High zoom camera for starter.

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Airforcekid, May 25, 2009.

  1. Airforcekid macrumors 65816

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    What is a good camera around 20X zoom I like the kodak z980. Also when is a photo considered HD?
     
  2. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    There is no common concept of "HD" in still photography.

    I just looked up the z980. You can buy an SLR for that price. Why get the Kodak? I can understand buying something like that if it were cheap but it's in the same price class as a Nikon D40 (Amazon has the D40 for $411)
     
  3. Airforcekid thread starter macrumors 65816

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    what is the difference? Regular and SLR?
     
  4. mrbash macrumors 6502

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    The basic difference between an SLR and a non-SLR is that the image you see comes through the lens. But this is a bit moot since digital cameras show you exactly what the picture is going to be on the LCD.

    ChrisA may have been suggesting that you invest in a DSLR so that you have greater lens flexibility. The D40 for example will allow you to put different lenses on your camera. For example at social gatherings you can have a wide lens, or when you go bird watching you can put on a long lens.

    But generally seeing your unfimialarity with cameras, you may want to start out with something cheaper to understand what your real needs are. There is little point in spending $400 to discover your needs aren't being met.

    Also, I think you are interested in HDR photography, not HD (HD would be a 2MP camera). HDR (High Dynamic Range) essentially increases the exposure range (our eyes do that but cameras don't). For that you don't really need anything special, just a camera that either does Exposure Bracketing, or you can do it manually with a tripod on a camera that has exposure adjustments (entry level P&S cameras don't have this).
     
  5. Airforcekid thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I will probley go with the nikon d90 does anyone know if it has geotagging be a nice addin when using iPhoto!
     

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