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I am 17 and looking for a new camera under 400! HELP?

by ReVuEr24 / May 7, 2013 3:33 PM PDT

I had the Olympus SP-600UZ and it was slow, annoying, little to no manually controls and too small of a zoom. Image quality was pretty good sometimes though. But, I am trying to step up and get more features more controls and I need a camera with at least the following features
-30x Optical Zoom
-Manual Focus Ring
-Ability to record video with voice and zoom during it
-An EVF (Electronic Viewfinder)
-Articulated LCD
-Black and White mode
-Lens filter/ Lens hood threading on the lens
-Super Macro mode of 1cm distance (It's my best type of photography.)

<div>I am thinking of the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR is this a good camera? Is it what I need? Will it work for me? Also, is it fast and good in low light. I'm really liking what I've seen about it but if there is something BETTER that fits all my specs that y'all know of under 400 dollars please help me out. I am a very technical teen and I have an IQ of 145 just throwing that out there so y'know don't hold back cuz you think I'm too young and couldn't handle the camera of such caliber or something like that but that you might suggest to someone older. I can handle any camera you throw at me cept stupid walmart junk. I am already published photographer in a photo manuscript I just need some help out here to find my "dream" camera... So if anyone can help please do. I'd appreciate it. I am hoping for some good advice. I know there are people smarter than me out there and know more. so if one of y'all fit that description and (i hope) are reading this shoot me some opinions. (pun intended. y'know shoot: like a camera.if ya ddn get it I'm real sorry. :\) But like I said, I'm liking the looks of the

Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR just want some pro opinions if it would be worth it or if i would just be side steppin' instead of up steppin'</div>
Thankx in advance! Grin

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by ReVuEr24 / May 8, 2013 12:09 AM PDT
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Why not the HS30EXR ?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 8, 2013 12:45 AM PDT

You posted most of the specs of the HS30EXR and since it's 295 at amazon, you seem to be asking for something else.

The few Fuji's I've owned tend to have a shift to subdued colors. I bet you could help this with white balance and post processing but for the price, why not the HS30EXR ?

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No other choices

If you want a big zoom and manual focus ring, Fujifilm is the only choice; no other manufacturer makes manual focus ring cameras.

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by oterrya / May 20, 2013 7:42 AM PDT

First, recognize you have a tall order -- essentially, you want a Caddy or Mercedes on a Chevy budget. Second, some of the requirements would be best filled by a full SLR (which is not going to happen for $400) and some by a point-and-shoot (a fancy one however). You may have to give on some of your requirements.

My personal recommendations would be to start looking at Nikon and Canon. I prefer Nikon because I like how they work but Canon makes cameras that are just as good. Pick the compact cameras from them that come within your budget and compare them. Go into a camera store (not a big box retailer that has everything from cameras to TVs, computers and Clothes Washers) and ask to see them. Look at how they work and feel to you. Then do some more research -- look at the other brands you would like to consider and compare them to the ones you saw and held. Then go back to the camera store and compare any of these you think qualify to the ones you saw first. Pick the one you like the best.

Unfortunately, you have the specs for a dream camera and I do not think you will be able to find all of your requirements in one device -- but good luck.

I have two cameras -- one is a full digital Nikon SLR and the other is a Nikon compact with a 10X optical zoom.. If I want the best pictures, I use the SLR. If I want compactness and portability I use the small camera. Both are over four years old but I am not ready to replace either of them. For taking macro pictures, I use the SLR. For vacations, I often take only the compact. They both take excellent pictures.

When you evaluate the cameras, be sure to look at the quality of the pictures they can take. If you have the opportunity, print an 8x10 picture and look closely. Specs are not everything. You may find a 16 Megapixel camera that sounds good but when you look at the pictures, a 12 Megapixel camera may take much better photos. That is why I recommended starting with Nikon and Canon. IMHO they both have excellent lenses and both companies produce well built equipment. Compare any others to them for picture quality and feel.

Happy hunting and good luck.

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