Camera help

I frequently get emails asking me about my camera. And well, they don’t make it any longer.

This is the camera that I have. It isn’t a terribly wonderful camera. It is about two years old and I paid right around $400 for it at the time. I am usually happy with it. There are features I wish it had, like image stabilization. And the shutter speed is not as fast as I would like, which means in low light I often get blurry photos. And I still covet an SLR.

How do you decide what camera to buy out of the all the choices out there. What should you look for? What is important to you? And how much are you willing to spend?

And instead of recreating a list here, I’ll direct you to this list where you will have questions to consider before buying a camera.

And THEN go to here where you can input what is important to you and the website will offer you recommendations based on your answers.

This website offers extensive reviews of just about every camera they make.

9 Responses to “Camera help”

  1. Wendy Says:

    Thanks. I am looking for a smaller camera that takes great pictures. I was looking at the Nikon Coolpix S50. It seems to have everything I want, but you never know.

  2. Sue Says:

    We found one of those sites with umpteen ways of narrowing down the field, a couple of years back when we bought our current digital camera. My husband is very fussy about quality, and would have loved an SLR too but our budget wouldn’t stretch. Besides, I wanted a camera that I could grab and click, for blogging and general photo moments that pass all too quickly.

    When we looked at the quality (the site we found showed examples of pics taken with several of the cameras) we were astounded at how good the Canon cameras were. All of them - from the cheapest right up to the SLRs. They outperformed every other brand, except possibly Sony, on brightness of colours, sharpness of focus, and other techie things my husband considered.

    Eventually we chose the A520 (4 megapixels) which of course is no longer made - but since then we’ve noticed that people whose photos we REALLY like are all Canon owners. As one friend pointed out, the number of megapixels is not really relevant any more since 3 is sufficient for good quality and large prints - what matters these days is the lens quality.

    Oh, and we also wanted somethign light enough to throw in a small bag, but heavy enough that it was easy to snap without camera shake. I really don’t like the very light credit card sized cameras. We’ve both been really pleased with our A520, and when it needs replacing, will find something as close as we can. My husband doesn’t reckon he could do any better with an SLR - there are some manual features (which I never use) on this one, and he doesn’t really have the time to experiment and take a lot of pics anyway.

  3. Karen@FamilyBriefs Says:

    Thank you thank you thank you - this was just the kind of information I was looking for. But I have a question - I’m not sure what the SLR is - I hope someone else is wondering too (otherwise, I might feel stupid :)

  4. Chandra Says:

    My kodak is almost identical to that one. I absolutely love my camera!! And I love the quality of my pics! You have gotten some great pics with your camera. Thanks for sharing :)

  5. Elizabeth Says:

    Are freakin’ psychic?! (Twilight Zone music playing) I just referenced your previous photo post two days ago for info about buying a camera. I was going to email you form work today asking about your camera. Thanks for the info!

  6. Stephanie Says:

    I have a Canon digital rebel SLR (Single Lens Reflex Camera-Karen :-))
    and I absolutely love it! I paid around $550 for it, but it was totally worth every penny! I’ve had it for a little over two years, and my pictures are always clear and professional looking. It’s really user-friendly, and lenses are easy to find. I’d like a new macro lense, but can’t quite pay the price as of yet.
    Anyway, I just wanted to put in my 2 cents.

  7. Deputy's Wife Says:

    Thanks Chris. I appreciate you posting about this. I guess I am not the only one wondering about your camera…

    Hey, a comment to Wendy about the Nikon. My two year old Nikon Coolpix is the camera that just died on me. It reads “lens error” and will not turn on. After some extensive research on the internet, I have found that the majority of Nikons that quit have this error. I should have done more research before I bought it. I also found out that to fix it would cost about the same of a new camera.

    Nikon has lost my business.

  8. Brigitte Says:

    Ah well, telling me that SLR stands for “Single Lens Reflex” doesn’t mean anything to ME . .

    Thanks for the links, Chris, I’ve been reading reviews on various cameras, but so far I’m unsure if any single camera is good at all the features I want it to be good at!

  9. Heather Says:

    I have that camera and my pictures don’t look anywhere near as nice as yours! Maybe I should re-read my manual.

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