Newbie looking to buy a camera

Discussion in 'What Camera Should I Buy?' started by Nai, Oct 2, 2013.

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  1. Nai

    Nai New Member

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    I was asked to take pictures for an event, and was given my friend's camera. I did not know how to use it, the lighting was bad, and the auto feature didn't seem to work. So I was thinking of getting my own camera so I can learn and practice.

    Budget

    I don't have that much money and I'm cheap so my budget would be around $150. I don't want to go over $200.

    Size

    Size doesn't matter. I probably can't afford the big fancy ones.

    Features

    How many megapixels will suffice for you?

    No idea.

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

    No idea. The next event I may be expected to take pictures for is at a park. I'll be taking pictures of people playing sports. I would like something that would be able to zoom in enough to capture a good shot without too much loss on quality and especially blurring.

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

    8/10

    Do you care for manual exposure modes (shutter priority, aperture priority, manual)?

    Not too much.

    * What will you generally use the camera for?

    Club events


    * Will you be making big prints of your photos or not?

    Not really. The biggest would be a little larger than a page.

    Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos?

    Yes

    Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos?

    yes


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

    What are those?:confused:

    (greetings from the notebookreview side)
     
  2. Andy Stanton

    Andy Stanton Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    The better point and shoot cameras tend to have a CMOS sensor, which improves image quality and speed. If you want the ability to take close up pictures during sporting events, a long zoom lens is essential. For the price you're looking to spend, $150-200, my top two cameras would be the Nikon S6500 (with 12x optical zoom) and the Canon Elph 330 (with 10x optical zoom).

    Both cameras have CMOS sensors, are small and have good image quality. The Canon is probably better at low light. The Nikon has an auto-panorama mode, which makes it easy to take ultra wide angle photos, while the Canon's panorama mode is a bit harder to use. However both cameras have many different options plus smart auto modes if you're interested in simply pointing and shooting. Both have built-in wifi which makes it easy to transfer your photos to the computer or directly to the internet. Neither have great battery life but the Nikon's battery life is shorter.
     
  3. KCook

    KCook Well-Known Member

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    "Events" and "sports" are treated differently, as photography terms go. "Events" applies to such things as weddings and parties. Where the photographer can get quite close to the subject, and may use flash for better lighting. "Sports" usually means telephoto lenses (lots of zoom) and very high shutter speeds. Professional level sports camera gear is very expensive, an event photographer can get by with fairly modest gear. Some cameras will have an "Auto" mode that will do a fair job at an event. While all consumer cameras have a "Sports" mode or scene, I have yet to find one that works well. Serious sports photography means your camera will be in "shutter priority" mode, if not manual mode. Links for help with sports photography -

    How To Take Photos of Fast Moving Sports Without Blurring The Subject by Digital Photo Secrets

    Catch that Shot! 10 Tips for Weekend Warrior Sports Photographers

    School Of Digital Photography: Understanding Action Photography

    Kelly Cook
     
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    Which specific brands & models should you want?
     
  5. Andy Stanton

    Andy Stanton Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    As I said earlier:
     
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