After a couple of months of testing, the results are in.
I’ve attempted to wrestle with this issue on this blog before, but with unsatisfying results. PHS (Push Here Stupid) cameras can be tricky, for a number of reasons. A few years ago, my sister gave Julia a Sony, that new fancy digital camera with all sorts of bells and whistled. It took amazingly good photographs. But cameras in the same line that I’ve looked at later don’t take photographs that are nearly as good. Why? In my opinion, because they are made by Sony. It seems to me that Sony is great at coming out with wonderful product that they then replace with their own lower quality knockoffs. I’d bet a lot of companies do that, but I’ve been particularly burned with what I think is this particular strategy with Sony before. I simply avoid their products these days.
That may have been the case with the camera, which I shall not mention, that we got for Amanda several months ago; lost of people recommended it, but it was crap. It took lousy pictures. I suspect the specific submodel was a knockoff of itself.
But there is one PHS camera that seems to consistently be of higher quality, and that takes good pictures: The Panasonic Lumix line of cameras, which are all made with a Leica lens. If you look at them, though, do make sure that the one you are looking at is really made with the Leica lens, just incase they pull a Sony.
There are a lot of models. The ZS20 has high light sensitivity and a 20x optical zoom. The DMC-GF3KK is very small. Some models are image stabilized. The DMC models tend to be higher end and are very well regarded.
Months ago, Ana told me to just get the DMC-LX5. I don’t know why, but I didn’t listen. I regretted it.
There are a gazillian kinds out there, and unfortunately most camera shops I’ve been in lately have only two or three models.
Until other manufacturers commit to using ONLY excellent optics in ALL of their cameras, just stay away from them.