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Is there a good outdoor wireless security camera?

Is there anything smart and wireless, a la the Dropcam or Canary, but for outdoors? If not, what's the best alternative?
posted by Anonymousness on May 12, 2014 - 2 answers

What digital camera offers mostly physical controls?

I'd like to get my 9 year old daughter a new digital camera to call her own. She's had all my cast-offs from over the years but I noticed her favorite is a 2006-era Olympus with all physical controls. Are there any up-to-date pocket cameras with more physical dials than software menu systems? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Apr 30, 2014 - 11 answers

ISO pocket-friendly camera

In search of a decent, relatively small camera to use for research and traveling, preferably under 500 bucks. I don't really want a DSLR, because I used to travel with an SLR and a massive lens and I don't want to deal with it now (nor do I really need it.) Is this or this enough camera? Would this be too much camera? Or this? [more inside]
posted by jetlagaddict on Mar 15, 2014 - 12 answers

What IR-capable residential security cameras are inconspicuous?

I'm interested in getting a few residential security cameras installed to cover our yard and car areas. Requirements are: ~40 feet night vision, decent motion detection, networked recording to central PC/DVR unit (either over WiFi or PoE power), no batteries, weatherproof, not easily stolen. There are plenty of cameras with good tech specs, but many of them look like warp engines. I imagine putting up giant cameras will not only piss off the neighbors, but serve as a giant ROB ME I HAVE STUFF sign. What exterior cameras are not only good but inconspicuous? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Mar 6, 2014 - 3 answers

Explain zoom lens specs please?

Can someone explain these two types of zoom lens specs? [more inside]
posted by Cosine on Jan 13, 2014 - 24 answers

Where should I sell my camera, in Seattle?

I want to sell my Nikon D40. I live just north of Seattle. What's the best place for me to sell it? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Dec 27, 2013 - 9 answers

Help me find a good older model DSLR

Hi all. I'm thinking of upgrading my camera from a bridge/superzoom to a proper DSLR. My budget is pretty small and it's likely to see some pretty rough use, so I probably don't want to get anything new. I think I have a pretty good idea of my requirements, but navigating the world of obsolete DSLRs is a bit complicated for me so I would appreciate your recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Dec 26, 2013 - 13 answers

DSLR on a budget: Buy an older high-end or a newer low-end camera?

This blog post has inspired me take better photos of people without spending a fortune. For a given budget (let's say camera body less than $600) should I buy a current low-end DSLR (e.g. the Canon Rebel T5i) or watch eBay for a used higher-end DSLR from a few years ago (e.g. the Nikon D7000)? [more inside]
posted by teem on Dec 16, 2013 - 17 answers

Sony RX100 or Panasonic Lumix LX7?

After being disappointed in yet another set of vacation photos because I didn't want to lug my dSLR around and ended up relying on my phone's mediocre camera, I've decided it's time for a high-end point-and-shoot. I've spent a couple weeks researching and have narrowed it down to two: the Sony RX100 and the Panasonic Lumix LX7. But I'm having a hard time deciding between the two! Do you have experience with either/both that can help me decide? I don't mind spending the extra money on the RX100 if it's worth it, but is it? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Oct 29, 2013 - 11 answers

Can I buy an iPhone and use it only as a camera?

Can I buy an iPhone and use it only as a camera without having to sign up for a service plan? I don't really need nor want a smartphone, however, I'm now wondering, with Instagram, etc, if I should start shooting some stuff on a smartphone? The only downside is that I like having big, canvas prints up around the house am under the impression that the phone's image quality is still pretty crappy.
posted by tangyraspberry on Oct 6, 2013 - 17 answers

Canon Rebel XTi to Fuji x100s to ?

I loved my Canon Rebel XTi, then sold it and got a Fuji x100s. There are things that frustrate me about the Fuji, and I need some help figuring out what camera might be a better fit for me. [more inside]
posted by kdern on Sep 21, 2013 - 9 answers

Lumix LX1 vs. Powershot G9?

Small camera enthusiasts: I have had an LX1 as my sole non-cellphone camera for a few years. I like its size. I like its controls. I like shooting in RAW. I don't mind the limited optical zoom, but the dangling loose lens cap is a pain and the low-light performance is abysmal. I have a line on a G9 at a good price. How much of an upgrade would it be?
posted by jon1270 on Sep 9, 2013 - 12 answers

To Catch a Predator, Home Edition

A friend of a friend has a suspicion her family is being spied on through a shared attic-type space, but currently feels powerless to do anything without proof. Is there a camera a person could hook up in an attic that would take images without any kind of indicator light showing that it was on and without any additional lighting? [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 18, 2013 - 15 answers

What Nikon DSLR Body is most Appropriate for Old Lenses?

I had a Nikon FE, back in the day. This camera died, perhaps of a broken heart, around the time that film started to fade in popularity. Along the way I acquired a Nikkor 50mm, a Nikkor 28mm, and an off brand zoom. [more inside]
posted by Danf on May 15, 2013 - 6 answers

Vintage film camera repair in the DC area?

I've got a vintage Pentax K1000 that I would like to get looked and and CLA (Clean, Lube, and Adjust) serviced. I've got a bit of a sentimental attachment to it, so I am looking for personal experiences/recommendations. [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Apr 19, 2013 - 5 answers

Best NYC street shopping for cheap import photography stuff

I'm going to be in NYC soon. I buy a lot of import (read: straight from Shenzen) photography junk (stands, lens hoods, macro rails, Benro tripods/heads, LED lights, etc). All cheap and low-ish quality. I buy this stuff on eBay and it is almost always coming from Shenzen or NYC/Jersey. If I wanted to see stores or kiosks full of it, where should I look?
posted by fake on Mar 20, 2013 - 3 answers

Parking lot security for trucks - Threatened by ex-contractor

A former contractor for a small business I'm involved in has told an employee he plans to sabotage the business' 5 trucks, possibly pouring chemicals in the gas tanks. Advice on the best methods and devices to try to prevent this would be very appreciated. [more inside]
posted by jcfudgely on Mar 1, 2013 - 26 answers

Looking for a great travel camera.

Looking for a compacter-than-DSLR camera to take traveling for a couple of months. I really like my Nikon D90 for its low-light and manual capabilities, but I don't think I'll enjoy bringing it around with me the whole time. I really want a camera that can handle low light and takes good video, without being as bulky as an SLR. I think the NEX-6 satisfies these requirements pretty well. Do I want a NEX-6? Or something else? [more inside]
posted by BungaDunga on Feb 28, 2013 - 9 answers

I hate the camera I bought two years ago. Is there any way to like it?

I bought a Nikon D90 with the 50-105mm/f3.5 kit lens and a 55mm/f1.8 fixed lens. I liked it at first, but now I hate it. Is there any way now to like it even a little bit? [more inside]
posted by smallerdemon on Feb 17, 2013 - 14 answers

Pimp my instagram

Pro tips or tutorials on taking A Beautiful Mess style photos please. [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Feb 3, 2013 - 6 answers

How do I do my own product photography?

I would like to start doing my own product photography. What do I need to (a) buy and (b) learn? [more inside]
posted by enn on Nov 22, 2012 - 9 answers

Looking for help selecting a DSLR for documenting artwork

What's a good DSLR camera and lens for photographing artwork? [more inside]
posted by eeby on Nov 20, 2012 - 16 answers

I'm looking for a newer digital camera in the $300-$600 range with decent native zoom (12x) and stitch assist.

I'm looking for a newer digital camera in the $300-$600 range with decent native zoom (12x) and stitch assist. [more inside]
posted by critzer on Oct 30, 2012 - 13 answers

Camera recs

Good camera for shooting ceramics? I'm shooting some ceramics for an Etsy seller (along with some other work) and am wondering whether I'd be good with a basic P&S camera or whether it'd be worth renting a DSLR. If a P&S, do you have a recommendation for purchase that would be good for shooting art and crafts in the future?
posted by liketitanic on Oct 17, 2012 - 18 answers

Looking for the fastest cheapie digital camera I can find.

I am looking for an inexpensive point and shoot camera with the lowest shutter lag possible. [more inside]
posted by feathermeat on Sep 20, 2012 - 2 answers

Canon 5d video n00b

Canon 5D filter: I'm going on a trip to Honduras with a NGO in November to photograph their work developing clean cookstoves for families. I'm cool on the photography front, but need help figuring out a relatively lightweight rig for video using my 5d mk ii. [more inside]
posted by nerdcore on Aug 16, 2012 - 8 answers

Because I need to keep a very close eye on my cats, they are just that shady.

Recommend a Decent Home Security System with the following features: [more inside]
posted by instead of three wishes on Jul 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Inversely, will a high end DSLR make me long for a P&S's small size?

For motion itself, will a new canon point and shoot (digic5) have the same movement quality as the 5d mark 3 (their nice digic 5 slr)? I understand that the lens quality will differ (chromatic aberration, etc), but what about seeing how the video handles movement, skew, and motion? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon on Jul 2, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me choose a camera!

I'd like to move up from a point-and-shoot camera to a sub-$400 starter DSLR -- but which to choose? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by vorfeed on Jun 27, 2012 - 9 answers

Turning a huge collection of digital photos into prints

What is an easy solution for someone who takes a lot of photos and would like to print all of them--or create a printed photo book--WITHOUT putting a lot of effort into it? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Apr 29, 2012 - 5 answers

Video camera kit for recording conferences.

Please help me put together a video recording kit for my company, on a budget. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Apr 10, 2012 - 7 answers

looking for a flip video camera replacement

Looking for a gift for my sister and her husband. Their Flip video camera recently died and they want a new portable video camera. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by pahool on Mar 19, 2012 - 7 answers

Best quiet digital camera for low-light and candids?

What is the best digital camera (and possibly lenses) for street photography, candids, and low light situations? [more inside]
posted by pbh on Jan 11, 2012 - 17 answers

How can we turn our video cameras into wireless video cameras?

How can we turn our video cameras into wireless video cameras? [more inside]
posted by Hartster on Jan 4, 2012 - 6 answers

Documenting on a Budget When You're Also a Unique Snowflake

What makes more sense for documenting my trip to South Korea and Vietnam, an HD video camera or a digital still camera? [more inside]
posted by broadway bill on Jan 2, 2012 - 14 answers

Spying on the cheap

Need a battery operated security (nannycam) camera recommendation. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Dec 22, 2011 - 2 answers

Will we have trouble bringing camera equipment to Central America?

I'm trying to find out whether we're going to have trouble bringing still and video camera equipment into Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala, and my Google-fu is failing me. [more inside]
posted by sabotagerabbit on Dec 15, 2011 - 5 answers

Close-ups knot working

What would be a good camera for shooting close-up video. [more inside]
posted by jabo on Nov 10, 2011 - 3 answers

“See! This is what I'm talking about! Let’s do something like this!”

What are some go-to websites for cinematographic inspiration? [more inside]
posted by seriousmoonlight on Oct 29, 2011 - 5 answers

Fitted case with an 18-135 lens?

Fitted case w/an 18-135 lens? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Oct 24, 2011 - 1 answer

Camera stores in Seattle and Portland, suggestions?

I'm looking to nerd out on cameras in Portland and Seattle, suggestions? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 on Oct 12, 2011 - 8 answers

Why is my camera seeing red?

What is causing this red fringe in long exposures from my D300? [more inside]
posted by knave on Oct 2, 2011 - 4 answers

Looking for an wireless microphone system (lavalier style) that connects to a stereo minijack of a video camera.

Looking for an wireless microphone system (lavalier style) that connects to a stereo minijack of a video camera. [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Sep 16, 2011 - 3 answers

Can you help me find a specific digital video camera + wireless microphone combination?

Can you help me find a specific digital video camera + wireless microphone combination? [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Sep 8, 2011 - 2 answers

Best point-and-shoot for a DSLR semi-snob?

Days before I'm supposed to leave for India, the 1.4/50mm lens that I use almost exclusively broke. As someone who's used to having that narrow depth-of-field and a DSLR's semi-manual options, what's the best pocket digital camera for me to pick up right now? [more inside]
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed on Jun 21, 2011 - 25 answers

Canon 5D, 7D, or something else?

For video and still shooting, should I get Canon 5D, 7D, or wait for something new? [more inside]
posted by meadowlark lime on May 11, 2011 - 16 answers

Widest P&S?

Which modern point-and-shoot digital camera has the widest lens? [more inside]
posted by richrad on Mar 12, 2011 - 8 answers

EVIL is the way to go, but you must show me the way

I would like a new camera. Please help me find the perfect one for my needs. [more inside]
posted by zombieApoc on Feb 17, 2011 - 9 answers

Why are video cameras used for still shots by news channels (and not digital cameras)?

Why are video cameras used for still shots by news channels (and not digital cameras)? [more inside]
posted by ascetic on Feb 16, 2011 - 10 answers

Is this something I'd need to own a television to understand?

Why is a broadcast camera's monitor mounted so that the operator has to look up? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned on Jan 27, 2011 - 11 answers

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