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Could someone recommend me a good camera?

I want it to be able to take pictures and record videos.

I'm a student and this will be my first camera purchase. I hope to take up photography as a hobby.

I'm not sure what kind of specifications are important for cameras.

Some people have recommended me to just get a smartphone with a good camera. Should I do this? Is the difference between a smartphone and a dedicated camera negligible for someone who is new to photography?
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If your budget is 300$, why not save up a little more and get a entry level DSLR?
& depends if you're talking about a point and shoot or a DSLR.
DSLR's will blow a smartphone out of the water quality wise.
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What is a good entry-level DSLR? And they don't seem to be very portable.
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Difference between a smartphone camera and digital camera is massive even just a point and shoot. I recommend getting a DSLR though point and shoots are just toys.
If you can stretch your budget to 4-500 you can pickup an entry level DSLR such as the panasonic G2. If you can go used you might be able to pick up a Rebel XS for 300 but it doesn't have video. It's will be tough for you to find a DSLR with video for 300. You might be able to pick up a GF1 (body only) for 300.

Look to m4/3 or sony nex (but you won't get them as cheap) if you need more portability. The panasonic G cameras are very light and small compared to nikon and camera entry level dslrs.
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SLR's are pretty portable, not to the extent of being able to put them in your trouser pocket, but they are fine for long periods around your neck ( I've done car shows and been at them all day and not had to take my camera off my neck)
    
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Definitly get a dslr for photography since you want to do it as a hobby. Get an canon or nikon body with a 50mm 1.8 lens to start out with and you will be very happy with it.
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What is the huge difference between a standard digital camera and a DSLR? Could someone show a side-by-side picture comparison? Or is that not the way to judge the difference?

Also, its important for me to be able to record video because there are quite interesting events to capture in New York City.
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What is the huge difference between a standard digital camera and a DSLR?
What do you mean by, "standard digital camera"? A point-and-shoot?

The biggest difference that will reflect in image quality is a larger sensor in DSLRs. Other things like large aperture lenses and reduced high-ISO noise are also huge benefits.
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Originally Posted by Idra View Post
What is the huge difference between a standard digital camera and a DSLR? Could someone show a side-by-side picture comparison? Or is that not the way to judge the difference?

Also, its important for me to be able to record video because there are quite interesting events to capture in New York City.
There's a huge difference both in image quality and image noise.

DSLRs have bigger image sensor, which means they can gather more information per pixel on the sensor. This leads to cleaner, sharper images.

Additionally, the sensor size differences also allows DSLRs to have less noise at the same ISO as point and shoots. For my DSLR, I can bump ISO up to 1600 before it's unusable for me, whereas the max on my point and shoot is 200.

Finally, DSLRs tend to have higher quality lenses, which resolve light much better and again lead to better quality images.

As for a side by side comparison, these images were taken with my 50D with a Sigma 30mm f/1.4 and my Sony DSC-H55. Both were taken at the same conditions with the same settings (1/5, f/3.5, ISO 100):


Canon 50D


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Sony DSC-H55


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panasonic GF1. great camera which offers the image quality of DSLR with teh size of a large PS.
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