View Full Version : What camera to buy?

11-06-13, 08:49 PM
Hey all!

I am looking to buy my first camera (that is not attached to my smartphone) ever and need some help!
I have a hobby in which I paint miniatures (Warhammer to be precise).
What I want to be able to do with my camera is the following:
-Film detailed tutorials on how to paint these models
-Take detailed pictures of the finished products
-Take pictures when I'm on vacation with my girlfriend or when I have a family weekend in such a way that I can be really proud of the results.

The two camera's Im stuck at at the moment can most likely do the last point I mentioned, so Im mostly conserned about the first two.
Since I found out that people in shops never understand what I want (and they tend to just want to sell me the brand that they get the highest margin of) perhaps this video is nice to show what I want to do with it.

This models is about 14 cm high, which is somewhat the highest model I would most likely paint. All other models are more in the 4-5cm range.

So what camera's am I stuck at?
The Nikon d3200 and the Sony SLT-a58
and with the nikon I'm also stuck with: 18x55 vr or 18x105 vr? (With sony I only have a budget for 18x55)

So the main thing I want to be able to do is: take 1080p movies of small objects that move alot (When I paint I dont keep the model fixed at one point, but I do want it to stay as sharp as possible).

These camera's are the most I can afford so my question: Any of these two? or a completely different camera (bridge maybe?).

Thank you very much!

12-06-13, 07:12 AM
Hi and welcome. I think either camera will do what you want it to do. from the clip you posted a lot of the results will be about how you light the subject. There is also a learning curve with a DSLR to get to understand how it works and to get good pictures. Have you tried any of the cameras out yet

12-06-13, 09:25 AM
Hi! Thank you :).
I understand that there is a lurning curve (should be part of the fun :) ).

I did not try any out yet, I do not know anyone who has these cameras and in the shop the sales men tend to just push a camera in your hand and tell you how great it is. But won't actually let you do alot with it.
So I'll try to find a way to test them before making a decision. Someone suggested the D5200 or the somewhat cheaper D5100 to me for even better quality, so will also look into that :).
Thank you!

12-06-13, 10:47 AM
Hi my advice is go to a camera shop not a major chain and remember when you buy a DSLR you buy into a system so make sure that system suits your needs, dont settle for i will get used to it. if it feels right then you are a long way to be it being right. Canon and nikon have the largest range of lenses and that includes 3rd party ones.
i wouldnt go for an entry level camera as you may soon out grow it. good luck

06-07-13, 09:19 AM
which camera is better for photography NEX one's or simple dslr