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Buying a camera

Discussion in 'Fine Art and Design' started by savagewind, Oct 15, 2019.

  1. savagewind

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    I had a point and shoot digital camera and it is lost. I have never had a good digital camera but I like to take artistically pleasing photos and I might even one day blow some up to frame and hang.

    I am mechanically challenged so I would sacrifice some performance for ease of use. I might learn some photography or I might keep taking my chances and expect the camera to do what it is supposed to do.

    I need a model that will take good closeup photos.

    I expect to pay upwards of $1500, but I do not want to spend that much.

    Any suggestions, please?
     
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    Nikon D7500, you can get around $900. It's fairly easy to pick up and use, shoots great photos and you can always change your lenses.
     
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    oh, what a fun topic :)

    How much zoom do you want? Can it be bigger than pocket-sized? Do you want shutter and aperture priority? Low light?

    I've had SLRs, my wife has DSLRs and mirrorless. They're great. But personally I find that a top-end camera, with a built in zoom, is a camera I'm much more likely to take with me.

    I'm looking at the Sony RX10 iv. I mostly do wildlife and long zoom photos.
     
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  4. savagewind

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    It need not be lightweight unless I decide on a camping safari which is unlikely. I do not expect to do much air travel either so the weight of it isn't much of a factor, but a good idea, never the less. Thanks! Zoom doesn't matter much either. I am not a bird watcher. I expect a camera much bigger than a pocket-size. I am not a spy.

    I think that these questions are about knowing something. I don't. But I think that shutter speed is for catching action. I might need that. Is aperture for depth of field? I might need that. I mean that I might want that.

    I have a bunch of cameras that I have collected from yard-sales. The local photographer says to me, "keep them". And I shall, but they do not do what I need for eBay.
     
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    Try a new smartphone.....and a subscription to photoshop. ;)
     
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    I thought of that first. OK. I might do that. :) Any suggestions? I have never had a smartphone.
     
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    You might be surprised how good a camera you can get, that is also small. From everything I've read, the Lumix ZS200 is a really high quality, versatile, small camera. (if anyone is wondering what to get me for the upcoming Solstice, a ZS200 would be awesome! ;) )
     
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    I have a fancy camera but almost never use it. My Google Pixel phone does what I want most of the time. The almost best camera on a phone is the Pixel 3a and 3axl and they're relatively cheap.

    What I would do if I were you is to look at the images on this web page and read the text ignoring the jargon. It might give you a starting point Smartphones vs cameras: do you still need a DSLR? | TechRadar
     
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