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Looking for a new camera

Discussion in 'What Camera Should I Buy?' started by Flutter cat, Nov 29, 2013.

  1. Flutter cat

    Flutter cat New Member

    Nov 29, 2013
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    I am looking to upgrade from a point and shoot. I need to take photos of my child on stage, no flash allowed. I also like to take landscape and nature shots. My budget is around$500. Image clarity is important. I tend to be partial to Nikon and Cannon but would look at others as we'll. Thanks
  2. Andy Stanton

    Andy Stanton Super Moderator Super Moderator

    Jul 14, 2007
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    There are two classes of cameras that should meet your needs for low light images without a flash, medium to long zoom lens and a budget of $500.

    One is a large sensor compact with a built-in lens. You have two good choices, the Panasonic LF1 and the Nikon P7700. Both have a 7x zoom lens.

    Second is a mirrorless, large sensor compact with interchangeable lenses. You can find some deals for $500 and under, including a camera and a long zoom lens, for the Panasonic GF 3 or GF 5, the Olympus E-PL3 or E-PM1, the Canon EOS M, the Nikon 1 S1 or 1 J3 and the Samsung NX2000. All are very good.

    There is a third category of cameras that would meet your needs except for the price - DSLR's. The cost of the camera plus a long zoom lens would probably exceed your budget, but you might want to look at them anyway. Entry level models are the Nikon D3100, Canon Rebel T3 (EOS 1100D) and the Sony Alpha 3000. DSLR's will give you the best image quality in low light.

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