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November 1, 2013 2:25:18 PM

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?
November 1, 2013 2:32:04 PM

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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November 1, 2013 7:53:54 PM

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

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November 3, 2013 1:40:04 AM

I would buy a Micro 4/3 camera.
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November 3, 2013 1:40:06 AM

I would buy a Micro 4/3 camera.
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November 3, 2013 7:17:09 AM

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


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

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