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Simba
Welcome to the Camera Resources Thread!

I think it's about time we have a place anyone thinking about buying a camera or need help choosing the right kind of camera for them can go to.

Well here it is! Here, you will be able to find a variety of camera's and resources recommended by createBlog members. Whether you are looking for a digital, single lens reflex, or whatever, you can probably find one suitable for you here!

If you still can't decide on which camera to get, you may also discuss it here, and may be given input from createBlog members. But please try to use the resources listed here already, as the purpose of this thread is to reduce the amount of threads asking about what kind of camera a person should get.

Contribute!
1. To contribute, post it here. Provide a link to the camera (preferably from the manufacturer's website) and the type of camera and it's price range. You can also add a comment if you wish.
2. Make sure your camera isn't already listed here.
3. If a link doesn't work, PM one of the moderators and it'll be taken care of.
2. Please try to provide cameras that you truly recommend. _smile.gif

Cameras:
Cameras are listed by type and price range.
Digital: $200 and Under
Sony Cyber-Shot Point and Shoot Cameras (Very user friendly set of cameras. Optional underwater cases.)

Digital: $200 - $300
Sony Cyber-Shot Point and Shoot Cameras (Very user friendly set of cameras. Optional underwater cases.)
Canon PowerShot SD30 (Really small and cute and comes in 4 colors. Great beginner camera. Battery lasts a really long time too.)
Canon SD1000 ("Sexy.")

Digital: $300 - $400
Nikon Coolpix S6 (Ultraslim camera with a large LCD monitor)
Fujifilm Finepix E900
Kodak Easyshare V570 (Dual lenses, conventional zoom lens and ultrawide lens)
Nikon Coolpix S4 (10x Optical Zoom)
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-T9 (Image Stabilization)
Olympus Stylus 810 (8.0 megapixel, it has many modes for the type of picture you want to take, plus, the modes are really easy to access, it has its own 'button' for all the modes.)

Digital: $400 - $500
Nikon Coolpix P3 (Performance camera with vibration reduction)

Digital: $500 and Above

DSLR: $600 and Under
Nikon D50 - Body Only (Amazing entry level DSLR for its price)
Nikon D40 - With 18-55mm Lens (Another great entry level DSLR, cheaper than the D50 and easy to use.)
Olympus EVOLT E-500(Go for cheap.)

DSLR: $600 - $900
Nikon D50 - With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Amazing entry level DSLR and lens for its price.)
Canon Digital Rebel XT - With 18-55mm Lens (Lightweight and sufficient camera, especially for its price.)
Olympus E-1(E-1's are more professional out of the E series. Cheap, but only 5 MP.)
Olympus EVOLT E-410(Consumer spin, compact, has live view. "Point & Shoot DSLR."

DSLR: $900 - $1200
Nikon D50 - With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 & 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Lenses (Amazing entry level DSLR with good lenses.)
Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro (Incredibly cheap professional camera. Also compatible with most Nikon lenses.)
Digital Rebel XTi - With 18-55mm Lens (Lightweight 8.0 Megapixel camera; another great value.)
Olympus EVOLT E-510(More professionally oriented than the E-410)
Olympus EVOLT E-330(Porro mirror and live view)

DSLR: $1200 - $1500
Nikon D80 - Body Only (Awesome price and size while being comparable to the award winning Nikon D200.)

DSLR: $1500 and Above
Nikon D200 - Body Only (Award winning camera.)


Hybrids/EVFs
Fujifilm FinePix S9000 - About $500
Canon Powershot S3 IS - About $350


Camera Reviews
Digital Photography Review
talcumpowder
Sony Cybershot (price range varies, although they're all under 300$)
Easy to use, user friendly, and really big screens. Oh. And they have underwater cases. This is more of a... Tourist-y camera.



Got it. Thanks. _smile.gif
WHIMSICAL 0NE
Thanks for making this topic. Only one Canon made the list sad.gif
I have a Canon Powershot SD500. I've it pretty much since it came out. I might to Germany this summer for an exchange and I'm taking my camera with, even though I'm scared someone will steal it.
Simba
^ Ha ha, yeah well, I've never really used Canon so I can't say I recommend them. Even though I know Nikon and Canon are perhaps one of best camera manufactures around.

You want to add the SD500 to the list?
think!IMAGINARILY
Digital: $200-300 (Usually.)
Canon PowerShot SD30 (Really small and cute and comes in 4 colors. Great beginner camera. Battery lasts a really long time too.)


Added it. Thanks for making it really easy to put in too. _smile.gif
uLoVeMikeRoch
QUOTE(fishcake-y @ Nov 12 2006, 12:33 PM) *
Sony Cybershot (price range varies, although they're all under 300$)
Easy to use, user friendly, and really big screens. Oh. And they have underwater cases. This is more of a... Tourist-y camera.

Got it. Thanks. _smile.gif

What?I have never seen a Sony Cybershot Camera for under 300 Dollars, most are OVER 300 dollars. I don't know about you, but around CB we don't buy black market cameras.

300-600:
Nikon Coolpix S4


Sony Cybershot T9 and anything above that series.
Simba
QUOTE(uLoVeMikeRoch @ Nov 16 2006, 12:32 AM) *
What?I have never seen a Sony Cybershot Camera for under 300 Dollars, most are OVER 300 dollars. I don't know about you, but around CB we don't buy black market cameras.

300-600:
Nikon Coolpix S4
Sony Cybershot T9 and anything above that series.

Well, I looked at the linked page and a lot of the cameras there were below $300.

And I got your recommendations up too. Thanks. _smile.gif
OhMyAnniee
I'm planning to buy the black Nikon Coolpix S7c.

I love how Nikon's have the spinning wheel thing to scroll through pictures.
The one I saw had a discount and it was $299.99
-sincerely
VERYYY helpful! was looking for something like this.
thanks!
HakunaMatata
QUOTE(Arjuna Capulong @ Nov 11 2006, 9:08 PM) *
Canon PowerShot SD30 (Really small and cute and comes in 4 colors. Great beginner camera. Battery lasts a really long time too.)


I have officially found the love of my life. My life is complete.
Simba
^ Good to hear that this thread is actually helping. biggrin.gif
synthase
oh i have one:
Digital: $300-$400
Olympus Stylus 810 -- 8.0 megapixel, I love this camera, it has many modes for the type of picture you want to take (if you want to get fancy)
ex. 'candle' for taking pictures mainly with candles & 'Cuisine' for taking photos mainly associated with food, etc.
plus, the modes are really easy to access, it has its own 'button' for all the modes

hope this help _smile.gif (you dont have to put all the info)
Kathleen
Oh wow. I've been thinking about purchasing a new camera. Thank you so much -- this is so helpful!
suddenly she
I'd like to contribute a website that I find useful a lot.

http://www.dpreview.com/
It's all about digital photography as far as I know, and it keeps a frequently updated list of up-and-coming cameras as well as newly-released cameras. It also has in-depth reviews from pros and reviews from people who actually bought the camera, timelines, forums, a buying guide, glossaries... and just loads of stuff. :)

It's also not just about cameras. It has some information on lenses (but since I'm not yet an experienced dSLR user, I can't really say too much about their information on it)... and just news for digital photographers in general.

By the way, the point-and-shoot Canon SD1000 looks sexy.

I'd also like to express my surprise that the Canon Digital Rebel XT (EOS 350D) and the Canon Digital Rebel XTi (EOS 400D) aren't up there...

They're both super-nice cameras, though for me the XT is plenty sufficient as it is. The XT's screen is smaller and it also has this mini-screen above the LCD screen that shows the stats of the picture that you're about to take. For the XTi, it's only got one giant LCD screen, which = slight battery burning so it's best to have an extra battery around.

They're both also extremely lightweight, and though the XTi has two more MP than the XT, ... I don't think it makes that big of a difference. I'm not doing anything professionally. However, I have a friend who's a big Nikon user (she has freaking like six cameras, which aren't all dSLRs, but anyway... they're all Nikon), and after lengthy conversation and testing out cameras with people, we've decided her Nikon dSLRs are more hardy than the two Canon dSLRs I've used.
Simba
Nice, thanks a lot Ruth. Got that all added.
postharmony
This is an awesome thread; I love photography, and this listing is quite helpful. biggrin.gif Thank you very much!
HakunaMatata
QUOTE(suddenly she @ Apr 17 2007, 11:37 PM) *

ohmy.gif That website is awesome! The Buying Guide is so perfect for n00bs like me. :D
Podomaht
Pointless thread.



www.dpreview.com is all you need anyways.
MyMichelle
It is my firm belief that almost all the Canon digital cameras (that are >3.2 mp) are AMAZING quality cameras for people who are looking for great-quality snapshots, self-portraits, and digital photography practice.
Hamnah
Thank you!:)
I'm going to have to save up like HELL..
Canon SD1000 Powershot Digital Camera <--
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sadolakced acid
olympus e series is great.

Unless you have legacy lenses or special needs, i'd suggest the e series for entering the DSLR catagory.

e500s are pretty classic with a penta-mirror, and they go pretty cheap now.

e410s have a more consumer spin, and are more compact. also has live view. I'd suggest this one for a good "point and shoot" DSLR.

e510s are e410 + image stab, and a few other differences that make it more pro-style oriented (although it's not really a "pro" camera, as far as those classifications go)

the e330 is pretty cool if you want something different, because of it's porro mirror; but the e410s and 510s have live view now, and have a more traditional look.

e-1s are more pro, and are going cheap, but they're only 5 MP. new new e-3 (or p-3, whatever they decide to call it) should drop soon. depending on what sort of pro work you want to do, it may be for you.

all of the e series uses the 4/3rds system, which i favor. you can really see size savings in the new 410 and kit lenses, and image quality is pretty good.

if you're looking into DSLRs and don't have legacy lenses (and don't plan on using above ISO 400 that much), then the 4/3rds system is what i recommend
mzkandi
^ I agree. I have an e-500 and LOVE IT. And I was able to get it at a great value online. I have a 50mm lens and 14-45 mm. Looking in to getting 35mm soon. The quality of the pictures I'm able to get are amazing as well as the colors. The only issue I've come across is with noise. I rarely shot at a high ISO so it's no problem for me. But if you're one of the ones who do going with Nikon or Canon may be a better choice. The Pentax K100D performs pretty well at high ISOs too and it's great dsrl.
sadolakced acid
yea, i got an e500 too. it cost a fortune compared to cheap P+S cams, but is a pretty good bargain for the dSLR range.

still shooting with the kit lenses; might look to upgrade later.

how's that 50 mm working out for you?
mzkandi
Very, very well. It's a real nice glass. The pictures I have been able to take with it are stunning. Well worth the 400 bucks I paid for it.
Stefanny
I just got a Canon Powershot SD550. I'm in love.
sadolakced acid
yea, i heard that 50 mm was a real sweet piece of glass.

i like doing macro work a lot; so a macro lens will probably be my first non-kit lens, but the 400 bucks for the 50 is making me think the 35 might be for me.

i've been using my 40-150, which is pretty sharp for a kit lens, for my marco stuff right now. get an alright mag, but nothing compared to what a real marco lens should deliver.

if you do get that 35, drop me a line and tell me how it compares to the 50, could you?
misoshiru
you should add to the DSLR
the Panasonic DMC-L1K and the Panasonic DMC-L10K
both on this page:
http://www2.panasonic.com/consumer-electro...000000000005702


I want the L1 so badly.
hi-res
QUOTE(sadolakced acid @ Jun 11 2007, 03:07 AM) *
yea, i heard that 50 mm was a real sweet piece of glass.

i like doing macro work a lot; so a macro lens will probably be my first non-kit lens, but the 400 bucks for the 50 is making me think the 35 might be for me.

i've been using my 40-150, which is pretty sharp for a kit lens, for my marco stuff right now. get an alright mag, but nothing compared to what a real marco lens should deliver.

if you do get that 35, drop me a line and tell me how it compares to the 50, could you?



I haven't purchased the 35mm yet but I did get a chance to try it out. It's sweeeet. I actually slightly prefer it over my 50mm lens.
Simba
Mmm... Any of you new mods wanna fill the new (and future) entries for me, please?
canonsx100
it is my favorite digital camera
http://www.canonsx100.com
eyelashwishes
the Canon S3 IS is already on the list, but what about the S5?

Canon Powershot S5 IS
MissHygienic
Nikon D1X is my God. Very, very pricey, but damn, it can take some amazing pictures. It's about $1,300, depending on where you get it.
Luna5
QUOTE(MissHygienic @ Jan 5 2008, 07:19 PM) *
Nikon D1X is my God. Very, very pricey, but damn, it can take some amazing pictures. It's about $1,300, depending on where you get it.


My Dad just bought a new a Nikon he won't even let me touch it. He gave me his old digital camera. Nikons are the best. He bought a D10 I think it's not a pricey one but they are still a lot of money. But worth it.
canonsx100
CANON A650
kryogenix
KRYO PICKS CAMERAS WORK IN f**kING PROGRESS

CHEAP AND SMALL SHIT

This section applies to you if:
  • You want a very portable camera
  • You don't really care about photography but want decent image quality anyway


Price: $<200-~$400
  • Canon Powershot SD series is king here. Look for one with image stabilization to counter your Parkinson's. Also if you're a little more serious, Canon A series works too if you don't want an itty bitty camera, and you get some manual controls with them too in case you want to dabble in more serious photography.
  • Panasonic DMC-FX/LX series are fine too. Especially if you can get one with image stabilization and a Leica branded lens. You don't get a lens made that's actually made by Leica, but at least you can technically say you use a Leica to impress your friends that watched Eurotrip, even though it's just a rebranded Panasonic.
INTERMEDIATE SHIT

This section applies to you if:
  • You want a more "serious" camera while being moderately portable
  • You're considering taking photography a little more seriously than taking myspace/pictures, but aren't ready to spent a billion dollars on equipment


Price: $<300-~$600

High end point and shoot. These are pretty much like your regular point and shoot cameras, except that they're usually nicer. Usually bigger sensor, nicer lens and more manual features that give you more creative control over your pictures.
  • Canon G series. Like a point and shoot, except you have a flash hotshoe on top and more manual controls.
  • There are others like the Ricoh GR Digital series and Sigma DP-1, but they're expensive/specialized cameras that most likely would not be of interest to people here. Also the DP-1 kinda sucks.
Bridge cameras. People often confuse these for SLRs. The difference is they are usually smaller, do not use a mirror reflex system (which is why they are smaller), have a smaller sensor, and have a fixed lens. These are cool if you want a camera that looks and feels like an SLR. They usually have long zoom ranges that stretch to very long focal lengths.
  • Canon S*IS series. S5IS has a hotshoe for a flash, previous Canon S series don't have it.
  • Fujifilim S series. S100FS has a nice lens with 14.3x zoom. Improved dynamic range for better colors too.
  • Panasonic FZ series. Monster 18x zoom range, and again, Leica badged lens so you can brag the next time you watch Eurotrip.
SLRs

SLR cameras are the "professional" looking cameras that people drool over. The biggest advantage is that they use a mirror reflex system to allow you to see through the lens. There are plenty of advantages to this. Instead of a separate viewfinder that introduces parralax error on non SLR cameras, you see what the lens sees. You can fine tune focus and see depth of field. If you don't know what any of this means, you're in the wrong section. Seriously, save your money and buy a cheaper camera if you're too lazy to read about the topic.

I'm too lazy to do this section in depth. If you have no idea what you're looking for, chances are you probably aren't ready for an SLR.

This section applies to you if:
  • You wanna be a cool kid with an SLR
  • You want a lot of manual control over your images
  • You've used a camera before, understand things like aperture, shutter speed
  • You've got money to blow on lenses and other equipment
DO NOT BUY AN SLR IF:
  • You're expecting it to be cheap
  • You're a clumsy f**k who drops their stuff all the time
  • You're just going to keep it in automatic mode all the time
  • You're a pussy and are dependent on composing an image on a rear LCD screen. Learn to use the viewfinder f****t. DSLR viewfinders are usually smaller and darker than their film counterparts as well. Deal with it.


UNDERSTAND THIS:Every major SLR (even Olympus and Sony) is a big step up from the cameras in the categories listed before here. The choice of camera here becomes less important, in comparison to your technique and choice of lens. A nice camera is useless if you don't understand how to use the creative control functions. And a cheap camera with nice lenses will take better pictures than an expensive camera with bad lenses.


CHEAP CONSUMER SLRS
  • Pentax K200D series. Nice camera, KAF mount accepts pretty much all Pentax lenses, so you can use a lot of old equipment with it. Built in image stabilization. Low price and plenty of bang for the buck. Pentax is a small company with not a lot of new glass coming out very often, so if you're poor, want a full featured SLR and don't plan on many lenses, this is a good camera for you. If you're too poor, there's always the K100D Super/K100D/K110D (in decreasing order of quality).
  • Canon Rebel Series (or 3 digit series). XSi just announced, meaning XTi and XT are going to drop in price. These cameras are tiny, so if you have big hands, you might want to buy a battery grip or find a bigger camera instead of these.
  • Nikon D40/x. Can use old Nikon lenses, but won't be able to use automatic features with them. Honestly, I don't like it (Nikon higher end cameras are much better, it just seems to me like this one cut too many corners), but some people like how it fits in their hands better than the Canon Rebel series (it's hard to take good picture if you're uncomfortable holding the camera), so I'm including it here. I think you're better off seeing if you can get your hands on a D50 instead, but good luck since it's discontinued. I suppose a D70 is fine too.
SEMI PRO SLRs
  • Pentax K10D/Samsung GX-10. This camera is often overlooked and underrated, and I'm not sure why. Relatively inexpensive. Awesome camera for the price. Not as good as Canon or Nikon mid range, but it is better in some ways. And it's definitely better than Canon/Nikon's low end consumer cameras, without being much more expensive (sometimes, for a lower price). It has built in image stabilization. The camera body is weather sealed, so you can take it to a dusty or wet environment if you have a weather sealed lens to go with it. All in all, highly recommended if you want a cheap, good camera to get into SLRs with that will last you a while before you outgrow it. Also, K20D/GX-20 is coming out soon.
  • Nikon D80. Don't take my word for it. Ask the guy who started this thread. Very robust features. Or if you have more money, buy the D200 or D300.
  • Canon 40D. I really don't know what to say other than it's a good camera that is a minor improvement over the 30D, which was also a great camera. Has live preview on the LCD, which is probably the biggest upgrade from the 30/20D cameras.
There are other SLRs out there, like the D300 (which is pure sex), Canon 5D (full frame sex) and the pro range D1/D2 and EOS-1D series, but chances are, if you're looking at this post for advice, you don't want those cameras.

Good game, f****t.
Simba
QUOTE(kryogenix @ Feb 9 2008, 12:41 PM) *
There are other SLRs out there, like the D300 (which is pure sex), Canon 5D (full frame sex) and the pro range D1/D2 and EOS-1D series, but chances are, if you're looking at this post for advice, you don't want those cameras.
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Nicely put, Kryo.
cybersomeone
lol i actually don't want to buy a new camera .. but I was just passing

by and had a thought of posting something here .. so I have a Fuji Film

Fine pix ... but I'm not really into Fujifilm .. you cant always get

what you want .. I recently saw the Sony OX series i think .. u know ..

the orange OX logo ... seems a nice serie .. well after all its Sony .

Canon is also a very competitive challenger .. Pentax is the kind of

brand for the old camera's that are still used now .. the manual

ones ... I don't really like digital cameras .. I feel they are made

for the people that "aren't into photographing" .. they just want to

keep a picture of nice memories .. I don't know what do they call the

big cameras .. the ones that are usually manuals ... i dunno ... the

ones where u can adjust the zoom by just turning the lens .. a long

lens. So Canon Sony Pentax own the market ... all the Pentax series are

very rare to be found .
shoryuken
me gott webcamm but dunnoo wth webcamm at rite now.. shrug.gif

wat realli cheapp WEBCAM..?

webbcamm eazy 2 hookk upp orr wat..?
TiffanyFactorial
kryo/iwanthugs's post was a masterpiece. hahaha don't forget to add the new addition to the nikon family: NIKON D60. I have it :D it's got the same body as the D40 and is identical to the D40x but has a built in stop-motion program. totally useless if you have sony vegas or any other video editing program..or even imageready.

iSbl
This is very helpful!
Although I would also recommend my Nikon Coolpix 8700

For more info: http://www.livingroom.org.au/photolog/revi...oolpix_8700.php
shoryuken
ANYYY fukkenn $50 cammuraa orr weebbcamm.. JEEZZ SHIETT

y alll daa cummurraa alll maddd $$ cry.gif cry.gif

showw princc summ pixx denn prrincc makee VIDD.. eyebrowes.gif
DoubleJ
Nikon COOLPIX S51

What about that camera guys?
Tung
I have a Nikon Coolpix. They are decent.
Tung
f**k f**k WHY IS THIS TOPIC KEEP GETTING BUMPED. >_____>


edit: wtf. his post dissapeared again. mellow.gif
medic
Canon EOS 5D Mark II is out next month people! Talk about "PURE sex". Also, the new 50D should be out towards the end of October as well, which I still don't know anything about LOL.

I personally just bought a EOS 1D MKIII and played with a display version of the 5D Mark II. Let me tell you all, if you have that kind of money and don't need a large FPS, get the Mark II. It's such an amazing camera, and the one I played with didn't even have the newest firmware or anything, it was a "beta" model.

QUOTE
UNDERSTAND THIS:Every major SLR (even Olympus and Sony) is a big step up from the cameras in the categories listed before here. The choice of camera here becomes less important, in comparison to your technique and choice of lens. A nice camera is useless if you don't understand how to use the creative control functions. And a cheap camera with nice lenses will take better pictures than an expensive camera with bad lenses.


There is no such thing as a cheap lens, only cheap glass. The kit lens that comes with all the lower end Canon dSLR's is a "cheap" lens but takes absolutely fantastic pictures. I have thousands in lenses (Canon 70-200 IS F/2.8L, 400 mm F/2.8L and so on) but I am still surprised with what quality my Tamron and Sigma lenses take pictures at, but they are defined by the market as cheap lenses.

As for the functions, you can use automatic functions and still come out with amazing pictures that look 1,000 times better than anything a point and shoot camera can take. It all depends on the situation, sports you need custom functions, taking pictures of family you could get away with a auto function setting. I have accidentally left my camera on auto functions (My old Rebel XT) and it took fantastic photos.
bumbumx3
I got the Canon Rebel XSi a couple months ago and I love it :)
I've played around with other DSLRs (like Nikon d70s, canon rebel xt and xti), and
the canon xsi is amazing.
fixtatik
i hate the XSi; it's a complete turn-off for those using any other canon DSLR. the switch from compact flash to SD was just a marketing trend to grab people from cheap point-and-shoots.

and this thread really needs to be updated. those are some old cameras on the list.
medic
QUOTE(fixtatik @ Mar 28 2009, 02:39 AM) *
i hate the XSi; it's a complete turn-off for those using any other canon DSLR. the switch from compact flash to SD was just a marketing trend to grab people from cheap point-and-shoots.

and this thread really needs to be updated. those are some old cameras on the list.


The XSi is total crap if you ask me, I will stick to my 40D and 50D. I hate the lower end Canon DSLR's. I am sick and tired of people asking me how to use them. If you buy a DSLR, please read the manual...... PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!

I wish they would just fork out the extra cash and get a somewhat higher end used DSLR, like a 20D or a 30D.

Oh and to all those who are thing more megapixels make the camera better, unless you are blowing up pictures beyond belief you don't need it.
makeup-teddy
just bought :3
click to enlarge
manny-the-dino
^ ohmy.gif Is it as good as it seems?
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