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12-13-2018 03:44 PM

I am not happy with my phone camera. I would like to get an upgrade. I would really like one that does both stills and videos. Is there such a thing? what are the costs of entry level units? What do you people use and why?

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#1 posted 12-13-2018 03:57 PM

I use a Sony cybershot bought at least 15 years ago I love it but it does not make phone calls LOL I have a flip phone for that LOL :<))

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#2 posted 12-13-2018 04:00 PM

What do you plan on using the camera for? Even the top of the line SLR’s are capable of capturing both stills and video nowadays.

You could get a compact point-and-shoot type camera that’s small enough to fit in your pocket. You could get an SLR type camera that allows for a variety of lenses and come in a variety of sizes and form factors. Mirrorless is also an option. Prices range from reasonable to really expensive.

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#3 posted 12-13-2018 04:34 PM

It is hard to buy a new camera, at any price, that does not capture video. Based on your limited experience, I would recommend a moderately priced point and shoot style camera. I like Canon, Sony and Panasonic brands but just about all major brands are good compared to just a few years ago. Here is a link to camera reviews from a website I trust.

Even these “budget” cameras may be a little expensive for what you need. Unless you want to become a fanatic like me, I advise steering clear of the more complex DSLRs and mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. There is a steep learning curve before you reap any benefits from the added cost and complexity.

Edit: I just realized that I didn’t answer your original question. I use a Nikon D7200 DSLR with a wide variety of lenses. I use it for “serious” artistic and portrait photography. I also use it in a tiny studio to make product pictures. I use a Panasonic FZ1000 super zoom as a vacation camera and to do video. I use a tiny Canon S100 pocket camera, which is obsolete, when I am in situations where the camera might get damaged. They all capture video but I prefer the Panasonic for that purpose. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend any of these for you.

Here is a product picture I took with a Nikon D90 in the cardboard box studio. It isn’t great but it allows me to control the light and background. It might be useful for you to look into that. For this type of pictures, I think the studio is more important than the type of camera.

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#4 posted 12-13-2018 05:02 PM

I agree with ArtMann, get a good point-and-shoot camera. Most take videos now days. I have a big Nikon DSLR that takes great photos, but I seldom use it. I used to travel with it but it becomes an additional piece of luggage with the lenses and all the paraphernalia that goes with it. My wife’s little Canon point-and-shoot takes excellent photos and fits in your pocket. I tried several and settled on a Canon like hers. Now my Nikon rarely sees the light of day.

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#5 posted 12-13-2018 05:07 PM

Do a quick search in your local Craigslist… you will find some pretty nice once top-of-the-line cameras being sold dirt cheap. I picked up a great little Cannon power-shot for $5 that does pretty much everything you would want it to do including video, and uses standard USB to talk to the computer (makes it look like a hard drive, so you can just drag and drop between them).

There are tons out there – cheap. Wait until after Xmas and there will be even more :)


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#6 posted 12-13-2018 05:27 PM

I believe you are interested in upgrading your phone to get a better camera?
Depends on what you have now, but almost any newer smart phone take very
good Pic./Videos . Personally I dislike Apple/Iphones but they are simple to use and
provide good Pictures.
I had upgraded to a new Samsung S9 but was very disappointed and returned to
my 3 year old Motorola G3, may have to look at Costco as they have the G5 for under
$200 here in Canada?
Remember the Camera/Phone is still only as good as the conditions and knowledge
of the user, the nut behind the button in this case ? :)

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#7 posted 12-13-2018 06:04 PM

MrUnix makes a great point!

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#8 posted 12-13-2018 06:08 PM

If you are going to be using it in a dusty shop environment all the time, I would look for one of the cameras that is designed to be water resistant/proof. Keeps dust from getting in the lens. Right now, in that category, you should look at an Olympus TG-5. Should be around $350-400. And you can take it in the water with you if needed on vacation.

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#9 posted 12-13-2018 06:13 PM

All my LJ pics taken with iPhone camera. I’d personally never buy a separate camera and deal with the file mgt side of it anymore. Too easy to point and shoot and post w/in LJs via smart phone.

What’s the primary destination for your pics and vids? That’d help decide what’s appropriate.

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#10 posted 12-13-2018 06:48 PM

That is way too broad of a question without more background info. Are you planning on getting into photography? What do you want to shoot, family and travel or just woodworking projects? If it’s for projects proper technique with an iPhone is fine. The issue with that is that the lens is designed to be all things to everybody which is not possible. If that’s the case then a $50-$100 used GoPro will shoot HD video and have various ways of attaching and clamping to things to get the best camera angle and the files are easily transferred and edited. It usually comes with a housing, has a decent microphone and can be left in the shop. I shoot both sports and under water and would never keep my D3 in the shop (that my wife calls garage) or allow it to be exposed to the fine dust in that environment. You can keep a GoPro in the shop and blow the case off with compressed air and you’re good to go.

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#11 posted 12-13-2018 07:59 PM

Andybb makes a very good point. There are myriad types of excellent used cameras to be had out there. IF you’re using it mainly in the shop, a GoPro is a good choice primarily for the ‘harsh’ conditions in the shop. They are typically concealed within a casing. Dust is the enemy! SLR’s are great, however the external controls will suffer from dust/grit build-up as well as temperature and moisture. Chemicals/Solvents in the shop atmosphere will have ill effects over time as well. Microscopic grit in a lens can, and probably will, destroy it. Wait a bit and many will probably be up for sale post-Christmas. Shoot with ‘Stills’ in mind, proper lighting and you’re good to go. IMHO.

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#12 posted 12-13-2018 08:28 PM

i want to get better pictures of my projects in my shop. Thanks for the info guys.
I’m using a Samsung IDENT smart phone right now. I sometimes have trouble getting it into focus and getting it oriented correctly when I upload it to my computer.

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#13 posted 12-13-2018 08:49 PM

Auto focus is the bane of photography. Period.

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#14 posted 12-13-2018 09:20 PM

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#15 posted 12-14-2018 02:33 AM

Might try adding some lighting first, any camera will take a picture if you have proper lighting.

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