View Full Version : Which camera to buy
24-04-12, 06:41 PM
I haven't really been that interested in taking photos before, but want to start.
I had a cannon digital camer bought for me a few years ago, but I have lost it. I now want to buy a new one and need some advice on what I should be looking for.
24-04-12, 07:05 PM
Hi and welcome.
What is your budget and what do you want to photograph?
25-04-12, 06:47 AM
I just want to take general photos of family, animals and different events, nothing really technical.
My 11 year old dog passed away a week ago and I had hardly any photos of her. I didn't think a photo of things in the past would be important to me, but this has made me realise that it does.
My sister in law takes photos of everything because (she said) that she wants to be able to look back at good memories and times. I thought she was mad, but I now know how she feels.
I can go as high as £500, but don't want to be spending unnecessary. If I'm not using 80% of the things on a £500 camera then there's no point in spending that.
hi and welcome £500 will get you a good camera, the problem is photography can be addictive so getting the right camera is important. I would look at the likes of a canon sx40hs its a good all rounder and its around £300. good luck
25-04-12, 11:47 AM
Wave has suggested the Canon SX40HS Review here (http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/canon_powershot_sx40_hs_review/conclusion/) which is a Bridge camera.
I'm going to recommend you also look at the Panasonic FZ150 Review here (http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/panasonic_lumix_dmc_fz150_review/) which is also a Bridge camera.
The Bridge camera is considered half way between a compact and a DSLR. It usually has more controls than a compact, has the same small sensor, but still needs good light to get the best out of it.
I'm going to recommend you also look at the Panasonic TZ30 Review here (http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/panasonic_lumix_dmc_tz30_review/) which is a compact with plenty of control if you wish, that fits in a pocket. It also has a touch screen.
All these cameras can be used in Auto mode until you gain confidence.
Before you buy anything. Have a look at this. "Beginners DSLR, CSC or Compact tutorial to get you on the right track!" It's in picture format and will help you decide what's best for you Clicky (http://web.canon.jp/imaging/enjoydslr/index.html)
Want to know how I get good shots with a compact Clicky for a quicky (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RS2jdUQLwbM)
27-04-12, 05:41 AM
Thanks wave for your recommendation.
I have had a look at the camera and it is something that I would definitely consider.
Thanks Chris for the advice and links you posted.
I'll spend some time reading through it all and then make a decision.
27-04-12, 01:49 PM
Just thought I'd add a couple more that are worth a look while you're contemplating.
Canon SX260HS (http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/canon_powershot_sx260_hs_review/)
Sony HX9v (http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/sony_cybershot_dsc_hx9v_review/)
And don't forget. Post processing is an important part of photography and should be used to sharpen and enhance pictures taken with any camera. If you don't have an imaging editor, then use the one in my signature below. There are 32 video tutorials to get you started. The most useful is the Adjusting levels (http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/Videoes/06_Levels/06_Levels.html) and for even more adjustment. The Curves tool (http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/Videoes/07_Curves/07_Curves.html) is a must (it's my favourite all-in-one adjuster). My Resize-Crop-Sharpen tutorial below, will get your pics ready for the internet or whatever :cool:
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