Need advice on choosing camera

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  1. tt74rocky

    tt74rocky TPF Noob!

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    Im looking for a camera that will have the following.

    - Good resolution/quality image
    - Uses a SDHC card
    - built-in flash
    - Has some zoom
    - Has a rechargable battery

    - Can take pictures while objects are moving
    - Can take pictures when the lights are very low
    - Has automatic options (autofocus, autolight, whitebalance, etc.) and manual options also

    Help me find this beauty ;)
    Thank you
     
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    mwcfarms No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Have you been to a store and looked at the different options? This criteria meets a broad list of available models. Are there any two your stuck between or do you just want us to tell you what to buy. :confused:
     
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    tt74rocky TPF Noob!

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    Well... I want to buy from the Internet. Theres isnt any good local photography store where I live.... :)

    My budget is around 300$. I can consider putting more tho...

    I really just want the best bang for the buck!
     
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    Pretty much every dSLR camera meet you criterias. Cameras have come a long way. Do you have a budget?
     
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    tt74rocky TPF Noob!

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    Check my last post ;)
     
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    Nikon D40 is a great overall for someone starting out. It may be lacking few of the criterias. The autofocus is in the lens, so you have to buy certain lenses, as with many Nikon cameras.

    Low light is done through the lens mostly.

    You'll probably be over $300 by purchasing the body and a basic 18-55mm (VR) lens.
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    He was writing his post at the same time you were if you notice the time frame.

    With only $300, cross off half the things on your wish list. Start with "can take multiple pictures really fast", "Can take pictures when the lights are very low" and "changeable lens at best.".

    A new, entry-level dSLR will cost you $500 with just a single kit lens, and can't do any tjhe multiple pictures really fast or low light wants you have.

    To get your entire list, increase your budget 3.5 times.

    Good luck with your search.
     
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    Or check used places like craigslist or ebay. I got a Nikon D70 in almost mint condition for $170 from craigslist that does all of the above (depending on the lens of course)
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Yes, there is always the used market if you are familiar with cameras at all.

    The D70 sucks in low light because it has a CCD sensor and is 2 generations old now (launched Jan, 2004), and doesn't have a fps rate that I would call, "can take multiple pictures really fast", so I beg to differ that it fits the bill the OP listed. ;)

    The D70 doesn't have face recognition, and it's very likely that for $170 you didn't get a lens with it.
     
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    tt74rocky TPF Noob!

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    What if i change some criteras?

    - Good resolution/quality image
    - Uses a SDHC card
    - built-in flash
    - Has some zoom
    - Has a rechargable battery

    - Can take pictures while objects are moving
    - Can take pictures when the lights are very low
    - Has automatic options (autofocus, autolight, whitebalance, etc.) and manual options also

    Can I get a camera with all this for around 300$? I can squeeze some more in but not much :)
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    The low light part, is the problem.

    Not only do you need a camera that has good high ISO capability, you also need a lens that can open wide.

    An example at the least amount of $$$'s for low light performance based on new gear, would be a Nikon D5000 with a Nikon AF 50 mm f/1.8D lens, about $750, just for low light. For a zoom capability you would need to buy another lens, and the loewer priced zoom lenses can't open wide enought to really do low light work.

    But, that is Nikon's least expensive current lens and you would have to manually focus it on a D5000.

    Nikon - D5000 Digital SLR Camera (Camera Body) - 25452 - B&H

    Nikon - Normal AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Autofocus Lens - 2137 - B&H
     
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    Forget the SDHC card requirement, and a host of low-cost,used d-slr cameras will slot into the $350 price range on the real-world market, meaning eBay and other auction sites, Craigslist,and local classified advertisements. Not sure what you mean by take multiple shots really fast, but you'll probably be able to find a used Nikon or Pentax or maybe a Canon d-slr from the 2004-2005 era at the $350 price point with careful shopping. Everything is relative, or so somebody once said; the low-light capabilities of an older d-slr is better than those of a new P&S digital that noises up at ISO 160 or higher, so...
     

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