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Any camera buffs out there who can help me choose between 2 cameras?

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Hello, I'm going to travel through Europe between March and May so I need a camera that's better then my phone. I need something with a decent quality photo and a lens to focus photos. I'm torn … Read More
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5m, 7h agoPosted 5 months, 7 hours ago
Hello,

I'm going to travel through Europe between March and May so I need a camera that's better then my phone. I need something with a decent quality photo and a lens to focus photos.

I'm torn between these two and without jumping the gun for more megapixels... can someone give me the pros and cons of these two?

Nikon COOLPIX B500 Camera

Sony DSCH300B 20.1 Megapixel Digital Camera
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5m, 7h agoPosted 5 months, 7 hours ago
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#1
A photographer strayed into a nudist beach. All his shots ended up over-exposed.
Sorry...
#2
The Nikon is powered by AA batteries usually a sign of lower quality camera , not sure if the sony is. The panasonic range is excellent and can recommend them
#4
I can vouch for Panasonic TZ range. We have three in our family and all are very good cameras. My dad had the Sony DSC 200, similar spec to my Panny TZ10 and that's a good camera also. Make sure whatever you buy has a lithium battery. That would count both out for me. Panasonic have Zeiss lens which is also a plus point.

I see both cameras you have picked are the 'bridge' type. Would you not prefer a compact camera. Less weight and less bulky.

Edited By: Smartguy1 on Feb 24, 2017 21:27
#5
Both very good cameras. Of the two the Sony has the brighter lens. Which is useful. I have the FZ200 Panasonic which has an f2.8 lens all through the zoom range which is what sold it to me. Still a good match for these cameras.
#6
what about Canon Powershot SX540 ?

The reason I'm not sure of a compact camera is the whole focus area of the camera, for example in Austria there's alot of fantastic photo ops and I'm not sure what I'd need for that part of Europe.
#7
Peskybunny
what about Canon Powershot SX540 ?
The reason I'm not sure of a compact camera is the whole focus area of the camera, for example in Austria there's alot of fantastic photo ops and I'm not sure what I'd need for that part of Europe.

My sister lives in Austria. I took some amazing pictures with my TZ10. I was going to sell it as I mainly just use my phone now but as it cost me around £225.00 and perhaps worth £30.00 on ebay I decided not to and just keep it. I am really glad I didn't sell it. My dad went there the previous year to me and was also really happy with the pictures he took with his Sony. Both cameras you picked seem to have very good specs. I have never owned a bridge camera only the current digital compacts and previously 35mm SLR. When I was looking for a camera one of the most important things to me was shutter speed. I found a website which gave fastest to slowest.

One of the most memorable days I had in Austria was when we went up the mountain on a sleigh. All the pictures I took are good enough to have as a desktop wallpaper on a 21" monitor. That's good enough for me.



Edited By: Smartguy1 on Feb 25, 2017 00:45
#8
Something with a larger sensor would be better. If zoom is not as important to your requirements and image quality is then something compact like Fujifilm XQ1 or XQ2 would give better results
#9
Personally I wouldn't choose either, I am not a fan of bridge camera's. Either opt for a DSLR or compact.
#10
As said Panasonic is the range your want for that type of use. Canon is also good but they are some great used cameras to be had for the fraction of the price often still in boxes. You really can't buy a bad camera today so it's the feature, the size and the menu system to look at.
#11
joshp
Personally I wouldn't choose either, I am not a fan of bridge camera's. Either opt for a DSLR or compact.
100% agree
#12
PulisOut
You really can't buy a bad camera today so it's the feature, the size and the menu system to look at.

Are you being serious?
#13
Pick up an SLR instead. Buy used if you can't afford a new one. You'll get substantially better image quality, better low-light performance, better battery life, faster focusing, and higher resale value if you decide to upgrade in a few years time. Bridge cameras are generally a bit pish - you'll get a silly zoom range and maybe some improved features, but also all the usual downsides associated with naff little compacts.
#14
Sandy1012
PulisOut
You really can't buy a bad camera today so it's the feature, the size and the menu system to look at.
Are you being serious?

Yes I am, you can buy a great camera for big money but if you are sensible you won't get a poor camera. Main reason is the global market where products often contain the same parts. Phones come with great cameras today. I know for a fact I can go on ebay and buy a camera that will take great pictures for as little as £20. And that camera won't be a toy will include a LCD screen, zoom and video.
#15
joshp
Personally I wouldn't choose either, I am not a fan of bridge camera's. Either opt for a DSLR or compact.

Would you say compact cameras are still worth buying? I don't think I'm after a full DSLR, as I don't really have that much money available and I mostly just want to take some 'holiday snaps' rather than semi-pro photography (don't know anything much about lighting, focus, etc etc). My concern was I'd spend £150+ on a compact camera and end up thinking 'I could have just used my phone'. Is there a significant difference between a good compact camera and a good phone camera?
#16
A great camera won't produce great pictures. What produces great pictures is opportunity and the skill of the person using the camera or indeed phone. Too many people race to the wrong end of the equation thinking the best equipment will help them produce the best images, it won't, often it will make things harder, more confusing and hold up your progress. The best buy the best equipment only because their existing equipment is limiting them, these people would be light years ahead of most people in terms of ability & experience. Stay within your scope, you can always trade up should you feel you need more but don't trade up to get better images because that won't happen.
#17
The cameras you are looking at both have 2/3rd sensors, these are small and most compact or bridge cameras use these to give the small camera size and large zoom. If that is what you want they are mainly all the same IQ, you choose the one with the features you like personally. However some camera companys have pushed the bounderies of what was once believed to be limiting factors, these do tend to be expensive, one of the best stand alone camera is the Panasonic TZ100, I think that is a 1" sensor and a 10x zoom 25mm-250mm equiv.
, all those less than the 100 are back with the 2/3rd sensor. A camera I use personally is a Fuji compact system camera, this has an APS-C sensor, the same as crop sensor DSLRs and this camera does indeed rival my DSLRs for image quality. To sum up the choice is yours, if your budget restricts you to a 2/3rd sensor camera pick one with the features you like from a respected manufacturer and I am sure you will be fine.


Edited By: JohnGillham on Feb 25, 2017 13:17: error

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