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11 years ago

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Can you help me with Digital Camera information?

I have a Sony Cybershot camera that I adore but I have most recently started to desire a better camera. Meaning, I do scrapbooking but I want to get into photography. I am signing up for classes and now I need a camera. I am willing to go used. I was told Nikon and Canon were top of the line. I just don’t want to spend ALOT of money on my first camera right now. I also know that I want a camera that will point and shoot very fast. Almost paparrazzi!! Any suggestions?

It depends on many factors. Do you want something small that you can tuck away? Do you need to be able to change lenses for sports, nature, portraits, etc? If you want something you can carry anywhere then you want a digital point-and-shoot (PS or PaS). If you need more control and better quality photos, you’ll want a Digital Single Lens Reflex camera (DSLR).
Just remember than any good camera, DSLR or PS, will set you back around $250 at the low end. Because you’re going to take classes I’m assuming you’re going to need to be able to control options such as aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings. There ARE actually PS cameras that can do this; however, most instructors will probably want you to obtain a DSLR.
If you decide to go with a PS camera, I would recommend the Nikon Coolpix P5100 (around $279). If want the cream of the crop as far as PS cameras go, you’ll want the Canon G10 (around $479). If you decide to go with a DSLR, then I’d recommend the Nikon D40 or D40x (around $449). If you want something a little more advanced but don’t want to spend too much, try searching eBay for a Canon 20D or 30D (around $500-$700).

Some Tips:

1) Mega pixels aren’t everything! Anything over 5 or 6MP is going
to be fine unless you plan on making very large prints.

2) Look for manual controls such as ISO, aperture, and shutter
speed.

3) Go for a camera with a large aperture (less than 2 is great). The
reason for this is to avoid using the camera’s built in flash.
nothing ruins more photos than the harsh, flat lighting cast
from a built in flash.

4) If you search eBay, make sure you avoid gray market items
(imported items, or missing serial number), as these usually
aren’t serviced by the manufacturer or covered by warranty.

Most of all, have fun with it!

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