Suggestions for a good digital camera

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  1. max

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    . . . catching up a bit here; still use the indestructible 35 mm. film camera.

    What are good quality, reasonably priced digital cameras that you would recommend?

    What's the way to judge a good digital camera?
     
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  2. Bowtiesarecool

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    For the most part, sensor size. Everything else is just some non-essential feature. Megapixels are useless unless you're going to make enlargements, and nowadays, even a cheapo digi has enough to make 16x20s out of a 4x5. Go to the brand you prefer, buy the one with the biggest sensor you can afford.
     
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  3. veloduffer

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    What's your intentions for the camera and budget? If you want to do some serious type photography, you'd probably want a camera with a full frame (FX) sensor, like a Nikon D600.

    If you want something that is easy to carry for family photos and better than a point and shoot, look at the mirrorless cameras from Fuji, Panasonic and Sony.

    If you want a lightweight DSLR, the Nikon 5100 or 7000 are very good.
     
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  4. Fuji

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    My ladyfriend makes a living as a professional photographer, and she lets me use her Canon Rebel XSI, and I think it's pretty cool. (She hasn't used it in years, hence why I'm able to take it everywhere hahahaha!) It's a solid little camera that takes relatively good pictures in an outdoor setting. Inside it's not the best, but it can definitely get the job done. :)

    -Fuji
     
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  5. chrischris

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    Film is still great.. but what do you pay for developing the film??

    What kind of photos are you mainly gonna be taking ??
     
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  6. jswinf

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    I'm no expert, but I've had a couple of Canon digitals that I like, and I like their software.

    I think almost all the new cameras have way more settings than I can comprehend and/or make use of--maybe if I used a camera near daily it would soak in some, but I don't.

    Whatever you get I bet you'll like it. Might want to get something basic (inexpensive) as a "bridge" to the next one you buy after you learn more about digital photography.
     
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  7. davo81

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    It depends very much what you're looking for. The truth is that many of today's digital compact cameras are so good that there is little reason to buy a DSLR anymore. Unless of course you are ready to invest a lot of time in photo editing and/or really need the versatility of interchangeable lenses.

    I think the most important thing is "image quality" - which is very difficult to quantify (and subjective to some extent). You'll have to browse through full-size sample images of potential candidates.

    For me it's important to have a physical selector wheel that shows me whether I'm currently in manual exposure mode, aperture priority, or shutter priority. Only few compact cameras have that. Also important are a good menu, quick access to exposure control, quick access to turning the flash on and off, etc.

    I used to have two Canon PowerShot A cameras with which I was very happy but they both died (the first one after almost 5 years, the second one after a bit more than 3 years). Because of that, and because the PowerShot A series doesn't have large zooms anymore, I decided to get a Casio Exilim EX-ZR100. Casio is definitely not a classic camera company, and the image stabilizer is noticeably worse than Canon's, but you get a 24-300 equiv. zoom with decent image quality plus a huge number of slow-motion movie options which are extremely helpful for instance in tennis. It was succeeded by the EX-ZR200 (currently sells for about $300) which in turn was recently succeeded by the EX-ZR300 (currently sells for about $400).

    In terms of DSLRs I have an old Nikon D80 (with a Nikon 18-200, i.e. 27-300 equiv., and various other lenses) but simply don't use it anymore. Because of that, a couple of days ago, I've finally decided to sell it. In terms of current models the Nikon D600 is pretty amazing - full-frame sensor for only $2100. Less expensive DSLRs (such as my old D80) usually have a smaller sensor, i.e. you have to multiply the focal length by 1.5 or 1.6 to get the 35mm equiv. focal length.

    If I win the lottery I might go with digital medium format (Leica S for instance, seems to suit me better than the Hasselblad H system) but for the time being the Casio will be sufficient for 95% of my photo needs.

    A great website with very careful in-depth reviews and lots of full-size sample images for download is http://www.dpreview.com Take a look at cameras that received good ratings in, say, the last 6 months or so. That should help you to make a short list.
     
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