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Which Camera to buy???


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Posted by John Q on May 03, 2003 at 14:15:12:

In Reply to: Which Camera to buy??? posted by Mors on May 03, 2003 at 10:03:54:

One of the benefits of my job is working with several different brands and models of digital cameras. I've been into photography for 20 years and much of what I learned shooting 35mm film applies to digital images. For the best exposure/metering I would go with Nikon. I consider most of the reptile shots posted to be catalog shots. I also measure performance on the ability to produce a good image by simply setting the camera to Auto, flash on/off, image size/quality, point and shoot. I've been very happy with the output from the nikon products for these type of shots. My CoolPix 995 does a great job and the 4500 is slightly better. They also take great macro shots.
Whatever brand or model you buy, I strongly suggest to anyone that they take a couple of shots before leaving the store along with viewing the LCD with the camera pointed at a solid black object. I've seen out of focus soft shots,(canon), noisy loose fitting lenses,(olympus), dead pixels that appear on the lcd with Nikon and Epson. Every manufacturer suffers from this last problem and all have an acceptable level. Also, if you find this after you have left the store, in many cases, the manufacturer sends you a replacement camera with the same warranty. The replacement camera is not new, it's a refurbished B stock that carries your original warranty. If you wanted a B stock, you could have bought one for less, usually at the same store. Awful policy but they all do it.
John Q

:I am looking into purchasing the Nikon 4500 or the Nikon 5000. Has anyone used any of these??? If so what did you think of the camera??? picture quality??? user friendly???
:or do any of you suggest a better camera in the same price range or better.. (1000$CA)





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