Photography forum: Camera options

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Name: Dave
Southern wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Nhra_20
Jan 22, 2017 8:24 PM CST
So what is s good choice of camera to buy? So many options. Dslr, point and shoot. Etc. I want a camera with WiFi, and that will take pictures with the true color. What I see is what the camera produces. Any suggestions. PS. I'm on a budget, don't want to spend a ton as I'm not a professional photographer
Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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gasrocks
Jan 22, 2017 8:46 PM CST
Best on-line camera reviews are at DPReview.com. Decide on a $ budget. All current cameras will give you true colors. They are getting better and better in general but none are perfect. Especially when it comes to pix of flowers. Take some lessons. Gene
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Jan 22, 2017 9:08 PM CST
For sure don't expect your colors to exactly match the color your eye sees out in the garden. Often they will be close, some will love extremely good, while others will disappoint.
For me budget was the #1 criteria when I replaced my old point and shoot Nikon with a new point and shot Nikon. I am not a professional photographer, ( not that it was necessary to even say that), looking a lot of my photos. I do take a lot of flower photos, most of them are good enough to suit me, but they do not have the quality of a top notch DSLR. However for my needs:Flowers, Family, Vacations, Wildlife, etc. I am very pleased with the affordable lightweight very versatile camera I decided on. I am one of those people who enjoy having a single lens for taking flower closeups and far away wildlife photos . My camera does have limited Wi-Fi features, but not the entire pallet that more expensive cameras have. I guess it has been close to two years now, and I have been very proud I bought it. It is a Nikon CoolPix/P600. I think for an amature with a limited budget (especially if like me you almost never print out a photo anymore, just post on the web, this is a hard camera to beat). I am sure there are later versions of this out now, but be careful later and more expensive is not always better, but is sometimes actually regressive. This camera has the best reviews I could find for this type of camera when it came to showing detail, and that was important to me. I am certainly not saying this is the camera I would recommend for anyone, but I merely mention it and some of the things I took into consideration to help you discover your own preferences. It is a game of give and take, you have to reach a compromise to some extent on every single option.
Name: Rick R.
Minneapolis, MN, USA zone 4
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Leftwood
Jan 23, 2017 2:52 PM CST
A side note:
Many times it is the monitor that does not show true colors. A comparison of the same pic on different monitors would be telling. IPS screens give the best color renditions (for the picky people, like me).
Name: Dave
Southern wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Nhra_20
Jan 23, 2017 3:52 PM CST
That makes sense too. I would just like something better as all I have is the camera on my cell phone. It has taken some decent pictures over this past summer though. I just don't like the delay there is with a phone camera, and the fact you usually have to get pretty close to things to get a good picture.

These are some of the pictures I took with my phone that I thought caught good detail, but might have been better using a camera.
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Rick, I wouldn't say you are picky, just meticulous. Lol
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Jan 23, 2017 4:46 PM CST
Oh yes, with a camera you would have seen much better detail. If you like detail you need a camera. Handling delay and handling motion are a couple of things you really have to plan for with most point and shoot cameras, you really have to be correct on your settings before hand to have a chance of getting a good shot.
Name: Mary
Lake Stevens, WA (Zone 8a)
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Pistil
Jan 27, 2017 11:43 AM CST
Hi Dave- It depends on what you mean by budget!
A DSLR is certainly a better camera, but the lenses can sure add up to a lot of money quick.
Last year I bought my niece and my nephew Nikon Coolpix "Superzoom" cameras. These are absolutely fantastic, like Seedfork says. They are not DSLR, but are fully functional, very quick (no delay like the cell phone) can be fully automatic "point and shoot" or fully manual if you want. Right now Nikon is having a sale: For $260 Coolpix B500 40X Zoom, for $450 Coolpix B700 60X Zoom, for $600 P900 with 83X Zoom. All are WiFi. There are really nice cheaper cameras available too, lighter and smaller.
Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
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critterologist
Mar 16, 2017 12:58 PM CST
I test-drove a new camera at the Philly Flower Show this week... Sony DSC-HV90, 30x optical zoom, lots of features... potential replacement for both my Sony DSC-TX30 (on its last legs, no replacement currently available) and my older Nikon "bridge" camera. It's twice the thickness of the slim TX30, but way way smaller than the Nikon (and has nearly twice the zoom capability). It performed really well in the low light conditions of the convention center, although probably not well enough to do much enlarging or cropping for prints.

I'm also a fan of DPReview. reviews at Amazon or online photography retailers will also give you some useful feedback.
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