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#1 tgordon1205

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 08:15 PM

I have been super interested in photography for as long as I can remember. I wanted to know if anyone who knows more about this than I do, can help me choose a camera. I need something under 450.00 and that is good for landscapes and portaits. I have 2 very photogenic kids and here in AZ we have amazing sunsets and monsoon weather that I try getting pictures of. Can someone give me any advice on a camera I could get for my afforadable price? Thank you!!

#2 rjphoto31

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 03:07 PM

Hello. I have been the owner of a Panasonic DMC-FZ100 for almost 3 years now, and I can't imagine a better camera with which to start more serious photography. While it is still considered a point-and-shoot camera, it offers full manual control over pretty much anything. The image quality is, in most cases, very good. It can shoot RAW, if that is something that you like. I don't know anything about Panasonic's newer version, the DMC-FZ200, but, seeing as it has a constant F/2.8 aperture, I am sure that it is even better than mine for portraits. I would check it it out. Read some reviews, check out the competition, but I think that type of camera is right in your price range.

#3 Abigail1

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 08:26 AM

I have two cameras for you.

Nikon Coolpix P510
image of the Nikon Coolpix P510 digital camera With a 42x lens, the Nikon P510 continues offering excellent optical performance, even as it reaches to such extremes as 24-1,000mm equivalent. A high-res 3-inch articulated LCD screen, comprehensive video modes, and built-in GPS are wrapped in a nimble body with excellent controls. Click here for our review of the Nikon Coolpix P510!

Res: 16.1mp
Zoom: 42.0x
Storage: SD, SDHC, SDXC
Compare Price: $350-430

If you want to buy canon camera,I think this one is for you.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Image of the Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS digital camera Not many pocket cameras achieve a slim profile while offering a 12x zoom, but that's what distinguishes the Canon 520 HS, an ELPH that resurrects a classic design from the past. Calling it the "world's thinnest," Canon designed the 520 HS to be simple as well as tiny, so don't look for manual exposure modes, but special modes like Handheld Night Scene and Super Slow-motion movies will let you get creative. Click here for our review of the Canon 520 HS!

Res: 10.1mp
Zoom: 12.0x
Storage: microSD, microSDHC
Compare Price: $198-359

#4 Kevin23

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 04:56 AM

QUOTE (Abigail1 @ Sep 28 2012, 08:26 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have two cameras for you.

Nikon Coolpix P510
image of the Nikon Coolpix P510 digital camera With a 42x lens, the Nikon P510 continues offering excellent optical performance, even as it reaches to such extremes as 24-1,000mm equivalent. A high-res 3-inch articulated LCD screen, comprehensive video modes, and built-in GPS are wrapped in a nimble body with excellent controls. Click here for our review of the Nikon Coolpix P510!

Res: 16.1mp
Zoom: 42.0x
Storage: SD, SDHC, SDXC
Compare Price: $350-430

If you want to buy canon camera,I think this one is for you.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Image of the Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS digital camera Not many pocket cameras achieve a slim profile while offering a 12x zoom, but that's what distinguishes the Canon 520 HS, an ELPH that resurrects a classic design from the past. Calling it the "world's thinnest," Canon designed the 520 HS to be simple as well as tiny, so don't look for manual exposure modes, but special modes like Handheld Night Scene and Super Slow-motion movies will let you get creative. Click here for our review of the Canon 520 HS!

Res: 10.1mp
Zoom: 12.0x
Storage: microSD, microSDHC
Compare Price: $198-359


These 2 cameras have too different price to compare.
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#5 mottyboy

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 06:12 PM

QUOTE (Kevin23 @ Oct 11 2012, 05:56 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (Abigail1 @ Sep 28 2012, 08:26 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have two cameras for you.

Nikon Coolpix P510
image of the Nikon Coolpix P510 digital camera With a 42x lens, the Nikon P510 continues offering excellent optical performance, even as it reaches to such extremes as 24-1,000mm equivalent. A high-res 3-inch articulated LCD screen, comprehensive video modes, and built-in GPS are wrapped in a nimble body with excellent controls. Click here for our review of the Nikon Coolpix P510!

Res: 16.1mp
Zoom: 42.0x
Storage: SD, SDHC, SDXC
Compare Price: $350-430

If you want to buy canon camera,I think this one is for you.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Image of the Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS digital camera Not many pocket cameras achieve a slim profile while offering a 12x zoom, but that's what distinguishes the Canon 520 HS, an ELPH that resurrects a classic design from the past. Calling it the "world's thinnest," Canon designed the 520 HS to be simple as well as tiny, so don't look for manual exposure modes, but special modes like Handheld Night Scene and Super Slow-motion movies will let you get creative. Click here for our review of the Canon 520 HS!

Res: 10.1mp
Zoom: 12.0x
Storage: microSD, microSDHC
Compare Price: $198-359


These 2 cameras have too different price to compare.


true but i've just bought the Nikon Coolpix P500 (older brother of the P5100 but a fraction of the cost)for 200 and it is superb.
All the advice i have received is DO NOT buy the latest model of anything, get the predecessor it will have all the features you need for a fraction of the cost.



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