Looking for a teaching (digital) camera
January 15, 2014 10:46 PM Subscribe
I'm getting ready to teach a photography class for "at-risk" high schoolers. We have 8-10 students, and a budget of $1000 for supplies. So I'm trying to decide what cameras to buy for this class (and future classes), and seeking a camera that's cheap enough that we can buy 8-10 of them, but has enough manual control that it's interesting to play with.
posted by ThatFuzzyBastard to Technology (7 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I plan to teach composition, lighting, and other things that apply as much to a phone camera as a DSLR. But I'd also like to teach them about f-stop, shutter speed, ISO, and manual focus. So I'd like a camera that can let them play with all that, and still be cheap enough that each student could have one. And before you ask: We don't have a darkroom, so 35mm cameras are out; it's gotta be digital.
So I'm looking for a digital camera that:
• Has a manual mode with control over aperture, shutter speed, and maybe ISO
• Offers manual focus
• Has a zoom
• Costs $100 or less
It would be super-awesome if it was a camera with swappable lenses, but I know that may be hoping for too much.
Does anyone have any recommendations? Or does such a camera just not exist yet?