Any techies out there? Looking for camera advice

Hi, I'm fairly new to the site, and I've picked up some great tips already. First cruise to Alaska in May, and I am looking for a little advice. I need a camera, other than my phone,  to take pics of the gorgeous views. I'm not a great hand at taking pics, need something compact, with decent zoom, digital, able to take extra memory, and please, please easy to use. Anyone have thoughts on brands, styles, etc.? Thanks for your help 📷

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Go with what is called a bridge camera. No interchangeable lenses, but a built in zoom. Most if not all now are very good. All have an auto mode, but also have individual controls for aperture and shutter speed. Scene modes are also available, making them very user friendly. Go to and search bridge cameras or tele-zoom. Personally, I lean towards Olympus, but all the manufacturers do well. Try You-Tube and search bridge cameras. You may get a review from wiki-vids.

Here is another link ( all under $400 )

never mind, bad reviews

Also check QVC & HSN

Thanks BAK, I appreciate the tips. I'll take a look at the sites you mentioned. I want to pick something up soon, so I can get in a little practice. Happy

I agree with Bak, there are a great many good cameras. What budget are you trying to stay within. I have everything from heavy DSLR’s, mirror less and point and shoots. All will do the job.

B&H Photo is a great place to do research and purchase. Here is another idea, if you do not want to buy a new camera. You can always rent one. I have used thls option in the past and have been very pleased. I used

As far as price goes, since this is my first time buying a camera other than a basic point and shoot, I should probably stay under 600.00 and see if I can find a camera that will suit my budding, yet limited photography skills. I will take a look at B&H. I had honestly never thought of renting a camera, and that could also be an option...though I think I prefer to buy something that will allow me to improve my skills. I rather enjoy hunting for a great shot.

Another good research site is

Happy hunting

I am happy with my 4 year old Canon Powershot SX 270 HS. This is a point ans shoot so it is small and easy to use yet has a 20X optical zoom and can be used in manual mode. I know some of the new Canons have increased the optical zoom above this. One thing to watch is to make sure the zoom is optical rather than digital zoom.

I have been happy with my Sony DSC-TX30 which I've had a couple years ... has still or video and the underwater shots are decent. Very lightweight and compact. Agree with BAK about BHPhoto and I also like Adorama.

The Canon G-series cameras are highly recommended. The fit each of your requirements and, with many pro settings, can offer you lots of options as your photography skills grow. The G16 comes in below your price point and will do everything and more than you need such as built in wi-fi, 1080P HD video and 5x optical zoom (no changing lenses). Check it out:


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