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Newegg camera sale: Any of these worth it?

Discussion in 'Camera and Photography Tips' started by DancesWithCurs, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    Yes I am alive. Just busy!

    My old camera is terrible trash and it had to go far far away. I want a new camera so I was checking Newegg and I found a sale they were having, here:
    Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more!

    So the real question is, are any of these cameras worth it? As for what I'm looking for specifically, not something super costly that will let me take quick shots of subjects without blurring since I go to conventions and reptile shows regularly and the quicker you can take your picture and get out of the way the better for either
  2. CrazyK9

    CrazyK9 Good Dog

    I'd like to hear some input on this as well. Cell phone pictures are really not ideal for me right now.
    I would love an SLR but even if I had the money, I don't know that I could justify $1000.
  3. WithHope

    WithHope Big Dog

    A photographer I met on our most recent cruise still swore by his Sony CyberShot because of the 50x optical zoom. He loved that thing as his cheap camera to carry around. He showed me some awesome shots from it too. However, the sale price at Newegg isn't anything to rave about. Amazon offers it for $398 everyday. So for a point and shoot, that's a great option. The T3i is one of the DSLR's I seriously considered recently, but the Newegg sale price, again doesn't beat amazon. Amazon offers the T3i with the 18-55 IS lens for $498 every day, and Newegg's sale price is $100 more.
  4. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    Wow, that's interesting. Seems like their cameras and tablets have gone up in the years. Thanks, I will check Amazon as well
  5. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    Okay so the all around consensus is not to bother. So my question now would have to be, what camera should I be looking for? I already missed out on one con and I'd like to make sure I don't miss out on any more
  6. Swiper

    Swiper Little Dog

    What is your budget? Are you looking for a point and shoot or a dslr?
    Either way for the non blurry pics you need a lens that allows more light in.
    More light equals faster shutter speeds.
    One could have the best dslr body and crap lens and they would get crap photos. Or the best lens and a crap body and they would most likely get much better photos.
    Good luck in your search
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 2, 2014
  7. WithHope

    WithHope Big Dog

    What is your experience with photography thus far? If you're looking to upgrade from a regular point and shoot to something user friendly that will allow you more manual control to learn more of the functions and "rules" of photography, then I recommend a Kodak Z990. It was what I've used for the past two years for exactly that purpose. You can pick one up on Amazon for under $300 normally.

    If you're already familiar with things like aperture, shutter speed, ISO relationships, composition, etc, and want to move into a DSLR, then you can do that with an entry level DSLR and basic kit lens for just over $400 on Amazon with the Nikon D3100 and 18-55mm kit lens. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=d3100

    This video here shows that you can get great photos from entry level equipment, specifically the D3100 and 18-55mm kit lens.

    If your budget is a bit higher and you want to start experimenting with various lenses for your DSLR, then you can look at this thread here where I get really great feedback on lens choices.

    I ended up getting a D5100 with an 18-55mm VR and a 55-200mm VR with a 3yr warranty for under $600. It's really all about 1. your budget and 2. your experience to date and 3. your goals for the camera's abilities. What kind of shots do you want to capture?
  8. WithHope

    WithHope Big Dog

    Just went back and reread your opening. I definitely suggest the Z990 then. It has a faster frame per second than even some DSLRs that are twice as costly. For example the Z990 has a 5fps while the T3i only a 3.7fps. In addition, depending on your lighting available at conventions, there are two scene modes installed into the camera to make getting your desired shots super easy. If there's a good bit of light, then the "Children" feature will get you great crisp shots with a really fast shutter speed. If the indoor conventions are dim, there's also a "Stage" mode that will take photos for you even in very dim light without having to pop a flash. The shutter speed is slower in that mode but it gets you shots you normally wouldn't be able to get in such low lighting. It also has internal image stabilization to ensure you don't get the motion blur on your photos.

    Edit: I'd even sell you mine at a really reduced cost, but it's about had it's time. I easily probably have 10,000 shutter clicks on mine. It's already been promised to my budding artist 13yr old niece. :)
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 2, 2014
  9. WithHope

    WithHope Big Dog

    One last thing about the Z990. I only paid $199.99 for mine brand new with a bundle that included a memory card, batteries, hdmi cable, etc. I have NO idea why the same exact package shows today for $388. I'd do some research though and try to find one at the price I paid. It's well worth that price.

  10. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    Thanks for the input, you guys are awesome.

    My experience is general picture taking, which I think would put me on the beginner level, as I am pretty inexperienced in the ways of apertures and the like.
    As for budget, I'd like to not go beyond $400 and would like to have a camera to learn on before I got a nice expensive camera I can barely work. I would also like a decent point and shoot as a present for a friend so any recommendations for that would also be helpful.
  11. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    Wow I don't know if this was me being too slow to reply or you just being a post ninja, Jax. Thanks, I will look into this camera. Seems like it would suit my needs perfectly
  12. PocketPal

    PocketPal Big Dog

    Hey DWC, didn't want you to think I didn't care ;-) I had looked into the Newegg selection and all my picks were close to a $G and the next price point was $450ish with the Sony ned-5t black…but not coming with a lens required more research time than I had w/ my trip. my picks were Pany GH3 (GH2 is the hackers all time fav for HD video), d5200 (but that's pretty advance) and the Sony ned 5t (lens too big for what they're suppose to be…compact). best of luck….check out the hi end point and shoots…their very competitive these days.

  13. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    Thanks Pocket! Hope you're enjoying your trip :)
  14. PocketPal

    PocketPal Big Dog

    and your learning curve. It's not really important to know the technical details, just the basics. Most advance point and shoot, and even some DSLR are quite automated. Heck they have "pet" mode to recognize for legged friends and objects w/odd movements. Choose your price point and then your comfort level. If they throw a lot of tech specs, ask some one to explain it to you un English...

    all the best
  15. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    Sorry this took so long. I'd answered the other stuff but as for a learning curve, I learn pretty quickly since it aids the digital art I do
  16. PocketPal

    PocketPal Big Dog

  17. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    This is a very late response, but thank you!

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