How good a camera can I get for $600?
February 11, 2014 6:41 PM Subscribe
And how do I research on cameras? I want something more than your usual point and shoots. Give me some guidance please!
posted by harisund to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (20 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I want to move "beyond" camera phones and point and shoot cameras. But I am new to the world of cameras. So where do I start?
I have decided to set aside a budget of $600 for a new camera. Is that a good amount?
Based on my experience so far with all kinds of cameras, here are some of the things I am looking to have in the new camera -
1. Long range optical zoom. I have seen cameras with digital zoom and I don't like the "grainy" look when you have an optical zoom.
2. Decent ability to capture photographs when objects are moving at a speed.
3. I would like to have a good video capture ability. I am not planning on spending separately on a "video camera" per se, but I do intend to capture videos.
4. Ability to shoot well in the dark. This is kind of vital. Perhaps an add on flash bulb unit can help?
5. All of the above both indoors and outdoors. Meaning, I would like to be able to shoot good pictures with sufficient zoom and in relatively dark lighting both indoors and outdoors.
6. Ability to shoot good "zoomed in" photographs. If I am not much mistaken, this is a "macro" mode, correct?
7. Sufficiently long battery life. Even with flashes.
This is bit of a stretch, but
8. I would like a camera that is relatively "beginner friendly" but has advanced, powerful features that I can use one I start learning more about photography.
Any suggestions? Am I looking at SLR? DSLR? Anything else perhaps?