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    Help finding the right camera

    Hello,
    We are off to NYC in a few weeks and want to invest in a decent camera to take with us. Once back she wants to get into taking pictures indoors. Requirements are under 350, wifi is a must, decent zoom (or changeable lens).

    So far I've "narrowed" it down to these, with the bold ones being our favourites so far:
    Sony A5000 - 203
    Sony A6000 - 363
    Canon M3 - 378
    Canon M10 - 203

    Canon SX60 - 340
    Canon SX540 - 260
    Canon SX530 - 165
    Sony H400 - 145
    Lumix FZ330 - 327
    Lumx FZ300 - 191 (lacks wifi but well rated)


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    @ABM @simonsays pointed me in your direction

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    For indoor photos, I'd go for something with an external flash that can be angled away so the light can be 'bounced - gives a softer effect instead of harsh lighting. Go for a CMOS sensor rather than CCD - CCDs are ancient and pretty crap. With reference to your list, I haven't picked up a new camera in aaaaages so not familiar with any of them but, on past experience, I'd go for a Canon CSC. The build quality of Canons has always been excellent.

    Don't be too fixated on massive zoom, you need a tripod to make it effective.

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    I couldn't decide on which camera to buy between the Sony A6000 and Canon M3. So I've bought both!

    Canon M3 vs Sony a6000 Detailed Comparison

    Will sell one on lol

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    Got my A6000 today:



    Producing a very nice picture quality, even just in jpeg mode:

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    Looks decent, keen to see how the Canon compares.

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    So got them both now:



    The canon's lens is much longer than the sony's, but the sony definitely feels a bit nicer to hold in my hands.

    I whacked it into "auto" and headed into the garden to shoot some comparison shots of the cat. Initial thoughts were that it was taking AGES between shots, which was very frustrating. After connecting it to the computer I've realised that I put it in "Hybrid Auto" which essentially was recording video (with sound) and taking stills when I hit the button. :oops:

    Sample of the hybrid auto still:


    I thought getting them both would ease the decision making process, but looks as though it's going to be tougher than I anticipated.

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    Put them both in 'P' for a more accurate comparison

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    Spent the afternoon taking pics with them both.

    Canon: Canon M3 by Nathan Bond | Photobucket

    Sony: Sony A6000 by Nathan Bond | Photobucket

    Decided to keep the Canon

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    Progressed to using full manual now.

    I'm just following the cat around taking pictures, as she's constantly moving I'm finding it a great way to quickly change the settings and get the shot in:





    What do you think?

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    Not bad, top one is very slightly under-exposed (loss of detail in the black on the tail), bottom one is slightly over (highlights starting to blow out), although the lighting conditions of both shots make them hard to get perfect. When you shoot living creatures or people, make the eyes your focal point as that's where the viewer's eye is naturally drawn - especially if you're using a wide aperture / shallow DOF.

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