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Old 07-13-2013, 05:47 AM   #1
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Buying a new camera


S my phone camera is a piece of crap. Enough said lol

But I have a Samsung I forget wich one, I bought two years ago and I must have dropped itor something because it makes a shrieking sound when the shutter opens and it won't close when I turn it off... Time for a new camera.

I am on a bit of a budget. So I was going to buy the Samsung wb30f...

It's 16.6 megapixel but only 16.2 megapixel available for use. Has a macro mode. Would this be a good camera for a point and shoot?

I'm mainly interested in it because my daughter is getting older and I want pictures and videos for her when she gets old enough. But also as a side project to take pictures of my tanks shrimp fish and plants when I can. And want to spend my money in a god investment. Below is a picture from my cell phone. I want a point and shoot that is twice as clear and crisp as this' picture...possibly even four times as crisp and clear.


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Old 07-14-2013, 05:15 AM   #2
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Old 07-14-2013, 05:28 AM   #3
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The type of camera comes down to how much you want to invest and what type of lenses. Can go anywhere from $300-3000

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Old 07-14-2013, 05:30 AM   #4
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Personally I prefer nikon cameras. "point and shoot" is a relative term, cause even modern dslr cameras like the d90 is still technically a point and shoot. It's all about size, quality, price and intentions. And then personal preference.

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Old 07-14-2013, 05:39 AM   #5
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I'd suggest, Canon EOS M
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I love nikons and Sony, but the amount I'm looking on spending is not near the range I would like into be. Between 100-175 wich I know is not alot of money and there are cheap cameras that are crap. But there has to be something worth the money for that price range.

-quick5ilver. I love the camera I was actually looking at it at bestbuy. But the price killed me o.0 lol

Everyday I come n this website... Kind of an addiction now haha... And see all these beautiful tanks and pictures people take. And look at my phone and I'm like. Damn my phone sucks.

Pss, I took my old camera and blew it up with a m1000 this morning. It pissed me off, I had taken it apart down to the motor and lens, took the motor apart, repaired the gear, and the damn tang still wouldn't work. Needless to say that was the last straw with the camera lol
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Patherspawn.... I'm looking for a camera that does what it should for the value. I don't want to fool with interchangeable lenses, only the setting on the camera. More interested in the macro settings. So no one here really suggest the wb30f?
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Well u can go for a good P&S also but tank photography requires a larger sensor for better image quality.
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Try a good canon P&S. I'm sure you'll be happy.
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Sadly, in that price range, you aren't going to get a lot better quality than what comes on modern smart phones. At least none that I'm aware of.
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I have the lg spectrum. So I know there are better cameras out there than this phone. 8 megapixels and can't even use all them so more like 7.6 megapixels.
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Megapixels don't really mean too much unless you plan on making posters out of them etc.. What's important is the shutter rate, stabilizer, and the lens itself. I have an old nikon that is only five Megapixels but still takes far better pictures than most modern "point and shoot". I would suggest walking around best buy and such stores.. They usually always have them on display, take your time.. Play around with them, and whatever suits your need and that you like best, go with that. Regardless of what the stats say about it.
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So for the shutter rate stabilizer and and lens type should I be looking for
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Old 07-14-2013, 07:32 AM   #14
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For the money, I like the nikon coolpix L820. Has a great 30 x zoom feature, quit shutter rate and decent stabilizer. You aren't going to get great macro shots for the fish tanks, but honestly anything short of a seperate macro lens on a dslr is going to be the same. Comparable is the Sony cybershot rx100 and the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS though it's a bit above your $200 price tag. Those in my opinion are the best compacts out right now for your money.
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But none of the compacts have inner changeable lens? To buy a macro lens later?

I but my fiancÚ the Nikon cool pix last year for Christmas, it was the really small one and apshe barely uses it. And I was looking at the canon online. When I go to buy the camera ill bring this list of cameras with me and see what I looks best to fit my needs. Thank you
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