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    Default What camera should I buy?

    Hi I want to buy a new camera. I'm looking to spend in the range of $300- $450.
    I want to have high quality images & manual capacity. I'd like the camera to have raw.
    I'd like the camera to be as light as possible for what I want.
    I'd like the screen to be mobile so that I can adjust it for viewing in different lighting conditions.
    I take a lot of macro style photos so that is also important.

    regards Maeve

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    Close-up macro shooting is easiest with compact "one lens" cameras, but there are few that also have RAW ability and a movable LCD screen. Probably the camera that most meets your requirements is the Olympus XZ-2, a compact camera with a relatively large 1/1.7 inch backlit CMOS sensor for good low light ability and fast operation, RAW ability, manual controls, macro focus range of 1cm and a tilting LCD screen. Image quality is very good. Its price probably exceeds your maximum (if you see it priced less than $450 make sure the retailer is legitimate). If you leave off the requirement of the movable LCD screen, the Olympus XZ-1 is very similar to the XZ-2 but is well within your price range. The Nikon Coolpix P330.also has the elements you want (except for the movable LCD) and is also within your price range.
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    Default Re: What camera should I buy?

    Amazon lists the Sony NEX 3N right at $449
    Olympus PL2, Canon EOS 50D, Fujifilm F45fd, various film dinosaurs

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    This may not be the answer you are looking for, but the new GoPro Hero 3 black edition blew my mind. It can do so much including shoot 4k video. May not be right for your needs, but it's a great camera for that price range if presentation in front of the client is not important.

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    Default Re: What camera should I buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Maeve View Post
    Hi I want to buy a new camera. I'm looking to spend in the range of $300- $450.
    I want to have high quality images & manual capacity. I'd like the camera to have raw.
    I'd like the camera to be as light as possible for what I want.
    I'd like the screen to be mobile so that I can adjust it for viewing in different lighting conditions.
    I take a lot of macro style photos so that is also important.

    regards Maeve
    The Canon EOS Rebel T3i sounds perfect for what you need. I think it runs a little higher than you want to spend, but it fits everything you mentioned you wanted.

    The Rebel T3 is also a good choice but lacks the adjustable screen. Its closer to your price range I think.

 

 

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