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For a novice to take family shots


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#1 Mishu

Posted 02 December 2012 - 11:11 PM

I have decided it is probably time to upgrade my camera but have no idea where to start looking. Any suggestions, of particular cameras or where to begin researching, would be very welcome.

I have a Canon Powershot TX1 that is a good 4-5 years old now. I liked this camera b/c of the video feature. However, I find that when I take photos of DS at school now (assemblies etc) that are either in a hall or under cover, the photos are very dark/grainy. I have mucked around with the settings after I read the manual, but honestly, I don't really know what I am doing. So I am looking for a good point & shoot that will take good shots, in a range of conditions, but I would love to be able to get a nice shot of him getting an award that is not so dark/grainy.

We also live near the beach, so we do a lot of outdoors stuff, in strong light with lots of glare. He's an active kid, and it is hard to get a good shot with him always moving lol.

I'd be prepared to spend around $400, possibly up to $600.

I like Canon and have used Olympus before, which I loved. I am a complete novice, and while I would like to do a course so I know what I am doing, I won't be using the photos I take for anything more than photobooks for family/grandparents.

Can you suggest where I start looking? Or a good camera in that range?



#2 mummy26

Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:31 AM

Maybe look at something that gives you a manual option too. The Olympus PEN cameras are quite good and have art filters built in. I am a DSLR person so don't know what's out there in the way of compacts but I have the E-P3 and love it. Look at the PEN mini

#3 Mishu

Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:17 PM

Thanks mummy26 original.gif A good place to start researching.

#4 too

Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:24 PM

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Edited by too, 21 July 2017 - 03:34 PM.


#5 Mishu

Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:49 PM

Thanks knowsnotmuch original.gif




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