Ideas for digital camera to photograph landscapes

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Dan, Feb 24, 2005.

  1. Dan

    Dan Guest

    I'm off to the US in late Summer to visit the Grand Canyon and Yosemite
    National Park. I'm looking to take a camera that is capable of taking
    semi-decent shots of the landscapes I'm going to encounter. Any ideas on a
    not too expensive (£500 UKP max), easy to use digital camera suitable for
    what I want? I've had alook at http://www.dpreview.com/ but the choice is
    overwhelming and I don't know exactly what I'm looking for! Any
    recommendations would be great.

    Thanks

    Dan
     
    Dan, Feb 24, 2005
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  2. Dan

    Pete Fenelon Guest

    I'd say for what you want, modest zoom, a reasonably wide angle, but
    decent optics and electronics are clearly in order.

    Olympus do a family of cameras specifically aimed at people wanting
    wider-angle than most of the top-end compacts - C-8080 comes immediately
    to mind, being something like 28-140mm and 8 megapixels. (There is a
    converter that brings it down to 22mm or so available, as well as a
    telephoto converter that takes it out to about 200mm). Street
    prices in the UK are about £450 and it gets good reviews.

    pete
     
    Pete Fenelon, Feb 25, 2005
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  3. You aren't asking for much, are you?

    Since you say "semi-decent", I'm assuming that you're not a "serious"
    photographer. So, no tripod, no waiting for just the right lighting or
    that cloud to move into just the right position or coming back a half
    dozen times to take the same scene at various times of day to get the
    perfect shot. I'm assuming you just want good snapshots, some of which
    may be printed to 8x10 and hung on the wall, but most will just be
    4x6's and end up in an album or just put in a box stored under the bed.

    For a small consumer P&S, look on dpreview for a 4-5 megapixel model
    with an 35mm equivalent zoom of about 28mm to 70 to 90mm.

    I found the Olympus C-3030Z fits my snapshot needs. It's 3.3 MP, but is
    out of production and only available used. Today, they go for about
    $125 US on eBay. Zoom equivalent 32 to 96. There is also the 4040, a
    4MP version (out of production) as well as the 5050 and 5060, 5MP ones,
    along with the 8MP 8080.

    If a DSLR is more to your liking, get a used Canon D30 -- 3.1 MP -- with
    a Sigma 18-50 DC lens (28 to 80 equiv.). I got mine off eBay in Mint
    condition for $440 US and bought the lens new at a local camera store
    for $140. If 3MP is not good enough, then the 6MP Canon D60 should do.
     
    Stefan Patric, Feb 25, 2005
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  4. David J Taylor, Feb 25, 2005
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  5. I would take the Nikon Coolpix 8400 as it is compact and robust, and has a
    24mm wide-angle view without any accessory lenses. It is 8MP and has an
    excellent quality lens. Shop around, but it may be touch over GBP 500.
    Alternatively, wait and buy the camera in the USA. The dollar makes
    prices cheaper, and the camera will likely cost less by late summer.
    Snag - you won't be experienced in using the camera, and may have to pay
    import duty or VAT should you declare it on your return. You could also
    buy it duty free at your UK departure airport (Dixons offer this) and not
    need to pay further tax.

    Cheers,
    David
     
    David J Taylor, Feb 25, 2005
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  6. Try it and see, I've been impressed, and would like to hear your
    comments....

    Cheers,
    David
     
    David J Taylor, Feb 25, 2005
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    paul Guest


    It sure was easy. The only thing I did was go into the settings to
    increase the default 1400 pixel wide image to 3000. File Open Go.
     
    paul, Feb 25, 2005
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  8. Dan

    Dan Guest

    Thanks for all the replies. No,I'm not a serious photographer...and I am
    visiting Monument Valley, by the way, as well as some other places.

    The D20 is too expensive for me but the Olympus C-8080 or the Nikon Coolpix
    8400 are interesting prospects as I could probably get them for £380 odd. I
    wouldn't mind being able to enlarge a picture past 8 x10 so I could make a
    decent size wall picture. It would need to be compact as I'll be doing a lot
    of walking with it.

    Thanks

    Dan
     
    Dan, Feb 25, 2005
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  9. Too bad they haven't compiled a version for Linux and Mac. Although, a
    commandline version should be simple enough: The basic stitching
    engine should be OS independent. It's only the GUI interface that's
    dependent.
     
    Stefan Patric, Feb 26, 2005
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  10. Wooo! Nice pic.

    I am already working on convincing my wife that I must get this lens.
     
    Lester Wareham, Feb 26, 2005
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