Camera for morons

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reecen started the topic in Tuesday, 21 Jan 2014 at 7:32pm

Hi all I am looking at buying a camera for work and figured some of you guys might be able to recommend something suitable.
I need to be able to take good quality high resolution photos of boats but it has to be fool proof and not have to many manual settings as no one is going to take the time to learn it properly.
Needs to have a decent zoom function on it as sometimes the subject is a few hundred meters away.

Any recommendations on a good value for money, idiot proof camera?

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thermalben commented Tuesday, 21 Jan 2014 at 8:26pm

Plenty of point-and-shoots in the market that'll do a good job. Hard to differentiate between a lot of them at this end of the market - it's probably be price that'll dictate what you buy (all of the brands are pretty good.. Canon/Nikon/Sony/Panasonic etc). 

How much you looking to spend?

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mitchvg commented Tuesday, 21 Jan 2014 at 8:40pm

reecen wrote: Needs to have a decent zoom function on it as sometimes the subject is a few hundred meters away.

That's a long way... might need to get one of these http://www.cnet.com.au/digitalcameras/ilc/
http://www.cnet.com.au/compact-cameras-with-big-zooms-339288859.htm#image0

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reecen commented Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 at 12:23pm

Cheers guys,
Best I get along to a camera shop.

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groundswell commented Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 at 8:47pm

Olympus make a few good point and shoot cams in the sp range.
Pretty easy to use a lot of them in that range on just auto.

One i have here is SP 500UZ and i had one exactly the same a few years ago that was great for long distance lineup shots,say 400 metres away.(10x zoom) though this one is a bit different for some reason.
Zoom lens is always out when you turn it on,has an inside zoom, shutter can take a second or two to start shooting or filming etc.
The other one straight away. The other was much better. Filming-video quality isnt the best but photo quality is pretty good with a lot of these in this range.
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/olympussp500uz
Its a 2006 model they can go for as little as $40 on ebay, get a new one with better qualities and it should be sweet.
http://www.ebay.com/ctg/Olympus-SP-500-UZ-6-0-MP-Digital-Camera-Black-/1...

Negs- unless using lithium batteries they can run out a bit quick.
-Also 10x zoom might not be enough for you.
-Non auto settings not easy yet not that hard to work out.

Others in the sp range include this
http://www.dpreview.com/products/olympus/compacts/oly_sp800uz

Its good they have reviews there too. That has a much better zoom (30x)
I would check that site for reviews of all sort of cams. a lot of the sp range are pretty easy to use and compact.
The 800us seems to sometimes have technical issues in some possible factory seconds.
Also 800uz isnt good for macro shots.

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groundswell commented Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 at 8:57pm

http://www.dpreview.com/products/olympus/compacts/oly_sz16

This one might be better, is newer with much better resolution (16mp) and reviews. 24x zoom.
Im not sure how easy it would be to use although it should be pretty easy on auto.