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#1 9 years ago

Hi all,

Newbie here :)

I'm after a digital camera. Doesn't have to be too special beyond a) a high resolution (12MP minimum) and b) reliable and likely to last a while. I'm looking into this - See lowest price for Olympus Stylus Tough 8010 14 Megapixel Digital Camera - Silver - do you guys think it'd be appropriate? Any suggestions of an alternative?

Thanks in advance!




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#2 9 years ago

Depends really, some cameras can be high resolution and still produce a poor image because the CCD sensors are too small, and vice-versa.

It depends on how serious you are but while that camera looks okay, it's always a good idea to have a try out in the shop and check the pictures come out as you expect.


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#3 9 years ago

The one you're looking at apparently saves as a jpeg. In my opinion there's not a lot of point in having a 14 mp sensor and then encoding the image as a jpeg along with the associated artifacting. If you're getting something nice making sure it saves in a raw file format such as .DNG is would be important than the resolution to me.




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#4 9 years ago

FileTrekker;5359743Depends really, some cameras can be high resolution and still produce a poor image because the CCD sensors are too small, and vice-versa.[/QUOTE]

I think this would be the key issue as above, athough to add to this don't buy the cheapest camera with the highest megapixels because you will find that these will be rubbish for the most part. Despite what people think having the highest megapixels in a camera doesn't mean its any good (example any camera phones!)

If you want a proffessional camera the best choice would be the DSLR although the bad points to this would be firstly the cost and the manual settings to make a better picture.

Although if you just want to take pictures as you go (point and shoot as such) then any compact camera would be better for you, although don't go for the cheapest ones, and its probably best to go for one of the branded name ones :)

[QUOTE=Nemmerle;5359747]The one you're looking at apparently saves as a jpeg. In my opinion there's not a lot of point in having a 14 mp sensor and then encoding the image as a jpeg along with the associated artifacting. If you're getting something nice making sure it saves in a raw file format such as .DNG is would be important than the resolution to me.

I think those might be the Digital SLRs only since i have yet to have seen a compact one with that yet!, although the one I have is a compact and does 14MP (Casio EX H15) doesn't do that but I can still get a fair few good pictures from it (it wasn't cheap though however :( )

(edit - Probably very obvious - a good camera helps but you could be awful at taking pictures with a DSLR and still get rubbish pictures, where as a proffesional photographer can probably still get brilliant pictures with a very cheap camera!)




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#5 9 years ago

Buy an SLR. Trust me, they are waaaay better.




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#6 9 years ago
Bubbleteatroopa;5359809Buy an SLR. Trust me, they are waaaay better.

Only if you know how to use it properly though ;)




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#7 9 years ago

The best way to shop for a Camera is to go someplace like National Camera. Similar to shopping for a TV, the best way to make sure you get what you want is actually have it in front of you and see how good it actually is. The people at dedicated camera stores also usually have a lot of experience and can tell you why to get this or this and why not to get that or that.