Looking for a camera

I am currently looking for a new digital camera. My original one is just a point and shoot type thing. But I am now looking for something more advanced. I don't have much experience with photography, but am planning on taking some classes. Right now I am looking for a camera that has a really good zoom and is really good with action shots, my biggest pet peeve is trying to take a picture of a golf swing or sport shot and you miss the shot because by the time you press the button it takes another few seconds to actually take the picture..

Any advice for something that is not too advanced, but would take me further forward when I have the hang of the new camera, something that has a really good zoom and something high speed. In the price range of no more than $500 canadian..

Thanks in advance..

Comments (8)

A Digital SLR is a good choice for action shots. DSLR's have basically no shutter lag (the time between when you press the shutter and the camera fires) as opposed to point and shoots which can be the better part of a second. a nikon d40 can be had for less than 500 US$...

Comment #1

While a DSLR is certainly faster I am not sure it's your real problem..

Taking a shot of a moving golf swing really requires you to get pre-focus and anticipate the time to activate the shutter. A non-DSLR can manage the shutter speed, so that's not a problem If you can take a burst of shots that can help. A Nikon D40 would be a good choice as it has a good continuous mode..

Getting a good zoom for your budget is harder on a DSLR, actually probably impossible..

Perhaps have a look at the Fuji S9100/9600. It has a good high-speed mode that might be useful in your situation. It's not a DSLR but it might do the trick with teh right technique..


Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #2

It all depends on what your budget is. If your looking for a camera with some manual control (no white balance though) the Kodak 712IS or 812IS is probably a good pick for you. They have most basic manual fuctions with an easy and straight foward. I personnaly have a 712IS as my family camera and have to say it takes very good pictures with the auto modes as well as manual modes. The lag time with a fast SD card (133X and up) is probably one of the more respectable in this price range (250$). If you are going to use macro mode this camera is missing white balance for manual adjustment which is much needed in this mode.

All in all I was never a fan of the Kodak line of cameras and bought this one due to price for the value and found myself surprised. Good colors, stable in hand, but need some lithium rechargables for this camera..

My Pro camera I use for Weddings, Sports, Action is a CANON 400D... but it has a much bigger price tag. This is an extremely fast off to shot time (virtually instant)..

This camera also has a shoe for added flash capability. All in all alot more manual functionallity but if you want some manual, well priced, image stabalizer, super zoom, I would recommend the Kodak. If you want to invest in a life partner for action shots and manual control you will be jumping into the 600$ for the XTI Rebel..

This is my outlook based on cameras I have used both SLR and Auto. Hope this helps some. Cheers ..

Comment #3

I would appreciate it if someone could tell me what I should be looking for when I go into the shop so I don't get overwhelmed by all the technical babble..

Thanks again..

Comment #4


If you are looking for a digital SLR, then it might be hard to find a camera for 500$.

There are some cameras that are SLR-like that are under 500$..

Some good SLR-like are: the Fuji fine pix S6000, Fuji fine pix S700 and the Fuji fine pix S9000..

There are a lot more SLR-like cameras out there, those are just some of Fuji's camera's..

Comment #5

Going into a shop you should be interested in how a camera feels and ergonomics - how it is to use, button locations..

Before you get there you need to research a bit, I think, on the area of shooting sports, if that's important to you. Technique is very important/, as much as equipment. Until you do this I don't think you can make a good choice, except by luck, unless I've misunderstood your skill level..

The fact is many good photographers could make the shots you want with equipment I know I would fail miserably with. Experience and knowledge really count..


Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #6

You can get a good entry-level dslr (Canon 350D) for $425. An inexpensive but really sharp lens (Canon 50mm f/1.8) costs about $70. You end up with a good dslr for less than $500..


Comment #7

Thanks for the help everyone! I have done a fair bit of research and am going to go to my local photography shops to check out some options. I have a fair idea of what I should go for and once I have been and checked out cameras and finally choose something I am going to head and take some photography courses to make sure I use the camera to the best of it's abilities and increase my skill level - will let you know how I progress and what I choose!!..

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