Posted August 15, 2013 - 06:19 AM
Posted August 16, 2013 - 05:59 PM
^ If you want pure image quality at its best, obviously you should go DSLR hands down and then second would be the bridge cameras, but if you also prioritize video a lot with multiple options & what not, then in my opinion a bridge camera would be better in several ways. Not necessarily always for pure video quality in comparison to a DSLR although in some cases yes, but definitely more optical zoom, which is an important feature for many and more customizing features & options for video as well usually.
Keep in mind also, DSLRs usually don't offer that much zoom for images either just in general, they're very limited, even if you look at buying different lenses or whatever UNLESS you look at super expensive ones almost too costly to afford. The reason for this is simply because DSLR's image quality technology is so superior to anything below it that it's a lot more costlier including the lens to combine with that enhanced expensive technology to zoom more.
I probably don't explain this in the best possible way, but I hope more or less you get an idea. Of course you can always and should always if you're truly interested take some time to research these facts & go further in depth & more accurately about them.
This is probably the downside to them imo (aside from the price). I sometimes find myself needing good zoomed-in quality. I've used a Canon Rebel before, and I saw for myself that, like you said, there isn't that much zoom in DSLRs So I had to get really close to whatever I was trying to capture, even if that meant getting my hand right where a few bees were flying around lol. I think either way, with a lot of cameras, if you want some pretty good quality zoom-in, you'd have to get extra lenses or something, but I could be wrong? But eh, no biggie.. good zoom or not, all I want is clear photos overall when taking from a fair distance.
Posted August 16, 2013 - 09:47 PM
if you want some pretty good quality zoom-in, you'd have to get extra lenses or something, but I could be wrong?
Only for SLRs really. All other cameras for the most part already come with their built-in lens, which usually even at the cheapest tend to have at least a decent zoom with no room or possibility for buying a separate lens and upgrading although there are a few minor exceptions.
Here I filtered all digital cameras by most popular and price range limit to $450 the highest:
Here I did the same, except for pure SLRs only:
You'll notice obviously not everything comes out 100% accurately as far as the pricing goes, but it's usually close enough, especially further away on the SLRs though cause those just tend to be way more expensive anyway. Not that many to find for as cheap as $400 or lower.
Unless of course not just for SLRs, but digital cameras in general as I'm sure you know, you could always risk or try going the used or refurbished route to go even cheaper. Personally I've never tried that so I can't speak on my experience in going that route.
Another source CNET, these are sorted by price cheapest to max ($450):
This list still has the price filter, but is listed from most popular:
& now this one's listed by best editor's rating with the price filter still in play:
and these of course are CNET's best cameras for their respective categories:
These are pcmag.com's top 10 best digital cameras:
and again this is flickr's camera finder page,
which is a really nice help in my opinion as well. Gives you first hand clean image samples of whichever specific camera or model you are looking at. Once you get to whichever camera you are looking up at the moment, you can also type in on the search for any types of photos you want to see taken from that specific camera, like portraits, macro, night, beach, people, etc. Type whatever it is that might interest you.
Just scroll down the page and you'll see just about all the digital camera companies there. Once you click into whichever camera you're currently looking at's company, then you search the model and click to that and wala.. you do the rest and check out all the sample images people have taken from that specific camera. Not very difficult to figure out.
There's a lot of important stuff about digital cameras in general, some even basic stuff that sometimes gets overlooked by people not educated enough or that seemingly don't care enough to take the time to research. One of these simple things that I'm pretty sure you know of already (I hope) is the optical zoom. Keep in mind that digital zoom and optical zoom are totally different. Digital zoom is basically crap for the most part. It makes everything pixelated and loses more and more quality the more you use it. Optical zoom however maintains the image clear & sharp while zooming.
Low-light performance is also usually important for many. You wanna' try to see if your camera is said to take decent to good to solid or great photos in the dark. For video, this is usually more difficult to achieve than photo, but that's just the way it usually is.
Also, a lot of cameras when recording video pick up a lot of wind noise. The majority do quite a lot with some fewer than others. Hardly any are completely free of this 100%, but there are other alternatives/options to get around it sometimes. Just pointing this out in case it's something you wanna' look at as well.
I could go on & on I suppose, but I'd prefer that if you're serious enough, you have enough tools & knowledge to know where to look and just get to it. Remember the more you know the better. You wanna' get as wide an idea of options & knowledge as possible so you can ultimately hopefully feel like you've made the most confident & best decision you could make. After all, when you're making this kind of investment especially, it makes even more sense to take your time and feel more right about your final decision.
Don't forget YouTube as a good source for video sample especially and some photo samples as well (slideshows & what not). & of course other little tricks like using google a lot for any model and typing after review or reviews tha'll help come up with a bunch of hits usually on respectable sites with even more respectable reviews from people more closely associated with expertise level.
Edited by , August 16, 2013 - 09:52 PM.
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