Editor’s Note: I’ve sort of been mini-researching cameras for a bit so I can get one for the blog (for hands-on photos, news events…and maybe a new twitter avatar…finally…lol). Anyways, I asked techsuplex writer jaenius for recommendations seeing as she’s into photography and all. She sent me a mail which was just too good not to share…so here you go.-SuperSanusi
These are my camera recommendations depending on your budget & preferences.
This is the closest thing to a DSLR without the bulk. Tack Sharp images, also excellent video recording capabilities (HD). Plus it is the most compact of them all and Nikon is a pretty reliable brand. It’s 10MP, just like mine. You might want to get a case, the exterior is not rugged. The black is cheaper than the white actually (No idea why, same features and everything except for color). Comes in red, white, black and silver.
Cheaper than the Nikon 1 J1. It is 16.1MP. Has an extremely high ISO, this means it is capable of producing great images in low light situations. The 18 – 55 mm lens is interchangeable as well. Additionally, it is same as the kit lens that comes with most of the major DSLRs which means it can be mounted on such with little to no issues. Might come with bloatware (unnecessary software that come pre-installed on devices). I’d say watch out for battery issues, not lasting long enough, Sony is notorious for this (Ref: Vaio & Ericsson products). The video capabilities should be decent I expect, but it’s definitely not HD quality. Casing looks sturdier than the Nikon 1 J1 but still doesn’t seem ‘rough situation’ appropriate.
The kit lens is interchangeable. The price range is definitely good bang for your buck. It is intuitive if you’re not bothered with all that photography Jargon. No video recording capabilities according to my research. (PS: My camera is same in this regard). Watch for bloatware and battery issues, this is Sony’s forte. It is also 16.2MP, amazing little nifty device. Less fragile than it’s older brother the NEX5NKB. Comes in black and silver.
If you’re looking for more options,the following are also worth looking at. They meet the basic preferences with considerably less features than the aforementioned cameras, however.