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Old Oct 21, 2012, 7:37 AM   #1
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Hi all, new around here but I will get straight to the point.
I new a new camera, I am in australia and have a budget of $500.
The may thing I will be photographing will be my family and pets.
There are just to many options to choose so any help would be good .
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Old Oct 21, 2012, 2:57 PM   #2
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G'day Don

Firstly mate - welcome to Steve's ... you'll find a collection if whiz-bang blokes & shielas here who, like you I presume, are mad everyday 'togs. Once you find your camera let's see some of the stuff you shoot with it

Okay with a $500 budget your options are plenty - more options if you consider s/hand stuff as well > for s/h stuff ... have a sqwiz at Gumtree.com.au

If you want a new bit of kit, then all the dSLR stuff is over that amount + a few 1/2-decent lenses will take it to $2k all too quickly. So you're into the fixed-lens [maybe superzoom] category

btw: "Family & Pets" is pretty broad - If you can give us some idea of what you want to shoot - maybe things you've wanted to shoot previously but missed out on - that will help lots

One resource you might like to sqwiz is DPReview.com ~ it's the industry site used the world over for cameras & lenses etc etc

Hope this helps as a starter
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Old Oct 21, 2012, 3:40 PM   #3
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Hi- many questions to ask yourself prior to camera recommendations.
Are you familiar with- and would you use/need- manual controls, or are you a "point and shoot" type..?
Is size of the camera important..? Will you be needing a long zoom..?
Is video capture a factor..?
Try to put together a small specs "wish-list" which should help whittle things down a bit...
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Old Oct 21, 2012, 6:39 PM   #4
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thanks phil and simon for quick replies, i will try to narrow down a bit.
Main thing i will be taking photos of will be my baby who was just born a couple days ago.
I dont know how to use manual controls so point and shoot would be easiest but im not afraid to learn to use new things either.
size is not important.
Dont need a long zoom
video vapture is not essential as i had a video camera.
Hope this helps to narrow down
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Old Oct 21, 2012, 7:18 PM   #5
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Congrats on your new arrival...
If you don't need much zoom- then I guess there's no need for a larger bridge camera.
Maybe consider something like a quality compact camera with a fast lens- which will yield potentially better images indoors and in lower/natural light.

Contenders might be Canon's S100 or their latest S110.
Panasonic's LX-5 or their latest LX-7
Olympus's XZ-1 (which I own) and their XZ-2 is due out any time.
I'm not sure the Sony RX100 will come into your budget- but is a cracking little camera with its fast lens and very large 1" sensor offering superb image quality.
Others to consider might be Canon's G1X (another with a BIG sensor and superb IQ) or their G15.
All of the above have full manual control,but can be used as a "point and shoot" if you want simplicity.
If you don't mind a little more bulk but with the improved IQ a larger sensor offers, maybe consider one of the Sony NEX line,the Olympus EP range or Panasonic GF/GX range.
An entry level DSLR might be a consideration also- as the standard kit lens might be all you need given your requirements- and again can be used in "auto" if you so wish.
Maybe the Canon 1100D,Nikon's D3100 or Sony's A37...etc...
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do the DSLR cameras require the use of a lens kit or will they take nice photos with just the body?
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With a DSLR you have the option of buying a "body only"- for someone who already has lenses for that given system, or they can be purchased with what is called a "kit lens"- an inexpensive lens,usually with an equivalent focal range of 27-85mm or thereabouts.
A DSLR cannot take a pic without a lens attached.
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Hi Donski84

for $500 you should be able to pick up a Sony Nex-F3 with the 18-55mm lens.
This should do everything you need and would give you the option of adding extra lenses in the future if your needs change.
http://www.digitalcamerawarehouse.co...egory182_1.htm

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Old Oct 24, 2012, 10:36 PM   #9
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I ended up getting a fuji film s4200, it should cover my needs and was well inside my budget
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G'day Don

Well done - quite a reasonable camera too
Q- do you have a Flickr site to display your images? .. if not, would you like some notes on how to use FLickr?
Once you have an on-line site, it's easy to link your pix to messages here

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