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Old 06-18-2013, 06:35 PM   #1
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What Camera to Use?

I see beautiful pics on this form, both still and video and always want to know what camera did they use. I am about to be a trawler owner and possible live aboard and want to take pics. Need help with my camera research. What cameras do you recommend? Thanks
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:19 PM   #2
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My iPhone is my only camera. Posting photos through the app is easy peasy for me.
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:25 PM   #3
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I use the camera on my Samsung Galaxy SII android phone. For a cameraphone, it takes impressively good photos. I have a Photobucket app which automatically uploads each picture to web-hosting site. Then posting the URL here is a piece of cake.

Of course, it helps to have good subjects.
















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It really depends on what you want to do with the camera. I use an iPhone for many of my photos, and has been mentioned here, today's phones can take very impressive images.

But I also have a Nikon 7000 SLR that I use when I want to get more creative. The big difference is that the SLR allows you to zoom in on distant subjects, and to some degree the images have more definition.

If you go that route, you will definitely want image stabilization, which in the SLR world usually means stabilized lenses. Especially for zoom/telephoto shots, but it is useful even for wider angled lenses when you're on a boat.

As a long time (and current) SLR user though, I'm finding myself more and more using the iPhone. It has a slightly wider angle and the images can quickly be shared.
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I also use my cell phone, Blackberry, for many pictures as well as the Ipad and a Canon Rebel T3i. Whatever is handy, just get the pic!! Timing is everything.
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I use a Cannon PowerShot A1200 because it’s just about the last camera on the market for point and shoot that has a optical viewfinder that frees you from the LCD screen.

I can’t see squat on the LCD out in the sun.

I think it’s been replaced by the A1300, still, as far as I know with a optical viewfinder.

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Mostly my Nikon SLR D-80, but phone cameras never cease to amaze, and are readily at hand. If you go the Digital SLR route, one lens that does everything is better than 2 complementary lenses you swap. I`m using a Tamron 18-200, replacing the OEM 18-135, for more telephoto capacity.
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I hope Giggatoni chimes in here. He's got a great eye and an SLR camera to match.
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There is no one on the forum that takes better picture better than Mark Pierce on Coot.
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I have no idea. I was visiting the Bloedel Conservatory in Vancouver, taking lots of photos with my "fancy" SLR, when I came upon a fellow taking photos with this camera. It is a work of art for sure, making mine look very pedestrian. Yes, he'd built it himself. And it uses film.
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It all depends on what you want. The cameras on phones do well for just pictures. If you want to step up your game a bit, then you will have step up your equipment. There are some EXCELLENT point and shoots out there now. There are also some excellent mirrorless cameras as well...if portability is your issue because they aren't necessarily cheap but they take excellent pictures with the features of an SLR without the bulk. Anyway, I have been eyeballing the Sony RX100. Not cheap but rave reviews!!! Also the NEX series of mirrorless cameras.
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It really depends on what you want to do with the camera. I use an iPhone for many of my photos, and has been mentioned here, today's phones can take very impressive images.

But I also have a Nikon 7000 SLR that I use when I want to get more creative. The big difference is that the SLR allows you to zoom in on distant subjects, and to some degree the images have more definition.

If you go that route, you will definitely want image stabilization, which in the SLR world usually means stabilized lenses. Especially for zoom/telephoto shots, but it is useful even for wider angled lenses when you're on a boat.
+1 on all Conrad said. The truly great photographers take LOTS of pictures; one is bound to come out well. Being in the right place at the right time is a big part of it - one huge benefit of cell phone cameras. Still, when I'm going out to intentionally shoot pictures, a good zoom and image stabilization allow me to get shots no point-and-shoot or cell phone camera can get. And I can shoot the same scene a dozen different ways from one spot. Again, one is bound to look good.
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