View Full Version : got 300 to spend on a Digital Camera, advice?

04-07-12, 04:38 PM
Hi everybody :D

right, i`ll cut to the chase...

i need a camera to take good pictures of my band at various gigs, will be low flashy type stage lighting at most gigs, and also when i have days out with the missus outdoors

a most important feature of my new purchase will be 1080p HD recording and stereo sound, which camera for my budget is good at this and will be better than using a mobile phone, eg: iPhone 4S or Samsung Galaxy S3

i`m very new to all this, so be gentle lol

Chris Cool
04-07-12, 05:30 PM
I thought this question had been dealt with here? Clicky (http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/forums/showthread.php?p=5203#post5203)

04-07-12, 05:45 PM
Sorry Chris, i forgot i posted this!

anyhow, technology has progressed, so maybe there is someat better now?:D

Chris Cool
04-07-12, 05:52 PM
Sorry Chris, i forgot i posted this!

anyhow, technology has progressed, so maybe there is someat better now?:DOK lol

Why don't you pay a bit more and get something like the Panasonic GF3 with larger sensor for low light work.

Compact and Bridge cameras have smaller sensors than 1/3"
The Panasonic GF3 has a 4/3"rds sensor - massive difference!

If you want good low light capabilities then you need something like a CSC system. The Panasonic GF3 with much larger sensor is one of them Read about it here (http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/panasonic_lumix_dmc_gf3_review/) Remember, if you are not producing large prints. You can crop the centre of an image, so don't need a massive zoom.

Beginners DSLR, CSC or Compact tutorial to get you on the right track!
Totally new to photography and just got a new DSLR, CSC or compact? Then take a look at Canons basic tutorials and learn how to use them. In Part 2, find out about ISO, Exposure, Depth of Field, Aperture priority, Shutter priority etc in picture form – this applies to all makes of camera.
Click for tutorial (http://web.canon.jp/imaging/enjoydslr/index.html)

And don't forget. Post processing is an important part of photography and should be used to sharpen and enhance pictures taken with your 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: