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  Reply # 1431586 20-Nov-2015 10:30
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Have been using D5300 for a while now. It's fantastic IMHO.

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  Reply # 1431624 20-Nov-2015 11:09
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Can someone clarify something about the RX100.
It seems there a few different versions.
2012 RX 100 and now there are 2015 RX100 1-4. On Canon's website, the 2 has NFC and WiFi. It's this feature on the older RX100 and the newer RX100-1?
It's not a deal breaker but convenient.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1431625 20-Nov-2015 11:10
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Lizard1977:
Geektastic: Don't ignore the better mirrorless offerings from the likes of Olympus and Sony.


Which ones would you recommend?


Olympus OMD EM-1 is very good indeed.







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  Reply # 1431626 20-Nov-2015 11:11
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mudguard: Can someone clarify something about the RX100.
It seems there a few different versions.
2012 RX 100 and now there are 2015 RX100 1-4. On Canon's website, the 2 has NFC and WiFi. It's this feature on the older RX100 and the newer RX100-1?
It's not a deal breaker but convenient.


The RX 100 has a new version every year - current is 4.







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  Reply # 1431627 20-Nov-2015 11:12
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joker97: The reason for Canon and Nikon is their lenses are freely available.

Sony is probably superior if you don't mind having 15 min battery life, but their lenses will cost you a house deposit over time.

Pentax ... Hmm ... No idea about lenses availability or cost.


I think this is why I'm focussing (no pun intended) on DSLRs.  I've just read reviews of the Sony Alpha A6000 and Olympus OM-D EM10 and they seem like nice cameras, but battery life is very low (~300) compared to the Nikon D5500 (800+).  A camera that is constantly needing charging (or requires multiple spare batteries) seems to me to be more annoying than a bulky camera.  I also like that lenses are probably going to be cheaper (even second hand) if we decided to expand the selection over time.

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  Reply # 1431629 20-Nov-2015 11:13
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Technofreak: I have a Canon AE1 Program SLR film camera (25 plus years old)  my wife has a Sony a57 mirrorless , which is like a DSLR, plus she has a Canon IXUS compact.

They're both great cameras and they're really nice to use with plenty features. However their size and the need to have a bag to carry the camera and accessories around means we don't take them with us very often. So we don't use them as much as our phones or compacts.

I think a compact camera is the way to go with most people.  I had a Canon Powershot A520 which got stolen and I haven't replaced.  It did a pretty good job.

If I was to buy another camera I'd be thinking seriously about the likes of the Sony RX100 mentioned earlier.

Your choice comes down to what you want to use it for.

If you want to have the option of good quality close up (bee in the flower) and long range photos (distant scenery) you will most likely need a range of lenses, hence a DSLR is a better choice.

If you want family snapshots a compact is better as you will likely have it handy, it will be quick to use (no faffing around changing lenses and setting it up) so yo'll be able to capture the moment.

If you have the need to take a lot of photos in low light you'll need a flash and one that has some grunt, most internal flash units are not much good for more than a couple of metres. You'll need to choose a camera that can trigger an external flash.

If you want to take video as well as stills the mirrorless DSLRs offer an advantage in that the camera will continue to focus while recording. As the subject moves about the camera will keep it in focus. The DSLR's with a mirror cannot focus properly once the shutter is opened for video recording.




The AE1 P was my first proper camera. Had it ages and lugged it all over the world (including to the top of Mont Blanc, twice!). I miss it. If I ever see a mint one, I may get it just for nostalgia!





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  Reply # 1431650 20-Nov-2015 12:00
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I've used the Olympus E-M1 since April including a 4 month trip to Canada, Europe and the South Island and have had no issues but its probably out of your budget.
Lens wise I have only bought two lenses for it a 14-150 Tamron all rounder lens and a Lumix 100-300 Lens.
Main reason I went for the E-M1 was its size, how it feels in the hand, the programmable buttons and dials.
Can get over 1000 photos out of it before the battery needs changing, can't comment on other Olympus models.

Most people I know only carry 1 or two lenses so I don't think you will have a problem no matter what brand you go for.

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  Reply # 1431653 20-Nov-2015 12:24
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The size and weight of my DSLR doesn't really bother me, but I guess that's because I only use it for special occassions since the camera on my iPhone 6S+ is usually good enough if I have a still subject and favourable lighting.

 

 

I can't remember the last time I missed capturing a photo because my DSLR was at home and my iPhone was unsuitable, but I'm not one of these social media junkies who feels the need to take photos of anything and everything.

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  Reply # 1431666 20-Nov-2015 13:00
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Lizard1977:  I've just read reviews of the Sony Alpha A6000 and Olympus OM-D EM10 and they seem like nice cameras, but battery life is very low (~300) compared to the Nikon D5500 (800+).  A camera that is constantly needing charging (or requires multiple spare batteries) seems to me to be more annoying than a bulky camera.  


How often do you take more than 300 photos in a day? I don't see battery life being an issue for the average user. 

A spare battery is a good idea and that's why I like compacts that use AA or similar. They're cheaper than  proprietary batteries and easily bought after market.




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  Reply # 1431670 20-Nov-2015 13:02
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Geektastic: The AE1 P was my first proper camera. Had it ages and lugged it all over the world (including to the top of Mont Blanc, twice!). I miss it. If I ever see a mint one, I may get it just for nostalgia!


Mines almost mint, there's some wear on the corners where the paint has rubbed off on the carry bag. I don't see myself selling it any time soon.




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  Reply # 1431676 20-Nov-2015 13:10
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I much prefer LiIon batteries for cameras. Spares are usually cheap and easily purchased.




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  Reply # 1431686 20-Nov-2015 13:29
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I got some third party E-M1 batteries on Ebay which also came with another charger and if I ever need it a car charger.

Another thing for what ever camera you go for if you really want to learn how to drive it is to get a 3rd party manual like ones by Darrell Young, I found it very useful for learning how to do things while traveling (Time Laps of Tower Bridge opening, telling the camera you wanted to do manual focus after the auto focus etc) and what all the menu options were for.

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  Reply # 1431690 20-Nov-2015 13:33
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Also agree with the Darrell Young books. Also have one for my E-M1. Very well written.




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  Reply # 1431702 20-Nov-2015 13:42
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Noel Leemings prices for cameras are stupidly highly. Also I would do a search on youtube for a non biased comparison on mirrored vs mirrorless, I am pretty sure Matt Granger has done a good comparison.

Someone simply saying mirrorless is better is as useful as saying ford is better than holden. You need to work out what your requirements are and chose what works for you. Both have their pros and cons.


The other thing to bear in mind with cameras and interchangeable lenses is what reason are you buying to camera for? General purpose, landscape, macro photography, portraits, actions shots i.e. motorsport? 

Depending on what you want to shot will depend if you want to buy any other lenses or not. 

I would suggest visiting a camera shop and ask if you can try some cameras out.

Good luck!

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  Reply # 1431715 20-Nov-2015 13:59
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joker97: The size of the sensor determines the quality of the picture. Usually. A lot of those "bridge" camera mentioned have sensors the same size of an iphone. You are really buying another iPhone with a zoom. Really. Waste of time in my opinion.

I'm on a mobile so i can't link properly but Google camera sensor size


I was meaning one of them that has the large sensors, but probably outside the OPs budget. Sony has recently released a new one that also does 4K, the RX 10 II but very pricey in NZ with out poor exchange rate. pAnasonic do a similar spec 'do one for quite a bit less, but they too have increased prices. Personally I like them because they are as large as a DSLR to use, but don't need to carry around a large bag for lenses, and the lense is good quality.

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