Digital cameras forum: Help! I need a new digital camera. What are these new hybrid-looking ones?

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) July 27, 2012 4:05 PM PDT

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Help! I need a new digital camera. What are these new hybrid-looking ones?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 7/27/12 4:05 PM

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Help! I need a new digital camera. What are these new hybrid-looking ones?


I hope you can help me out. My well-served Sony compact digital camera
of over six years just crapped out on me and I found out that it's not
worth fixing (the cost of fixing was more than I paid when I bought it
new!) I figure after all these years of use, it's time to look for a
new one. I recently window-shopped at my local Target department store
and I was surprised to see a lot more variety of cameras these days,
whereas six years ago I remember having two choices -- it was either a
compact camera or one those big fancy ones with big lenses that were
interchangeable.

Now it seems they have a new category of cameras -- smaller cameras like
compact ones but with larger lenses and even ones with interchangeable
lenses like the big fancy one. The prices aren't cheap either, costing
upwards of $400 and more. Did I miss something these past six years?
Are these new cameras some sort of hybrid between the two that I'm used
to? I primarily use my digital camera to take pictures of my kids and
family. Sometimes I would like to think I'm being creative with my
camera and take better and artsy subjects, but who am I kidding when I'm
using a compact camera. Maybe one of these hybrid cameras will be
a better choice for me when I'm in the mood to take creative pictures.
However, I have no idea what these are and what I'm buying into. They
do seem to be a bit more complicated to use, but I'm willing to learn.
Can you help me understand what this new breed of camera is? Are
there any advantages or disadvantages to them beside being a bit
bulkier? When would I want a interchangeable lens camera? Or do you
think I should just stick with a compact camera like the one I had
before and stay with what I know? Any help with this is welcome and
appreciated.

-- Submitted by: Samantha O.

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