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dansjostedt says

Hey all! I do alot of photo projects and right now I have a really bad camera (Nikon coolpix L120).

If I don’t use the flash the images get blury and unfocused and if I do use it (which I have to) I can see strange pixels every now and then.

Besides from this I don’t like the fact that it takes 3-5 seconds before it takes the image.

I am looking for a new camera, for a good price.. Probably need a system camera but I am a rookie so I don’t know what to look for and nor do I know where.

Links, information, personal experiences?

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GroovingGecko says

What’s your price range?

I would go for a used DSLR (Canon or Nikon) with 2 pretty good lenses – one telephoto lens and one wide-angle-normal.

You will get a lot for your hard-earned cash if you get a used semi-pro model, instead of a new consumer model – there is a big difference.

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Dfinepixel says

It really depends for what kind of photography you want and your budget, i do amateur photography from time to time and definitely didnt wanted to spend a huge amount of cash on a cam (since i dont actually earn anything from it professionally). So i got myself a Fujifilm Finepix S3300 for only 160€, and believe me, the quality of the photos is just unbelivable for that price, although if you are thinking about night shots where you need to use ISO, just forget it, it adds quite some noise, but only if you need the ISO. Check it out on the web some shots from this cam and your chin will fall. Although if you want to take it really pro (and have the cash for it) go for a DSLR like GG said above. Goodluck!

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gbs says

Hey Dan, again as @GroovingGecko and @Dfinepixel asked, it depends on what price you wanna pay, and what project are you using it for. Without knowing the budget and the purpose it’s hard to suggest anything :D . My suggestion is to take a look at your local area first: is there any discussion forum there? or any store or specialist there that can help you? DSLR are becoming cheaper now and even entry level cameras are packed with many great functions too, so it’s not difficult to choose one. Good luck!

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dansjostedt says

Thanks for the answers! My budget is not to high but around $500 USD is my budget and I really need some kind of “all round” camera since will be shooting in clubs, outside, studios etc.

But I will make sure to see if I can find any good DSLR!

Thanks for the tips!

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CarlosViloria says

Thanks for the answers! My budget is not to high but around $500 USD is my budget and I really need some kind of “all round” camera since will be shooting in clubs, outside, studios etc.

But I will make sure to see if I can find any good DSLR!

Thanks for the tips!

I have a Canon Rebel EOS XTi with the default lens 18-50mm unfortunately costs twice what you have budget, i’m amateur photographer but I think it is a very good camera to start has helped me most projects, it is only for photos, no videos.

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