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    Default cameras..how do you know what to look for?.

    I need to buy a camera but I really don't know what I should look for. I'm not a photographer (like..at all) but it's something I'd like to learn more about. I mostly take pictures of dd. I prefer in the moment shots as opposed to posed pictures --though since most of my pictures don't turn out, I may have to rethink that. I'd like to do other kinds of pictures too ie nature.
    I'll have to take some kind of class because I know I won't read the manual. Having said that, I'd like some kind of control over the camera.

    I've been told I have to choose between taking shots in low light (which would lead me to a point and shoot camera) or having the ability to zoom. (which would lead to an in between type camera or an SLR) is that correct?

    I won't be printing out big pictures (except perhaps the odd one) most will be regular sized photos..but I want them clean. (I don't have any software to work with right now either.)

    When I went out yesterday, I was shown this: PANASONIC DMCFZ100K BLACK 14.1MP 24X WIDE ANGLE 3" DMCFZ100K - Henry's best camera store in Canada
    Even looking at it, I don't know what I should be looking for..

    Where should I start? I don't want to buy more camera than I need, but I don't want to limit myself either.

    Thanks for any help
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    Mamarazzi would be a great person to ask this question of.. however alot of ppl on here love their Canon's..
    I personally have a Kodak easy share..LUV it!

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    I would personally be looking at an entry level DSLR(which will have the option of auto everything or manual options) if you want to have more control. Check out Sony A200/300, Canon Rebel, Nikon D60 or 40 or 80 etc. You really can't go wrong. I would mostly base your decision on how they feel once in your hands (weight, button location, etc). I am a Nikon shooter (D700 and D90), so I typically will recommend Nikon....

    gotta run to drop off dd or I'd write more....

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    I would also recommend getting a DSLR. You can sometimes find them used on Kijiji. I used to have one and am very much an amatuer but even then my pictures looked fantastic. These kids of cameras automatically focus on the main thing in the picture and make the background slightly blurry giving you a professional look you used to have to know how to adjust your camera to get. There are so many cool effects you can learn how to do if you do want to start playing with your camera too. I had a Canon Rebel and I loved it but someone stole it. I hope to be able to buy another one soon. I've used all kinds of different cameras and only noticed a slight difference until I used a DSLR and then I saw a big difference.

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    Honestly, if you're looking for a camera that goes anywhere with you but has the zoom capabilities, check out Nikon coolpix line Nikon COOLPIX P500 12.1MP Digital Camera - Black : Ultra Zoom - Best Buy Canada or Nikon COOLPIX S8100 12.1MP Digital Camera - Black : Ultra Zoom - Best Buy Canada or Canon's Powershot line Canon PowerShot SX130IS 12.1MP Digital Camera - Black : Ultra Zoom - Best Buy Canada or Canon Powershot G12 10MP Digital Camera - Black : Advanced Compact - Best Buy Canada or Canon Powershot SX30 IS 14.1MP Digital Camera : Ultra Zoom - Best Buy Canada

    I don't trust any other names anymore. Canon is notorious for having less then stellar red's in their shots but that's nothing a good editing program can't fix. Those are the one's I'd most likely pick up for myself. The higher the optical zoom, the better for getting those “far away“ shots without getting too grainy. The best way to learn is to get out there and start shooting.

    oh and if all else fails, go talk to Henry's. They have excellent, knowledgeable staff and they don't pressure you to buy too much.
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    Portability is something to consider. Big DSLRs are a pain to drag around and harder to prevent from being stolen.

    IMO it's important to have a decent pocket camera and then add a DSLR if it's something your interested in.

    I was told 3.1 megapixals is all you need to print out clear 4x6s. So any camera on the market will print great photos. Don't pay more to get a camera that has the highest megapixals unless you plan on printing billboards.
    Look for one that has image stabalization to reduce the number of blury pictures you take.
    Personally I'm a huge Canon Elph fan because they slip into a pocket so easily. They have multiple semi custom settings to take pictures in different lights. This weekend we used the firework setting with great results and I luv the the kids and pets setting.

    I also have a Canon Rebel, which I love, but if I could only choose one camera it would be a pocket camera first.
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    I really appreciate the replies.
    I noticed that most posts list Canon or Nikon so I'll start a search there.
    I'm a bit leery to look on kijiji or somewhere else for a used camera because I'll end up getting ripped off. I don't know what I should be asking/looking for.

    I'm torn with the pocket size because of the obvious convenience of slipping it quickly into my pocket..but if I'm able to do more with the camera, my goal is to do more so I don't want to limit myself (on the other hand I don't want more features than I need..gah I'm going in circles with myself.) That's why I need help.

    Off to check the links and makes/models. Thanks!
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    The problem with using a DSLR as a starter camera is you might end up biting off more then you can chew. Dont get me wrong, I love my DSLR but its' super inconvenient when I'm looking for a portable camera with various zoom capabilities. When I'm looking at my “pro“ camera its for vacation shots where I already know the conditions I'm going to be shooting in and I'm already planning on bringing all my lenses. A simpler zoom capable model is good for kid/park shots, various setting shots and just general use. Higher megapixel means less opportunity for “grainy“ shots. But the higher optical zoom is where you get your versatility.

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    Absolutely avoid kijiji when buying something like this. There is WAY too many problems that can be found within a camera that go unseen to even the trained eye. Often camera repairs will cost $100's of dollars, entry level DSLR or not. Buy new or from a reputable seller (photographer, family, used camera stores, etc).

    A entry level DSLR will be smaller than the pro models and shouldn't be a huge nuisance to take out and shoot with. You'll likely have it on auto in the beginning, so shooting will be as simple as removing the cap and off you go. If your budget permits, I would buy an entry DSLR AND an awesome camera bag that can also double as your purse (let me know if you want a recommendation). While point and shoots are great because of size...they are very limiting if you're wanting to learn and grow.

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    One of the photographers on my Facebook just posted this the other day and I thought it was really good. It is the “How to Buy a Digital Camera - A 9 Step Guide“.

    How to Buy a Digital Camera – A 9 Step Guide

    That being said, I loved my Canon Rebel as a starter camera and have since upgraded. I wouldn't go through Kijiji either, but I think Henrys has used cameras that may be worth looking into?

    Unlike Erica, I am a Canon user and typically recommend Canon. I think there are probably pros and Cons to each model through. You need to get what works and feels right for you.

    Good luck!
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