What Kind Of Camera Should I Get?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by AxelMonkey, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. AxelMonkey macrumors regular

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    Im looking to buy a new camera, and Im looking for something within the price range of $400 and lower.
     
  2. firestarter macrumors 603

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    Since you haven't said anything about yourself, your photo experience or your intended use of the camera I can comfortably say that a red camera would probably be best for you.

    Both Panasonic and Sony make red cameras at around the $400 price range. I'd get one of those.

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  3. Phrasikleia macrumors 601

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    Oh come on now. What a total red camera fanboy! Everyone knows blue cameras are better.

    Definitely get a blue camera.
     
  4. jackerin macrumors 6502a

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    Why choose when you can have both!

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  6. AxelMonkey thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hmm what else would I use a camera for besides TAKING PICTURES??? I dont have much photo experience, but I do have some good pics, I posted a couple in the "Photo of the day march 2010" thread. Im looking for a somewhat "top of the line" brands
     
  7. firestarter macrumors 603

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    OK... can you give a few more details...

    What was your previous camera? Why are you upgrading?

    What do you want to take pictures of? General indoor family stuff? Sports? Landscapes?
    (ie, do you need a long zoom? do you need macro? wide angle? a fast lens for indoor shoots?)

    Looking for video functions?

    Any preferences in brands?

    Do you want something really small / pocketable, or is any size OK?
     
  8. toxic macrumors 68000

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    of course you want to "take pictures." now quit insulting our intelligence and be specific.

    there are point-&-shoots (e.g. Canon SD), superzooms (Canon SX), bridge cameras/large-sensor point-&-shoots (Panasonic LX3, Canon G10), large sensor compacts (Olympus E-P1), consumer SLRs (Pentax K-x), amateur/professional SLRs (Nikon D300, Canon 1D), and rangefinders (Leica M9). all of them have different strengths, weaknesses, and intended uses.

    and there is no "top of the line brand."
     
  9. AxelMonkey thread starter macrumors regular

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    previous camera.. fujifilm finepix Z20??
    http://www.eastcoastphoto.com/images/bfinder/Finepix-Z20_1450.jpg

    General Family stuff and landscapes

    Vidoe functions preferable, umm have no clue about zooms, macros, angles, or anything lol.

    A brand that'll be reliable and any size 'll be fine
     
  10. arogge macrumors 65816

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    Videos, document storage, voice dictation! :eek:

    It's pointless to buy only a "top of the line" brand if you aren't willing to pay "top of the line" prices and lug around "top of the line" weight. I use a compact Pentax. it offered something that I wanted while Canon and Nikon were busy pushing more megapixels into their compact cameras.
     
  11. jackerin macrumors 6502a

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    If you want to continue on the Fuji line then one of the superCCD-sensored cameras would probably be a nice step up. F100fd or the newer F200EXR.
     
  12. firestarter macrumors 603

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    OK.

    Fuji make some great cameras, but the latest reviews I've read on their better compacts suggest that they're not the best value for money (other brands are better, for less). The F200EXR reviews aren't great.

    One of the best compact cameras around at the moment is the Canon G11. This is pretty impressive - with serious features (if you need them) such as a flash hotshoe, manual modes etc. - for $480.

    Canon sell almost exactly the same camera - in a slightly simplified body (but with equivalent quality lens) for $400 - and that is the Powershot S90. The only slight problem with this is the video - which isn't HD. If you're serious about pictures though, I would put this near the top of the list.

    I'd also seriously consider the Panasonic Lumix DCM-LX3. This has some really high end photography features - great lens, flash hotshoe etc. Unlike the S90 it does do HD format video though (720/24p). It's $400.
     
  13. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    LOL! Got me laughing! Fair enough of a response.
     
  14. El Cabong macrumors 6502a

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    Any size will be fine? So, basically, from pocket-sized compact to full-sized SLR? You've just invited everyone to post their personal favorite camera, which may not fit your needs whatsoever. Obviously, features aren't a concern to you, so the best thing to do is to just go to a camera store (or Best Buy, or anywhere else that lets you touch and play with the cameras they sell) and figure out what camera looks and feels nice to you, and then, when you've narrowed down your options to less than several hundred (i.e. your current number of options), come back and ask a more specific question.

    In case you decide not to do that, here are few cameras I think you might like:

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    Vivitar Dora The Explorer Talking Digital Camera
    $19.95

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    Vivitar Hello Kitty Digital Camera
    $21.95

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    Leica X1 Digital Compact Camera With Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH. Lens
    $1,995.00

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    Hasselblad H3DII-50MS Medium Format Digital SLR Camera
    $34,995.00

    @firestarter: I don't think the G11 would be a good fit for someone coming from an ultracompact Fujifilm. I think the ISO and exp. comp. dials would make his head spin. I also have a feeling that the advantages of the S90 and LX3 (i.e. fast wideangle lens) would be lost on him. And not to hijack the thread, but (since it's currently pretty unfocused anyway) any thoughts on the new Samsung TL500/EX1? I think it looks like a winner, provided the lens and sensor are up to snuff in terms of image quality.
     
  15. compuwar macrumors 601

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    Oh come on, that's soooooo last year- why would you recommend an outdated camera? H4D-60 for the win! :D

    Paul

    Edit: I forgot, if you really want an H3D-50, Hassy had one in the Feb., pre-owned price list with a kit lens for 22,995- not bad if you like kit lenses- but no free H4D upgrade on that one!
     
  16. AxelMonkey thread starter macrumors regular

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    LOL!! I think I like that hello kitty camera. seems like a nice camera, it should do everything I need :D

    features im not really sure of as i never owned a high-tech camera. but I have used some but not enough so know about them.
     
  17. R.Perez macrumors 6502

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  18. El Cabong macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry, forget to mention that you might also be happy with a Nikon D3x (new low price of $7500!) and this lens:

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    Sigma APO 200mm - 500mm f/2.8
    $28,999.00

    It's a must for any photographer, really. With only a 15% down payment, it's a no-brainer. Paint it orange and it also doubles as a large (and very sturdy) traffic cone! Special Order one today!
     
  19. blockburner28 macrumors 6502

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    wow that is .............
     
  20. toxic macrumors 68000

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    that doesn't say anything about size. how large of a camera will you willingly carry with you whenever you want to take pictures? does it have to fit in a pants pocket? coat pocket? small bag?

    at this point I think you're just looking for a better P&S. look at the Panasonic ZS3, Canon SD980 or whatever...can't think of anything else at the moment. I'm sure the most expensive P&S not called an S90, X1, G11, or LX3 will probably be worth looking at. pick your favorite brand (I give a big thumbs down to Nikon btw) and read some reviews on DPReview, DCResource, CameraLabs, or Imaging Resource.
     
  21. leighonigar macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed, or the F70EXR if zoom is more important.
     
  22. witness macrumors 6502

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    :D I've got one of those in blue. Makes a good backup/pocket camera when you don't want to lug your DSLR around.
     
  23. blockburner28 macrumors 6502

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    i might get this one also.
     
  24. danny_w macrumors 601

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    I'm going to get this one at lunch. I've never been much for photography and never liked the super small cameras, but I saw this one last night and really liked it, plus it gets really good reviews. It seems to have enough without too many complications, and a really long zoom for a p&s. And the sale price is fantastic as well (includes an extra battery in-store).

    http://store.kodak.com/store/ekconsus/en_US/pd/Z1015_IS_Digital_Camera/productID.145101200
    http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/788710/Kodak-EasyShare-Z1015-IS-10-0/
     

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