Go Back  British Expats > Living & Moving Abroad > Middle East > The Sand Pit
Reload this Page >

Buying a reet nice canny camera like

Buying a reet nice canny camera like

Old Sep 20th 2011, 12:23 pm
  #1  
why ayeeeee man!
Thread Starter
 
Spugsy's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2008
Location: Disco Gardens...
Posts: 11,370
Spugsy has a reputation beyond reputeSpugsy has a reputation beyond reputeSpugsy has a reputation beyond reputeSpugsy has a reputation beyond reputeSpugsy has a reputation beyond reputeSpugsy has a reputation beyond reputeSpugsy has a reputation beyond reputeSpugsy has a reputation beyond reputeSpugsy has a reputation beyond reputeSpugsy has a reputation beyond reputeSpugsy has a reputation beyond repute
Default Buying a reet nice canny camera like

Ok so I want to get a nice camera, you know DL one to take some lovely pics of holidays and all that sort of thing.

I know nowt about cameras but am happy to spend say AED 3/4k on one.

Anyone got any tips?

MM I know you got one and your safari pics looked brilliant.

Cheers all
Spugsy is offline  
Old Sep 20th 2011, 1:11 pm
  #2  
Hit 16's
 
Bahtatboy's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2010
Location: Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine
Posts: 13,118
Bahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Buying a reet nice canny camera like

Canon Powershot G12.

If you're not gowing to print your pics at anything larger than A4 size (and let's face it, most people only look at their pics on a computer or TV screen), you won't tell the difference between this and a full-blow DSLR.

Its more compact than a DSLR but bigger than a point-and-shoot. It'll allow you to point and shoot, but it also has the functionality of a full-blow DSLR.

I've got one (in addition to about 15 other cameras), and its my first choice most times.

They're about 400 quid-ish in UK, I bought mine in Dubai Duty Free--can't remember how much, but I think it was about 50 quid cheaper than I could have got it in UK.

"The Canon PowerShot G12 belongs to an awesome class of digital cameras that specialize in fixed lenses, advanced manual controls, and larger imaging sensors than competing point-and-shoot compacts. This type of camera is the ultimate professional's pocket cam, or the student's first weapon of choice."

Review here:

http://www.photographyblog.com/revie...ot_g12_review/
Bahtatboy is offline  
Old Sep 20th 2011, 3:11 pm
  #3  
You read these things?
 
Joined: Jun 2010
Posts: 1,261
auzdafluff has a reputation beyond reputeauzdafluff has a reputation beyond reputeauzdafluff has a reputation beyond reputeauzdafluff has a reputation beyond reputeauzdafluff has a reputation beyond reputeauzdafluff has a reputation beyond reputeauzdafluff has a reputation beyond reputeauzdafluff has a reputation beyond reputeauzdafluff has a reputation beyond reputeauzdafluff has a reputation beyond reputeauzdafluff has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Buying a reet nice canny camera like

Originally Posted by Bahtatboy View Post
Canon Powershot G12.

If you're not gowing to print your pics at anything larger than A4 size (and let's face it, most people only look at their pics on a computer or TV screen), you won't tell the difference between this and a full-blow DSLR.

Its more compact than a DSLR but bigger than a point-and-shoot. It'll allow you to point and shoot, but it also has the functionality of a full-blow DSLR.

I've got one (in addition to about 15 other cameras), and its my first choice most times.

They're about 400 quid-ish in UK, I bought mine in Dubai Duty Free--can't remember how much, but I think it was about 50 quid cheaper than I could have got it in UK.

"The Canon PowerShot G12 belongs to an awesome class of digital cameras that specialize in fixed lenses, advanced manual controls, and larger imaging sensors than competing point-and-shoot compacts. This type of camera is the ultimate professional's pocket cam, or the student's first weapon of choice."

Review here:

http://www.photographyblog.com/revie...ot_g12_review/
I'd second that. Either that or the Nikon Coolpix P7000.

I currently have a D40 and I'm looking to buy either a G12 or P7000 in the next couple of months.
auzdafluff is offline  
Old Sep 20th 2011, 3:25 pm
  #4  
A bubbly-jock...
 
MacScot's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2005
Location: Teneriffe
Posts: 6,262
MacScot has a reputation beyond reputeMacScot has a reputation beyond reputeMacScot has a reputation beyond reputeMacScot has a reputation beyond reputeMacScot has a reputation beyond reputeMacScot has a reputation beyond reputeMacScot has a reputation beyond reputeMacScot has a reputation beyond reputeMacScot has a reputation beyond reputeMacScot has a reputation beyond reputeMacScot has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Buying a reet nice canny camera like

Originally Posted by Spugsy View Post
Ok so I want to get a nice camera, you know DL one to take some lovely pics of holidays and all that sort of thing.

I know nowt about cameras but am happy to spend say AED 3/4k on one.

Anyone got any tips?

MM I know you got one and your safari pics looked brilliant.

Cheers all
If you're going to spend that amount, why not get a Sony HD handycam (or equivalent) - it gives you high quality HD videos as well as/or 12 MB (megapixel?) photos. Kills two birds with one stone!
MacScot is offline  
Old Sep 20th 2011, 3:27 pm
  #5  
why ayeeeee man!
Thread Starter
 
Spugsy's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2008
Location: Disco Gardens...
Posts: 11,370
Spugsy has a reputation beyond reputeSpugsy has a reputation beyond reputeSpugsy has a reputation beyond reputeSpugsy has a reputation beyond reputeSpugsy has a reputation beyond reputeSpugsy has a reputation beyond reputeSpugsy has a reputation beyond reputeSpugsy has a reputation beyond reputeSpugsy has a reputation beyond reputeSpugsy has a reputation beyond reputeSpugsy has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Buying a reet nice canny camera like

Originally Posted by MacScot View Post
If you're going to spend that amount, why not get a Sony HD handycam (or equivalent) - it gives you high quality HD videos as well as/or 12 MB (megapixel?) photos. Kills two birds with one stone!
I have no need ever for a camcorder.

Keep the suggestions coming in though please.

MM what do you use? And Auto of course?
Spugsy is offline  
Old Sep 20th 2011, 3:30 pm
  #6  
Hit 16's
 
Bahtatboy's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2010
Location: Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine
Posts: 13,118
Bahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Buying a reet nice canny camera like

Don't get hooked on megapixels. Canon actually reduced the number of megapixels on the v12 version of the PowerShot, for good reasons.

Most camcorders don't give brilliant still shots, and certainly don't have the functionality of a still camera, or allow the same amount of control. And most modern still cameras can take pretty decent movies.

However, if Spugsy is more into movies than stills, then perhaps that's the way to go.

Edit: Spugsy replied while I was typing. As you were, then--except for the bit about megapixels.

Last edited by Bahtatboy; Sep 20th 2011 at 3:32 pm.
Bahtatboy is offline  
Old Sep 20th 2011, 5:42 pm
  #7  
Token Scandinavian Bloke
 
norsk's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2009
Location: Dubai
Posts: 2,820
norsk has a reputation beyond reputenorsk has a reputation beyond reputenorsk has a reputation beyond reputenorsk has a reputation beyond reputenorsk has a reputation beyond reputenorsk has a reputation beyond reputenorsk has a reputation beyond reputenorsk has a reputation beyond reputenorsk has a reputation beyond reputenorsk has a reputation beyond reputenorsk has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Buying a reet nice canny camera like

I wanted a new camera recently and since I already have a DSLR (Pentax iST D or something - it's a few years old now but still takes cracking pics) and a waterproof/bounceproof job (Olympus mju tough 8000 which is brilliant and neither my wife nor son has yet to manage to destroy it and it has been dropped numerous times, and of course there was the mandatory episode where I dropped it into my pint to shock my friends when it was new) after much deliberation I bought the Fujifilm Finepix F550 which is no less than 16 megapixel, has a 15x optical zoom, is point and shoot size, has manual settings and can shoot in RAW).

I have never had a better camera with more functionality, and it only cost about AED1500....Bargain!
norsk is offline  
Old Sep 20th 2011, 6:16 pm
  #8  
Powered by cows
 
Autonomy's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2004
Location: currently Dubai, ex UK
Posts: 4,581
Autonomy has a reputation beyond reputeAutonomy has a reputation beyond reputeAutonomy has a reputation beyond reputeAutonomy has a reputation beyond reputeAutonomy has a reputation beyond reputeAutonomy has a reputation beyond reputeAutonomy has a reputation beyond reputeAutonomy has a reputation beyond reputeAutonomy has a reputation beyond reputeAutonomy has a reputation beyond reputeAutonomy has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Buying a reet nice canny camera like

Originally Posted by Spugsy View Post
Ok so I want to get a nice camera, you know DL one to take some lovely pics of holidays and all that sort of thing.

I know nowt about cameras but am happy to spend say AED 3/4k on one.

Anyone got any tips?

MM I know you got one and your safari pics looked brilliant.

Cheers all
I'd say let's start at the start - what photos do you want to take?

Sounds simple - but it's not....

Do you want a kick ass camera that you whip out your pocket SNAP and there you have an awesome shot?

Or are you wanting the finesse and choice of aperture, depth of field, flexibility but off set against cost and kit bag that a DSLR would give?

Is it for fun or for results? Or both?

Do you want to go on holiday with it in your pocket or all the kit taking up all your carry on luggage? (mine does and that's not a big set up at all)...

Most of my first blog was with a 5 mega pixel Canon Cybershot, point and shoot - a good photo is all about the shot and the settings not the pixels etc. BUT you do need to be able to programme / use the settings.

I went then for a Sony A700 prosumer type DSLR - the flexibility with the lenses and choice of shot is a huge difference.

Personally I'd really think about what you want to do with the camera and go from there...

Bear in mind much of the cost on DSLRs can go on glass (lens) and once you choose a brand you are tied in. Canon, Nikon and Sony lenses are not interchangeable.

If you want to go DSLR I'd really think about pushing the boat out for a full frame body rather than traditional DSLR sensor size.

Checkout http://dpreview.com/ for detailed reviews and a great buying guide http://www.dpreview.com/learn/?/Guid...g_guide_01.htm...

Any cameras / uses you had in mind mate...?
Autonomy is offline  
Old Sep 20th 2011, 7:02 pm
  #9  
**** it we'll do it live
 
shiva's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2004
Location: Dubai
Posts: 7,892
shiva has a reputation beyond reputeshiva has a reputation beyond reputeshiva has a reputation beyond reputeshiva has a reputation beyond reputeshiva has a reputation beyond reputeshiva has a reputation beyond reputeshiva has a reputation beyond reputeshiva has a reputation beyond reputeshiva has a reputation beyond reputeshiva has a reputation beyond reputeshiva has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Buying a reet nice canny camera like

G12
Don't even look at any other options if your not sure why you want. If you decide your into photography upgrade to a dslr later.

G12 will do pretty much everything a full size slr will do minus the lenses and ability to blow up to bigger thn a4. I think it does 720 video as well

I have a g9 and have used it for years, awesome bit of kit, so good that pics from it have been used commercially in preference to dslr pics.
shiva is offline  
Old Sep 20th 2011, 7:54 pm
  #10  
ex-expat
 
Hello.Kitty's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2008
Location: in front of my computer - in sunny Sussex!
Posts: 2,162
Hello.Kitty has a reputation beyond reputeHello.Kitty has a reputation beyond reputeHello.Kitty has a reputation beyond reputeHello.Kitty has a reputation beyond reputeHello.Kitty has a reputation beyond reputeHello.Kitty has a reputation beyond reputeHello.Kitty has a reputation beyond reputeHello.Kitty has a reputation beyond reputeHello.Kitty has a reputation beyond reputeHello.Kitty has a reputation beyond reputeHello.Kitty has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Buying a reet nice canny camera like

I LOVE my Nikon D3100. It's a great entry-level DSLR and has all the manual settings if you want to get into that, but also functions brilliantly on automatic. It takes brilliant night shots, brilliant sports shots (quick moving kids) and the reaction time is fab. Shots are crisp (you would hope so!) and the colours are really good too. Apparently Nikon has a slight edge over the Sony equivalent for colour reproduction.

I take all my cake shots with it... and it was priceless when we went to Damascus last year.
Hello.Kitty is offline  
Old Sep 20th 2011, 9:08 pm
  #11  
Excess Baggage
 
littlejimmy's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2006
Location: Dubai
Posts: 5,470
littlejimmy has a reputation beyond reputelittlejimmy has a reputation beyond reputelittlejimmy has a reputation beyond reputelittlejimmy has a reputation beyond reputelittlejimmy has a reputation beyond reputelittlejimmy has a reputation beyond reputelittlejimmy has a reputation beyond reputelittlejimmy has a reputation beyond reputelittlejimmy has a reputation beyond reputelittlejimmy has a reputation beyond reputelittlejimmy has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Buying a reet nice canny camera like

Got a Panasonic Lumix FZ-38 Bridge camera last year and it takes some very nice pics. It has full auto and a lot of manual options as well, but isn't full SLR. Cost me about £250
littlejimmy is offline  
Old Sep 20th 2011, 11:18 pm
  #12  
BE Enthusiast
 
alfrombarking's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 361
alfrombarking is a splendid one to beholdalfrombarking is a splendid one to beholdalfrombarking is a splendid one to beholdalfrombarking is a splendid one to beholdalfrombarking is a splendid one to beholdalfrombarking is a splendid one to beholdalfrombarking is a splendid one to beholdalfrombarking is a splendid one to beholdalfrombarking is a splendid one to beholdalfrombarking is a splendid one to beholdalfrombarking is a splendid one to behold
Default Re: Buying a reet nice canny camera like

Originally Posted by littlejimmy View Post
Got a Panasonic Lumix FZ-38 Bridge camera last year and it takes some very nice pics. It has full auto and a lot of manual options as well, but isn't full SLR. Cost me about £250
I bought NIKON D 5000 as my first DSLR and its my biggest regret. I even upgraded it with 55-200 lenses but guess what? the stupid camera cant take razor sharp photos....they're always blurry and have tried every single setting you an think of.

I'm now I'm seriously thinking of selling it on e-bay and get myself a Canon.

btn the two Canon feels like Mac while Nikon is that stupid useless old unreliable Microsoft

Last edited by alfrombarking; Sep 20th 2011 at 11:27 pm.
alfrombarking is offline  
Old Sep 21st 2011, 4:07 am
  #13  
Millhouse is not a meme
 
Millhouse's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2009
Location: Disneyland, Dubai
Posts: 14,388
Millhouse has a reputation beyond reputeMillhouse has a reputation beyond reputeMillhouse has a reputation beyond reputeMillhouse has a reputation beyond reputeMillhouse has a reputation beyond reputeMillhouse has a reputation beyond reputeMillhouse has a reputation beyond reputeMillhouse has a reputation beyond reputeMillhouse has a reputation beyond reputeMillhouse has a reputation beyond reputeMillhouse has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Buying a reet nice canny camera like

Polaroid 300. Nothing impresses the natives on safari than being able to give them the picture 30s after taking it.

Or a Panasonic Lumix lx5 - cheaper than a G12 and has the awesome leica lens
Millhouse is offline  
Old Sep 21st 2011, 4:32 am
  #14  
BE Forum Addict
 
Oyibopeppeh's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2010
Location: UK
Posts: 1,308
Oyibopeppeh has a reputation beyond reputeOyibopeppeh has a reputation beyond reputeOyibopeppeh has a reputation beyond reputeOyibopeppeh has a reputation beyond reputeOyibopeppeh has a reputation beyond reputeOyibopeppeh has a reputation beyond reputeOyibopeppeh has a reputation beyond reputeOyibopeppeh has a reputation beyond reputeOyibopeppeh has a reputation beyond reputeOyibopeppeh has a reputation beyond reputeOyibopeppeh has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Buying a reet nice canny camera like

Originally Posted by Millhouse View Post
Polaroid 300. Nothing impresses the natives on safari than being able to give them the picture 30s after taking it.

Or a Panasonic Lumix lx5 - cheaper than a G12 and has the awesome leica lens

Agree with the LX5 - it's pocket sized point-and-shoot with a proper (Leica) lens and a very simple menu. It also has a relatively large image sensor for a camera of it's (small) size and also has a good quality pop-up flash.
Oyibopeppeh is offline  
Old Sep 21st 2011, 4:42 am
  #15  
ex-expat
 
Hello.Kitty's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2008
Location: in front of my computer - in sunny Sussex!
Posts: 2,162
Hello.Kitty has a reputation beyond reputeHello.Kitty has a reputation beyond reputeHello.Kitty has a reputation beyond reputeHello.Kitty has a reputation beyond reputeHello.Kitty has a reputation beyond reputeHello.Kitty has a reputation beyond reputeHello.Kitty has a reputation beyond reputeHello.Kitty has a reputation beyond reputeHello.Kitty has a reputation beyond reputeHello.Kitty has a reputation beyond reputeHello.Kitty has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Buying a reet nice canny camera like

Originally Posted by alfrombarking View Post
I bought NIKON D 5000 as my first DSLR and its my biggest regret. I even upgraded it with 55-200 lenses but guess what? the stupid camera cant take razor sharp photos....they're always blurry and have tried every single setting you an think of.

I'm now I'm seriously thinking of selling it on e-bay and get myself a Canon.

btn the two Canon feels like Mac while Nikon is that stupid useless old unreliable Microsoft
strange that. Did you get it changed under warranty? (This is where you really shouldn't buy it here). We had a faulty lens with our Nickon, which would jump, but we realised it int eh 1st week, and got it exchanged (actually got the whole camera exchanged because I was so not happy, they just said yes to make me go away - Dubai customer service I keeel you!)

Used the have a Panasonic Lumix compact which was very good, but couldn't keep up with how quick my kids are, didn't have the shutter reaction time (when I press the button, I want it to take the photo there and then, not in 2 seconds) and was pretty rubbish in low light conditions.
Hello.Kitty is offline  

Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.