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New Camera Advice

New postPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2015 3:59 pm
by Geoff Hardy
Hi everyone

I just had my digital camera stolen, along with a lot of other equipment. I am not into serious photography but need a replacement camera that will give me good photos of my pocket watches.

Any advice on value cameras ( say up to £200 or $300) that GH members are using that produce good close up images.

Geoff H

Re: New Camera Advice

New postPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2015 5:19 pm
by Glyn Meredith
Hi, Geoff,

Sorry to hear about the theft of your things.

The improvement in the cameras on smart-phones has driven the price of digital cameras down. When my last camera was stolen, I bought the latest version of the same camera on eBay. It cost me £40 second hand and does excellent macro work. With good lighting and composition, I'm amazed how well the photos come out.

It's a Ricoh CX5. Unless you're aiming to spend more money, I recommend it.

Re: New Camera Advice

New postPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2015 11:37 am
by Geoff Hardy
Hello Glyn

Thanks for your advice. I did notice from your November 2011 posting that you recommended the Ricoh cx5 and I have looked for one this last month. However it is obviously no longer produced and the major sellers no longer carry stock, and none have appeared on Ebay recently.

I am still looking though and will let you know if anything turns up.

Best Regards

Geoff H

Re: New Camera Advice

New postPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2015 11:33 pm
by Stephan
I am a fan of Canon slr digitals.
The 40D is an older model but was state of the art when it came out and is still a very good camera.
There are bucket loads of extras and attachments available so the camera can grow with your skill and interest.

You should be able to find one within your budget.

Around here you can find a body for Au $200 and lenses vary from very little to heaps. All depends what you want to do.
If you go looking for one check the shutter count. There is a free app available that will get this from the camera.
If the seller doesn't know don't buy the camera. It is likely an ex professional camera that is clapped out.
In auto mode they will do 7 frames a second. Often used for sports photography.

Re: New Camera Advice

New postPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2015 8:58 pm
by Irwin
I'm using a Canon IXUS 500 HS Full HD.
It takes high quality pics, and what I like about it is that it's diminutive about half the size of a regular cell phone so easily carried in a pocket. ... hs_review/

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Re: New Camera Advice

New postPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2015 11:25 am
by Marty101
I'm with Irwin. I'm sure his Cannon is a step up from my Samsung SL605 cheapie but the pics really are OK.