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5y, 11m agoPosted 5 years, 11 months ago
My girlfriend and I are on the look out for a new digital camera as we are always out and about and the camera we currently have is a bit rubbish. We are both beginners to photography but I am very keen to learn a lot more so I need a camera that will inspire me to get better and better, whilst My girlfriend has just started a fashion blog so she will eventually need a very good camera to take professional pictures, but it is such a minefield choosing one and knowing what does what.

We are on a budget of around £200, and I thought now would be a good time for us to jump in and get one as it is sales time and before the VAT increase to save a few more pennies. One feature we are quite keen on is a good BURST feature, both for my girlfriends fashion pics and for pics of the pair of us (were not very photogenic so it would be nice to have a choice from a few).

We are open to all types of camera, compact or more professional so if anyone has seen any good deals or can just offer some advice that would be great, because truthfully we don't know where to start.

Thanks in advance!
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5y, 11m agoPosted 5 years, 11 months ago
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#1
i have the panasonic lumix tz8 and its a great little camera, even my 5yr old can take a lovely photo with it, hope this helps :-)

p.s i have toys for sale on a thread here if you want to see the quality of the pictures taken by a 5yr old, just to give you an idea :-)

Edited By: stephmcd on Dec 31, 2010 15:24
#2
stephmcd
i have the panasonic lumix tz8 and its a great little camera, even my 5yr old can take a lovely photo with it, hope this helps :-)

p.s i have toys for sale on a thread here if you want to see the quality of the pictures taken by a 5yr old, just to give you an idea :-)


Thanks for the reply, yes those are very good quality pics!

Any more advice, recommendations or deals out there chaps? Anybody know any good knowledgeable websites that I could refer to for help?
#3
I have been reading good things about the Panasonic Lumix FZ45, does anybody have this and know whether this can take me from beginner to semi-pro photographer?

Thanks a lot
#4
There are so many cameras in that price range and all have good quality, so here are some pointers you should look for . . .
SIZE ( do you want a pocket or larger type of camera)
SPEED of Use ( some cameras are slow in taking photos you press the shutter and it could be as much as 2 or 3 seconds before it take the photo)
MOVIE MODE ( Many have movie modes but some have HD and record continually and some can only record for a few moment then have to save)
I am sure there are many more but as it New years day and not get to bed till after 3am can't think of other at this moment
Read the reviews don't worry if this take time it better the buy the right camera first time than to find it not as good as you thought it was

As for the VAT and prices I think you will find the there will be very little increase in price if any, as most imported goods are bought in US dollars

I hope these observations will be of help to you


Edited By: iscom on Jan 01, 2011 10:54
#5
iscom
There are so many cameras in that price range and all have good quality, so here are some pointers you should look for . . .
SIZE ( do you want a pocket or larger type of camera)
SPEED of Use ( some cameras are slow in taking photos you press the shutter and it could be as much as 2 or 3 seconds before it take the photo)
MOVIE MODE ( Many have movie modes but some have HD and record continually and some can only record for a few moment then have to save)
I am sure there are many more but as it New years day and not get to bed till after 3am can't think of other at this moment
Read the reviews don't worry if this take time it better the buy the right camera first time than to find it not as good as you thought it was

As for the VAT and prices I think you will find the there will be very little increase in price if any, as most imported goods are bought in US dollars

I hope these observations will be of help to you



Great advice, thanks, I am reading lots of reviews and think I am plumbing for the Panasonic Lumix FZ45 at the mo, its on Amazon for £270. If anyone has seen anything similar or better for a better price then please get back to me asap.

Thanks again.
#6
PS . . . some things you pay a little more and get a lot more, and others you pay a lot more for very little more. . .
Don't worry there is always someone who can or will sell it for less ( no matter what product)
My first Digital camera Cost £600 and was less than ONE mgpix and could only store 17 Photos and had be save to a PC

If you can take a trip to some local dealers and try get a feel of the camera you never know he could even match the Net price

just look at this camera on U-Tube looks very good

Edited By: iscom on Jan 01, 2011 11:36: typing error
#7
I have a FZ45, got it as an insurance replacement for an FZ38 which got ever so slightly water damaged! Very happy with both cameras, movie mode is excellent and image quality is very good in decent light. Low light performance is nowhere near as good as SLR, but then very few compacts get close to SLR in low light. The 24x zoom range is great for catching the kids without them realising and allows for some great close ups that you simply wouldn't get with a smaller zoom.

The camera itself is quite large, but if that's not an issue to you then it's fine, just get a decent bag to keep it in. The battery lasts ages, but spare ones are expensive as only the panasonic originals are available at the moment (or at least when I last looked).

Overall, excellent camera which I'm very happy with.
#8
Mike73
I have a FZ45, got it as an insurance replacement for an FZ38 which got ever so slightly water damaged! Very happy with both cameras, movie mode is excellent and image quality is very good in decent light. Low light performance is nowhere near as good as SLR, but then very few compacts get close to SLR in low light. The 24x zoom range is great for catching the kids without them realising and allows for some great close ups that you simply wouldn't get with a smaller zoom.

The camera itself is quite large, but if that's not an issue to you then it's fine, just get a decent bag to keep it in. The battery lasts ages, but spare ones are expensive as only the panasonic originals are available at the moment (or at least when I last looked).

Overall, excellent camera which I'm very happy with.


Thanks, great little overview. When you say it is quite large in size would it fit in a large mans coat pocket? I will swat up on exact dimensions later.
#9
I'd personally say it's a bit big to just put in a pocket - obviously you may have bigger pockets than me! Also although it's a sturdy bit of kit I simply feel happier it being in a bag (when not hung 'round my neck)

I always find it a bit tricky to visualise the size of something from the dimensions (120.3 x 79.8 x 91.9 mm / (4.74 x 3.14 x 3.62 in)) so if this may be an issue to you then it might be worth popping into your local Jessops (or other shop) to get a bit of a feel for it. I'd suggest making sure they know that you want to check the size before simply sticking it in your pocket though! I actually prefer the larger size as it's easier to hold than the very small cameras.
#10
For "out and about" the FZ45 will be fine round your neck ready for action but it's a bit big and awkward for pocket; has a lenscap you have to manually remove and replace, a flash you need to pop up manually and put down (I think). So not really a natural pocket "grab and shoot" sort of camera. Maybe your present camera will suffice for those uses or maybe if you don't need the very long (and fast) telephoto lens capability of the FZ45 you could get something more pocketable, if that's important.

Expect learning how to control lighting is going to be paramount in fashion photography. For studio work prolly talking tripods, waist level finders, flash brollies all that malarky.

Wouldn't rush; you'll want your choice of compromises to be an educated one.
#11
I have been watching this posting with great interest . .and there have been some valid comments.

I have to admit am a canon man myself with a few high mega pix DSLR cameras, printing photos up to A0+ (36" wide) . But also have a IXUS which is always with me as it fits into my pocket and I have to admit some of my favorite photos have been taken with the IXUS, even when I have had my full kit in the car it was easer to take the shot with the IXUS. But I cant turn up to assignment with a small pocket camera nor can I turn up to a social function with a full SLR kit trying to take discreet photos.

The other point which most people forget about, is the flash capabilities, how fast it will recharged before it can take the next shot.
So take a look at the canon range of pocket cameras such as the Canon Power Shot SX210 14MP Camera 14x Opt Zoom,HD Video which I am thinking to replace my ageing IXUS with (just need to find time to go and try one)




Edited By: iscom on Jan 02, 2011 11:05: typing error
#12
you cant really go much wrong with the Lumix models. i think they have to be the best compact cameras out there. have a really good array of manual controls aswell in case you ever want to use them
#13
I agree with the comments re: Panasonic...I have had 3 lumix (2 digital & 1 SLR) and have no complaints - very easy to use and give great pics :)
#14
Sorry - meant to say I use my Panasonic G2 (SLR) for big events/important pics and my Panasonic TZ10 as my runaround/on the go camera :-D
#15
Thanks very much for all the replies chaps, very interesting and informative. I have decided to opt for Panasonic Lumix FZ45 as it seems we will get the most bang for our bucks with this camera, we cannot afford to be spending lots so we can always upgrade to a better one when a good deal comes up.

I am not working so money is very tight and the Best price I can see is around the £260 mark at Amazon but I am going to post a new thread to try and find the very best deal on this camera so if anyone knows any discount codes kicking about or best cashback available (we have quidco) then please have a look at new post and send us a reply.

Cheers and Happy New Year.
#16
Good choice, if you want to save a bit of money, DIxons appear to have the FZ38 back in stock for £219 (+ possible quidco/topcashback). Image quality is as good if not better than the newer FZ45, but you do lose a bit of flexibility with the lens (18x rather than 24x) and the wide angle isn't quite as wide. However you can get cheap replacement batteries for a few quid which is good if you think you may need one. To be honest, I would have stuck with the FZ38 when I got my insurance money through if it had been available at this price, but it wasn't so I got the FZ45.

They are both excellent cameras which won't disappoint, but like you said, if money is tight then you might want to save a few quid. I suppose if you think you may ever sell it then the FZ45 is likely to hold it's value better.

One more thing, I think the burst mode on the FZ38 is slightly faster than the FZ45,
#17
Ok Bought one, actually got an FZ40 from the US, which is the FZ45 in the UK, and a nice camera bag too all for £212, absolute bargain.

Thanks very much for all the help everyone, can't wait till it arrives.

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