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  1. Wildbill

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    Thanking of getting a camera I have never owned a digital camera except a phone one.
    Any advice what I nead is sumthing universal
    Taking sum action shots of the weeman
    Bit of wildlife stuff
    Any advice appreciated
    Got to at least get better than this
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    PP Bear Funster Life Member

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    By the looks of it buddy, you'll need a cape and 2 trellises :clap2::moon2::rofl:
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    Panasonic Lumix - they have Leica lenses. Choose what resolution in megapixels you want, plus zoom lens magnification, and buy second hand if necessary. I use one as a spare for when my DSLR's not handy - picked it up at auction for about £20.

    You'll probably get a different camera recommended by each person, but that's my twopenny worth.
     
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  4. NickNic

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    Unless you're talking about full on pro kit there isn't really much to choose between any of them. They will all do what you want.

    Personally I would always buy Canon but that's just my preference.

    As @magicsurfbus says you will get different recommendations from everyone and I would say all of them, including mine, will be based on little more than brand snobbery.
     
  5. dave newell lvs

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    For an occasional all round photographer I'd suggest a bridge type camera, not full on DSLR but more versatile than your average point and shoot compact. Make wise its your own call, different brands tend to have certain characteristics, for example Fuji tend to favour blue/green colours while Kodak traditionally favour red/yellow. Some brands will be better for close up work, some will be better in low light, some will be better in strong light and some will do better at landscape type images. Very few cameras are truly good at all aspects of photography, certainly in the non DSLR arena. Consider carefully what features you want/need (good in low light/action shots/landscape or whatever) then do your research to find something that fits your needs.

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    I'd go for that as well. Mine is a GF2 bridge camera. Excellent bit of kit
     
  7. Wildbill

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    DSLR?:Eeek:
     
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    dave newell lvs Trader-Vehicle Services

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    Digital Single Lens Reflex, pretty much the mutts nutts these days Bill and probably over the top for your needs. They're the most common type of cameras that have interchangeable lenses (although some "bridge" cameras and even a few compacts now have interchangeable lenses). "Bridge" cameras are so called because they bridge the gap between compact and DSLR.

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    Budget is all relative Bill, I have paid nearly £1000 for lenses to go onto my camera body, and you can pay a lot more than that, but recently bought a 'bridge' camera, Canon SX60 for £300, so to me seemed good value, but still a shed load of money to some, it replaced my SX30 which developed a lens fault

    this one below is a pretty good spec for £100

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Canon-SX4...991809?hash=item4d3ebc0741:g:tdMAAOSwqfNXjY0Y

    and its a canon, been my favourite for years, at this spec they have image stabiliser helps hold focus on full zoom, but it is still £100

    on the other hand Bev often takes better pictures than me with her iPad
     
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    Echo Panasonic Lumix...
    I have two!
    But the one that get used the most is my compact tough one.
    Panasonic FT25, drop proof, freeze proof, and waterproof (within limits)
    Point & shoot all on auto, or choose "scenes" or manual.
    Slips into a pocket
    Not too expensive

    Latest model is now FT30 @ £120 Amazon
     
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    The one sticking point will be the action shots! Any camera other than a DSLR will have a lag and regardless of how small it means you WILL miss some shots ... saying that some newer models have a multi-shot and even video facility from which you can then choose which frame you want but they won't be cheap. I have a bridge camera for normal holiday shots etc (15x or 18x optical zoom ... can't remember which!) and a DSLR for action shots, or more 'professional' photographs. You can get a better optical zoom than this now but it suits my needs and I've had it for a few years so it is a 'good friend' and serves me well - if I was to buy another I'd probably get a 30x optical zoom. Don't bother looking at purely digital zoom ones, or ones which claim high zooms as it is often the optical zoom and digital combined ... just look at the optical zoom which is a true zoom - all digital zoom does is crop the image so you get a closer shot but only because it cuts out the rest, the image quality is the same.

    As for the number of megapixels, don't get carried away! IMV you don't need one that takes anything over 6mp really unless you intend to get photos blown up massively!

    One thing I would certainly do is get one with a proper viewfinder as those that just have a rear monitor are a b*gger to use in strong light as the glare means you simply cannot see on the screen what you're wanting to photograph!

    You really need to see some in the flesh as they do differ quite a bit in how nice they are to use/hold and also the quality of the image through the viewfinder as it is not usually a view through the actual main lens but a smaller one next to it and some of these can be very grainy so difficult to see how good your photo is likely to be once you take it.
     
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    stepdaughter #2 bought me a Panasonic Lumix DC vario for Xmas.....takes 1st class photos....and as a bonus its waterproof.
    Model DMC FT30.
    Less than £100.
     
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    And another Lumix fan we have two a bridge and a compact. The compact gets used the most as we like the GPS feature, when you view the photos on a PC you can see the location on google maps.
    Thinking about replacing the bridge with a newer version will probably be another Lumix have been really impressed with them.
     
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    Mine is a canon ixus 10mp. Takes great shots and dead easy to use. I have to be honest, for point and shoot stuff that most of us do, a modern compact is as good as any thousands of pounds spent on an SLR or bridge and it fits in your pocket.
     
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    I have a big DSLR Canon and a selection of lenses and a Panasonic Lumix and the Panasonic gets the most use nowadays as the Canon is too big and heavy to hump around.

    Quite a bit of the secrets of photography are down to how you take the photo. In your example above there is probably too much bright sky which is fooling the camera meter and making the important subject matter too dark!
     
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    My stripped down, bare minimum, kit that I have with me in Italy now consists of:

    2 x EOS 5D3 bodies

    1 x 24-105 L f4 lens
    1 x 70-200 L f2.8 lens
    1 x 100-400 L f4.5-5.6 lens

    1 x speed lite. Not sure why I've brought that but you never know
    1 x hot shoe continuous light

    An assortment of batteries

    A couple of straps


    I have a Canon G16 point and shoot compact but the only time I ever touch it is when I'm somewhere like a music festival that doesn't permit real cameras.
     
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    Another vote for the Panasonic Lumix - it's as simple or as sophisticated as you want.

    Amazon often have last year's model at a reduced price and are very good at refunding if there's a problem :)
     
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    I see i will have to be careful at meets when i take my browny out after reading this thread lol.
     
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