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Hi Guys, Looking for some advice. The other half is looking for a decent camera but I don't have a clue what is a good deal and what isn't. We run a web development company and if she enjoyed it we…
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3m, 4w agoPosted 3 months, 4 weeks ago
Hi Guys,

Looking for some advice. The other half is looking for a decent camera but I don't have a clue what is a good deal and what isn't. We run a web development company and if she enjoyed it we would offer photography as a small service to enhance the visuals on the websites (not paid until we get really good). My budget is around £200 and feel free to tell me if this won't get me a decent camera. Looking for a proper photographer camera. Sorry if I've broken every rule in the handbook with my poor understanding.
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3m, 4w agoPosted 3 months, 4 weeks ago
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#1
Sony Cybershot are good. minimum 20mega pixel
#2
Will that produce professional photos (with some photoshopping)? How much are they roughly?
#3
kilmac
Will that produce professional photos (with some photoshopping)? How much are they roughly?


​taking professional look photos has more to do with the photographer than the camera. Even if you bought a top of the range canon or Nikon does not guarantee professional look photos.
#4
andrewlaw9
kilmac
Will that produce professional photos (with some photoshopping)? How much are they roughly?
​taking professional look photos has more to do with the photographer than the camera. Even if you bought a top of the range canon or Nikon does not guarantee professional look photos.
Ofcourse Andrew I agree, but at the same time a photographer would laugh at being given a 12MP £80 camera from Argos to take professional shots. Just looking for a decent camera that if she gets good at it will produce decent level shots.
#5
Proper photographer camera ? well you will only get what you want second for that price and the is no reason why you shouldn't buy second hand now as digital cameras have hit more or less a brick wall for the last ten year. Don't be swayed by the number of pixels they won't make a blind bit of difference to most people.

I develop websites and also do photography has an hobby plus I own a number of sites that hold 1000s of images like product images. What will be important to you is the ease of use to the computer so you can edit and upload the images I suspect. Just for you work I would go for a Panasonic bridge camera. Shoot in raw.
#6
PulisOut
Proper photographer camera ? well you will only get what you want second for that price and the is no reason why you shouldn't buy second hand now as digital cameras have hit more or less a brick wall for the last ten year. Don't be swayed by the number of pixels they won't make a blind bit of difference to most people.
I develop websites and also do photography has an hobby plus I own a number of sites that hold 1000s of images like product images. What will be important to you is the ease of use to the computer so you can edit and upload the images I suspect. Just for you work I would go for a Panasonic bridge camera. Shoot in raw.
Thanks very much for that and good to hear from someone in the same industry. I will have a look at the panasonic, would you recommend it over the cybershot. These are the two I'm looking at:

http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/cameras-and-camcorders/digital-cameras/compact-and-bridge-cameras/panasonic-lumix-dmc-fz72eb-k-bridge-camera-21660641-pdt.html?istCompanyId=bec25c7e-cbcd-460d-81d5-a25372d2e3d7&istItemId=xiarmawat&istBid=tztx&srcid=198&cmpid=ppc~gg~~~Exact&mctag=gg_goog_7904&kwid=GOOGLE&s_kwcid=DS!700000001497021!146791589454!!!g!!PRODUCT+GROUP&device=c&ds_kids=92700014731934165&PLA=1&gclid=CLny-7Gn_s8CFYIV0wod9ukH0Q&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CKvnhbKn_s8CFXim7QodEPkPwg

http://www.argos.co.uk/product/5553129?CMPID=GS001&_$ja=tsid:59158|cid:200291090|agid:12525698210|tid:pla-210439140770|crid:66128554850|nw:g|rnd:15804292507752945641|dvc:c|adp:1o2&gclid=CPfGxL2n_s8CFYIV0wod2-oFRQ
#7
I don't think you can get much for 200 notes that you don't already get in a high end smart phone! I have a 6d and it's the nuts... But almost £1500 worth with lens etc
#8
For £200 you'll have to go old. As above a DSLR cybershot will do a job. For that an older Canon D3200 would also be recommended. I got one for £240 years ago, so should definately be under £200 now.
#9
isnt a d3200 nikon? hahaha
ive had a d3100 and a d3200 and now a d5300. i still favour the d3100. these can be picked up for around £200 used.

you wont be disapointed
#10
New, you'd be looking at bridge, used, you could bag a decent DSLR or SYSTEM body, either with a kit lens included, or with a separate lens

D3100 with 18-105 lens, grade A (1 in stock) https://uk.webuy.com/product.php?sku=SSLRNIKD310018105EDA#.WBP6yB2cHcs
If you want as much zoom as with those bridge cameras, you'd need extra lenses, but the definition of those lenses would probably be superior to a single superzoom
#11
Seems like your money would be best spent on software for editing
#12
kilmac
PulisOut
Proper photographer camera ? well you will only get what you want second for that price and the is no reason why you shouldn't buy second hand now as digital cameras have hit more or less a brick wall for the last ten year. Don't be swayed by the number of pixels they won't make a blind bit of difference to most people.
I develop websites and also do photography has an hobby plus I own a number of sites that hold 1000s of images like product images. What will be important to you is the ease of use to the computer so you can edit and upload the images I suspect. Just for you work I would go for a Panasonic bridge camera. Shoot in raw.
Thanks very much for that and good to hear from someone in the same industry. I will have a look at the panasonic, would you recommend it over the cybershot. These are the two I'm looking at: http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/cameras-and-camcorders/digital-cameras/compact-and-bridge-cameras/panasonic-lumix-dmc-fz72eb-k-bridge-camera-21660641-pdt.html?istCompanyId=bec25c7e-cbcd-460d-81d5-a25372d2e3d7&istItemId=xiarmawat&istBid=tztx&srcid=198&cmpid=ppc~gg~~~Exact&mctag=gg_goog_7904&kwid=GOOGLE&s_kwcid=DS!700000001497021!146791589454!!!g!!PRODUCT+GROUP&device=c&ds_kids=92700014731934165&PLA=1&gclid=CLny-7Gn_s8CFYIV0wod9ukH0Q&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CKvnhbKn_s8CFXim7QodEPkPwghttp://www.argos.co.uk/product/5553129?CMPID=GS001&_$ja=tsid:59158|cid:200291090|agid:12525698210|tid:pla-210439140770|crid:66128554850|nw:g|rnd:15804292507752945641|dvc:c|adp:1o2&gclid=CPfGxL2n_s8CFYIV0wod2-oFRQ

The Cybershot does not support raw shooting so not for you if you want the best manipulation of images.
#13
Another option maybe this, problem with these massive zoom camera's is they don't perform well in low light and generally the close as you can focus is about 25mm if these rule out a bridge of this type you might have go compact or up your budget a bit and future investment in lenses too http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/fujifilm_finepix_s9200_review/
#14
If it's literally just for product stuff I'd recommend a second hand 40d/50d and a 50mm f/1.4. More than your budget, but will actually do the job. Not sure why you'd ever want an ultra zoom camera.

Investing in lighting would be important too
#15
Thanks a lot guys. What do you guys think of the Nikon D330? A bit more expensive than the budget but seems to get good reviews? I don't think a second hand xmas present will go down well
#16
Why not look at second hand Olympus or Fuji range some great cameras great value for money
#17
You need to go try them in a shop and see how they handle, it's personal preference. I'm Canon all the way myself. Don't be too obsessed by megapixels. My 10mp Canon EOS 1000D would blow most compacts/bridge cameras out the water. That was £275 new at the time, I'm unsure of current prices but I'd have thought under £350 would get you a decent Canon starter.

I'm not recommending this as you may be able to get cheaper and I just had a quick look, but £280 with cashback for the Canon EOS 1300D and a lens.
http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/cameras-camcorders/digital-cameras/dslr-and-compact-system-cameras/canon-eos-1300d-dslr-camera-with-18-55-mm-f-3-5-f-5-6-zoom-lens-black-10144243-pdt.html
#18
you need to decide what sort of photos you are going (try to) to take first and then select based on that

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