Jump to content

What would be a good first camera


  • Please log in to reply
11 replies to this topic

#1 toosenuf

Posted 06 December 2012 - 12:54 PM

DD2 has expressed an interest in photography, what would be a good first camera?

I am not a photo taker, I don't like being in them, and I have to have a REALLy good reason to take photos.

am thinking something for Christmas, but DH suggested a giftcard and then head to the sales, good idea?

#2 JaneLane

Posted 06 December 2012 - 01:03 PM

You can usually get a better deal with the after xmas sales.  Are you after a DSLR or just a point and shoot?  My parents got me an SLR for my 15th birthday after I showed a keen interest in photography, best present ever!

#3 ILBB

Posted 06 December 2012 - 01:12 PM

Do you want to get him a dslr and what is your budget??

#4 toosenuf

Posted 06 December 2012 - 03:02 PM

at this stage a point and shoot, under $100 would be good ATM, but willing to consider ones dearer if needed.

I am guessing I cant afford DSLR, and also what does the SLR mean? I am guessing D is digital

#5 ILBB

Posted 06 December 2012 - 03:09 PM

Cant suggest anything in that range. Teds did have a members special not so long ago for a PentaxQ for $199. That was a ripper of a little camera and you could use manual control and would be good to learn on (interchangeable lens system) - but at that price point I wouldnt know as most phones would have an equivalent or better camera. And yes the d in dslr stands for "digital" single lens reflex.

#6 FiveAus

Posted 06 December 2012 - 03:12 PM

Last Christmas I bought my teenage daughter a basic Sony camera, it was small, fully automatic and around $120. She wanted one she could tuck in her handbag to take to parties.
I was surprised by how good the photos were (I am a serious hobby photographer, so Im very picky).......clear, sharp, well exposed and nice natural colour. Even indoors with the automatic flash, which is usually the killer of all good photos, it was absolutely fine.

So my advice would be to visit JB Hi Fi, Good Guys or someone else who has a good range and actively discounts the shelf price, choose a well known brand in your price range then haggle for a better deal.

#7 JaneLane

Posted 06 December 2012 - 03:26 PM

I don't have any suggestions for that price range. My point and shoot was over $400 and my newest DSLR over $2000.  I have always had Canons and Nikons so would look at them first.

Look at how many MPs and a good optical zoom rather than digital zoom. Go to some camera shops and test some out to see what you like.  If you are in Sydney I recommend going to digital camera warehouse.  They know their cameras and can be significantly cheaper. I think they also have one other store in Melbourne and you can always order from them online too if you find they are cheaper with the model you decide on.

#8 ILBB

Posted 06 December 2012 - 03:32 PM

DCW in Melbourne arent that cheap and never waiver from their advertised price.  You are better off working out what you want then buying from somewhere like DWI, E-Global, My Camera Focus etc as they will be imports but significantly cheaper. And dont just stick to Canon and Nikon as other camera manufactures do make great cameras at all price points - limiting to 2 makers severely restricts your choice.

#9 PrincessPeach

Posted 06 December 2012 - 03:36 PM

D*ck Smiths are currently having a sale on their cameras - check out thier online prices.

The sony camera I'm looking at for my mum & dad has a RRP of $449 & they have it on sale for $338.

But they do have some sony's on their for just on the $100 mark & in lots of pretty colours!

ETA - forgot about auto-correct but the model no is: DSCW630B

Edited by PrincessPeach, 06 December 2012 - 03:38 PM.


#10 toosenuf

Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:55 AM

Thanks everyone, I managed to buy one last Friday for about $100 at HN.  If it ends up being a hobby that sticks, then of course we will buy her a better one, or if she ends up doing it for a school elective, which wa her suggestion, then we will spend more $$

#11 ~Bob~

Posted 12 December 2012 - 03:00 PM

I know you won't need this advice now, but if she does end up selecting photography as a school elective, I highy recommend buying a 2nd hand DSLR. If you set your budget, and ask in here, we can help you think about models that are good for that price. People tend to upgrade often (I have first hand knowledge of this  tongue.gif ) and they often sell their gear in good condition. It's a great way to get more bang for your buck.

#12 toosenuf

Posted 12 December 2012 - 03:32 PM

QUOTE (~Bob~ @ 12/12/2012, 04:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I know you won't need this advice now, but if she does end up selecting photography as a school elective, I highy recommend buying a 2nd hand DSLR. If you set your budget, and ask in here, we can help you think about models that are good for that price. People tend to upgrade often (I have first hand knowledge of this  tongue.gif ) and they often sell their gear in good condition. It's a great way to get more bang for your buck.



Thanks Bob, that is great advise, I will keep that in mind.  biggrin.gif




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Australia's top baby names of 2013

Essential Baby has compiled the data available from government records around the country to bring you the list of Australia's top baby names of 2013.

Sara James: fighting for my daughter

Sara James was a high-profile New York journalist, but it was her own daughter's story which raised the most questions.

Siblings and best of friends

I know we'll have some tense moments. I know there will be arguments. But I also know these two will always have this most beautiful bond.

In defence of mums on the phone

I know news stories always attract a range of opinions, and I know they're a place for people to have an anonymous dig in. However, I also know that this mum bashing has to stop.

Rescue dog Zoey and BFF Jasper star in adorable pics

Photographer, self-professed "crazy dog lady" and mum Grace Chon takes photos of rescue dog Zoey and her 10-month-old son Jasper together. The results are just too cute. See more on Instagram @thegracechon.

Pregnancy essentials for the second and third trimesters

So you're through the first trimester of pregnancy - congratulations! Here are some tips for getting through the next six months as comfortably and happily as possible.

Coles Easter eggs recalled due to presence of tree nuts

An allergic reaction has lead to the urgent recall of a variety of Coles brand Easter eggs.

The ultimate travel stroller: the Mountain Buggy nano

We tried the Mountain Buggy nano and give it an enthusiastic thumbs up. As the ultimate travel stroller, it's practical, has great features, and looks fab, too.

Why I love the small age gap between my kids

Six months after our son turned one, we welcomed son number two into our lives. Yes, the small age gap had been planned - and there are things I love and hate about that small gap.

Parents warned about posting kids' photos online

Parents could be putting their kids at risk by posting images and information online which give away personal details, such as where they go to school and which parks they frequent.

Easter gifts for babies, no chocolate in sight!

If this is your little one?s first Easter you might want to mark the occasion with something a little extra special. Here are 10 Easter gift ideas, which won't harm little teeth.

Mum's the word when it comes to baby news

The arrival of a baby is big news, but friends and family need to understand it is not their news to share.

What?s in your parenting toolbox?

So often as parents, we don?t really talk about our ?parenting toolboxes?. But you need to be aware of what you and your partner are working with, and to decide what does and doesn't fit in your lives.

Classroom pregnancy prank goes viral

An American college professor has had to rethink his strict rule about answering cell phones in class after being the victim of an April Fools' prank that has gone viral.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win the brand new phil&teds vibe

Check out the good looking new release of the Vibe 3 and the Verve 4-wheeler inline strollers. To celebrate their release, we have a Vibe with double kit to give away.

Baby sleep

From birth to one year and beyond, read about baby sleep, soothing techniques, routines, and sleep school experiences.

Australia's top baby names of 2013

Essential Baby has compiled the data available from government records around the country to bring you the list of Australia's top baby names of 2013.

Video: Dad turns son into action movie hero

Many kids would love to be an action movie hero in real life, but very few will ever be able to see themselves in movies like these.

Toilet training in winter

There?s no need to stop thinking about toilet training just because the temperature is dropping: winter is a good a time as any to start the process.

What do you do all day?

It's the question all new mothers dread. For Kate Fridkis, it's a question that strikes to the heart of what it is to be a woman.

Easter gifts for babies, no chocolate in sight!

If this is your little one?s first Easter you might want to mark the occasion with something a little extra special. Here are 10 Easter gift ideas, which won't harm little teeth.

Video: Baby starts his day with a dance party

Few people start their day the same way this little guy does ? dancing, smiling, and generally having an awesome time.

IKEA announces bed canopy recall

IKEA has recalled its range of bed canopies designed to suspend above children?s beds following reported cases of injuries and entanglement.

 

Free Printable Activities

Keeping little hands busy

Free printable acitivity pages like colouring in, cutting, word finders, mazes, maths activities and puzzles.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.