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Old 07-30-2019, 06:42 PM   #1
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How many have a good Digital Camera for photographing their trips?

How many have a good Digital Camera they use to photograph their trips or do you just rely on the camera in your phone?

Up until recently I've been relying solely on my phone but realized that I was missing many good pictures both by the time I got the camera "app" up and running or because I couldn't see what I was photographing due to sun on the screen of the camera.

For those who have a good Digital Camera what kind do you use?

I'm thinking along the lines of something in the middle from a phone sized "Point and Shoot" to a more sophisticated DSLR with all the bells and whistles.

Would like something with good Zoom function and good resolution without setting me back the equivalent to a house payment.


What say you all?
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Old 07-30-2019, 07:00 PM   #2
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Mike - I have what I would consider a decent middle of the road point and shoot that also has some manual control. At 1/2000th of a second, I can stop hummingbird wings. The 35x (840mm) zoom is the same as about a 16 power telescope and I can take a moon pic (840mm max zoom) and actually see the craters. It has lots of macros for shooting things like sunsets. I guess it depends on what you want to do with it.

I'm using a Nikon A900 that fits in the pocket. Photo size is about 6mb. As I recall, its a 20mp camera. I paid under $300 on a good sale a couple years ago so there are likely better cameras for less $$ out there now. It also shoots up to 4k video. Has WiFi connectivity that I don't use.

Hope that helps a little
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Old 07-30-2019, 07:16 PM   #3
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I use a Nikon D5600 with an 18-55 and 70-300 lens. I also have a 150-600 which cost more than the camera, but I love to do nature photography. Canon alco makes some good cameras. You can also buy point and shoots from Nikon with a large zoom. they give you good pictures but you cannot print them much larger than 8x10.
That said asking that question is like asking what RV should I buy. There are many options and if you don't know what you are doing you could over buy.
I would try to find a local camera shop or a friend that does photography. They would maybe help you without getting you to take a second mortgage. You should find a good outfit for $400-$700.
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Old 07-30-2019, 07:28 PM   #4
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Old 07-30-2019, 07:38 PM   #5
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Have a look at the Panasonic Lumix series. Smaller than a typical 35mm digital but every bit as capable. I have the G7 body with a lens that goes, in 35mm format terms, from 28mm to like 350mm continuous. This type camera is called a 4/3 format.

The less expensive end of the line has "bridge" type cameras, pretty capable but you can't change lenses. Gave one to my adult daughter and she loves it.
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Old 07-30-2019, 07:43 PM   #6
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I went down the DSLR road and realized that I just don't have the patience. I now have a Panasonic Lumix FZ 2500 (or 2000, depending what continent you are in) which is known as a bridge camera. It has fantastic zoom, many shooting modes and takes great shots all around. I can wirelessly send photos to my phone, and it shoots 4k video. I think it is about 1.5 years old, not really sure, so there may be a newer model. Definitely worth looking into.
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Old 07-30-2019, 08:51 PM   #7
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We have a Canon T4i.
Crazy thing takes 5 pictures a second and is *always* in that mode. It's our only hope of catching our son in the right shot. He's the smallest, yet fastest, one in his class...
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Old 07-31-2019, 09:04 AM   #9
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I use both a phone camera for preview a photo and than a Nikon SLR Digital camera with Tripod for my photos needs. I can switch between a couple of lens one being a wide angle and the standard lens plus a small telephoto lens up to 300mm. This lens has the capability of going macro when I need that.
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I'm a Nikon pro so yeah lots of photo gear makes every trip. The drawer under the bed is dedicated for it.
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