point and shoots

What is a Good Cheap Camera for Taking Portraits?

Camera

Episode 1705

Maverick's Mom from Chino, California

Maverick's mom wants a good camera that can take better pictures than the iPhone. She wants images that will blur into the background. Leo says that's called "bokeh" and she will need that look with a fast, wide lens. Those are more expensive. The iPhone does it, but it does it computationally. For a few hundred dollars, Leo recommends Canon's Powershot models. Get one that can shoot at F1.8. He recommends going to DPReview for a list of the best point and shoots. The chatroom recommends the Panasonic FZ80.

What equipment do I need to start vlogging?

Episode 1121

Todd from Chandler, AZ

Todd has a business and wants to start doing video blogging, or "vlogging." What equipment does he need? He'll be starting from his desk but he wants to know what camera to get. Leo says it depends on what Todd is going to be doing. Todd wants to have a set with a background screen. Leo says that in Todd's case, a camcorder with an external microphone jack is a good option. DSLRs do this. Point and shoots would help keep within his $500 price range and the video quality is really good.

What good, fast compact camera do you recommend?

Sony Cybershot DSC-600

Episode 934

Steve from Orange County, CA

Steve wants a good compact camera that he can take quick pictures with, and also works well in low light. Leo says that cameras have gotten faster and shutter lag is almost gone. When dealing with "pocket to picture" or power on time, that's still a challenge. Shooting in burst mode is a good thing as well.