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Old 04/22/2018, 07:39 AM   #1
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New Camera Suggestions

I've been wanting a new camera for sometime now. All I've ever used is a point and shoot, and ours is at least 20 years old. We have a 16 day trip to Costa Rica next year, and I would love to have a camera that I can zoom up to a tree and see a monkey, sloth, bird or what not, with out it being a black blob in the picture. Even the wife mentioned we need to get a new camera, because of this trip.

What I would like to be able to do with it... Really take pics like those in the daily pic thread.. They are amazing, and I know that is from years of photography, but I want to be able to learn how to do that.

Can someone recommend specific cameras, that wont break the bank (under $1000, maybe closer to $750).


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Old 04/22/2018, 08:34 AM   #2
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So the big thing is how far do you want to go and how much money do you want to spend. Point and shoots have come a long way. My wife carries this one. It's a great camera.


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Old 04/22/2018, 11:09 AM   #3
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I'd like to keep it under $1000.

I dont necessarily want to carry 20 AA batteries with me on a vacation, so rechargeable would be nice also.

That camera you posted looks very nice, I didnt look at it too close but does it have lens that can change out?

Like I said I would like to be able to zoom into a tree top and be able to make out definition of the animals or zoom in super close and get that detail.


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DP review dot com is a good resource with reviews and comparisons. usually if you get a long telephoto lens you lose out on the wide end of things for landscapes. it's all about compromises. For my point and shoot I use a G7xII. it goes wide, but not a huge telephoto. That said it has enough megapixels that I can crop (think digital zoom) and still get great images for small prints or posting online. There are lots of options, you're gonna need to do some research. For me being able to shoot RAW was mandatory. That narrowed the field down some.


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Just picked up a Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS70 for our safari.
Recommended by a camera store. Came in about $500 with a few extras.
A camera with a zoom of @ least 200 mm was recommended by the tour group.
This will do 3X that.


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Old 05/14/2018, 03:42 PM   #6
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Thank you both for the info... Its tough there are so many out there to choose from.


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I just bought this lens.



If you want interchangeable lenses, you should know, that lens alone busts your budget. Stick with a good quality p&s. Go to B&H dot com, and look around.


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Thank you both for the info... Its tough there are so many out there to choose from.

For sure. So, what i did initially was made a list of features I knew I wanted. That helped me wean it down. if you are getting something with an interchangeable lens then the lenses available (focal length, cost, 3rd party, and image quality) will also come into play. Not an issue with Point and Shoot.

Lastly, another thing for me was familiarity. Sticking with the same system (Canon) allowed me to move from one camera to another with a lot less difficulty since I was familiar with the interface.


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