(Closed) Recommend your digital camera!

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I loved my old Canon Powershot, such a great camera!!  It broke after 2.5 years of getting a LOT of good use.  I already had a DSLR so for Christmas my fiance gave me a new point and shoot – a Nikon Coolpix – I have to say I don’t love it.  The shutter speed is slow, it doesn’t take the best pictures, for me it gets the job done because if I want quality pictures I use my DSLR, but for times when I’m out at bars or don’t want to lug around the big guy, the Nikon is just not the quality I really like … I would look into the Canon Powershot for a really great point and shoot. 

Good luck!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

i have a dslr that i use most of the time, and i definitely recommend saving up for one. my fiance and i share an olympus fe-250 as well. it’s super thin and light weight, so it’s perfect when we go hiking or snowboarding. the pictures are actually beautiful, and the camera itself is really sleek. i don’t have any complaints about it! i definitely recommend it.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I second the Canon Powershot.  I got my FH the Canon PowerShot SD880IS 10MP Digital Camera with 4x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom for his BDay.  He really wanted the wide angle and the image stabilization is great especially with longer zooms.  The wide angle does mean sacrificing some zoom, though, but since we do a lot of nature photography I think it’s worth it.  I *love* my DSLR (Canon XTI) though.  But it is a bit heavy and bulky for traveling unless you’re really into photography (like me).  I also have a Nikon S1, and I think this is a great series of point and shoots (I think it’s up to Nikon S7 now).  But I still think the Powershot has some better light and WB settings.  The newest Powershot without the wide angle is the SD1100 I think.  I would read around for reviews, but there are many options for well under $250 on Amazon.  I would recommend investing in a faster, more reliable (and more expensive, often 3-5x) memory card.  It’s just not worth it to skimp here b/c you can risk losing all your photos.  But even with the more expensive cards I think you can still stay under your budget pretty easily.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

If size isn’t a huge factor for you, I recommend the Panasonic DMC-FZ28.  It’s a sort of "dSLR Light" — 18x zoom, 27mm equivalent wide angle, full range of manual and automatic controls, Leica lens.  It’s so easy to use and takes wonderful photos.  It’s definitely a camera you can grow with, and it more or less satisfies my dSLR urge until I can afford one.  It’s not huge, but it’s not pocketable.  Definitely fits in a medium handbag, though.

It’s at the top of your price range, but it’s one heck of a camera and I highly recommend it. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I wouldn’t reccomend Sony- I’ve had 3, and currently have one.  I like my current one the best, since I’ve upgraded.  But it can be slow.  My next camera will most likely be a Cannon.  My sisters and friends have one and they all love them.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Canon Powershot- high quality and affordable.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Nikon D80 is amazing and worth every penny. It’s not within your stated budget, but a friend of mine recently bought it for around $500, which is pretty amazing considering I bought it for $1300 less than a year ago! I saved for over a year for the camera and I could not be happier with it.

My mom has had her similar model for 13 years now and the technology is still current-enough and her photos are still amazing. My dad, on the other hand, has gone through no less than 8 point & shoot cameras in that time. Just some food for though 🙂

 

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Ooh, adding to that, with the D80 you can use your old lenses from you SLR 35mm! (not the case with the less expensive D40)

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I got a Nikon D80 as well, right before the D90 came out, so it was a great deal.  My olympus point and shoot died too, so I feel your pain.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

We have a Sony Cybershot – it takes great pics and is reaonably priced.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018 - The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA

Panasonic Lumix TZ5. I heart it and already forced Mrs. Penguin to buy the same one 🙂  We got it for our honeymoon so all of my photos in posts from the honeymoon forward were taken with that camera, if you want to see the kinds of shots it takes. 

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Nikon P80. Fan-tabulous (and a great lens to boot). The only thing: the lens can’t be taken off. Which I’m fine with, since it’s a high quality lens.  But just an FYI.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I have a Sony CyberShot, and it’s great for outdoor pictures.  I’ve recently been taking a lot more indoor pics without a flash andthey have been coming out pretty good.

For those with a dSLR – especially the Cannon xSi – is it easy to use?  Easy to learn?  I would love one, but am afraid that after I put out all of the $$ for one, I won’t be able to work it!

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