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post #1 of 42 Old 06-26-2013, 12:29 AM Thread Starter
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Camera Choosing

Hello everyone, I apologize if this is in a wrong section, but seeing as it has to do with pictures...

At any rate my brother and I are looking for a better quality camera then the one we have now, which is a Canon PowerShot A2000IS (Image stabilizer, 6x optical zoom, & 10.0 Mega Pixels. On the lens it says Canon zoom lens 6x IS 6.4-38.4mm 1:3.2-5.9).

What he wants is something he can carry for taking photos while hiking in the mountains, hunting etc.(so something carry-able that's not super huge or expensive) but something that has a better zoom lens, high resolution (so a person can take moving shots clearly and pictures at a distance yet be still clear enough if a person wanted to blow up the image)...

I want all of those things and I thought something that you can focus on one object and have things in the distance blurred out... And what else I don't know.

What I would like is someone to post their camera and the shots it takes.

Also I don't know if some of the stuff I listed is more to do with the art of photographing rather then the camera qualities (like blurring out the backgrounds)?

Anyway if you can make heads or tails of this, and have a camera that would be suitable please feel free to share!

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I have a Nikon Coolpix p510 and it's pretty great. 42x zoom, 16mp, etc. It's pretty ideal for what I do, which is a whole lot of wildlife/animal photography. It's not the greatest indoors but it survives better than most of the other cameras I've used!

I'm also not sure if a lot of what you posted about wanting is a function of the camera or the photographer. I mean, I'm often surprised at how hard photography seems to be for many people...[not to sound mean, of course, but you know] and I don't find it too super hard. So = dilemma. Haha
As far as moving objects, etc, it does A LOT better than the point and shoots I used before it. Things will sometimes escape its understanding but, generally, if you have it on the correct setting for light conditions/movement, it does well.

Brace yourself for photo spam! Haha

Zoomed all the way in, and moving:



Lots of detail!



Just normal stuff...



Zoomed all the way in, and cropped significantly:



This was really way beyond the capacity of the zoo. These two were probably half a mile away from me and at the top of the tallest tree. So the quality is significantly worse, but this is what happens.



The one thing I do have to complain about is that this camera does need A LOT of editing before the pictures really look acceptable, imo. For instance, here's one of those two hawks, totally unedited (this one shows better how far away they were).



Pretttty bad. Haha I just use Picasa and it generally fixes them up nicely. :)

But yeah, in terms of a pre-DSLR, the Nikon CoolPix P510 does alright. Haha

Hopefully that was helpful enough? Good luck on your search!
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Hey Wallaby!! You are 10 ahead of me, haha!!

I have a Nikon Cooplix P500. It has been working very well for me. If you wanted to see a few of my photos I have done then in the Hobbies section I have a link to all my work.
But still, here are a few photos just to show how great it is. (none are edited)
And sorry if some are big!!






But I think any of these camera's are pretty great.
On the purple flower photo - the flowers were close together. What I did is I put it on close up and clicked OK and the focus point moved to the bee and it's flower. That is what I did with a few of these as well:




The camera photos do not need editing at all. All of the photos I have shown you are completely unedited. Everything.

My camera isn't too big at all. The length is about 4 inches long, the width about 4 inches, and the height is about 3 inches. It has a pop-up flash, a little twisty thing next to the flash with many options, 36x optical zoom, full HD, 4.0 - 144 mm and 12.1 megapixels. The battery lasts a long time and you will want to charge it at night because it takes a while to charge. The LED screen can be moved out, up, down, and you can adjus the angle so if you were doing a shot directly above an object, you can move the screen so you don't have to stand and your toes and make the camera a little more shaky.

These are photos of my camera off of Google.



They take great videos, and if you gone on scene selections, go to black and white, then you can click the record button and you can videotape in black and white.
If you go to the manual option, optimize image, black-and-white, custom, and go down to sepia, then you can also have videos in sepia - which is like and old and reddish look.

But I would definitely recommend this camera.
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Thanks for your replies! How do both of them look when taking landscape photos?

Amberly- Really pretty photos, I love how it focuses on one object and "blurs" the rest. Will it also take good photos without the blur in the background? As in say a group of deer, instead of just one singled out... So that you could crop out what you didn't want.

Wallaby- I have Picasa editing as well, but how do you turn the one that you took, that is rather faded, and turn it into the other hawk pic that looks really nice? Big question as I have a ton of good moving shots that look as awful as the faded hawk photo and it seems no matter how I dink with it it won't "help"...

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I do have a few sunset/sunrise landscape photos - but landscapes aren't my best, just so ya know. Yes it can have everything focused as well - although I don't like it that way so I don't have any photos like that, I am sorry!
But these are a few of my best landscapes. Most of them might be sunsets/sunrises.
And like I said they aren't my best!!


So, this photo below was one of the first times I had my camera - I wasn't exactly sure how to use it properly at the time, so you know because it can take much better landscapes than this.



Well, I couldn't really find any more landscapes - I will keep looking and if I see anymore decent ones I will definitely show them to you.
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Gorgeous! Have you taken photography classes, or sorta dink around on your own?

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See here are some of the photos I have taken with our camera... And they are just "blah" they don't have that quality/clearness that I want. I realize the day/lighting might have something to do with it, but they just don't get the colors/shininess of the horse very good. Most of them are edited. You be the judge.Queenie 6-15-13 016.jpg

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Here are some more photos during different time/day/lighting periods to give you an idea of what ours is like... I really think a better zoom would help on the next camera, which if I've got it right ours is 6x and Wallaby's is 40x? And Amberly's is 36x? And higher resolution would really help as well. Some of these photos are without edits and some are with.Horses action shots 010.jpg

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I have a Canon Rebel that I adore. I bought it in 2010 and they've since released updated cameras, but I'm really happy with the quality of the pictures it takes. A few I've taken from last year:













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