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Looking to buy a new camera for my personal use. With so many options is a little bit hard for me to decide what to choose . My budget is around 500 CAD for a point and shoot , mirrorless or dslr . For DSLR i would go for a Nikon D3100 or Nikon D5100 .
Found this deal :
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/sony-alpha-nex3nlb-16-1mp-mirrorless-camera-with-16-50mm-55-210mm-lens-kit/b0002854.aspx?path=7300f0fbe5ac07f8349dd7a51e251395en02

I that deal good ?
What else do you guys recommend ?

thanks
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post #2 of 12
a few questions.

What are you looking to shoot?
kids, sports, still life, etc

do you want something you can put in your pocket or would you prefer something bigger with more control?

do you know much about manual settings or are willing to learn? or do you want something more simple?

do you plan on using any post-editing software like photoshop, lightroom, etc.


if you can describe a bit of what you know and what you want that will help us out a bit.

do you want a viewfinder, or are you okay with looking at a screen like a smartphone?

a full DSLR may be right for some applications, and in others a mirrorless or point and shoot would be better used.
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I will use the camera for family pictures : walks in the park , party pretty much general use .
Willing to learn . I know is a learning curve but i don't mind .
I don't know anything about post-editing software , but i am willing to learn if that helps
Viewfinder or not what are the differences ?

I know a DSLR is my best option , but in some cases it might be a little to bulky .
post #4 of 12
well, DSLR may not be your best option.

Generally, people get the slight misconception that a DSLR is the easy way to get good photos, and often you'll see soccer moms with them and still get crappy images since they don't know how to properly use them ( generally just leaving them on auto ) You can get amazing pictures with cheap dslr's, but knowing all the controls and how to use the proper settings to get the image you want it most of it.

The size of them are rather large, and sometimes people just leave them at home because they are too large to carry around. And with DSLR's, typically you'll eventually want things to go with them, a flash ( never use the onboard ) more lens's, and other gear that can add up very quickly to the cost.

a viewfinder is the little part you look through on a DSLR.

typically, only the higher end mirrorless cameras have them

The mirrorless cameras look to be a good option for what you're looking for. they are smaller than DSLR's, and the picture quality can be nearly as good as entry level DSLR's. Most produce good .jpg's images that look nice and are ready to upload to social media sites and things like that.

I don't know too much about the mirrorless market ( I only have one of them, and I don't recomend it for what you need ) but i'm sure others can chime in.
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I will use the camera for family pictures : walks in the park , party pretty much general use .
Willing to learn . I know is a learning curve but i don't mind .
I don't know anything about post-editing software , but i am willing to learn if that helps
Viewfinder or not what are the differences ?

I know a DSLR is my best option , but in some cases it might be a little to bulky .

I'm a major DSLR user for over 15 years - so with that - why do you think that a DSLR is your best option?

There are some really nice mirrorless cameras that don't weigh as much as a full DSLR. How important is a viewfinder (vs only using a screen)?
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I bought a Nikon D3200
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I bought a Nikon D3200

Welcome to the Nikon family. thumb.gif What lenses have you played with so far?
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post #8 of 12
If you were going to get a dslr,that was the best one to get(arguably). It has a guide mode and is quite light.Did you get it with the kit lens(18-55) or body only+another lens?
    
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Is the kit with 18-55mm lenses
I am in the learning process
What I am doing is going outside and take pictures of something with different settings
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I recommend program mode.You have better control of the settings than in auto mode.Do you know about program shift?When you're in program mode,if you turn the exposure dial,you'll get the same exposure in another form.That is: if you got 1/250 sec and f/4.5,using PS,you can get 1/100 and f/5.6 or 1/500 and f/2.8(hypothetically,not with your 3.5-5.6 lens).It'll give greater room for creativity.
    
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