Questions tagged [camera-recommendation]

Good camera recommendation questions deal with what cameras are appropriate for a specific task or meet special requirements. This tag should not be used for shopping questions. Asking for comparisons between two cameras should be avoided unless motivated by clear situational detail.

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What should I look for when shopping for my first DSLR?

I am thinking of buying a digital SLR camera. What things should I be looking for?
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What kind of camera do I need to capture deep space images?

By deep space image, I mean below kind. In the background it is space dust, I think. Is it dependent on camera or location? If on camera, what kind of cameras are capable to capture this kind of ...
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What medium format film camera should an SLR guy look at?

Ok, I know the SLR world pretty well, I've owned Pentax, Canon, and now Nikon film SLRs, from the '80s to the naughties. But I know nothing about medium format cameras, so I need your advice! My ...
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Should I buy a DSLR to get started?

I'm really interested in getting into serious or even professional photography. I've read some articles about fundamental concepts like aperture, exposure, ISO sensitivity, etc., and I want to get the ...
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What do I need to consider to choose between dSLR, mirrorless, or a compact as my first “serious” camera?

I am thinking of buying a camera to learn photography. Most of the time I'll be shooting portraits and landscapes. But I am not sure where I should start. Most of my friends tell me that I should get ...
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What advanced cameras are the size of a point and shoot?

My wife is starting to get in to photography more and more. She likes her point and shoot camera because it is small so it can go with her most ever where. She is interested in some of the nicer ...
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What non-toy camera would be good for a child?

Looking for a camera for my six year old. We have one of the V-Tech child cameras, which he loves, but the pictures it takes are amazingly awful. Basically I am looking for a rugged point-and-shoot.
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Camera lens or megapixel value: which defines the quality and clarity of the picture?

I have a 5MP camera in my phone. The pictures shows good clarity both in the phone screen and my computer screen. But one of my friends has a different camera with the same 5MP in his phone (brand is ...
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What should I look for when shopping for my first mirrorless camera?

I'm looking to buy a new camera. I've looked at What do I need to consider to choose between dSLR, mirrorless, or a compact as my first "serious" camera? and decided that mirrorless is right ...
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How do I find a point-and-shoot camera specifically for bokeh / a very shallow depth of field?

I will be getting a point-and-shoot camera for taking portraits and only portraits. Specifically portraits with a shallow depth of field. Groups portraits sometimes. It's just too much work to add ...
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Is buying a camera and trying things yourself the best way to learn?

I love photos and every thing related to them. I want to begin in this field as a hobby, then become a professional in time. Some people have advised me that the best way to learn photography is to "...
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Are there big reasons to prefer the Canon 600d vs Canon 550d?

I'm just wondering whether there are any big(ish) reasons I should get the Canon 600d and not the Canon 550d. I'm interested in the difference in video quality and low light performance (if there is ...
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I'm getting started in photography and taking a photography class — what camera should I buy?

For a long time, I wanted to start as hobbyist photographer, thus soon I will be taking a photography class in my city where I will be able to learn the basics of photography. At this point my ...
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Compact vs Mirrorless - why pick one over another?

What would be a reason for one to pick the compact (whatever it'd be P&S or something more advanced) over mirrorless compact system camera ? Right now market is quite confusing — we have huge ...
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Is an entry level DSLR going to shoot nice portrait pictures? [duplicate]

I'm thinking of buying entry level DSLR Nikon D3500. I haven't used DSLR before, so I'm not sure if it is a good decision to buy DSLR. I would like to know if with this camera I can shoot portraits ...
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What is a good camera for a beginner looking to learn it all from a technical standpoint? [closed]

I am a graduate student in image processing and computer vision, and I'd like to get into photography. I want to purchase a camera that isn't a black box, where I can experiment and learn about how ...
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What specifics does a street style/detailed photography camera + lens need to have?

I have about 1000£ to spend on a new camera and lens. I will be doing Street style photography and portraits. What does a camera for this use case to have? What lens / how many mm is best for ...
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How do I chose a good camera for texture hunting?

Texture hunting is the photography of walls, surfaces, artefacts, etc, typically outdoors, with the intention of using the photos in a computer game. The photo could be of a brick or concrete wall, a ...
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Will I miss anything if I replace my aging DSLR with a bridge camera?

This is my first question in /photography. I'm a very amateur photographer, doing things wrong and by eye with lots of trial-and-error all the time. I currently own a reflex Nikon D70 my uncle gave ...
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Best easy-to-carry-around Canon (or ANY OTHER) camera plus lenses for bird /wildlife/landscape photography (hobby)?

Apologies for the long post..Just want to give as much info as possible. I am looking for a suitable camera & lens. Open to suggestions! Initial plan was to buy a Canon 600d. This is a hobby ...
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Two cameras are equivalent but the second one is going out of market soon: is there any risk in buying a camera which is going out of market soon?

The Canon EOS 4000D and the Canon EOS 1300D seem to me to have the same specs and mount the same lenses, but the second one is cheaper. Is there any risk in buying a camera which is going to go out of ...
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What is the best camera to buy for a child to help them learn about photography?

I have a seven year old daughter who is keen on getting a camera for Christmas. She is able to look after possessions (is very safe with her violin from school) although this is a recent development. ...
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What would be a good digital alternative to a Canon AE-1 from 1977?

I would like to purchase my first DSLR camera with similar features and experience to my AE-1 Canon film camera. In particular, I would like a depth of field indicator that shows the depth of field in ...
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Is there any wifi-enabled shockproof (i.e rugged) digital camera?

Suppose I need to take photos everyday and upload them to a PC wirelessly. I don't want to use an extra eyefi sd card for that. Is there a camera which will do this?
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What makes a good film camera?

I have recently become interested in film photography. For now I have borrowed a Canon EOS 500n from a friend, but I am thinking about purchasing a camera for myself soon. In digital photography I ...
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Are there any cameras which require a PIN before deleting photos?

This would protect you from mischievous kids (or malicious brats, as the case may be).
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Camera for high volume automated shooting of product pictures

For an automated photo studio I'm going to need a camera with a image quality that is comparable to better compact cameras, especially regarding color accuracy. Setting a custom white balance will be ...
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Are there true 360 degree cameras?

I'm looking for a true 360 degree camera, so that's both vertical and horizontal 360 degrees. I've seen some clip-ons for the iPhone, but am really not wanting to by an iPhone 4S for this. What I ...
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I was looking at the Nikon D90, but it's discontinued. What should I choose instead?

I am currently in the process of gathering data about Nikon as I will be getting my very first DSLR soon! On nikon Japan, D90 has been added to the discontinued category. I was thinking of getting D90,...
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Should I upgrade my camera or lens to shoot pro hockey games?

I've gotten the opportunity to shoot pro hockey games. My current gear doesn't cut it: Nikon D70 Nikon 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5 Kit lens Nikon 70-300mm F/4-5.6 D Nikon 50mm 1.8D Monopod From where i'm ...
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Does the Canon 7D have noise reduction, and does it matter?

I have been doing shooting with a Rebel XSi for about 5 years now as a hobby, and want to step it up a bit. I am looking at getting a 7D, but I was advised to get the T4i instead. The main arguments ...
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What is the best camera for concert photography? [closed]

I am interested in camera recommendations with a fast shutter and which are able to focus well in low light. The camera will be used for indoor concert photography where no flash is allowed.
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What features really matter in a point and shoot camera?

I am planning to buy my first new digital camera. Now I am too confused for more than 20 days about how I can choose a camera. I want to use the camera for domestic purpose. The Canon IXUS 220 HS ...
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What can I, as a software developer, do with “Wi-Fi builtin” mode on cameras?

I'm looking into purchasing a camera. The online specs usually include a field named "Wi-Fi builtin", but rather than expanding on the details, it gives a binary Yes/No answer. What sort of features ...
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What camera should I buy for a Photography College student?

My younger sister is going to college to study photography, and I want to surprise her with a camera this holidays. I'm no camera expert (but I've been doing my research). Should I go with a lower-...
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Camera for teenager [closed]

My soon to be 14 year old daughter enjoys taking pictures of nature and things around her. I would like to get her a good first camera that is not too expensive and possibly comes with different ...
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Is there a camera that operates silently, suitable for use at a wedding?

I would like some advice or suggestions for a camera to use at a wedding. I normally use a Pentax K-5 (which is quiet enough) and a Pentax K-r (which is noisy) but I have a wedding to shoot with a ...
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What kind of camera should a serious enthusiast buy after ditching a point and shoot? [duplicate]

I'm trying to decide what kind of camera to purchase. At first I had it in my head that I needed a dSLR and I've asked a couple questions before on this forum to help me figure out which ones I like. ...
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Can the specs for a digital camera indicate to me the color quality before buying?

Is there an item in a camera's specifications that can indicate the quality of color reproduction in that camera? There are a lot of things you can find out about a camera before buying from reading ...
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What should I look for in a second-hand DSLR with a nice long zoom lens?

I am considering buying a cheap second-hand DSLR with a nice long zoom lens (at least up to 200mm) for photographing nature in particular. I have a lovely Panasonic LX5 which takes great macro ...
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What is the most appropriate camera for hobby photography? [closed]

I like to travel and take snaps a lot, I usually use my mobile camera for this, but it is not worthy at all. Can someone suggest to me a good and affordable digital camera between the range of $100 - ...
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Which compact camera to shoot stars, moon and hopefully planets and sun?

I need a new camera! My Canon IXUS is now very old. What I want to be able to do is take photos of the night sky (stars, moon, planets) and the sun. Well, ideally! I have been looking at a bridge ...
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compact camera for my son?

The guy is 9 yr old, and appears to enjoy taking photos. I don't think I'll give him access to my camera system and lenses. :) But I'm thinking to find him a neat little compact camera. Requirements: ...
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Is there a digital camera that is able to save people bounding boxes?

I am looking for digital cameras that are able to recognize faces(automatically or by user input) and save those as tags in XMP using either Microsoft Photo 1.2 Schema or Metadata Working Group - ...
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How important is optical zoom in snapshot cameras?

I want to buy a new snapshot camera. Because i want a new one with geo-tagging, I haven't such a great choice. So the following three cameras are my favorites: http://digitec.ch/ProdukteVergleichen1....
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Why is Canon 60D considered 'better' than Canon 700D?

So Canon 60D is considered a semi-pro machine, but it's like 3 years old, while the 700D is a year old and can pack the same punch it seems from the specs. Does the 60D have anything that the 700D ...
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What should a beginner look at in comparing two point & shoot cameras?

My interest in photography grew over the last few days, and I finally decided get into this thing. My goal is to become a Nature/Wildlife & Fashion photographer some day. Since I am total ...
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What type of camera body would work with a Promaster AF lens (Pentax)?

Specifically, one almost like this. Mine is 28-80mm, for a Pentax SLR. I have wanted to upgrade my SLR camera for many years, but never quite got the money. I'd like to get a DSLR, but I am not sure ...
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What are the important criteria in selecting a DSLR camera for conference photography?

We are looking to upgrade an old (ancient? 2006 Nikon D80) camera that is used for taking pictures at a conference (mostly for website). It is not mission critical photography, so value for money is ...
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Fujifilm X-T20 vs Pentax K-3 II. Am I missing any significant differences?

After many years of shooting pics with my phone, I have finally decided to step up my game and buy a decent camera. After a lot of research, and considering my budget and my ability to take pictures, ...