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I'm wanting to buy a new Digital Camera
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I'm looking for a new Digital Camera to buy at around $300-$400. I'm wanting to use it mostly indoors, close ups of people's faces, so I need really good "warm" colourful shots with high quality clear images, as I'm a makeup artist. I would still like to use it outdoors, but still wanting quality images with great colour without over exposure in a compact size camera - one that is slimline so I can fit into a medium size handbag..

Does anyone have any suggestions through experience of the type & brand of camera that I should be looking for.Cheers Anna..

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Anna Banana wrote:.

Hello,I'm looking for a new Digital Camera to buy at around $300-$400. I'mwanting to use it mostly indoors, close ups of people's faces, so Ineed really good "warm" colourful shots with high quality clearimages, as I'm a makeup artist. I would still like to use itoutdoors, but still wanting quality images with great colour withoutover exposure in a compact size camera - one that is slimline so Ican fit into a medium size handbag.Does anyone have any suggestions through experience of the type &brand of camera that I should be looking for.Cheers Anna.

I think you are asking a lot for that price range you quoted. Typically good quality images come from camera with larger sensors, especially indoor/low light conditions, which would land you in non-slimline territory of DSLR..

If you could forgo the slimline requirement, a Pentax or Olympus DSLR could fit the bill with some basic lens setup. However, if you insist on the portability of the camera, a compact camera such as Panasonic TZ3, Canon Axx series, or Fuji f3x, f4x, f5x may work for you...

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Thanks for that. I know I'm asking alot for a small price, but one can only ask hey, Cheers...

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No question the nikon d40 kit fits your budgetsee dpreview.comand kenrockwell.com..

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You have conflicts here and it's going to cause you no end of grief..

1. You want it to be portable but use it indoors. So what your going to end up with is the flash on the camera. The typical on board flash has a not insignificant amount of UV in it and it's going to make the makeup do really strange things in the color department. What looks good in indoor lighting will look strange in the photo and I don't think that's what you want to document. What you need to do is bring along, or keep set up if the clients come to you, a tripod and take the pictures under incandescent light, no flash..

2. Outdoor shots also have issues. By now I'm sure you know that makeup looks different outdoors. But because your camera has a different sensitivity to light than your eye that UV effect I mentioned above is going to jump up and bite you again. Modelling shots taken outdoors use special makeup specifically for avoiding this. Is this what your using? If not then you've got a learning curve here and some more money to spend..

3. Outdoor lighting is very difficult to work with. To avoid dark shadows and color issues you'll need to use fill flash. Most of the cameras will do this and the Panasonic TZ3 will be a reasonable choice..

Lots more can be said about all this. It can be done. But it's not like just pointing the camera at someone and saying "cheese" if you want the best results. Then again if it's only you that will see the pictures then you needn't worry about any of the above and just snap the shot. And remember that what looks great to the eye can look downright ghastly in a photo.A member of the rabble in good standing..

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Allows her to just pop in a D40?Or did you miss that part of her question?A member of the rabble in good standing..

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Thankyou member of the rabble in good standing. Your tips are excellent. I do use specific makeup for photography, but usually it's the professional that's taking those divine shots, however I like to have some on file for myself and clients too. I have done the research on all the suggestions from the first reply member and have gone for the Panasonic TZ3 - as you said, this would be a good choice too, and the comments in this website are all favourable and in the direction I want to use this camera for.Thankyou for your helpful tips, you obviously know your stuff.Cheers..

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