Posted by:GardenGrrl, 6:18 PM GMT on November 16, 2012
Christmas is coming way to soon. Many people are hoping Santa brings them a shiny new camera. But what if santa is unsure of what camera to get. The following is a guide to what's available from budget minded point and shoots to exotic micro four thirds.
The Point and Shoot This is the camera for people like me that don't want to take a photography class. These cameras can fit in your pocket or purse. Some are waterproof. They can be reasonably priced or really expensive. All these cameras take good pictures. The zoom, however, is limited. One thing to consider is the battery and memory. Proprietary batteries can be expensive. Some have "special" memory cards. Cameras that use SD cards are generally more economical in the memory department.
Super Zooms These are larger point and shoot cameras that look a lot like DSLR's. The great feature is their zoom. For a modest price one can have a decent camera with great zoom for much cheaper than a DSLR. These are lighter and don't require multiple lenses. The down side is that these cameras are a bit slow. There is two second or more wait between shots. The focus can be slow. Picture quality ranges between pretty good and mediocre with the occaisional "WOW". Here is a link to a review that picked their best point and zooms for 2012. Link
DSLR's These are the gold standard of great photographs providing you know how to use one. I stayed away from these for a long time. Several years ago me and my first digital camera, a Kodak Easy Share, were snapping photos at a live butterfly exhibit in Ft. Forth. A man with a camera set up that likely cost more than my car, proudly showed off his photos of a blue morpho on his view finder. They were terrible. Didn't have the heart to show him the great shots I was getting on a cheap camera. Today, new users can avoid the problem of needing to know a lot about photography. The DSLR makers have come up with entry level cameras that are both point and shoot, plus serious camera. So while you are learning how to shoot in manual, you can still have really great pictures in auto mode. The camera guy at work swears by the Nikon 5100 as the best entry level DSLR. I'm sure the Canon Rebel people are saying boo hiss, but I really don't know the difference so am going with this recommendation. Here is a link to the 5100. Link
Micro Four Thirds Cameras These exotic beauties are supposed to be mini dslr's. The camera bodies and lenses are lighter. The Panasonic G2 and up series are also supposed to be excellent video cameras as well. The system was designed jointly by Olympus and Panasonic. They boast being able to use many types of lenses if there is an adaptor. The caveat here is that if it is not a lense designed specifically for the brand of camera, the lense motor may not work. The resulting camera shake could screw your shots up without a tripod. Just keep that in mind to use lenses designed for the brand of camera. Here is a great link to learn about Micro Four Thirds. Be sure to click on everything to get a good idea what these mini-dslrs do. Link
Hope you found this helpful. Please add you own opinions. What kind of camera you have, what you like and dislike about it. Heck, even write down your wildest dream camera and lenses.