Oct 11, 2016

Looking for a good starter camera!

Can anyone recommend me a camera under 400 preferably, i'm looking into going on hikes, exploring the city, traveling in the near future. Also how much do camera depreciate in value each year, or does it stay steady like audio gear?Like i said though, total newbie but really want to get into the hobby!
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I just picked up a mint condition, very low shutter count Nikon D7000 with 2 x (cheap) lenses for under $400 AUD. However for hiking etc. you may want something smaller / lighter? My pocket cam. is an Olympus TG4 - which you should be able to find used for 1/2 your budget, It's a great little camera for what it is.
I love my refurbished Nikon D3200. Got it from Adorama
How important is auto focus to you? Cause a lot of people are recommending a6000 but it doesn't have much native lenses that one would consider cheap, and the cheaper lenses out there arw manual lenses or something that could be used with an adapter but in exchange auto focus won't work properly... Something to consider... But i love the a6000
Because of your price point (everyone has their own budget, but $400 is a tough ask to get anything worth anything in the DSLR market), I highly suggest you check out http://www.keh.com - great used gear that has been checked out by professionals.
For that money, I would suggest maybe a used Nikon D200 and a 50mm 1.8.
Good luck!
I'd check eBay or local classifieds for a used Sony a6000. It's definitely an older camera but it has so much to offer. If you can afford the extra bump in price I'd also take a look at the Sony a6300, which is a lot better and offers 4K video. Both cameras are super small meaning they won't be annoying to carry around on hikes or when storing in bags. They're definitely worth checking out.
I recommend going with a used Canon 7D Mark I. It has a good AF system, you can lenses fairly cheap, shoots 8 FPS for those action shots, it’s also weather proofed. Great starter camera.
My 2c assuming DSLR is what you are referring to. Buy a used camera body separately in excellent condition.  Make sure the camera has an inbuilt motor for lens control. This will make your future lens purchases less expensive as your lenses will not need their own motors. This allows you to use all sorts of old and new lenses. Unless you are going to be a pro photographer on day 1, no point spending a whole lot of cash on anything. Good lenses come used.

Buy one camera body and one lens. Learn all that you can possibly learn on how to use that one lens. A good prime lens is at 35mm (for crop sensor camera) vs 50mm (for full frame camera).  If you are not ever going to be pro, because you don't want to be one, a crop sensor camera might be a better choice. Camera resolution can be between 20 to 24 MP (this is only being suggested to keep with current camera line up specs and for no other reason - and higher you will pay more and any lower you will feel deprived).

Learn how to screw around with light. This will help out a lot.

Learn how to enhance photos in a decent software like Lightroom.

Once you have mastered your first lens, buy another lens (used). To be a great and versatile photographer, you don't need more than 3 lenses (and am I being extremely generous when I say that).

Read up on photography gear, and you will soon realize that good photos don't need expensive gear. Today, I can take an excellent photo with a 30 to 50 dollar lens. Most good photographers will be able to. When I was starting out though, I thought I had to have that 1000 dollar lens to amount to anything.

Be disciplined and don't believe the hype. Practice till your fingers bleed. Enjoy. Peace.
Well a nikon d3300 or canon t5 would be great if you want a dslr, an a6000 would also be great because I believe its a little lighter and more compact. To me it seems sony holds value better in terms of their cropped sensors but I could be wrong. Its really just preference because they will all be great little cameras and have the potential to take amazing photos!
You can regularly find refurbished Canon T5 or Nikon D3200 online. You honestly can't go wrong with any brand these days but these two tend to offer the cheapest solid entry level cameras in your budget. As for depreciation, i would say most do not hold significant value at this price point, mostly because this is the bracket that gets regular model updates as opposed to the top tier cameras which only see a new model every couple of years.
Definitely try to get a used sony a6000, or new if you can afford it. I got one as my first camera last summer, and it was been fantastic for a full featured entry level camera.
The a6X00 series is great because it has cheaper glass for the smaller APSC sensor, but it can use more expensive but more reusable full frame glass just as well.
Here's one of my favorites I took with the camera my first summer with it.
The GR is a great camera with beautiful image output. The fixed focal length lens might be limiting however. Wide angle 28mm equivalent.
If that's not an issue also look for a Nikon CoolpixA. Another small fixed focal length camera with huge image output.
A used RX100 mk 3 might be found for $400ish.
Excellent image quality. a useful zoom range, decent battery life, good video, and pocket sized.
You could use that for a while and sell it for almost what you paid.
They hold their used value well.


You could pick up something like a Sony a600 series and the question of depreciation wouldn't matter. Why? Because you'd have a great compact camera that would hold up for years and there'd be no reason to upgrade. Even if you start later with a FF, having this on hand will be useful for checking set-ups.
Kind of a loaded question... point and shoots are typically cameras that depreciate the fastest. A DSLR or a mirrorless is going to be the camera that you can grow with. As a professional I still suggest something that gives you the capability to take you outside your comfort zone with a semi professional DSLR or mirrorless. You can always upgrade to better lenses and keep the same body instead of just wasting money and buying a new camera.

For travel a mirrorless is more compact and lightweight, but a DSLr tends to have better lens options (because it's been out longer)

personally i would suggest first fujifilm mirrorless (best color profiles that emulate a classic film look) , then the Sony A6000 (Best all around mirrorless) and then canon's M series (good ergonomics and great color.)


hopefully that helps.
Kanoa
Side note: $400 is not the best range for buying anything besides point and shoots these days... you're better off just sticking to whatever new smartphone camera you have (I mean the iPhone can shoot 4k). In ideal lighting conditions it's the smartphones that are actually as good if not superior to most basic point and shoots.


I did look and saw a sony A5000 and I believe it has interchangeable lenses (best opportunity to upgrade via lenses). small And compact, has a selfie mode and i would look into a starter interchangeable mirrorless if you can.
Depends if you want a point-and-shoot or a DSLR

If you get a point and shoot, look at also buying a Spyder BlackWidow Holster, such a useful add-on
In terms of still image quality and portability, you should have a look at the original version of the Olympus E-M5. As someone else has said, the MkII version has superceded the original version, so you can grab a second hand one with a kit 12-50mm lens for between US$250 - $US350 on eBay. It doesn't do 4K video but does just about everything else well, and the range of micro four thirds lenses is pretty expansive.
Jim-bob
JonnyJ This is a great starter camera. The body goes for $150 locally and on camera forums and usually are in good condition if they still work today. They are prone to bricking randomly, unfortunately, but hey, it was a cheap camera.

AF is particularly good and generic Pro-Go batteries are cheap and reliable.

The camera is lightweight, simpler than the E-M5 mark II that replaced it, easy to use, and is full featured.
Woot has Pentax K-S1 on sale for 260 today (with lens!). Grab it! Has weather protection, shake reduction, good Sony sensor etc
I'd say go for a Nikon or Cannon, even used as they are pretty durable cameras that last. Nice thing about both is you can get really good used lenses for really cheap. The benefit would be that in the future if you decide to upgrade to a better camera from either company your lenses will still work.

If you're wanting something smaller with a good bang for the buck you really can't go wrong with an older Olympus epl-5, you can get them used for like $300. They also seem to hold value pretty well.

Is nothing wrong at all with going used cameras and I would actually suggest it if your just getting into the hobby and don't have a big budget.