Readers: What Camera Should I Get?

PetiteLittleGirl’s post about her new camera has inspired me to write one of my own. I am definitely looking for a new one, but the question is this: which one? Do I want something more compact, or should I go for a full-out DSLR? For the past two years or so, I have been using a bridge camera (e.g. below), but the pictures just aren’t “good enough.”  My quest now is to get something which I can use both for Shorty Stories shoots and to carry to events I’m covering for DelectablyChic!.



Sony Cyber-shot DSCH50 9.1 MP Digital Camera with 15x Optical Zoom with Super Steady Shot
Sony Cyber-shot DSCH50 9.1 MP Digital Camera with 15x Optical Zoom with Super Steady Shot

There are two types of cameras I’m looking at. The newest cameras on the market right now are compact interchangeable lens cameras (below) – a small camera (similar in size to most people’s point-and-shoots) with the kind of lens you would find on a DSLR. 



Samsung NX100 - Digital camera - mirrorless system - 14.6 Mpix - Samsung NX 20-50mm lens - optical zoom: 2.5 x - supported memory: SD, SDHC - black

The advantage of a small camera like this is that I won’t have to haul heavier equipment with me every time I go to an event (especially for Fashion Week, when I also take my netbook).  The disadvantages are that because the camera is much smaller, the pictures aren’t going to be as good due to stability (at least according to this post).  The lenses used in these cameras are just as big as those for true DSLRs, and can tilt the camera downwards if you’re using longer, heavier lenses.  And of course, these compact cameras don’t look as “professional” and cost a bit more than many introductory level DSLRs. 

Sony Alpha SLTA33 DSLR with Translucent Mirror Technology (Camera Body only) (Black)

As for the DSLR?  If I go for one, it would be one of the less expensive cameras, ones many consider “introductory” or “hobbyist” level.  One that is on the smaller side, similar in size to my current bridge camera like the Sony Alpha SLTA33 above  However, unless I actually get a camera like the one above, I would still need a separate camera for video capture as most DSLRs do not have a video mode (the above camera is also pretty expensive – $750 Canadian.  This means that if I get a DSLR, I will also need to get a separate video camera, which cost around $150 (unless I use the video mode on my phone, which probably isn’t as good), bringing the total to be just a little less than $750.

So readers, what camera should I get?

About CynthiaC


Cynthia Cheng Mintz, founder of Shorty Stories, also runs the online-only lifestyle magazine, DelectablyChic!

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  • PetiteLittleGirl

    I haven't done any research on either interchangeable lens cameras nor the Sony Alpha so I can't give you any input. Based on my own experiences, Sony camera works pretty well for the first year or so. After that period, the photos aren't quite as good. I can't figure out why. I had 2 Sony cameras in the past and they both turned out the same. I used my Dad's camera (Nikon D70) for the past 5 years and am pretty happy with it. It is all depending on your personal reference. I'll say go with the one that you're comfortable with

  • Alterations Needed

    If you're going to invest in DSLR, go either Canon or Nikon. They are tried and true, have lots of upgradable lens, and have great photo quality.

    I have the Canon Rebel XSi, which does not have video, but the Canon Rebel T1i is one step above mine, and DOES have video. For around the same price as that Sony you posted too!

    Canon Rebel T1i

  • Really Petite

    I don't know anything about DSLR but I only like CANON cameras!!!!

  • Doug Underwood

    Sony DSLRs are a fantastic bargain. They are all built by Minolta tech after Sony bought out Minolta. This means all Minolta AF lens continue to work on Sony Alphas. Most of my lenses are from the late 80s. There are great used Minolta lenses out there on Ebay and Kijiji.

    In camera stabilization means that all your lenses are stabilized. Canon and Nikon usually have two of each lens. One lens stabilized and one not. Make decisions even harder.

    The A33 has one of the best live view experiences out there and their new innovative MirrorLess technology means faster shooting rates, no vibration, smaller body, and full time auto focus in Video mode.

    It is a great choice for bang for the buck over comparable Canon and Nikon in this price range.

    My Sony Alpha is 3 years old now and my pictures don't get worse but in fact got better.

    See http://www.flickr.com/photos/23376610@N00/

    Lenses:
    Kit 18-70mm F3.5
    Minolta 50mm F1.7 $70
    Minolta 70-210mm F4 $125
    Sigma 10-20mm F4-F5.6 $300

  • PetiteXXS

    I'm a little behind on blogs, but I've already tweeted you about liking my Sony a55 so far. One thing I wanted to mention is that it does have video mode… and quite a good one at that since it focuses amazingly fast even when things move around. It's also quite a bit smaller compared to other DSLRs I've seen (including the Nikon D90 which my Dad has). I originally wanted a Canon, but hubby convinced me to get this one instead, and so far I haven't had anything to complain about yet 🙂



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