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Hello!

Just wondering if I can get some advice on a camera purchase. I am an instructional designer for a large mortgage company and we want to buy a camera so I can get some great still pictures as well as some short video clips. We would like the image quality to be good, but doesn't necessarily need to be jaw-dropping amazing. We don't need a microphone, so audio isn't important. We just need to try and keep the costs low so $300 to maybe $600. Any suggestions?
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  1. ask yourself and the people using the cam how far and or how big of a building you need to photo on a daily use. you have to know if a cam with a fix lens will work or you need a kit with a few lens. one thing that may help you is look online for your local photo groups and online cam talk groups can tell you what to look out for.
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    EvanBerrett said:
    Hello!

    Just wondering if I can get some advice on a camera purchase. I am an instructional designer for a large mortgage company and we want to buy a camera so I can get some great still pictures as well as some short video clips. We would like the image quality to be good, but doesn't necessarily need to be jaw-dropping amazing. We don't need a microphone, so audio isn't important. We just need to try and keep the costs low so $300 to maybe $600. Any suggestions?


    Hi Evan - at the high end, I recommend the $638 (on sale) Panasonic G6. This is the best still/video camera in this class. Here is what it can do:

    http://vimeo.com/72107884

    Here is the still image quality it can produce:

    http://www.flickr.com/groups/lumix-g6/pool/

    If $638 is outside of your budget range, I recommend the Canon EOS M, on closeout (with the 18-55mm lens for $332) plus a faster $135 22mm f2 lens and a $99 flash for low light indoor situations.

    This camera is essentially the $779 Canon T4i DSLR without the reflex mirror, the viewfinder and the flash.

    Here is the video image quality you can get from this camera:

    http://vimeo.com/55604121

    And here is the still image quality it can produce:

    http://www.flickr.com/groups/2042947@N23/pool/

    Hope this is helpful!

    Bill
  3. I would buy a Micro 4/3 camera.
  4. I would buy a Micro 4/3 camera.
  5. amuffin said:
    I would buy a Micro 4/3 camera.


    FYI - the $638 Panasonic G6 recommended above is a Micro 4/3 camera.

    Bill
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