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Re: Nikon Coolpix 510 camera

Unread post by Scops » Wed Feb 13, 2013 12:44 pm

hi Marion,

I went though the same questions as you last year and eventually bought the Nikon coolpix P510.
It is awesome - especially for someone like me who likes wildlife pics and doesnt want to change lens, cart bags around and have too learn to much technical stuff :redface:

Even when zoomed in the clarity is fantastic and it is v easy to use and carry around.

My friends are amazed at how nice some of my photos are for someone of my level in photography and I tell them quite honestly that it is all down to the camera.

Good luck and enjoy your trip !
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Re: Nikon Coolpix 510 camera

Unread post by marionelspeth » Fri Mar 29, 2013 3:33 pm

Hi Fee & Scops, thanks for your very positive response to my query about the Nikon Coolpix 510 camera. After much research I went out and bought one and am very pleased with the results - though still going through all the technical stuff! :redface:

So glad to hear, Scops, that you are having fantastic results from your purchase!!

Happy snapping
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Re: Nikon Coolpix 510 camera

Unread post by Pawps » Wed May 01, 2013 8:54 am

Hi Marion,

I'm in the market to upgrade my very old 4Mp camera, and have seen yours and other feedback re the performance of the P510. Can I ask how you've got along with it? I'm very tempted to follow suit, but also considering the Nikon D3100 or Canon EOS 600D. We're in Kruger for a week in Sept and definitely need to get something decent but not too complicated - basically, point and shoot! Also, does it have a video function?

I suspect I won't go wrong with the P510, but any comments from the boffins would be much appreciated.

cheers
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Re: Nikon Coolpix 510 camera

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Wed May 01, 2013 10:41 am

I also treated myself to this camera, and am very pleased with it. It does have video function (as most digital cameras do these days). It is so easy to use, but will allow more complicated fiddling with settings if you want to do that.
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Re: Nikon Coolpix 510 camera

Unread post by marionelspeth » Wed May 01, 2013 3:10 pm

Hi Pawps, Nikon coolpix 510 - so far so good with taking photos around Perth!! We are travelling next week for 3 weeks (Biyamiti, Metsi Metsi, Satara, Talamati & Lower Sabie) and will let you know when we return how the camera fared. There is a video function. The camera is very light and the zoom is terrific. It is relatively easy to use and the booklet which we downloaded from the Nikon website is comprehensive.

We purchased our camera over the internet from Camera Paradise: http://www.cameraparadise.com. It cost AU$260 + postage and insurance $40. The camera arrived within a week, well packed - no problems.

Couldn't get the Nikon software to work on our PC (for downloading pictures) but we just use standard windows photo software and it's fine. Cheers, Marion :cam:

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Re: Nikon Coolpix 510 camera

Unread post by Pawps » Thu May 02, 2013 12:44 am

Many thanks, Marion and EJ, I think I'll go with the P510 and I'm sure we won't be disappointed. Thanks for the link as well. Have a wonderful 3 weeks - very envious, and looking forward to seeing all your pics when you get back. Hamba gahle!

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Re: Nikon Coolpix 510 camera

Unread post by timbo » Thu May 16, 2013 8:41 pm

Pawps wrote:Many thanks, Marion and EJ, I think I'll go with the P510 and I'm sure we won't be disappointed. Thanks for the link as well. Have a wonderful 3 weeks - very envious, and looking forward to seeing all your pics when you get back. Hamba gahle!


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What camera do i buy?

Unread post by nazu » Thu Nov 28, 2013 12:12 am

Hi there, I'm hoping someone can help me please. I'm looking for a camera in the price range of about R3500. I don't want a dslr because of the hassle of carrying around so many lenses and the costs at a later stage. I will be mostly using it in Kruger. What are the latest good quality cameras out at the moment?

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Re: What camera do i buy?

Unread post by PietSkiet » Thu Nov 28, 2013 12:25 am

Hi nazu,

Welcome to the forum. I am no camera expert but we bought a Canon powershot last year this time for R2,800 if I remember correctly. A small compact camera with very good zoom and high mega pixels. Went on two trips to KNP this year and took some very nice photos definitely not looking back. If you look at my trip report (link in my signature) all the family photos were taken with that camera and some of the game photos as well, can't recall which ones.
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Re: What camera do i buy?

Unread post by spargish » Thu Nov 28, 2013 3:06 pm

Hi Nazu

I have the Cannon powershot SX40HS

Its a great bridge camera and I think you may be able to find it for around R3500 as there is a newer model (SX50). I personally think the sx40 is a better camera, my dad has the SX50 and I much prefer the SX40.
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Re: What camera do i buy?

Unread post by Phokojwe » Thu Nov 28, 2013 4:29 pm

Hi Nazu

Welcome :)

I agree, if you not looking to spend alot of money, a bridge or ultra zoom is the way to go.

As spargish has mentioned, the Canon SX40/SX50 are both excellent cameras.
Nikon also has the P510 and the newer P520 which you can also have a look at.
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Samsung

Unread post by moobox » Wed Jan 08, 2014 6:04 pm

People! I am pretty close to pulling the trigger on a Canon 70D. And then this morning I took a look at DPReview again and saw the latest announcement by Samsung.

http://www.dpreview.com/news/2014/01/07 ... =title_0_4

A bridge camera. Now, I own a Sony bridge camera but this looks a bit different. I will certainly wait to see more precise specifications on it's capabilities. But not sure what kind of photographer I really want to be so this may be the way to go.

Any thoughts?

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Re: Samsung

Unread post by GRYSBOK » Wed Jan 08, 2014 9:25 pm

Your last sentence says it all. You need to decide what type of photographer you want to be. If you only want pictures without a concern for quality then you can buy about anything that you can afford. If it is quality you are after and want to be serious about your photography then the 70D is really what you want.

Amongst other things, picture quality depends on pixel density and size. Consider the following technical aspects: the 16MP of the Samsung is squeezed into a sensor area of about 28 sq mm whilst the sensor area of the 70D is about 337 sq mm. A full size sensor - such as the 5D and 6D- has a sensor area of about 864 sq mm. This can make a big difference to picture quality and of course to the price of the camera. The 70D IMHO will also afford you much more flexibility when it comes to lens choices. In the end its horses for courses. You first need to decide what type of photographer you want to be.

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