Camera buying advice (FAQ answers below)

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  1. banjo

    banjo New Member

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    thanks for your help!!


    * What budget have you allocated for buying this camera? Please be as specific as possible.
    A: 200-350


    * What size camera are you looking for? Or does size not matter at all to you?
    A: Doesn't really matter


    How many megapixels will suffice for you?
    A: 12 or greater.

    * What optical zoom will you need? (None, Standard = 3x-4x, Ultrazoom = 10x-12x)
    A: Probably just standard

    * How important is “image quality” to you? (Rate using a scale of 1-10)
    A: 8

    Do you care for manual exposure modes (shutter priority, aperture priority, manual)?
    A: I don't know much about that...

    General Usage

    * What will you generally use the camera for?
    A: I'm doing academic research and will be using the camera to document the daily life of people in communities in several different countries.

    * Will you be making big prints of your photos or not?
    A: Maybe? I would like it to be an option

    Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos?
    A: Yes, probably

    Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos?
    A: Possibly


    Are there particular brands you like or hate?
    A: Open to anything.

    Are there particular models you already have in mind?

    A: Canon or Nikon perhaps?

    (If applicable) Do you need any of the following special features? (Wide Angle, Image Stabilization, Weatherproof, Hotshoe, Rotating LCD)

  2. Andy Stanton

    Andy Stanton Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    For the best image quality look for a camera with a CMOS sensor that's as large as possible within your price range. Most point and shoots have a 1/2.3 inch sensor. A few point and shoots have larger sensors - 1/2 inch or 1/1.7 inches. Another class of camera, the mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (MILC), have sensors ranging from 4/3 inch to the large APS-C sensors used in DSLR's.

    At the lower end of your price range there are several good point and shoot cameras available, such as the Canon Elph 330, the Nikon P310, the Samsung WB250F and the Sony WX80. However, when you get towards the upper end of your price range you can afford better cameras with larger sensors, such the Canon S110 and Nikon P330, two excellent point and shoots. Or you can opt for an MILC camera (with a detachable lens), such as the Olympus E-PL3, Olympus E-PM1 or the Panasonic gf3. All should meet your needs well.
  3. KCook

    KCook Well-Known Member

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    Those requirements suggest an advanced enthusiast's camera to me. And the budget would make my shortlist the Canon EOS M, Canon G12, Olympus PL3, Panasonic G3, Panasonic LX7, and Sony NEX F3. Most of those are models from a couple of years back, so expect to find them used, not new. The difficulty with these is that they will not be ideal as pure Auto shooter cameras. You will need to learn a little about camera setups to take advantage of their quality. Links for more rambles -

    Kelly Cook
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