PnS camera buying advice (15k-20k).

z3rO

Journeyman
What's your budget?
15K - 20K

Camera type?
Point and Shoot

Body Style?
Compact or Bridge

Compact

How much zoom do you want/expect?
~20X optical

Do you care for manual exposure controls?
Yes

What will you be shooting with this camera?
Home gatherings, Travel.

Will you be shooting mostly indoors/low light and/or action/sports?
Both indoors and outdoors.

Video?
Yes

Do you have any particular model(s) in your mind?

Canon SX720, Nikon A900, Sony WX500, Sony HX60V

Any brand preference? Like/dislike
1st preference: Cannon

From where will you be buying?
Online/Local store

Any.

Any other features you need?
Viewfinder, Image stabilization, Continuous drive/burst mode, Wifi, External flash, mic jack, HDMI, Remote, GPS, Articulated screen, Weatherproof, Extra frills like Panorama, HDR etc, battery type...

No AA/AAA battery, WiFi, GPS, Panorama, HDR (but these aren't my deciding factors)

Anything else you would like to tell us?
This one's for my mom. Her last camera was Canon SX240 HS (suggested by nac back in 2012 :) ). Looking for an upgrade.
 

nac

Aspiring Novelist
If SX240 is fine and good, it's better to keep it. The models you have in your mind is not much of an upgrade in terms of image quality and they are pricey. Just more zoom, wifi, latest processor etc.
 
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z3rO

z3rO

Journeyman
If SX240 is fine and good, it's better to keep it. The models you have in your mind is not much of an upgrade in terms of image quality and they are pricey. Just more zoom, wifi, latest processor etc.

Yup, SX240 has great IQ but she no longer has it.

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SX540 doesn't fit the form factor she's looking for. Thanks for your suggestion.
 

nac

Aspiring Novelist
Yup, SX240 has great IQ but she no longer has it.
In that case, you can buy one. Just look it as a replacement rather than upgrade.

I guess you have already filtered among the cameras :)

I am expecting SX730 in the very near future, likely to hit the market by March
Sony has HX90, though it has availability issues
A900 has 4k video, something which others don't have

Weigh these features and get the one you find good.
Manual focus, tilting screen, viewfinder, more zoom, 4k video
 
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z3rO

z3rO

Journeyman
In that case, you can buy one. Just look it as a replacement rather than upgrade.

I guess you have already filtered among the cameras :)

I am expecting SX730 in the very near future, likely to hit the market by March
Sony has HX90, though it has availability issues
A900 has 4k video, something which others don't have

Weigh these features and get the one you find good.
Manual focus, tilting screen, viewfinder, more zoom, 4k video

Thinking of buying SX720 as it can't wait. Need to buy before 24th. She hardly does any video recording and FHD is sufficient. Manual focus and more zoom might come in handy.

SX720 is available at a price of 20,500 - 21,000 in Delhi.

Thanks for your inputs nac. :)

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Bought SX720.

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The metallic look is beautiful.

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