What's best to capture life itself?

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  1. hickmeister

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    Hi All,

    With the arrival of my Newly born daughter i have chosen to invest in a decent camera to capture her growing up. I have a budget of around £300 and wondered what you guys would recommend to buy??

    I have looked at the Panasonic Z150 or the Panasonic FZ48, but i am not entirely sure of what to get and was hoping for a bit of advice.

    Your help is appreciated :thumbsup:
     
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    I'd look at micro 3/4 cameras from olympus and panasonic, there are some real bargains available at the moment. e.g.

    Buy Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 & 14mm at CameraWorld



    The sensors in these cameras are larger than those in point and shoot or bridge cameras giving better image quality and much superior low light performance. These cameras have interchangable lenses so that the camera can grow with you.

    I bought a panasonic bridge camera (FX38) when my daughter was born and found many in door shots were either too dark or washed out by the flash. I have since upgraded to a Sony NEX 5N and can now take indoor shots that look great without any need for the flash.
     
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    I have the Fuji X10, the early ones were not without their issues but even with them I wouldn't swap mine for anything in its price range. I also love its retro styling and all metal body construction.
     
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    Personally, I would go for a cheap possibly 2nd hand DSLR, a cheap flash (to bounce) with a cheap prime and zoom lens. You will get absolutely outstanding shots that you will want to print and will love forever, personally a regular compact or bridge camera doesn't cut it for absolute memorable photos.
     
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    Maybe, but to me an absolute memorable photo is a product of the subject and composition firstly the technical qualities of the photo are far behind, I see lots of DSLR hobbyists moving away from cumbersome equipment and away towards quality compacts and mirrorless systems with negligible differences to the non pixel peeper especially if you are viewing them on a monitor.

    I had a semi pro Nikon system for many years and spent literally thousands on bodies and lenses. I always found I was photographing family events but not involved in them. A decent compact has revolutionised my picture taking with me capturing images that ordinarily I wouldn't have done purely because my camera was in my lowepro albeit at the cost of some of the flexibility my D300 offered.

    Just my 2p worth.
     
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    I have an early version <14n serial> and I also agree.

    I would really not worry about images more what your going to do with it all. I still think the Google dad thing is one of the best things I have seen in the digital age.

    This:

    Google Chrome: Dear Hollie
     
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    I actually think your right.

    My D5100 with SB400 and 35mm is very small and easy to pull out and get quick and easy shots with wow results, when needed, otherwise everyone pulls out there iphone, including me and get more than useable shots!
     
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    Yes the results my daughters iPhone returns for minimal effort are annoyingly good.
     
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    Gone off on a bit of a tangent.

    Can we at least all agree that bridge cameras are rubbish :p

    To be honest there's an absolutely bewildering choice of great cameras at the moment. I'd probably go for a small mirrorless like the GF3 and 14-42mm kit lens and then look at adding a prime like the olympus 45mm 1.8 at some point in the future.
     
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    Thanks for all the replies guys, much appreciated.

    Going on from all your comments it's looking like either a

    Panny GF3 or a Fuji X10

    Strange that no DSLR has been recommended is there a reason for this?
     
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    Over your budget, also though you get a lot of people on here going "I don't use my DSLR kit anywhere now I've got kids as it's too much stuff to cart around and I want to downsize" or variations on that theme.

    If I had little kids I'd be using the biggest and best gear available, but then I'm freakishly strong and the weight of my camera bag is barely noticeable.

    If you get a nice prime lens like the 45mm 1.8 (fixed, not a zoom) for a camera like the GF3 you'll be able to get great portrait type shots. But the kit lens will get you started.
     
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    The reason I wouldn't recommend a dSLR is that the best camera in the world is the one you have have with you, there's no point having a fantastic dSLR with half a dozen different lenses if it's in a cupboard at home.

    With a new born you're going to have so much stuff to carry around with you that I'd recommend getting a smaller camera that's pocketable so that you're more likely to take it with you.

    I'd get either a small camera with a large sensor and a fixed lens like the X10 or an Olympus/Panasonic small interchangable lens camera with a good general purpose lens.
     
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    Echoing the thoughts of those above who say go with a smaller camera. I traded my old SLR down for a compact and I'm much happier - more portability means more pictures, and I'm not constantly worried about damaging my equipment. The Fuji X10 looks like a great choice and seems rugged enough to keep up with a small child!
     
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    Thanks for your comments :smashin:

    I think i need to just go and get a camera and start snappin :clap:
     
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    Big +1 for the X10. Fast lens and very good in all light without the flash. With top notch IQ as well.....
     
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    "Nike!" (Just Do It!) ;)
     
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    I think it's awesome for the kids to have parents who are excited to take their pictures. There's a video somewhere on youtube of a guy who took his daughter's picture everyday until she's 18. Stuffs like that are just precious.
     
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    Gone for Fuji X10, cant wait to get it now..... :smashin:

    Got it from Argos for £310 not bad i thought.... :thumbsup:
     
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    You wont regret it, great price too.
     

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