Which camera to buy for a food business and good quality close-ups of food?

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  1. Python49

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    As title suggests, am looking for recommendations on a camera for good quality closeups of food items for my business website, fliers, menu, etc. Budget is $700 or less.
     
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    I'd go for the Nikon D3200 for several reasons. One, it's a DSLR with a large sensor that's very good for indoor/low light shots. Two, Nikon cameras, including the D3200, have auto-distortion control which prevents closeup shots from suffering barrel distortion. Three, Nikon cameras, including the D3200, have very good auto-white balance, which means your indoor shots will have a natural-looking tone to them. Finally the Nikon D3200 has 24 megapixels, which is overkill for most shots but could be very useful for closeups because you can crop the image to blow up a small piece of it.
     
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    Im living in a country where those particular brands of camera seem to be hard to find, although I will keep looking. Any recommendations for samsung, sony, or Fiji brands? Or any particular specs that are good for food close ups? Is it just high mega pixel, high zoom? How do I know if it's a DSLR camera also? I'm pretty newbie when it comes to photography, but there was a samsung galaxy camera model they had here that I played around with in the store: http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-EK-GC...69129588&sr=8-3&keywords=samsung+gc100+galaxy - it didn't seem to have a mode where I could change it to macro for closeups though.
     
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    Nevermind regarding the galaxy camera, a quick search online just showed me that's not really a camera for higher end photography. Main brands out here are fiji, samsung, and sony it seems.
     
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    For good food closeups look for a camera that's good for low light shooting. Cameras that are best for low light shooting have a large sensor. DSLR's and small mirrorless cameras have the largest sensors, though a few point and shoots have larger sensors and many other point and shoots have a back-illuminated CMOS sensor that takes decent low light shots.
    Examples of DSLR's are the Nikon D3200, the Canon EOS 600D (also known as the Rebel T3i) and the Sony SLT A-37.
    Examples of small mirrorless cameras are the Olympus E-PL3, Nikon 1 J3 and Sony NEX 3k.
    Examples of large sensor point and shoots are the Canon S110, Nikon P7700, Fuji X20 and Sony RX100.
     
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