I have an Olympus camera (digital one). I have always been told that Olympus is one of the better makes, so I opted for that.
It cost £200 and I am very happy with the results. I can even use it as a cam-corder and do little films of my family and friends. They come out great!! Okay, it is not going to be as good as spending £1000+ on a camera. I know you only get as good as you pay for, but it's affordable and does the job.
What camera would you recommend or have?
I hate (Red-eye) on photo's. So many friendsof mine use cheaper cameras or just don't get it set right and suddenly, all their pictures they take of people have red-eyes. Looks like they've all been possessed haha
Canon IXUS 860IS
I got it for the wide angle shots (28mm equivalent on ordinary cameras).
What's your skill level?
What area of photography are you interested in?
How much control do you want over your camera?
What's your budget?
This is what I would ask anyone going to buy a camera. There is no point wasting money on a P&S if they want to do some creative work.
The only real way to avoid red-eye is to get your flash/lighting off the camera and away from the lens axis.
As to what cameras I use? I don't care as long as it gives me the shot I see and visualise. They are only tools.
A question that I often ask when asked to give advice on an upgrade. "What do you want to do that your current XXXX (insert name here) cannot do?" If you can answer that, then the likes of RW and Faolan, who work with photography as a profession, can give you more meaningful advice.
Certainly not THIS one, used by professional sports and concert photographers:
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Incidentally, it's my next camera.
I bet the batteries don't last long!
My first camera was a Helena Paulette ( lost while canoing the rivers of the lake district) I still ahve some of the slides taken with this camera.
The first real camera I owned was an OM 10 which I went on to back up with an OM 30.
The OM 10 was a metal bodied version, I still have an OM 10 with a good choice of lenses and filters, its an old faithfully, its taken a lot of hammer over the years, up mountains, down rivers. I have several digital cameras, but I still like to take my OM with me as well.
A good second hand OM kit can be obtained for little money.
I know its not digital but I have some real good results with it.
Best regards the Bear
I asked a photgrapher friend of mine this question, because our current camera is on the blink...
Given our budget, he suggested a Nikon S200, or the Canon IXUS 70...
I've still not got around to sorting it out yet though...!
I still have my first SLR. One of the early Pentax, just after the K series.
A Digital Snapper is no good for action shots. "Point and Shoot" is more like Point, Press the Shutter Release, Go and make a pot of Tea (or Coffee), come back, and see what you've just shot. The newer ones must have improved as my digital "snapper" is now 5 years old.
I've not used my Canon AE1 for years.
I bought a Canon Ixus 500 which was ok but a bit slow.
Just bought a Panasonic Lumix MCC-FX33. Its got a Leica lens and wide angle at 28mm. Very impressed with it