Does buying a camera make sense if I have a smartphone?

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  1. fmw

    fmw No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    No, it means you either have to add money or choose something used. Your goal is to have better image quality and more user control. You can have the user control within your budget but the better image quality will require more budget or used equipment.


     
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  2. robbins.photo

    robbins.photo Yup, It's The Zoo Guy Supporting Member

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    Might want to look for a used Nikon D5100 on Ebay or locally, you should be able to find one in that price range. Much better control that what you can get in a smart phone, and much better images thanks to a much larger sensor.
     
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    An a5000 or NEX-6 shares that D5100 16MP sensor in a more cell-phone user friendly package. :p
     
  4. fmw

    fmw No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I was just using the D100 as an example. I do have one and use it for my small product setup. It is more than enough for internet photographs. It is a 20 year old model and is considered hopelessly obsolete by camera enthusiasts. But it will outperform a cell phone camera. I'm not recommending it. I'm simply providing an example of how to find a DSLR and lens (in the U.S.) within your budget. Since you ask, here is an image of my D100:

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    robbins.photo Yup, It's The Zoo Guy Supporting Member

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    Both of which are selling for.. roughly about twice the listed budget.
     
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    Tamariniak TPF Noob!

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    I was talking about that Panasonic of yours, which one is it?
     
  7. fmw

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    ZS40. It is a discontinued model but still available on Amazon. It has a 18MP sensor but a small one. It provides the normal PSAM exposure modes you would expect on any camera and, as I said, it records raw images. It should keep up with your cell phone.
     
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    Hey, I was actually considering buying that one (it sells as TZ60 here in Europe), since Rudimaes recommended it. It shoots in the same resolution as my phone with all the advantages of a camera. It can even do 1080p 54fps video, which is exactly what I was looking for. I think I'll go for it.
     
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    and what is a D5100 with lens and battery/charger going for?

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    I just bought my teenager this camera to take on holiday: Canon Powershot ELPH 350

    Sensor won't be any better than a cell phone, but the glass is 25-300 versus a fixed 29mm on his iphone (all FF equivalent).

    Cost: 199.00 US
     
  11. fmw

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    It would depend on whether or not you would want a lens with it.
     
  12. robbins.photo

    robbins.photo Yup, It's The Zoo Guy Supporting Member

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    I assumed that the OP would, since it wouldn't be much use without one.
     

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