In a fast-growing technological age, we all should be equipped with the best hardware available. I’ve been in dire need of a new digital camera, but have fallen in love with Digital SLR camera’s although I haven’t fallen in love with their pricing. I wanted a good quality camera for taking pictures inside of my students working on projects, outside of beautiful scenery and at night both inside and outside. So I set to look for a compact digital camera with DSLR quality picture taking.
My research took me first to a Nikon, since I have always been a huge Nikon fan. I came upon a Nikon Coolpix S9100 with 9.5 megapixels and 1080 @30fps movie resolution, priced at around $285, I figured it was what I was looking for but quickly realized this was more for videographers than photographers. I kept researching and came upon one of its biggest competitors, Canon. After coming across the Canon S95, I believed this must be the one. In comparison to the Nikon they both have 4x digital zoom and LCD screen is 3’’.
· Price: $399.00
· 10 Megapixels
· Movie resolution: 720 @24fps
· Flash range:6.5m· Aperture: f2.0
· Image Stabilization: Lens
Lighter and more expensive than its competition Nikon S9100, the more advanced features sold me. The fact that it can take pictures like a DSLR in RAW format as well as JPEG and has shutter priority is worth the extra dollars. Released August 2010,the S95 replaces the S90, with some noticeable upgrades. While the S9100 does exceptionally well on video, the S95 is better equipped for photos. It has both USB and HDMI compatibility and comes with a Lithium rechargeable battery. It does not have a viewfinder so you will be looking through the LCD screen for all images and also has a pop-up flash. I went to my local best buy to play around with it and took some photos around the store. If you’re looking for a small compact digital camera with DSLR quality photos for daily usage, this might be your best bet.