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Is there a digital camera on the market for a beginner that doesn't cost an arm and a leg but is good for nature photography?

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  • Is there a digital camera on the market for a beginner that doesn't cost an arm and a leg but is good for nature photography?

    Is there a digital camera on the market for a beginner that doesn't cost an arm and a leg but is good for nature photography?

  • #2
    Most decent ones will cost at least $225. You'll be able to hook it up to your computer and send pics to friends and us.

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    • #3
      there are lots of good cameras in the $200-$300 price range. stay with the brand names that have been in the camera business for years (Nikon, Canon, Pentax) and you'll be OK. remember too, with a new digital camera will come software that will allow you to edit your pics too. i'm on my third digital camera in the last seven years two were/are the small, point&shoot, fit-in-your pocket styles and one is a single lens reflex digital. i've gotten published pics with both kinds.

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      • #4
        Canon is a very good camera and they have very good lenses. If you are looking for a camera to take wildlife photography you'll need to make sure you pick a camera than can accept telephoto lenses. The EF lenses from Canon are very good and the nice thing is you can continue to upgrade your camera thru the years and the EF lenses will continue to work. I have lenses that are 10 years old that I'm using on my new rebel eos.

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        • #5
          Forgot to mention, I've found Tokina lenses to be the best 3rd party lense maker. You can get these a whole lot cheaper than Canon, Nikon, etc...

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          • #6
            would second jay's post about tokina lenses for slr digital. great product line.

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            • #7
              That depends on how portable you want, and how much you want to spend.

              My wife does computer graphics, so we've been digital since they first came out.

              My rule to save money... buy "last week's" technology. Digital cameras are hitting the point where the human eye can't tell the difference anyway, or designed to crop the photo to keep resolution.

              Get a B&H catalog, it's huge and full of everything digital you want. Don't get confused by zoom. Optical zoom is clearer, unenhanced zoom. most cameras incorporate (either with or without optical) digital zoom, which is a fake pixelation that can cost resolution.

              The best shirt-pocket model for the cash is my FujiFilm J10. 10x optical and 8.2 MP. It will zoom farther than that, but that would be digital.

              My best-for-money digital SLR was also a Fuji, an S5000. 5 MP is considered a bit old by now, but not only is it 10x optical, I bought a 1.5 telephoto adapter. So I get great shots at 15x zoom optical.

              Yes, Canon and Nikon have the more current technology, and secondary lenses are available, but at a high cost.

              Go through a B&H catalog, or scan Best Buy, etc, for what you would consider a good tech/money ratio.

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              • #8
                An arm and a leg are different price ranges to different people. Right now a cheesburger at a fast food joint seems like it costs an arm and leg to me. A few months ago I bought my wife a Cannon Power Shot with 9 MP and 10X opticle zoom for $375 including tax and a full warranty that covers the camera if I get mad and bounce it off a brick wall. We've been very pleased with this camera.

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                • #9
                  I have had good luck with my Canon Powershot S5IS. Wasn't terribly expensive, around $250 I believe, seems to take good pics.

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                  • #10
                    Get one with a decent amount of zoom. The extra zoom will cost more but it is worth it.

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                    • #11
                      Nikon Coolpix

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