Help please, I need a new camera

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#1 Killerangel666 on 3 years ago

Hey guys, my camera (a kodak, and you can't buy parts for them sense they went under apparently) went kaput so I need a new one. I was hoping someone on here could help me out with suggesting a camera. My price range is about $120.

What I'll be doing with the camera is mainly cosplay shots and pics of my family, my dog, whatever catches my eye. I want great shots with a clean picture (my kodak started getting really grainy -I think some of the sites called it 'noise', I was attempting to look up the basics of photography to get an idea of what would be a good camera).

I will not be carrying umteen lenses and a huge case with me.
Video recording is not a need be.
I'd prefer buttons rather than a touch screen.
One thing i did like about my kodak was it had this menu with lighting options and a few of those options mimicked black and white photos and my favorite was called sepia, it gave the shots a really neat older feel, which was great for some shots of a mini graveyard I made.

Any help will be greatly appreciated and if ya'll need more info just ask :)

#2 Av4rice on 3 years ago

[url]http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=82941[/url]

[url]http://snapsort.com/recommend#!general=price,small&price=120&type=digicam[/url]

You'd have to quadruple your budget to get decent low light noise performance, or more for truly good noise performance. A better solution for you would be to simply seek out scenes with more/better light, so your camera won't have to struggle with a noisy high ISO to give you a usable exposure. That's by far the most impactful thing you can do to compensate for the disadvantages of cheaper equipment. Take a look at the best cosplay photos you've seen and notice that they all use daylight (either outside or through windows/skylights) and/or off-camera flash.

#3 Access on 3 years ago

All I know is you might be able to find a really old Rebel like an XTi with the kit lens for $100., that may or may not be a good starting point depending on what you are looking for. Because ultimately that will be the larger camera and at least one additional lens route.

#4 Killerangel666 on 3 years ago

Thanks for the tips guys! I do want to reword something though, the camera I had was about a hundred bucks (i got it on sale) anyway with the right lighting -and in some lucky dimmer shots- the photos were great. And then one day I turned it on and the shutter wouldn't open, when it finally did every pic I took after was grainy and splotchy. What I'm worried about is picking out a camera that no matter what lighting it takes crappy pics. I don't think I worded this concern right earlier lol sorry :) thanks again!

#5 Killerangel666 on 3 years ago

[QUOTE=Av4rice;4958548][url]http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=82941[/url]

[url]http://snapsort.com/recommend#!general=price,small&price=120&type=digicam[/url]

You'd have to quadruple your budget to get decent low light noise performance, or more for truly good noise performance. A better solution for you would be to simply seek out scenes with more/better light, so your camera won't have to struggle with a noisy high ISO to give you a usable exposure. That's by far the most impactful thing you can do to compensate for the disadvantages of cheaper equipment. Take a look at the best cosplay photos you've seen and notice that they all use daylight (either outside or through windows/skylights) and/or off-camera flash.[/QUOTE]

That snapsort sight is awesome, I'm assuming the first camera is the best based on the info that's entered into the filter? Thanks again :)

#6 Av4rice on 3 years ago

Yes, the site is ranking them. But at that price there are a lot of very close competitors so basically everything on the whole first page is pretty good.