I love my Nikon Coolpix S4100-Hubby got it for me for Christmas 2 yrs ago...
There are some question you should ask yourself: The only thing I read is that you like a "small cam" - butīs what about the price. What is your focus on photos: portraits, landscapes?!?
Some points you should generally look for:
A good OPTICAL zoom! Digital zoomin is like enlarging with a photopramm: the photos loose quality and sharpness, they often get more and more imagenoise.
The performance of the battery: the best thing is a lithium-ion-accumulator - longliving and fast!
Do you prefer it to chose your settings manual or do you prefer automatic programs?!?
When I would have a look for such a really smart cam "for every day" my choice would be:
High photo-quality, compact and fast!
I have a Canon Powershot SX260 too- LOVE it!! My husband bought it for me right before we went to Walt Disney World and my pictures came out great!! I could use another battery though if you are planning on using it for an all day event. I was able to capture some amazing shots at Sea World of the whale and dolphin shows that I never could get with my older point and shoot. It zoomed in well and has lots of settings-many I have yet to figure out how to use, but it has lots of options. I think we paid $230.
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A couple people mentioned cellphones, and while I agree that the quality of them is getting better, I doubt that P&S's will be going anywhere. People will always want something small and compact. P&S batteries last a LOT longer than a cellphone. You can switch out easily, a new battery and memory card if you drain or fill up the last one.
Also, P&S, in the long run, are A LOT cheaper. Even if you get a free-upgrade on your cellphone, if you break it, you're out upwards of $600 if you have to replace out of contract. With a P&S, max I've seen is about $200-300, and even then, you can find them REALLY cheap on Ebay/Amazon, etc.
But that's just my opinion. I've been mulling over the cellphone suggestion for awhile, .
You are right about that. depending on how often I use my DSLR I maybe charge it once a month and my Fuji ever couple months... my cell phone every other day! When I bought my 2nd p&s I spent about $500 and I kicked myself for it. It was a great one, was a beginner for dslr's but still had that p&s ability but after spending a little bit more a few years later for the DSLR I thought I got ripped off some the 1st time lol.
My 'purse camera' is a Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9V. (the current version is DSC-HX50V and runs retail about $450). I bought it in 2011 when we were going to Paris, and I didn't want to lug around my huge (and expensive!) DSLR. So I picked this one up for about $400 at the time. I went with what I felt was the best quality P&S I could find at that time. I have been thrilled with it ever since! Its the only camera I usually have with me when I travel now. Great Zoom, nice photos, the ability to go manual if I want... all in an itty bitty package!
Don't get me wrong... I wouldn't dream of giving up my DSLR! I need it for portraits and designing, but for day to day photos... and almost all vacation/trips... my little Sony rocks!