Help for finding a new camera

Discussion in 'What Camera Should I Buy?' started by jonashenrik, Jan 19, 2014.

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  1. jonashenrik

    jonashenrik New Member

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    I filled out the questionnaire about which camera fit me, and I hope somebody will help me finding a good one;-)

    Which camera should I buy?



    Budget

    * What budget have you allocated for buying this camera? Please be as specific as possible.
    1100 euro/1500 us dollars

    Size

    * What size camera are you looking for? Or does size not matter at all to you?
    I want a compact camera that can easily be brought on vacations and smaller trips.
    Features

    How many megapixels will suffice for you?
    ?
    * What optical zoom will you need? (None, Standard = 3x-4x, Ultrazoom = 10x-12x)
    standard
    * How important is “image quality” to you? (Rate using a scale of 1-10)
    10!
    Do you care for manual exposure modes (shutter priority, aperture priority, manual)?
    Whether the functions are manual or automatic does not matter as long as the automatic works perfectly. I need the aperture priority function i think, for portrait pictures where the background becomes blurry.
    General Usage

    * What will you generally use the camera for?
    Photographing persons, buildings and occasionally landscapes. I mostly use the photos on facebook, and I like to make posters of good captures, often buildings/architecture.
    * Will you be making big prints of your photos or not?
    I will!
    Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos?
    My current camera is very bad for indoor use since all photos become blurry. Id like one that can be used indoor, but i dont want a big blitz for lighting up the picture since I would hate to carry it around anyway, i dont want a big camera as mentioned previously. indoor use could be nice but not at the expense of size.
    Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos?
    i dont think so
    Miscellaneous

    Are there particular brands you like or hate?
    no
    Are there particular models you already have in mind?
    no
    (If applicable) Do you need any of the following special features? (Wide Angle, Image Stabilization, Weatherproof, Hotshoe, Rotating LCD)
    hotshoe could be nice, since i dont know if i'll need this later, but not required.

    Im looking very much forward to see some suggestions.

    best regards jonas
     
  2. Andy Stanton

    Andy Stanton Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    There are some small but very high quality cameras in your price range. Two of the best are the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 and the Sony DSC-RX100 Mark II.

    The Panasonic has interchangeable lens capability so, if you want something other than the standard 2.6x zoom lens, for instance a long zoom lens, you can purchase one and use it when the need arises. The Panasonic has a large, 4/3 sensor, which gives it excellent image quality in general, including good low light quality. It has manual controls, if you choose to use them, and built-in WiFi. The Panasonic has received excellent reviews, though this website has not reviewed it yet.

    The Sony does not have interchangeable lens ability so you're limited to the built-in 3.6x zoom lens. While the Sony has excellent image quality its low light ability is not quite as good as the Panasonic due to the Sony's smaller sensor. Like the Panasonic the Sony has WiFi and manual controls. Unlike the Panasonic the Sony has a hotshoe, if you want to add a separate flash. This website gave the Sony RX100 (the earlier version) 4 1/2 stars (out of 5). Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 Review: Simply Amazing Here's some information about the newest version, the RX100 Mark II. Sony Makes the Best Camera Better: the DSC-RX100 Mark II

    Here are some sample images from the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1
    Flickr Search: panasonic lumix gm1

    Here are some sample images from the Sony DSC-RX100
    Flickr Search: sony rx100
     
  3. KCook

    KCook Well-Known Member

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    Fujifilm X-E2, Olympus OM-D E-M5, PL5, and Panasonic GX7 are also very nice. These are a little bigger than the ones Andy listed, but still lighter than a DSLR.

    Kelly Cook
     
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