Best Camera for around $300?

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  1. Qrio

    Qrio TPF Noob!

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    I've narrowed down a few camera's that I'm looking to upgrade from my $90 Kodak Easyshare, I make the best of it :lol: but it's time to move up.

    I'm currently looking at the Nikon L100, which is priced around $200, but $270 with a nice tripod, memory card, charger, etc.

    The Fuji S2000HD I like because the reviewers say it has more options, less auto everything, this model is also around that $200 price range and around $250 with a bundle o goodie purchase.

    More expensive, no goodies.

    Olympus SP590UZ

    Samsung HZ25W

    Nikon P90

    I know the obvious would be to go the more expensive camera, but are they really that much of a jump from the others? I am no professional photographer but I am a photoholic, I love clarity, I love nature pictures which I could see the benefit of the higher zoom in the more expensive models.

    I like the bundles because they're under my wanted price with everything a guy could want to go out in the woods shooting pictures with.

    Any suggestions would be wonderful, I don't want to go above $330.
     
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    shortpballer TPF Noob!

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    Get a used canon 20D. That was my very first camera 4 months ago, and now photography is my life. Great camera, great pictures, well built, Just amazing all around for a first camera! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT
     
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    iolair No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    You love clarity?

    I also recently bought a Canon 20D D-SLR (£165 from eBay) and 50mm f/1.8 lens (£81 from amazon). That totals almost 400 dollars, though.

    There are some good compacts out there, if you want to learn photography whatever you get make sure it has the modes P, A, S, M (as well as full automatic), a viewfinder as well as a rear screen and a tripod mount (screw hole on the bottom). It surprises me how many compact cameras don't include viewfinders!
     
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    djacobox372 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    You may be able to buy a used nikon d70 slr with a decent lens on ebay for $300.
     
  5. KmH

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    I guess it depends on the guy.

    For nature pictures and zoom, a digital SLR gives the benefit of interchangeable lenses. Serious amateur bird photographers like 600 mm prime lenses like this on their cameras.

    I make do with:

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    He said best, not what he should settle for...
     

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