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1. Posted by jatiedt (Budding Member, 2 posts) 25 Aug '09 11:43

Hello everybody,

First time posting so I just want to say hello first of all and thanks for all of your help.

I am looking at buying a camera and don't really know were to start. I have an old digital but it is definitely time for an upgrade and something worth investing in. I am looking at a price range of around $500-650 USD. I will mostly just be taking pictures of my travels around Thailand and Asia for my blog. Let me know what ya think, I am open to all suggestions. Thanks again.

JT-

2. Posted by BASEnutter (Budding Member, 25 posts) 26 Aug '09 13:06

Depends on what you want. I'd personally go for one with a good optical zoom, but if you spend most of your time underwater then go for one thats waterproof.

I use a 4 Megapixel mini SLR from about 6 years ago with a 4X optical zoom. It suits my needs perfectly, but a friend recently upgraded to a 10 MP camera with an 8X optical zoom, and the quality is so much higher and the pictures you can take are better.

The one they bought ran up about $200-$300 with memory card and stuff.

I'll be upgrading too soon so let me know what you get!

3. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive, 698 posts) 28 Aug '09 12:55

When you say digital, what sort of digital? Compact, DSLR, phonecamera, camcorder etc.

4. Posted by jatiedt (Budding Member, 2 posts) 29 Aug '09 00:28

Hey guys thanks for the responses. I have been looking at a DSLR something like in similar price range and quality of a Nikon D40. Or is that even that good of a camera? I am very new to the world of Photography.

JT-

5. Posted by BASEnutter (Budding Member, 25 posts) 31 Aug '09 14:24

A Nikon D40 is a good camera. Are you certain about getting a DSLR though? If your new to photography then wouldn't a point-and-shoot camera be better? Even one in the same style as a DSLR. I'm not new to photography, I often change the exposure, focus etc to get the picture I want but even I wouldn't go for a DSLR...It just seems quite specific and could just be annoying once you start using it...

6. Posted by Ebonhawke (Budding Member, 5 posts) 31 Aug '09 19:48

There are a number of cameras that are considered 'prosumer' (professional consumer) cameras that may be of interest. Many of them have all the manual controls of the DSLRs (Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority etc. - not sure how advanced your old digital camera is), that will allow you to learn and grow as a photographer

DPReview is an absolute fantastic website with in-depth reviews and comparisons, as well as forums where people have posted images that will give you an idea of what different cameras can achieve

At $500-600 price point, you're most likely looking at a used DSLR and probably one general purpose lens. I would suggest finding a local camera specialty store (not a general electronics 'big box' store) and talk to them about what you'd like for a new camera - they will let you handle as many cameras as you'd like (because some cameras just feel 'wrong' in your hands) and may also have used models (or know of people who may be willing to sell older cameras) that meet your range. You don't have to buy a camera from the store, but you'll have had the opportunity to try a few different cameras out and get a better feel for the camera and lens that you want, rather than just buying it 'blind' from an online site.

Remember - the best photographs are taken by people who understand their equipment - not necessarily by those with the best equipment - you could have a $10,000 set of camera gear, but still get crummy photographs because you keep putting your finger in front of the lens! :)

7. Posted by LuzMac99 (Budding Member, 14 posts) 31 Aug '09 22:02

Best camera I've ever laid my hands on was an Olympus 1040Hyper Crystal LCD, 10.0 Megapixel, easy as to use, takes great photos, has zoom, big screen to view photos, and the lens doesn't come out of the camera - which I think you should go for because I've always found they break more easily.. Comes in Black, Silver and Red I think :D

Here's a picture from google :)

http://a.img-dpreview.com/news/0808/Olympus/mju1040front_back.jpg

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