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I need an idiots guide to buying a camera
My grandpa gave me his old digital camera a couple years ago. I've found that I really really enjoy photography, but the camera is very cheap. The resolution isn't very good, the zoom is fairly weak and if I use it the images are even worse quality. I have to use a tripod most of the time because everything gets blurry if I don't, and I have fairly steady hands but it's really uber sensitive to movement..

The problem is while I'm an art major I haven't taken my photography classes yet, so I don't really understand a lot of the technical jargon. At all. I've tried to do some research, but I have a hard time understanding technology without an actual person teaching me. So I know what I want to be able to do, I just don't know what I need to do it..

I would like to be able to 'point and shoot'. I do a lot of walking around outside and shooting whatever I see, so having to carry a tripod is kind of a pain in the butt. I would like something that produces high resolution images. Something that has a really good zoom and/or allows for close up detail shots would be great..

If someone could point me in a good direction that would be great. I'm a student so I don't have unlimited funds, but I do have some left over financial aid that I can use. Somewhere around $500 or less would be ideal (less would be very ideal) but I could probably go a little higher for the right camera if needed..

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!..

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Whenever in doubt, go with the market leader and you will be safe. e.g. Canon S5IS (12x zoom), SX100IS (10x), A720IS (6x), A570IS (4x) depending on your budget.Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612Thanks for visiting and leaving comments ..

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The Olympus SP-57OUZ looks promising to me. Anybody familiar with it?..

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Karate0kat wrote:.

The Olympus SP-57OUZ looks promising to me. Anybody familiar with it?.

I've posted this before in a another thread but theres a great review by Popphoto that compares Panasonic FZ18 vs Olmpus SP-560UZ vs Fuji S800fd. The FZ18 won in just about every category. I think the Olympus came 2nd. Hope this helps..

Http://www.popphoto.com/cameras/4836/shootout-18x-evf-superzooms.html..

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Any of the superzoom cameras will do, but those with a flip out LCD as well as a viewfinder would be better for learning potential. (Canon s5is for example) They all have scene modes for various shooting conditions and you will soon be able to suss out what settings they are using and move to semi-manual and manual modes if you want. If the camera has a hot shoe on top you'll be able to add an accessory flashgun..

You might want to buy one of last year's entry level DSLRs and slowly build up a kit of lenses for it. The DSLRs also have scene modes and some have image stabilisation in-camera making ANY lens stabilised.John.Please visit me at:http://www.pbase.com/johnfr/backtothebridgehttp://www.pbase.com/johnfr/digital_dartmoor..

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John farrar wrote:.

You might want to buy one of last year's entry level DSLRs and slowlybuild up a kit of lenses for it. The DSLRs also have scene modes andsome have image stabilisation in-camera making ANY lens stabilised.John.Please visit me at:http://www.pbase.com/johnfr/backtothebridgehttp://www.pbase.com/johnfr/digital_dartmoor.

Having got a K100D I'd testify to that. Just bought a f/1.4 manual focus prime lens for 44 and having the anti-shake feature is invaluable. Just as good as VR lenses in my opinion. You'll save yourself a lot of cash and have a great camera to boot!!..

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You can read reviews and listen to advice all day long, but you really need to hold it in your hand to get a real feelingWarm regards,DOF..

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