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Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by MxPhenom 216, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. MxPhenom 216

    MxPhenom 216 Corsair Fanboy

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    Im looking to buy a camera soon for taking nice pictures of hardware when I do builds, and sales. Along with really good close ups. It needs to be under $400. So what would you suggest?
     
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    You maybe able to find a used Canon T2i(thats what I have) or possible a Canon T3 or t4.
     
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    cadaveca My name is Dave

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    I don't use an SLR. IF it's all you're gonna use the camera for, there are many decent options under $200. NO, they aren't as capable or anything, but you can still get a really decent picture with a point and shoot.

    Even for free, I have no use for an SLR.
     
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    I was looking at getting a Canon T3 myself. Selling my E20 from Olympus. Great camera for the price.
     
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    cadaveca My name is Dave

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    Guys...OP is a student, wants to take pictures to post on forums(did you read the OP?), and you recommnd these? :shadedshu

    Pro photog, sure. Student wanting to take pics of a PC and sell hardware...and you recommend a camera for $600...c'mon, be realistic here please. I think we're way over budget here. :p
     
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    Well on that note.

    Bought a Sony Cybershot for Christmas..
     
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    cadaveca My name is Dave

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    If you want closeups, look for something with a super macro mode. My latest camera, the Panasonic TZ5 does well at everything, but my old Olympus C5050 can get the lens about 5 mm away from a subject. You can see every detail and thread in a dollar bill, every tiny capacitor on a PCB. I still use the old camera for that alone.

    Some examples for the C5050 super macro mode: http://www.wrotniak.net/photo/c/c5050-macro.html
     
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    Now, what is the pros and cons of having a camera with a "battery pack" compared to one that takes normal AA/AAA batteries?

    Not trying to thread jack, Figured something good for the op
     
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    $400 may get you an older entry level dSLR, which would make a great camera. But may not suit you.

    Check out this Canon:

    Canon PowerShot S100 Black 12.1 MP 5X Optical Zoom...

    Nice low F2, 12MP, 1080p video, and sleek design. The F2 lens will help in low light situations and give you a nice depth of field(google Bokeh). Also, you can get nice up close picture or decent zoom with 5x optical and 4x digital. And right at $400, its a good price.

    Might check around the Micro 4/3s cameras. Their the slim dSLRs that use interchangeable lenses. Might find a good one if you look.

    As far as brands, you cant go wrong with:

    Canon, Nikon, or Olympic. There are plenty others, but beware of major brands that just make rebrand other's work.
     
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    Well then this camera will get the job done, has a good Optical zoom, CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 Image Processor, can also do 1080p video, and has a good res for the pic's.

    Has a decent ISO and shutter range, also the Aperture range good too.

    Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Black 12.1 MP 20X Optical...

    My 2 recommended camera's

    The Canon PowerShot S110, has a better Aperture, and higher ISO for low light.

    On Sale for $365 + case and 16Gb card. very good deal.
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/889962-REG/Canon_PowerShot_S110_Digital_Camera.html
     
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    you dont need an SLR -.-
    just any normal cameras will do. just buy a stand as well. it will be helpful.
     
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    Get an older DSLR a 50d or something, those who are telling you to get a P&S don't use SLR or bridge cameras :)
     
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    I have a dSLR and for $400 he's gonna get just as good quality with a point and shoot digital.

    Not everyone has to use dSLR, try not to sound like the Camera Master Race.
     
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    Any compact camera would do, just make sure the lighting is good.
     
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    I know, but atleast give the guy a DECENT point and shoot, I've been working in a camera shop and out of my experiences most of those suggested are downright absurd, get a decent bridge camera or yesteryears DSLR.
     
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    Even if he were to buy one used, a DSLR is heavily recommended. Recommending anything else is like recommending an IGP to someone who wants to be a gamer.

    DSLR cameras last if you take care of them.

    EDIT: Speak of the devil: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004J3Y9U6/?tag=tec06d-20
     
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    I have a Panasonic Lumix FC40 camera that I like very much, which actually replaced another Panasonic Lumix (FC5 IIRC). The important things to look for are a great optical zoom and check out as many reviews as you can on the products. Here are a couple similar to the one I have:

    Panasonic LUMIX LZ20 Black 16.1 MP 21X Optical Zoo...

    Panasonic LUMIX FZ60 Black 16.1 MP 24X Optical Zoo...

    The only thing I don't like about my Panasonic is that is does not have interchangeable lenses, but that's just due to the model and type of camera I bought (could not afford a DSLR).

    If you want to get a DSLR, you can fins a Panasonic version close to your budget:

    Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF2KK Black 12.10 MP Micro Fou...
     
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    Panasonic LUMIX FZ60 Black 16.1 MP 24X Optical Zoo...

    Thats the one ive actually been looking at for a while.
     
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    The panasonic FZs are pretty decent slr-like cameras. If that's the class you want to go with it's a good pick.
     

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