The “kind” of camera doesn’t really matter much, it’s the eye behind it. You can buy the most expensive, most technologically advanced camera on the market but unless you know what you are doing with it, it’ll just be about a thousand dollar paper weight. So, along with a good camera, you might want to include some photography classes or at the very least a few books from either the library or barnes and noble to study up on things like composition and exposure. Because believe me, if you buy a really good DSLR like a nikon D80, or canon 30D (two very capable and economicly feasible cameras on the market), if you don’t understand exposure you, in your angst, will become VERY frustrated with it. A point and shoot camera is almost like a toy, very simple in their operation, can take a well exposed photograph suitable enough to be considered either a snapshot or even a very beautiful photograph. They are largely automatic and anyone can use them, that is why they sell so well. An SLR, on the other hand, whether digital or film, does also have automatic modes. But why would you spend a thousand dollars on a camera that can do the same job a point and shoot can do? And that is what separates an SLR, or single lens reflex camera, from any other camera. It affords the abiliity to use creative composition with regard to the fundamentals of exposure. This takes some skill, and the camera will not forgive mistakes, and while digital SLR’s do for the most part [considering they are digital and you can review your shots], they will not take well composed photographs by themselves. Consider that into your calculations (oh, I know that’s cheesy, I heard it on Pirates of the Carribean, but I thought it sounded clever).
My recommendation, the nikon D80. I own one, and it is a very good camera for the money. And it’s still not cheap, it will cost you around $1200 with a lens, and don’t forget about accessories like media storage cards, extra batteries, a tripod, lighting, and a camera bag to put it all in. I’ve spend close to 3 grand on my setup and that number is steadily increasing. I know you want to find a good deal, but photography isn’t really a hobby that you should skimp pennies on. It’s not a cheap thing to get into, but look at cost in terms of investment and the numbers leaving your bank account wont sting quite as bad.
Comment by MixedMoj — October 18, 2009 @ 4:34 pm
A 5Megapixel [and upwards] digital one. That’s what the pros used to use, but I bought one, two years ago, for 50 Pounds [70 dollars ish]
Comment by smile — October 18, 2009 @ 4:34 pm
nikon and canon are the ones i see most pros use…i know one pro who also uses a miata (it is an odd italian name i cant remember exactly but it is kind of heavy and bulky and very very expensive) among all her canons.
Comment by captsnuf — October 18, 2009 @ 4:34 pm
Try the HP Photosmart M537. I love my little camera! It is so easy to use and gives great pictures all for $129.00! You can actually probably get it for less now. If you pair your camera with an HP Office jet All in ONe Printer, you will get the Photosmart software and you can then have everything HP, which works real well because evertyhing is compatible. If you want something more complex for professional photography you will have to spend a lot more.
Comment by zimmysla — October 18, 2009 @ 4:34 pm
Canon has very good cameras. Both my dad and I have Canons. He’s pretty big on photography, so he has a pretty high quality digital camera that he bought for about $1000 on sale. Try looking at Canon’s website.
Comment by ?MsCulle — October 18, 2009 @ 4:34 pm
Canon’s Digital Rebel is an SLR (for photography…though, since photography is what you do when you take a picture, no matter how good or bad, do you mean professional or high quality photos versus “Point and shoot”?) is a good one, and if you can find the the 6.3 mp from 2 years back it’s only about $500.
Comment by lisa w — October 18, 2009 @ 4:34 pm
I have my own photography business and I use a Canon 30D. It’s a little expensive, but worth every penny!
Comment by DakotaCo — October 18, 2009 @ 4:34 pm
Cannon, Pentax, Nikon are all good names in camera but there is more to photography then just the camera. What kind of photos will you be taking? Will they be landscape, portraits, night shots, etc.
Look at these camera but look at the lenses for the kinds of photos you’ll be taking, not to mention the flash unit/s if that will also be a part of your equipments.
Comment by Owl — October 18, 2009 @ 4:34 pm
Hmm, a camera specifically used for photography. I’m glad you put that in, it narrows it down considerably. ARE YOU KIDDING ME. every camera ever built is intended for PHOTOGRAPHY.
Anyway, get a Nikon D80 or D40. expect to pay about $1000 including lenses and accesories
Comment by Eric B — October 18, 2009 @ 4:34 pm
Any SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera that allows control over shutter speed, Aperture, and film type will do the trick.. If you’re looking for a digital camera that does this, you’re going to spend a bundle (Of course, film type would not apply to a digital)..
Comment by Robert W — October 18, 2009 @ 4:34 pm
Best thing to do before you buy anything is to define your requirements! Once you know what you want the camera to do we’ll be in a stronger position to help you find it. A buget is also recommended.
Cameras come in so many forms and formats and price ranges.
Comment by Angel — October 18, 2009 @ 4:34 pm
Depends on what type of photographs you want to take. For portraits try a Hasselblaad or Mamiya RZII. For journalistic I would say Leica M or maybe a Nikon F series. For landscape, your best bet is to go with a 4×5. Your price range for a good camera should be between $500-$1700.
Comment by mevadus — October 18, 2009 @ 4:34 pm