AlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 15 Posted (7 years 4 months 1 week ago) and read 2260 times:
Last year my dad got me a Nikon 8700 Coolpix for my birthday and a year later I still find it confusing and hard to work. I really only use the camrea for spotting and the camrea is just no good for it. Most of the photos when looked closer usually have a lot grain on them and it really ruins some of the photos. The camrea is confusing to operate. I have aproached my dad about selling the 8700 for a new camrea and he says he is open to it.
I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for a good camrea for spotting in the price range of the 8700 which is around $700.
Also if anyone uses the 8700 and could help me figure out my problems that would be great also.
$700? It's 350 here. I don't know where your dad got it, but if he did in fact pay that he got ripped off royally.
If you don't want to spend too much, I just got the Konica Minolta Z6 Dimage. It has 12x optical zoom (420mm equivalent), and all the different options regarding shutter speed, aperture, ISO, etc. Great camera, though I haven't used it for spotting yet.
P.S. This reply also serves to bring your thread to the top so people who actually know what they're talking about can help you.
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Martin21 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2001, 346 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2202 times:
Quoting Kukkudrill (Reply 2): Real question is does the Z6 (or any other alternative) perform better than the Nikon 8700 when it comes to noise?
Nope the won't. How smaller the CCD how more noise you get. And secondly these cameras have a to slow AF. Best low budget solution is to get a cheap dSLR. Can be a new one or buy a second hand (EOS 300d for example)
BrianW999 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 310 posts, RR: 6 Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2189 times:
Might be worth looking for a second hand digital SLR such as Canon d300, Nikon d50. Have a look at eBay, you'll find some good prices from the Hong Kong based retailers on new equipment and some astounding prices on second hand, even up to Nikon D70.