Post # 1
Question for the photographer bees:
Can anyone recommend a decent camera to purchase for my S. Africa trip? We’ll be on safari and doing lots of sightseeing and I know a simple point-and-shoot camera isn’t going to cut it. Something with decent zoom and features yet simple enough I can learn to use it over the next month. Also something at a decent price point – I can’t spend thousands of dollars on a super fancy camera.
I just don’t know what kind of camera or features are really needed for something like this. Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
Have you looked at a digital SLR Nikon? I know several people with one who have minimal photography knowledge and manage to take gorgeous pics with them.
Post # 4
@MissEdamame: Thanks, lady! I will check out the Nikon… I think I convinced my husband to go camera shopping/browsing with me later today. 🙂
Post # 5
Entry level DSLR (not SLR) cameras are very cheap now. You can buy the most basic one and it’ll come with a couple of lenses, probably for a few hundred dollars. If you’re not going to have much time to leran your way around anything too complicated, learn the basics, and wack it on auto. As a photographer, the auto setting makes me cringe, but for a non-pro, better that than trying to work out manual settings and not getting any good photos from your holiday.
Check out Nikon, Canon (I’m biased, and only buy Canons so that’s what I suggest to everyone), and I’ve heard Olympus are quite good (but have no experience using them).
Post # 6
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Most pros seem to use Nikon or Canon. when I went to a workshop, the photographer demo’Ed everything with those brands and left others to fiddle and figure out how things worked on their other models alone.
Basics about features: http://www.dpreview.com/learn/?/Guides/dslr_buying_guide_01.htm
That website also has reviews of different models. I can’t talk much about Canon, but I went for one step above entry when I got mine (I think the equivalent of mine is the 5500…entry was 3100, I think).
Post # 7
Thank you ladies for the helpful info!
@photogestelle: someone receommended the Canon t4i, but the t3i is much cheaper… do you know if there is a huge difference?
Post # 8
I have the Nikon D3100 and I’m happy with it. I also love that it’s lighter than the other DSLRs I saw. It has good specs and it’s not a pain to carry for hours at a time.
Post # 9