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A Good Camera? (Pure Vanity)
None | 11/19/2012 | Patrick1

Posted on 11/19/2012 9:33:03 AM PST by Patrick1

What is a good camera to buy for a reasonable price that will take pictures of people, posing, athletic events etc, that is easily postable to a website or facebook?


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1 posted on 11/19/2012 9:33:11 AM PST by Patrick1
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To: Patrick1; SWAMPSNIPER

Your expertise is needed, SS. :-)


2 posted on 11/19/2012 9:36:26 AM PST by lysie
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To: Patrick1
There are trade offs. A camera well suited for outdoor sports events may have limited use for indoor use.

How much do you want to spend?

3 posted on 11/19/2012 9:38:47 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (')
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

The camera you choose won’t have any effect on posting, most cameras now come with basic editing software so you can resize images.


4 posted on 11/19/2012 9:41:13 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (')
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Couple hundred? Indoor more than outdoor for sure.


5 posted on 11/19/2012 9:42:06 AM PST by Patrick1 (“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”)
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To: Patrick1
Get the Can 60D with the 18-135 lens.
A bit heavy but it does everything you could want.

I'd also suggest the Canon Speedlite 430 EX II flash.

6 posted on 11/19/2012 9:44:16 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: Patrick1

A digital one.

My monitor is completely screwed from pasting my film pictures to Facebook, and nobody seems to be able to see them!


7 posted on 11/19/2012 9:45:00 AM PST by NonLinear (Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.)
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To: Patrick1

I followed the advice from a previous camera thread and got a Canon PowerShot A2300 HD.

The delay between button-press and picture-snap is irritating as hell.

It takes good pictures unless you’re trying to capture a specific instant.

$115.00 online.


8 posted on 11/19/2012 9:45:26 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: Patrick1
I have been reviewing here
9 posted on 11/19/2012 9:46:11 AM PST by bmwcyle (Women reelected Obama)
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To: Patrick1

Just make sure it has a viewfinder and not just the LCD screen.


10 posted on 11/19/2012 9:47:58 AM PST by babygene
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To: lysie

Canons are great.


11 posted on 11/19/2012 9:48:58 AM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: Patrick1

Go on craigslist and buy a used one and save a ton of money. Anything Canon, Nikon or Sony digital should do fine.


12 posted on 11/19/2012 9:51:02 AM PST by Newbomb Turk (Hey Newbomb, where's your brothers ElCamino ?)
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To: Patrick1

13 posted on 11/19/2012 9:52:28 AM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12)
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To: Patrick1
I'll do some research on what is currently hot.

Are you likely to be shooting sports events at all?

Cameras with a lot of zoom don't usually have good low light capability.

14 posted on 11/19/2012 9:53:04 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (')
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To: Patrick1

cnet.com and other (many good) review sites. Relying on anecdotes on an Internet forum is like asking here what is best brand of gasoline.


15 posted on 11/19/2012 9:53:33 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Patrick1

I have a Panasonic DMC-Z57 that I love, and it cost about $265 two Christmases ago. It has a Leica lens without the high price. After I take the photos I use the cord that came with it to transfer the photos to my PC via the USB cable. Then I can upload to Facebook or another website for sharing with family & friends (I use Dropbox for that).

The camera takes excellent (crisp and clear) photos of all types of scenarios, indoor, at night, sunny, etc. I can use the flash or not. It has GPS capability if I want it. I bought an extra battery so I can change it out when the old one is drained, then recharge that first one for the next use.

I can’t say enough good things about it! Love my camera!


16 posted on 11/19/2012 9:54:35 AM PST by FamiliarFace
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Can’t get one for 200 bucks!


17 posted on 11/19/2012 10:07:37 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (')
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

Canon is like everything else, there are some bad ones.


18 posted on 11/19/2012 10:08:55 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (')
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To: Newbomb Turk

If you’re going to buy used buy from KEH and get a good warranty.


19 posted on 11/19/2012 10:10:17 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (')
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To: lysie

I’m a camera nut, so I’ll bite. My two, non-SLR, compact cameras:

For when I’m walking - Fuji X10: high end point & shoot with pro quality image quality. RAW, jpegs, HD videos.

For when I’m snowboarding, surfing, snorkeling, & watching hurricanes - Olympus TG-1: (mostly)waterproof/crush proof/drop proof, jpegs & videos.


20 posted on 11/19/2012 10:10:31 AM PST by BillyBonebrake
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Check B&H Camera for their used gear.
The earlier, 20 D or 30 D might be in your price range.


21 posted on 11/19/2012 10:17:24 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: Patrick1
I would not hesitate to buy this.

http://www.keh.com/camera/Canon-Digital-Point-and-Shoots/1/sku-DC059990979740?r=FE

22 posted on 11/19/2012 10:18:41 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (')
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

It doesn’t sound to me like he wants to go DSLR.


23 posted on 11/19/2012 10:20:43 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (')
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To: Patrick1

http://www.keh.com/camera/Canon-Digital-Point-and-Shoots/1/sku-DC059990979740?r=FE


24 posted on 11/19/2012 10:21:52 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (')
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To: Patrick1

I paid $99 for a Canon PowerShot A1300 16.0 MP Digital Camera 4 months back. It has become my wife’s favorite camera, since it will take both photos and high def 720p video. I did get a 32G SD chip for it and it will hold about 3 hours of video and thousands of photos. It will use rechargable AA cels or AA alkalines right off the shelf. A single charge on the cells is good for about an hour of video.
Now that my wife takes it, I’ll probably not get it back and will have to use my Nikon DSLR.


25 posted on 11/19/2012 10:22:17 AM PST by BuffaloJack (Children, pets, and slaves get taken care of. Free Men take care of themselves.)
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To: Patrick1

I love my Sony cybershot. Great photos, panoramics, movies, etc. Just buy an extra battery as one will go down over a period of time even if the camera isn’t turned on.


26 posted on 11/19/2012 10:22:47 AM PST by Portcall24
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To: Patrick1
WiFi cameras make it easy to post to the internet. They are easy to use and can do every thing a causal user wants. They can be set up to send your pictures to one of several sites like photobucket that you can use to post pictures places like Free Republic. If the sporting events are of your kids events they can take good pictures of them.

On the high end of inexpensive $300 Nikon - Coolpix S800c 16.0-Megapixel Digital Camera

The low end is around $150

Samsung - Wi-Fi WB150F 14.0-Megapixel Digital Camera


27 posted on 11/19/2012 10:23:48 AM PST by ThomasThomas
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To: Patrick1
I've bought "BARGAIN" grade stuff from KEH and it's good functional gear.

What is KEH's warranty policy? We unconditionally guarantee all merchandise for 14 days, no questions asked, from the invoice date. If you are not 100% completely satisfied with your purchase you may return any unused or defective merchandise for a prompt refund within 14 days of your invoice date. Please contact a customer service representative via email at service@keh.com or phone (770) 333-4200 PRIOR TO returning the item, so we may solve your problem in the fastest, most convenient manner possible. New Equipment Warranties on new equipment are provided by the manufacturer. New equipment must be returned to the manufacturer for service after 14 days from the invoice date. Used Equipment KEH includes a 6 month, non-transferable warranty on used products. Defective equipment must be returned to KEH and may be repaired, replaced or refunded at our option. Warranty is voided in the event of customer damage or misuse. 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28 posted on 11/19/2012 10:25:10 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (')
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
I bought the 20 D and enjoyed the heck out of it. B&H took it in as a trade on the 60 D and “kit” lens.
I have an iMac with iPhoto and manipulating photos is a breeze.
29 posted on 11/19/2012 10:26:14 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

We appreciate your effort typing that long post all by hand.


30 posted on 11/19/2012 10:29:04 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Portcall24
Any camera from any of the major camera makers is going to take great pictures most of the time. I have a $100 Canon and I am always pleased with the pictures I get out of it. If you just want to take snap shots get a little one you will actually take with you everywhere. More expensive cameras give you more control, but to use the control you have to know what you want to change. If you don't plan on using different shutter speeds and apatures then it probably isn't worth it to get a pro or semi-pro camera just to use it like a point and shoot. If "shutter lag" is an issue, then you will need a something bigger than a typical point and shoot. If you are trying to shoot in low light without flash then you will need a camera with a fast lens, which probably means an interchangable lens system. If you want to shoot stop-action shots on a soccer field and get pix that look like Sports Illustrated, you are going to have to use a higher end SLR. I own about 20 cameras, and countless lenses. Each one is capable of taking great pictures, but isn't always the right tool for every job. Here is a top of the line point and shoot that is carried by a lot of professionals as the back-up, or off duty camera. Of course they want the ability to customize and set things manually. If that's not important to you then you could get something with less dials and knobs that has the same raw image quality for less money. But this camera is one that you will never grow out of. Canon G12.
31 posted on 11/19/2012 10:32:34 AM PST by Jack Black ( Whatever is left of American patriotism is now identical with counter-revolution.)
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To: Patrick1; All
What I'm trying to recommend is a versatile camera with good image quality.

I'm looking for a viewfinder model. I'm checking reviews for low light capability and lens speed.

I'm also considering price.

I also refer to RESELLER RATING to check out any vendor I'm suggesting.

Most of my gear is used, much of it from KEH. I've saved thousands of dollars and have a lot of reliable gear.

It seems like every time a thread like this starts a lot of folks jump in trying to spend lots of money.

Some of us ain't got a lot!

32 posted on 11/19/2012 10:35:19 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (')
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To: Revolting cat!

I swiped it!


33 posted on 11/19/2012 10:36:41 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (')
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Get the Can 60D with the 18-135 lens. A bit heavy but it does everything you could want.

I like mine a lot! Bought it for a trip to Europe. Took over 4,300 pics at 18 megapixel. Awesome! Bought it at BestBuy. 3 years no interest deal. Cost $25 a month!

34 posted on 11/19/2012 10:47:20 AM PST by folkquest (Nothing is fool-proof because fools are so ingenious!)
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To: Patrick1
I suggest taking a few minutes and read these reviews.
From there you can do comparisons and there's also a Digital Camera Finder feature.
From their Top 5 digital camera page - I'd go with their recommendation of the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS (black).
Averaging about $250, but Christmas sales should offer a cheaper price.
35 posted on 11/19/2012 10:49:09 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Patrick1

I’ve sold cameras, and owned many. I was disappointed with the photo quality in my Canon, which died for no apparent reason. If you buy a Nikon, buy two because one of them will usually be in the shop for repair. I’ve owned Sony before and after the above cameras and have never been disappointed with Sony.

For camera reviews, go to http://www.dpreview.com/


36 posted on 11/19/2012 10:49:09 AM PST by aimhigh
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To: Patrick1
What is a good camera to buy for a reasonable price that will take pictures of people, posing, athletic events etc, that is easily postable to a website or facebook?

You may have to decide what your priorities are...taking decent pictures, or posting them to the internet?

First of all, even with some of the point-and-shoot cameras, taking decent pictures of sporting events will likely only be possible if you are standing on the field of play. The zoom capability simply isn't enough to get a decent picture that isn't blurry. Unless you can get on the field of play, decent sport shots almost require digital SLRs with large, zoom lenses.

Point-and-shoots like Canons or Nikons are great for most portrait-taking, either indoors or out. Many of these cameras offer some digital processing of photos, and even special effects. There are probably some of these that allow wireless transfer to a laptop, where you can upload to the internet. It just depends on what you mean by "easily postable."

You may find that for the perfect balance between "decent photos" and "easily uploadable" is achieved with a digital camera, such as an iPhone, Galaxy, or something similar.

37 posted on 11/19/2012 10:50:19 AM PST by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: Patrick1

I trust this guy’s opinion. Here are his recommendations for cameras in every price range... http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/recommended-cameras.htm


38 posted on 11/19/2012 10:51:54 AM PST by 762X51
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To: Patrick1

I have a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25 that I bought used - but in like new condition - on Ebay for less than $100.00. Leica lens, 16 mega pixels, 8x zoom all in a size that will fit in your shirt pocket. Great pics, very happy with it.


39 posted on 11/19/2012 10:57:04 AM PST by Donkey Odious ( Adapt, improvise, and overcome - now a motto for us all.)
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To: Patrick1

My Fujifilm F500EXR is suitable for my needs. It was $250 last March. Takes really good family photos and action shots. In theory, I could post directly to FB without a computer, but I don’t. I haven’t figured out the right setting for low lighting though. Also takes good video.


40 posted on 11/19/2012 11:00:04 AM PST by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: folkquest
I find better prices on all things photographic at B&H in NYC.
I have a 17-55 wide-zoom and a 50 MM 1.4 which are fun.

I bought a 400 MM L series which requires a tripod to use. It was in near-perfect condition, bought used from B&H for about half the new price.

41 posted on 11/19/2012 11:01:29 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: Patrick1

One of the problems with uploading images can be the file size. Large image files can take too long to upload and the computer will “time out”. You can fix this with a good photo management tool. While I am sure there are many out there, I used ACDSee for years - in my previous life as a real estate appraiser - with great success. It makes it very easy to reduce the file size without losing image quality. There are free versions available for download.


42 posted on 11/19/2012 11:08:33 AM PST by Donkey Odious ( Adapt, improvise, and overcome - now a motto for us all.)
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To: Patrick1
You can't go wrong with a Canon. I would suggest a Powershot A1200 if you are going the economy route. It takes excellent photos, and it uses two AA batteries. I would suggest purchasing 4 Sanyo Eneloop pre-charged batteries and a charger so that you always have a spare set. Eneloop batteries are the best rechargeables and work quite well. You will never have to purchase another set of batteries for it.

Another advantage of the A1200 is that there is a version of CHDK available for it. This allows you to do things with the camera, like time-lapse photography, that are ordinarily available only on more expensive cameras.

43 posted on 11/19/2012 11:25:17 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the psychopath.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
I find better prices on all things photographic at B&H in NYC. I have a 17-55 wide-zoom and a 50 MM 1.4 which are fun. I bought a 400 MM L series which requires a tripod to use. It was in near-perfect condition, bought used from B&H for about half the new price.

I like B&H. Have been there often (don't go Friday after sundown)! I would like a fixed telephoto or the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens. (costs a lot!) I also like the built-in flash, but need to get a nice external one.

44 posted on 11/19/2012 11:47:36 AM PST by folkquest (Nothing is fool-proof because fools are so ingenious!)
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To: NonLinear
That's because you are not using special monitor glue....

You're in luck, I happen to have an extra bottle...

It's yours for the low price of $59.99 plus shipping...

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45 posted on 11/19/2012 11:55:59 AM PST by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: Patrick1

One thing I missed when I bought a digital camera that I wish I had checked on: Power cord. Lots of times when you’re shooting video, you drain the battery before the event is done. Many if not most of those times you have access to a 120V outlet if only the camera had the plug for power.


46 posted on 11/19/2012 12:30:19 PM PST by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: Patrick1

I bought a Fujifilm FinePix A500 digital a few years ago, and it serves me well. I take a lot of photos for property valuations as well as personal stuff, grandkids, etc. I don’t remember the exact price, but I think it was under $250.00 list and I got it at a nice discount on sale.


47 posted on 11/19/2012 12:56:56 PM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: folkquest

I am familiar with the hours at B&H. I’ve never visited the store but get their catalog and mailings.


48 posted on 11/19/2012 12:58:38 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: Patrick1

Avoid Canon like the plague!


49 posted on 11/19/2012 1:05:37 PM PST by Randy Larsen (Aim small, Miss small.)
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To: FamiliarFace

I can echo that...I too have the ZS7.

Under most conditions, you will be very happy with the results.

In good light, you could even do a decent job of photographing sports events, but probably nothing indoors.

It also shoots excellent HD video with full zoom, albeit the zoom works a bit slowly.

The ONLY two things that I dislike about it are that it tends to get grainy quickly at high ISOs, and it lacks the ability to “infinity focus”, which means that it can be hard shooting timed shots from a tripod in low light. The only thing to do to mitigate the problem is to set the camera to manual and shut the aperture down as low as possible to ensure the best chance of everything being in focus, but then you have to crank the ISO up to compensate, and everything comes out grainy.

But, for most everyday shooting scenarios, it’s hard to beat.


50 posted on 11/19/2012 2:40:08 PM PST by FLAMING DEATH (Freedom of speech is delicious. It tastes like chicken.)
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