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    Hello all.

    As an incentive to try hard for her GCSE's we promised to bedget 250 on any item our daughter wished.

    She excel's at art, and has a flair for it, she will be studying A level art too and is very keen on photogrphy but still very much a novice.

    She likes to go to music concerts and record photo/video.

    She has decided that she wants her own camera, I had gien her mine (a low budget Fuji finepix) but it has since deveoped a fault (no through her misuse).

    So, I'd love to get her an all singing/dancing camera, but I think that she still wants it compact.

    Can you guys recommend anything within a 250 budget?

    This looks amazing, although may be a little bulky??? I really don't know:

    http://www.ukdigitalcameras.co.uk/di...def&fo_s=gshuk

    Thanks!

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    Hi

    I've just recommended the Samsung EX1 that has a slightly larger sensor than the Fuji and is more pocketable.

    Have a read through this thread http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/for...ead.php?t=3237

    Cheers!

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    Excelent, thank you Chris.

    I'll certainly consider this, although the resolution for video seems a little low on this model?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minty View Post
    Excelent, thank you Chris.

    I'll certainly consider this, although the resolution for video seems a little low on this model?
    I understand.

    Have a look at the Canon PowerShot SX240 HS http://www.photographyblog.com/revie...ew/conclusion/ It won't be quite so good in low light but still has some manual controls with full HD video.

    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 http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/ to get you started. The most useful is the http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/Videoes/...06_Levels.html and for even more adjustment. The http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/Videoes/...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

    Cheers!

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    Thanks Chris, I appreciate your help.

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    If she excels at art and loves photography I would actually suggest a different route. It sounds like she might enjoy something that she can be really creative with, and while compacts are fine for snaps, and some even offer control over the exposure settings, they are limited by the small size of their sensors. These have three main drawbacks:
    Ultimate image quality isn't as good a potential issue when it comes to making big fine art prints, which she might want to do.
    More http://whatdigitalcamera.media.ipcdi..._ISO-scale.jpgwhen shooting in low light situations.
    It's virtually impossible to get really shallow depth of field effects, where you get only a narrow band of focus. Examples http://www.flickr.com/photos/nigelat...57628156559883 and http://www.flickr.com/photos/nigelat...57605378558354 and http://www.flickr.com/photos/nigelat...7605378558354/ and http://www.flickr.com/photos/nigelat...57608047981666
    Assuming she doesn't necessarily want a big DSLR (they're beyond the budget anyway) I'd suggest one of two Compact System Cameras. These cameras (both part of the Micro Four Thirds, or M43 format) feature sensors many times larger than compacts use, so offer: higher quality, the ability to get shallow depth of field effects, full manual controls, and (drum roll).... the ability to change lenses. She if she gets really into into it later she can expand her horizons with any one of nearly 30 lenses in the M43 range, including special macro lenses, and fast primes.

    Option 1: http://www.panasonic.co.uk/html/en_G...478/index.html: A great little camera with a touchscreen LCD, and an absoute giveaway for the price. See http://www.cameraworld.co.uk/ViewPro...&Minisitetype= and http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...er/5596148.htm.

    Option 2: http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/pe...-pm1_24690.htm: also excellent. Its a tad more expensive, and there's no touchscreen but a hotshoe for external flash, a port for the attachment of an optional electronic viewfinder, and a choice of five colours. Personally I love the http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-o...-lens/p1527219, but I like the http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-o...-lens/p1527217 and http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-o...-lens/p1527220 ones too.

    Now you may be put off by the fact they don't have a big zoom lens built in, like for example bridge cameras such as http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-f...amera/p1528873. Personally I think big zooms are over-rated for creative photography, unless you're into sports of wildlife. They're ideal as family cameras - the stereotypical 'soccer mums' but they're a lot less useful for most other people than you might think. Consider for example that Henri Cartier Bresson, considered by many to be the greatest photographer ever, only used one lens, and it wasn't even a zoom. The thing with these cameras is if she later wanted a long zoom she could buy one but it woudn't have to be on the camera all the time.

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