Thinking of jumping in and buying a new camera

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Jules's picture
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Thinking of jumping in and buying a new camera

I'm almost ashamed to admit that I've been doing all my shots with my cell phone and a decade or more old cheap kodak. When we went on vacation to the Southwest this fall, I realized that my present camera situation, well, sucks. I just doesn't get that great of pictures.

I don't plan to do professional shots. I'd like to be able to get good kid pictures and scenery -- with the ability to focus on specific elements.

I've been looking at Panosonic's LUMIX FZ200 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera. Do any of you have a similar camera? Do you think it would do what I'm after?

Do know that once I have it, I'll be trying around tons more. Smile I've always loved photography but haven't always been able to pursue it.

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I am not familiar with Panasonic's camera. Do you have a budget in mind with your purchase? There are a lot of bundle deals on Amazon or Costco. A more reputable online store is Adorama or B&H.

I would also advice to go to a site called DPREVIEW and search for the camera you are interested in purchasing. They give a pretty good review on products. Hope this helps!

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Triple post!

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I honestly don't know anything about that camera. Most of us here shoot either Nikon or Canon. With that price, you could get an entry level DSLR and have more options out there. Hope this helps!

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I don't know anything about that camera, or Panasonic in general. I really don't think you could go wrong with an entry level Nikon or Canon. I hear that the new Rebel T4i is a great camera. Not sure how much you're looking to spend though. My Rebel has got me through 4 years of learning Smile

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Thanks so much for all the replies...even the triplicate lol. I'll check on DPREVIEW. My budget is somewhere around $500. I'm hoping if I stall till after the holidays I may find a sale on one that's just perfect. I'll be new beginning, but way back when...I'm dating myself...I learned on a really nice nikon. It used real film, needed the shutter speed, light and stuff set. And we had a "zoom lens" for it. I didn't shoot tons of pictures because developing was a bit spendy.

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My Dad had a panasonic lumix a few years back (previous model to what you are looking at I believe). He liked it initially but he quickly outgrew it and ended up with a different camera. It took decent snaps, however, if you were shooting in manual there was almost always a slight colour cast and the focus didn't often look tack sharp unless the light was absolutely perfectly.

I second checking out the information at DPREVIEW. Also, if keeping to a budget you could get a basic canon or nikon body and then the best lens you can afford to fo with it. My sister has the canon 1100 with the kit lens and it still gets better pics then the panasonic did