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Offline Angerland

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Looking for new camera
« on: July 18, 2012, 10:47:54 PM »
As some of you may have read in my outing report....I am in need of anew digital camera. I'm thinking hard about making the step up to a decent SLR style. I have always wanted to take good pics of the wildlife an outdoors that I see around me. My last camera was"ok" but I want a little upgrade.  Now, like most of us, money is tight. I'd liketo keep it under or at $300 if I can. So I am looking for ideas from the photogs out here.

I am going to start stopping by pawn shops occasinally and see what is what as well.
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Re: Looking for new camera
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2012, 01:18:30 AM »
Sorry to hear your camera went in the drink Anger, that's got to be pretty frustrating to say the least not to mention while on a first-time trip!

One camera I would like to pick up is the Nikon Coolpix AW100 and it comes in just under your price point new. I like that it is ruggedized and waterproof for hard-use and clumsyness. I also prefer a point and shoot for the aforementioned reasons as well, most of the time I don't find myself needing much more than that. If I were wanting to get more "Professional" shot opportunities, perhaps I would be swayed to dedicated lenses and such.

http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/coolpix/allweather/aw100/

Get's favorable reviews as well: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2397532,00.asp?tab=Reviews

In the same relative categories there is also a Canon Powershot D20, Fujifilm FinePix XP150, Olympus Tough TG-1 and Panasonic DMC TS-4

The Olympus would is a runner-up choice for me and depending on the deal I got, I might be swayed to it over the Nikon. Lastly I would highly recommend you seek electronics through a reputable camera shop or someplace that will stand behind the product you buy. Pawn shops are great place for good deal AND lousy deals in my experience anyhow.

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Re: Looking for new camera
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2012, 09:18:55 AM »
Sudz is spot on with his recommendations...

Two of the biggest ( excuses, and I don't mean this in a bad way ) I hear from folks is either... a, I didn't have my camera with me or... b, it looked like it might rain and I didn't want to take my camera out and get it wet...either way you don't have a camera with you and you won't be taking photos of your trip. With the type of camera Sudz is recommending neither of those excuses will be a problem ever again, that camera will easily slip into a pocket and can get dunked without hurting it at all, If your prime reason for using a camera is to take with you on your outdoor adventures you can't go wrong with the Nikon or similarily styled camera, they really should be your 1st choices.
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Re: Looking for new camera
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2012, 09:41:14 AM »
I have to agree as well. I have a full size SLR that sits on a shelf in my closet because its too bulky to bring along and too delicate to expose to the elements. I use a couple of little canon point and shoot cameras for different purposes. But they take great pictures and they are cheap enough to replace in the event I lose or break one.

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Re: Looking for new camera
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2012, 10:46:05 AM »
Yoour wisdom persuaded me and I went ahead and ordered the Nikkon suggested in the thread...Not sure how I will post pics of the camera when I get it but I will do a review for certain.
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Re: Looking for new camera
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2012, 10:49:19 AM »
I think it's a Great choice! Definitely let us know what you think of it.

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Re: Looking for new camera
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2012, 10:52:57 AM »
Yoour wisdom persuaded me and I went ahead and ordered the Nikkon suggested in the thread...Not sure how I will post pics of the camera when I get it but I will do a review for certain.

I reflected upon what you said and my reply is, use a mirror  8)
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Re: Looking for new camera
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2012, 11:24:04 AM »
Yoour wisdom persuaded me and I went ahead and ordered the Nikkon suggested in the thread...Not sure how I will post pics of the camera when I get it but I will do a review for certain.

I reflected upon what you said and my reply is, use a mirror  8)

Heh, that reminds me of the old Readers Digest section "Towards More Picturesque Speech". :D