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Old February 13th, 2013, 07:45 AM   #41
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Yeah agreed, that's the bad thing about photography is that you can be restrained by the hours of the day or get a narrow time of opportunity for the best shot.
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depends what is the place and the illumination
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Hello folks, I was thinking about buying the go pro hero 3, maybe the white or the silver, but I read some bad reviews on amazon and so, I'm not quite sure... I am looking for a camcorder, mainly to record the city while I drive; that's why I thought about the go pro series...

Do you have any suggestions? Keep in mind my budget is around 300 usd
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Get the go pro! You will not find a better camera for the price. If anyone writes a bad review about them they obviously don't know how to use it or are just being stupid. It's a great camera!
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Old February 17th, 2013, 07:23 AM   #46
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Get the go pro! You will not find a better camera for the price. If anyone writes a bad review about them they obviously don't know how to use it or are just being stupid. It's a great camera!

Which GoPro do you have?
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I don't own one currently, but I used to have the hero 2 which was great! I've used the new black edition as well which is certainly a step up from the hero 2.
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the Go Pro 3 is amazing
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Old February 18th, 2013, 01:00 AM   #49
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yes the black version is better , but the quality of this camera is really good
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Buyers on Amazon are reporting GoPro Hero 3 has major production flaws, camera freezes up, not reading SD card, unresponsive, excessive battery drainage, leaky camera housing unit (water gets in in underwater situations) and other terrible things.

140 people gave it an average 3 stars, which is rough for a camera let alone GoPro's new Hero 3.

http://www.amazon.com/GoPro-HD-HERO3...s=GoPro+Hero+3

So don't just judge a camera by it's carefully crafted Youtube video showing exotic locations but also read reviews and what consumers
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Yeah agreed, that's the bad thing about photography is that you can be restrained by the hours of the day or get a narrow time of opportunity for the best shot.
to me that makes it more interesting and challenging
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Buyers on Amazon are reporting GoPro Hero 3 has major production flaws, camera freezes up, not reading SD card, unresponsive, excessive battery drainage, leaky camera housing unit (water gets in in underwater situations) and other terrible things.

140 people gave it an average 3 stars, which is rough for a camera let alone GoPro's new Hero 3.

http://www.amazon.com/GoPro-HD-HERO3...s=GoPro+Hero+3

So don't just judge a camera by it's carefully crafted Youtube video showing exotic locations but also read reviews and what consumers
are saying about it.
That was the first I read and that's why I came here and asked for advice... It seems there are not many options though, specially, having such a low budget.
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Hello folks, I was thinking about buying the go pro hero 3, maybe the white or the silver, but I read some bad reviews on amazon and so, I'm not quite sure... I am looking for a camcorder, mainly to record the city while I drive; that's why I thought about the go pro series...

Do you have any suggestions? Keep in mind my budget is around 300 usd

I have the Hero 3 silver for four months now - I have never had any leakage - the only problem I have had is that it may become unresponsive if left off for a few days - in which case simply remove the battery and reinsert and then works 100%. The camera can be mounted in so many places via the adhesive mounts and the suction cup.

Here are two videos I have taken with the GoPro 3 Silver





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I went for the GoPro with the Head Strap Mount... I will show you my videos later
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Well i am here i just want to say you something about photography that this is good passion to do i am doing professional photography and you have need for a special high quality expensive camera for make the professional photography and then you must be some experienced in photography and have idea to take the location and steps of photography and this is the some main points in photography to become a professional photographer ...........
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Which is the best digital camera available at the moment for personal use under $1000
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A DSLR camera is my recommendation (any of them). DSLR means "Digital Single-Lens Reflex" camera.

With them, you can have full control of the traditional photography settings (aperture + shutter speed + ISO sensitivity). The freedom to control these settings is key for great pictures. The vast majority of the small automatic digital pocket cameras, and cell phones, don't let you exercise control over the lens aperture, the camera shutter speed, and the sensor ISO sensitivity.

Moreover, all DSLRs allow you interchangeable lenses. That means you can change the lens, allowing you to have a versatile array of lens options, from ultra-wide angles to super-telefoto range. Cell phones and pokect cameras do not share this feature. This is as much important as the controls over these settings mentioned above. Rule #1 for serious photographers: the lens is always more important that the camera body. You will always get better image quality with a "high-end pro level lens + low-end entry level DSLR", than with a "low-end entry level lens + high-end pro level DSLR" combination.

I always recommend either Nikon or Canon. But Sony and Pentax are also doing excellent cameras nowadays. They all do really good DSLR, from a beginners level to pro level. I went with Nikon myself, once I believe Nikon offers the better system out there today (system = combination of DSLR camera capabilities and a variaty of lenses able to deliver high end image quality at a better price point).

The DSLR current models for beginners, as offered by Nikon, are:
  • Nikon D3200 or Nikon D3300: 24 megapixel sensor, entry level DSLR. Aimed for photographers buying a DSLR for the very first time. It's very user friendly, with self-explanatory menus for beginners. USD $450-500, with a Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens (3x zoom lens, from wide to normal range).
  • Nikon D5300 or Nikon D5500: 24 megapixel sensor, intermediary entry level + camera, with an articulated/flip screen for better angles, for video, and for selfies. It's very user friendly, with easy menus for most fast learning beginners. USD $750-850, with a Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens (3x zoom lens, from wide to normal range). USD $950-1050, with a Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens (7.7x zoom lens, from wide to telephoto range).
  • Nikon 7100 or Nikon D7200: 24 megapixel sensor, high end entry level camera. You should get this one if you already have some previous knowledge on how to control a DSLR camera, once it's aimed for more advanced users. But any fast learning beginners can catch up with it easily. USD $1200-1500, with a Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens (7.7x zoom lens, from wide to telephoto range).
  • Other Nikon DSLR models, like the D610, D750, DF, D810, D4s are much more expensive models, once they are full frame models (that means they have a larger sensor inside, generating even better image quality, but much more expensive as well). The D810 and the D4s are the two more pro level DSLR cameras offered by Nikon. Don't venture yourself with them, if you don't have any previous good knowledge of SLR or DSLR photography.
  • Here is Nikon's DSLR camera map: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Templat...n_DSLR_cameras
  • And here is Canon's DSLR camera map as well: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Templat...igital_cameras

My recommendation would be:
  1. If you're not experienced with SLR/DSLR photography, and you think you're not a fast learner user, get either a D3200, or a D3300, with the Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. They're both excellent cameras. Here sample shots produced by them: D3200 & D3300.
  2. If you're not experienced with SLR/DSLR photography, but you believe you're a fast learner user, get a D5300, or a D5500, either with the Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6, or with a Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. The 18-140mm is a bit better, and more flexible. Here sample shots made with them: D5300 & D5500.
  3. If you want to learn enough to become a future professional in photography, get either a D7100 or a D7200, with the Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. Here are sample shots taken with them: D7100 & D7200.

Furthermore, if you can, I highly recommend you also buying at least one second lens to your DSLR, so you can start to practice and understand the difference among lenses. Some recommendations are:
  • Nikkor AF-S 35mm f/1.8G DX (USD $200): No zoom here, but it is a very fast lens (given the low f/#: f/1.8). That means it's able to take photos at very low light levels, like during night time, much more easy, and without flash, than the slow lenses (the ones with higher f/#, like f/3.5-5.6). For a zoom lens to be able to achieve f/1.8, it will be a very expensi lens, like this one here. Being a fixed 35mm lens, means that you will have a wide to normal perspective, which is ideal for pictures taken outdoors, like vacation shots, group of few people, etc. Here are sample pictures with this lens.
  • Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G (USD $220): No zoom here, but it is a very fast lens (given the low f/#: f/1.8). So great for low light situations. Being a fixed 50mm lens, means that you will have a normal eye level perspective. It is great as a portraiture lens, specially for head shot portraits. Here are sample pictures with this lens.
  • Nikkor AF-S 40mm f/2.8G Micro (USD $280): No zoom here, but it is a reasonably fast lens (given the low f/#: f/2.8). Good for low light situations. But this one is a Micro lens, that means you can do macro photography, or very close focus photography, amplifying your subject greatly (in case you want to do very close up photos). Being a fixed 40mm lens, means that you will have a wide to normal perspective. The other two options shown before are faster (f/1.8), but they don't do close-up/macro work as this one. That's the trade off. Here are sample pictures with this lens.
  • Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD telephoto zoom lens for Nikon (USD $350-450): This is an economical zoom telephoto lens, among the best for entry level users. It features a 4.3x zoom at the telephoto end. That means the lens will be a great magnifier for far away subjects, from 70mm to 300mm, which are great focal lengths for real zoomed in perspectives of far away subjects. Tamron is a third party lens manufacturer, producing lenses for Nikon, Canon, Sony, Pentax and other. Make you get one that macthes your DSLR camera maker model. Here are sample pictures with this lens.


These are all entry level lenses, but very very much capable, with excellent image quality. No question about that. The ultra pro level lenses for DSLR are very much expensive, like these ones, for example:
I'm sharing more the Nikon side of DSLRs here, once I'm a Nikon user, and am more familiarized with Nikon myself. But Nikon is not all there is out there. Canon, Sony and Pentax are also great brands, and they all have great DSLR products for beginners (and pros) as well.

Good luck with your choice.
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