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If I want to upgrade only one thing, am I generally best to upgrade the camera or go to a better quality lens ?

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Better quality lenses give you sharper images and the ability to shoot with less light. Having a newer camera will genrally only give you more megapixels that mean nothing unless your doing large prints

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As a pro photographer, this is the type of point and shoot that I would purchase if I was in the market for one in that price range. If I was going to go up in cost a bit, I'd probably purchase the Canon G12.

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Poor quality


Make sure that you set the camera to use its highest resolution which is explained in the manual.
Make sure the lens is clean.
Make sure you use the flash if the light is low.
Make sure you hold the camera steady and allow it to focus before pressing the shutter.
Another thought would be to take it into a camera store with some of the poor pictures and allow them to examine them. After all, a picture is worth a 1000 words...

Finally, consider upgrading your camera. The most important features are the size of the lens opening (aperature; it is a percentage so a lower number is better) and the resolution (megapixals; more the better).

Good luck.

Aug 17, 2010 | Cameras

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Want to purchase a DIGITAL CAMERA


10,000 what? Unless you specify the exact currency the number means absolutely nothing.

As to recommending the "best option" for you, the question is "best for what?"

The answer is rather more complicated as it all depends upon what your level of photographic skills and experience are, whether you have any special requirements (e.g. small and compact, waterproof, rugged, extra wide angle, large aperture "fast" lens, etc.) and whether you want a camera which you can choose which lens to use for each shot or a camera fitted with a single lens which covers wide to telephoto ranges. The former type would typically be a SLR, the latter is referred to a a bridge camera. Even then, there are traditional "full frame" SLR's which are bigger, bulkier and use bigger heavier lenses, regular "APS-C" digital SLR's which are a little smaller with less bulky lenses, the smaller Four Thirds SLR's from Olympus and Panasonic or there are the SLR styled "Micro Four Thirds" cameras which can look like an SLR but have interchangeab;e lenses which are smaller again. All true SLR's have an optical viewfinder which shows you the actual view through the lens, everthing else has either an EVF (electronic viewfinder), no viewfinder at all (just an LCD screen), or may have an optical finder which does not show the exact view through the lens.

Big, bulky cameras attract attention, so your subject may behave differently or even aggressively to your attempts to take photographs, but a smaller and more compact camera (especially if it doesn't look "professional") may get you the exact results which you want.

Perhaps you mean "best value"? Again, that's impossible to answer without knowing more. Some cameras offer loads of bells and whistles but are poorly built, difficult to use, or have a cheap lens which gives poor optical quality. Or all of those problems.

One thing is certain: spending more money on the most expensive camera you can afford will waste your money and will not make you a better photographer. It's the person behind the camera who makes the difference, not the box of tricks in front of his or her face. What does make a difference though is the quality of the lens, but even then this will be relatively unimportant if all you plan to do is to post photos to websites or to view them on your computer. A good lens only makes a difference if you have prints made to large sizes.

Maybe you meant "best number of megapixels"? Similarly, not easy to answer. There's been a megapixel race between manufacturers lately based on the false consumer belief that more are better. It's absolute nonsense as most amateur photographers will be fine with three megapixels: with a decent lens this gives perfectly good prints up to A4 size. Five megapixels is better if you want to make selective enlargements, but after that there is a definite trade-off as the larger megapixel imagers suffer badly with electronic "image noise" and they then have to employ all sorts of tricks to try and disguise the problem.

I strongly suggest that you visit a number of photographic websites and even more strongly suggest that you buy a few photography magazines for a few months (or read them for free if your local public library keeps them). A bit of research will help you to understand exactly what YOU want and at what price. If you still can't decide, them come back here, ask a better question with relevant details, and you'll get a useful answer.

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the Casio cameras tend to be the low end of the digital camera market. And Nikon is not near the top, nor Kodak or HP. The best digital cameras are from Sony and Canon, and I personally believe that the Canons are the better choice. While the Sony's are good enough cameras, I hate Sony for so many reasons (rootkits, DRM, etc) and refuse to support them by purchasing their products.

Just go down to Ritz camera, Bestbuy, Circuitcity, etc, and try a couple of different models.

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Indoor photography


If you're on a budget, the 50mm f/1.8 II is a great deal, $100ish, f/1.8 is great for low light.

If you have a bit more cash, the 50mm f/1.4 has better build quality (the 1.8 is all plastic) and much better autofocusing (its USM so its fast and quiet, as well as more reliable) and its also slightly sharper.

If you want a zoom, from canon theres the 17-55 f/2.8, which has image stabilizer and USM focusing.
Also, the 24-70mm f/2.8L, which has USM, and since its an L lens, fantastic optical quality. However, it will run you over a thousand most likely.

From sigma, theres several zoom options, the 28-70mm F2.8 EX DG, 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG MACRO, and 24-60mm F2.8 EX DG. All under $800 or so.

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Indoor Photography


what's probably happening is this: Since the light is low, the shutter must remain open for a relatively long time. If you're hand-holding the camera, you'll get blurry shots. Using a tripod will eliminate this. It doesn't typically happen outdoors because there's usually enough light to permit very fast shutter speeds (>60th of a second or so). Some newer cameras offer image-stablization for those lower-light situations. The camera or lens makes very quick adjustments to compensate for your moving when taking a shot. Hope this helps! Best wishes

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My pictures display poor image quality on the screen or when you print them out.


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Poor image quality


hotoPC 650 captures images in 24-bit color (16.7 million colors). Your pictures will not display maximum image quality if your monitor or computer's video controller doesn't support this color depth. Additionally, if your pictures are taken in 1154 x 864 mode, try increasing your video resolution above 640 x 480. You may need to upgrade your system to achieve the best possible image quality. If your pictures look better on the screen than when you print them out, you may need to upgrade your printer. An EPSON Stylus ink jet printer, for example, provides excellent image quality. If you used drag and drop to insert your pictures, they may appear grainy. Try importing them into your documents instead.

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Image quality in low resolution


SHQ1 and HQ are two different levels of compression to make the file smaller. This will have a great impact on the image quality. Generally on Olympus cameras, this is what those letters mean: TIFF (highest (best) quality) generally not used. Files are HUGE and takes a long time for the camera to save the image to the card. SHQ (super high quality) you probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference between this and the TIFF HQ (high quality) which is lower quality than SHQ SQ (standard quality) which is lower quality than HQ SQ1 (standard quality 1) which is lower quality that SQ SQ2 (standard quality 2) which is lower quality that SQ1 A 2048x1536 only seems large because most people have their monitors set to 800x600 or maybe 1024x768 (that's what I have mine set at). This will seem to make the image REALLY LARGE! It only seems that way because you have to scroll around to see the image. If you want to print images, you'll want all the resolution you can get. If you want to display them on your screen (slide show,WEB page) then you don't need large images. You would just need to resize them down. However, since you may want to both, getting a camera with a higher resolution gives you the choice to do either. Usually, the higher resolution cameras have better lenses and generally take better pictures. On my camera (the Oly 2100), I always shoot at the highest resolution and the least amount of compression (SHQ on my camera). This allows me to do almost anything with the image. Nowadays, camera media (smart cards) are fairly cheap, HD's are DIRT cheap and CD-Rs are very cheap. If the images are "keepers", then I personally would want to start with the best image possible and store the images on CD.

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