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I seriously need help choosing which camera to buy.

by kennyreid95 / December 28, 2015 5:01 PM PST

Yes I have done my research. I have read and watched reviews for all these 9 cameras. I'm sorry if I am asking the same question again, but I am still having a hard time choosing which camera to buy. I really need help guys. Please help me choose which camera to buy out of all these 9 cameras. Out of all these 9 Cameras, which camera is the best for me? The P610, WX500, HX90V, A5100, RX100 II, FZ200, DMC-GF7, SX60 HS, or the S9900? Which of these 9 cameras is the best in low light? I do not like a lot of noise in low light. I want a good camera to take pictures and record video. I am looking for a camera with a tiltable/swivel screen or articulated LCD for selfies, shoots 1080p 60p video, has great low light performance with little to no noise in low light, and that costs $400 and under. I really want a good camera for vlogging. I need help finding more cameras that are better than these 9 cameras. Maybe these 9 cameras that I found are not good enough and there are better cameras out there that I have never heard of. So people are saying that there is no $400 camera that has the features I want? The DMC-GF7 is under $400 and it has the features I want, right? Is it true that the DMC-GF7 is great in low light? No noise in low light is what I like. The SX60 HS is also $400. Is the SX60 HS good in low light as well? It seems like the cameras with the larger zoom like the P610 struggle in low light. While the cameras with the smaller zoom like the RX100 II are much better in low light. Is zoom a big deal when it comes to cameras? I do like to zoom into far away things, but maybe zoom is not as important as larger image sensor and a wider aperture.

i hope everyone had a great Christmas Happy

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I see a similar thread at link.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 29, 2015 9:15 AM PST
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I know I made a similar thread R.Proffitt
by kennyreid95 / December 29, 2015 9:52 AM PST

If you read my post I said, "I'm sorry if I am asking the same question again, but I am still having a hard time choosing which camera to buy. I really need help guys." I know I made a similar thread.

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I edited the post for more help
by kennyreid95 / December 29, 2015 9:58 AM PST

I edited the post a little bit so that I can get more help.

I have done a lot of research. I have read and watched reviews for all these 9 cameras. I am still having a hard time choosing which camera to buy. I really need help guys. Please help me choose a camera to buy out of all these 9 cameras. Out of all these 9 Cameras, which camera is the best for me? The P610, WX500, HX90V, A5100, RX100 II, FZ200, DMC-GF7, SX60 HS, or the S9900? Which of these 9 cameras is the best in low light? I do not like a lot of noise in low light. I want a good camera to take pictures and record video for vlogging. I am looking for a camera with a tiltable/swivel screen or articulated LCD for selfies, shoots 1080p 60p video, has great low light performance with little to no noise in low light, and that costs $400 and under. I need help finding more cameras that are better than these 9 cameras. Maybe these 9 cameras that I found are not good enough and there are better cameras out there that I have never heard of. So people are saying that there is no $400 camera that has the features I want? The DMC-GF7 is under $400 and it has the features I want, right? Is it true that the DMC-GF7 is great in low light? No noise in low light is what I like. The SX60 HS is under $400. Is the SX60 HS good in low light as well? It seems like the cameras with the larger zoom like the P610 struggle in low light. While the cameras with the smaller zoom like the RX100 II are much better in low light. Why are cameras with smaller zooms better in low light? Is zoom important when it comes to cameras? I do like to zoom at far away things, but maybe zoom is not as important as larger image sensor and a wider aperture.

I hope everyone had a great Christmas Happy

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Asking for a 9 camera review
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 29, 2015 10:09 AM PST

Is asking a lot. Sure, ask but there is no winner in this bunch that meets your requirements from this and your prior posts. While we might get there in years to come, cameras need light to take great shots.

While I've owned a lot of cameras over the years I carry my LG G4 all the time so it makes the cut of "the best camera you have is the one you are carrying." When I want a better shot it takes setup but that's my t3i with about 3 lenses, tripod and sometimes light.

News! Santa upgraded my t3i to a t5i. Nice to be able to keep my other 2 lenses.

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Why are cameras with smaller zooms better in low light?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 29, 2015 10:34 AM PST

Glad you noticed that. High zoom levels mean the lens system might be smaller overall for cost and size. Low light is all about 2 areas. Lens size (to gather light) and sensor size to detect light. There are some tricks camera makers have used to push down the needed light but here's the big deal. Cameras use light to make an image. This seems to upset folk new to photography. I can't tell why this is.

With the smaller zoom range the lens system might be made of bigger lens, so better performance at low light.

My best low light performer is the fixed lens on my t3i (now a t5i). Both the fixed 50 and fixed 40 (I picked a 40) are my go to lens for indoor shots where I want to turn off the flash. Great for parties that you don't want to interrupt folk with the flash.

For outdoor low light, I have to get out the tripod. Example at http://www.cnet.com/forums/discussions/folk-ask-about-low-light-a-lot-heres-a-few-ll-pics/

Hopefully I'll see the possum again now that I have the better t5i.

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Anymore Camera Recommendations?
by kennyreid95 / December 30, 2015 5:47 AM PST

Which of the 9 cameras would you guys pick? A Large Optical zoom is important to me. I do like to zoom at far way objects. Does anyone have anymore camera recommendations? I would like someone to tell me cameras I have never heard of before that are similar to these 9 cameras.

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Best bang for the buck camera?
by kennyreid95 / December 30, 2015 6:47 AM PST

What is a good bang for the buck camera that has all the features I want? The features that I want in a camera for $400. The best bang for the buck camera, Good in Low light, swivel screen, 1080p 60p, etc.

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I agree with the prior answer. But...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 30, 2015 6:59 AM PST

Read http://www.cnet.com/forums/post/92e87f97-e248-4620-bee5-c71f11212360/

But bang for the buck is a never ending search. Glad I pulled the trigger on a DSLR and am done. Why would I write never ending? There can always be a sale or price change (up or down) and that would rearrange your best bang for the buck.

Then again you might find one for half price on Ebay and it suddenly becomes the best deal.

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I do not agree with that post.
by kennyreid95 / December 30, 2015 7:06 AM PST

The GF3 has 12 megapixels not the same 16 megapixels like the SX60 HS. The GF3 does not have a swivel screen. I am looking for the best bang for the buck camera with the features I want. The GF3 does not have the features I want Sad

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Then you didn't read why more pixels is not the answer.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 30, 2015 7:35 AM PST

You want low light so big pixels is, well, that wasn't exactly called out. There are folk new to digital cameras that fall for the more pixels is better all the time.

You can do your homework. Get out a spreadsheet and list the cameras of your choice. Add columns for price, the feature you wanted and any that fail, remove from the list. Once all the features are met, then take the lowest price one and find it on a digital camera review site to see what they say on low light or example pictures.

I have yet to see anyone do this for others today. It's something I had to do when I was shopping for camera and lens.

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Fine I will do my homework
by kennyreid95 / December 30, 2015 8:07 AM PST

Ok fine I will do my homework. I need to research and find the best bang for the buck camera. I was hoping someone could give me a camera recommendation, a camera I have not heard of that is similar to the 9 cameras I researched.

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Here's what I found.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 30, 2015 8:12 AM PST

Big sensors with big pixels usually work at lower light levels. This means without knowing the sensor size I can predict a 12MP would beat a 16MP on low light and win the bet most of the time.

Sorry that I didn't write that.

-> LOW LIGHT TIP!!! Put it on a tripod or hard surface. Handheld shots in low light have longer exposure so it needs a stable platform.

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RX100 II disappointment
by kennyreid95 / December 30, 2015 9:58 PM PST
In reply to: Here's what I found.

I just can't believe it. All this time I thought the RX100 II had a flip up selfie screen. I was so wrong. The RX100 II does not have a flip up selfie screen. So I can cross the RX100 II off my list now.

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How about doing some homework?
by Kees_B Forum moderator / December 30, 2015 7:00 AM PST

Post was last edited on December 30, 2015 7:20 AM PST

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Decent Low Light Performance?
by kennyreid95 / December 30, 2015 4:40 PM PST

Maybe there is a great $400 bang for the buck camera with all the features I want. I would probably have to buy a used camera, used cameras are cheaper. What camera has decent low light performance. I won't ask for "best" low light performance because the best usually is more expensive. Decent low light performance is cheaper. So what camera has decent low light performance? What cameras would you guys pick out of the 9 cameras? Again, I would like some more camera recommendations please.

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