiming in with my adoration for the G10 and G11. My dad got one and the photos rival DSLR’s in quality.

  10. I would recommend what John said ๐Ÿ˜‰ The P6000 from Nikon, mainly because I’ve seen it in action and like what it can do! I’m a canon person myself though

    Just remember a dSLR can be a burden to carry around. I don’t see you bringing it out on girl nights and such so something smaller, more compact I think would work better.

    I’m game for hoops it’s been a while since I’ve played but it is fun! I’m not a complete stranger right? lol

  11. Thanks for all the feedback, everyone. You guys gave me a lot of great ideas, so I need to do a bit of research now. I’ll definitely let you know what I end up going with!

    @Tyler – That’s so awesome that you want to shoot some hoops! I’m definitely down and I may go on Sunday if the rain still stays away – I’ll let you know if I do. It would be fun to organize something with a few people.

  12. I also can vouch for the Canon G series. I have a G9 which I bought in 2008 and it’s totally fantastic. Very compact, durable, (made out of metal!) full manual capabilites along with very easy to use auto and program modes. The video recording is excellent for a digital camera, too. A friend of mine recently got a G11 and I’m not totally sold on the changes they’ve made but she’s liking it. This is a camera you can probably keep for years and years, and upgrade with more powerful lenses or a real flash if you want. If you want to check out the particulars in more detail, has extended professional and user reviews with many examples of the camera images.

  13. Get the G11. The G7/8/9 are great, but Canon decided to continually increase the pixels captured on the same sized sensor, leading to a lot of noise (grain). You will notice that the G11 is only 10 MP.

    This camera will fit in your purse, not your pocket. It’s a bit bigger in size than the SD1000, but takes better photos and has ‘manual’ control of the shutter speed, aperture, and focus. The noise levels are reasonable low, and it is decent for those night time shots or concert shots when you don’t want a flash. It also has a hot shoe for a flash (I recommend the 220EX).

    I gave the same spiel to Lindsay’s sister.

    Good review and example photos.

    G10 vs. Nikon P6000

    Lastly, check the lens of your SD1000 and consider a cleaning. This will likely fix any auto-focus problems you’re having.

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