i got just a eos 1000d ...it is low budged i know but with a good lens it works for me ... with a good lens it makes good photos ...but it is always not only the hardware that makes a good picture ... i also made some photos with my handy and got something I really like and i saw ppl with a 800 euro camera thinking the camera got to make it all for them ...including finding the right motive and theire pictures were ...mmmh ... letīs say i never understood why they made a poster from them
"Fixing up" a big problem in a digital p&s camera, unless it is an extremely expensive one, is almost never going to be cost-effective, especially if it is a sensor issue. You'd almost certainly do better to get a new camera. $300 will buy you a nice Canon p&s and that is probably where you will find the best compromise of quality, durability, versatility, ease of use and reliability.
It's technically there, but it's pretty much completely worthless. Between the lack of responsiveness in the controls and the lack of precision, it's best to pretend like the camera doesn't have it at all. The CHDK doesn't change that at all.
You probably have safety feature involved. It's a 12.1mp camera with a 0.23mp viewfinder. You're not going to be able to reliably place the focus the way that you would be a proper focusing system. It also prevents you from hitting certain distances at all with the focus because it's non-linear and discrete in terms of where you can focus.
The safety function helps a lot, but it's more of a toy feature than something you can count on using.
Yes, and the manual focus is completely worthless. Which isn't a surprise seeing as it's a digital control for an analog tool.
As I stated previously, with that combination of viewfinder and sensor you cannot focus it accurately without the camera doing the work.
If you're getting good results then you should check your settings, because it's probably doing the focusing for you.
That being said, this is a problem on every P&S camera with manual control ever released. There's a reason why high end cameras have you twisting to focus, you have a near infinite level of precision available. Certainly more so than I've ever seen on a camera like this.
In that price range, you can probably afford an old Canon 10D, a 50mm F1.8 lens and a memory card. For $300 that's about all the gear you're going to be able to afford if you go the dSLR route.
For $300 you can currently get a Canon PowerShot sx40hs which is actually a fairly decent P&S camera. I've been using it for a year now and the noise levels are fairly low for a P&S camera. Anything under ISO 400 is reasonably usable.
For that price range, and what your asking for, you will still be needing to stick with a point and shoot. Quick dig around Amazon and I came up with the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS 12.1 MP, which seems to take great picture, good video, and all for $229.
Now if you bump up to the top of your price range, you can go for a Micro Four Thirds camera. Think of them as a step between point and shoot and DSLR in terms of quality and features; they have interchangeable lenses, a larger sensor, and usually more features than a standard P&S. Pushing your budget to the max, you can get an Olympus PEN E-PL1 12.3MP, that comes with a kit lens. From there you can buy more lenses in the future, and even better bodies, as the Micro Four Thirds standard means the lenses are interchangeable even across brands.
Now if you drop the video requirement, and go for a used camera, you can easily get an older generation DSLR in that price range, including the camera that took all the photos you see in my gallery, the Canon Digital Rebel XTi, which can be had for around $200-$300 used, and usually comes with both the kit lens, and a few accessories. I have run my camera through roughly 25,000 photos at this point, and it is still going strong, so you would be fine even with such an old camera.
And to completely blow away your budget, you can get a Canon EOS Rebel T3 12.2 MP for $430 with kit lens, and it is an entry level DSLR, and also does video. So really it is down to exactly what you are after.
Thanks for all the information! I think I'm going to stick with a cheaper one because I'll probably need to get a higher professional quality one for school soon anyway (and I'm not sure if I should buy anything too fancy until then because I'm not sure what I'll need). I'll definitely keep these in mind- The Canon cameras look great for what I need!
If you prefer a DSLR and are in NorthAmerica, i don't think a 300$ budget will cut you a good one. I have a cybershot, and agreed, it is grainy. Sadly, if you want to fix it, the parts alone will cost the equivalent of a new (and better) camera. The older the camera you have, the pricier the replacement parts. Get a new one, IMO. get which one? now that, i dunno.