(Closed) Buying a New Camera…Suggestions?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
2373 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

It depends on what you want to use it for- I own two professional grade SLR’s and I have to say- they’re sort of a pain in the butt when I want to take personal photos. A. They’re big and B. I have to carry the camera around with me because I’m afraid of someone stealing it. We recently went to the beach and I wanted to take photos- the whole time I was stressed if I left the camera someone would walk by and swipe it.

 For personal use, I highly recommend and awesome point and shoot that is small and can easily be hidden. If you’re planning on blogging, taking on photography as a hobby, etc.. the SLR is nice.

Post # 5
817 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I know Nikon and Canon you can’t really go wrong with, but I have always loved the quality of photos with my Fuji Finepix….which broke because I dropped it. 🙁

I currently have an Olympus Stylus Tough, which is waterproof and drop-proof (obviously I needed that feature), but it SUCKS. I hate the picture quality and you can’t just point and shoot, you have to wait forever for it to take the photo.


Post # 6
1679 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If you consider yourself a “pro-sumer”, go for the upgrade.  If you never see yourself being interested in settings and the control that comes with the DSLR, save the money and use it on other things.


FWIW, I love my Nikon DSLR.  🙂

Post # 7
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I personally prefer Nikon – I feel like they hold up to my abuse more. I know my folks broke their Canon LCD in no time. My Nikon has been through a lot. I was a fan of Casio, but I don’t see as many out. My old Casio was dropped, smacked around, and taken rock climbing a few times. It still works – just replaced it this year as I wanted something newer.

Are you planning to have kids in the next year or two? My sister was all for the point and shoots originally, but after she had kids, she wanted an SLR. If you are planning to and want to capture everything, you could look into a DSLR. I’ve got a Nikon, which is several years old now, but still takes wonderful pictures. I use it for all my photography, and take my point and shoot on quick trips or where I don’t want to break my DSLR.

I have no issues with my DSLR. I don’t mind carrying it around – I just bring it out when I want it, and put it back when I’m done. I keep mine in a Pelican Case, for safety measures. If you get the more consumer grade DSLRs, they are easy to use. I just HATE how slow p&s cameras are when it comes to taking pictures.

Post # 8
10363 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

DSLRS with kit lenses are pretty useless. Unless you are willing to shell out for at least one high quality lens, get a point and shoot.

Post # 9
9028 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

SLR makes GIANT difference in the type of picture quality. If you are interested in photography get the SLR and then you can always buy additional lenses. The lens that comes in the kit is usually a standard 18-55, I have one of these and its not that bad at all

Post # 11
1403 posts
Bumble bee

My favorite point and shoot is the canon S95, it shoots raw, has control wheels like DSLR’s,  a larger than normal sensor size, and takes nice pictures.  All point and shoot cameras suffer from the same disadvantages:

poor low light performance

slow focusing and aquiring images = missed moments

slow and wimpy flash performance

no depth of field control

If you are not going to learn photography get into manual shooting or take advantage of raw format, to be honest, any point and shoot will do, I wouldn’t spend more than $150.  You probably don’t need more than 8-10 Megapixels (more megapixels don’t make the camera better), and skip useless features like face and smile detection,etc.  Features to look for are video, a useful zoom,etc, and each model has something different to offer.

I am in love with the new fuji x100


It has the same sensor as a consumer dslr, a sexy footprint, great performance, but it has a fixed prime lens = no zoom.  This would be an ideal point and shoot backup for me when doing personal work, but it has a hefty pricetag……worth every penny IMO.

A dslr requires education to get the most out of it and additional investments down the road.  I will turn into a very expensive hobby as you learn more and more.



Post # 13
3364 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Canon I love mine! =)

Post # 14
6392 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Actually, the Canon PowerShot is kind of in between a SLR and a point-and-shoot. You can’t add lenses, but it takes far superior pictures to your average $100 camera. I used it during an internship at a newspaper, and the images were always good enough to print and use on the web. It’s bigger than your average camera, but it’s a ton smaller than an SLR. I like it because I needed something that would take professional-ish quality pictures, but I couldn’t afford an SLR. [please note, we’re talking professional for a journalist, not for a pro photographer. If your photographer exclusively uses one of these, run!]

Anyway, you should check it out. It sounds like it’s right up your alley.


Post # 15
6889 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I love my Nikon DSLR.  I do have a point an shoot one to and absolutely hate that thing. I rather hadn my DSLR.  To me it is worth it the pictures I take with it are absoulutely awesome. Yes it is expensive but to me worth it. Little by little I am getting lens for it. 

Post # 16
1403 posts
Bumble bee

I don’t think there is anything wrong with the kit lens for someone just starting out.  It’s definitely not useless and will take better pictures than a point and shoot.

crayfish (message)    September 11, 2010   Boston, MA

DSLRS with kit lenses are pretty useless. Unless you are willing to shell out for at least one high quality lens, get a point and shoot.

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