kann123air From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 968 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4933 times:
Hi all, my friend is looking for a camera that can take pictures that have a chance of acceptance on airliners.net. He said his budget is $300, and I said unless you are getting a used model, there is no chance of getting a DSLR for that cheap. He searched around, and found a Nikon Coolpix S6200. The local camera shop said it is almost as good as a DSLR. What do you think? If this doesn't work, any other suggestions?
While it's a great all around camera, it's really not good for getting shots onto Airliners.net. You won't be able to get any shots of planes in the air, the lighting has to be perfect, you can't use the far end of the zoom range, and you can hardly crop at all (more like a trim, really). The only reason I think I've been able to get 16 shots on here with it is because they are almost all unique in some way, be it a new registration, special event, or just a cool shot. I'd advise against getting the S6200 and go for a used DSLR.
I think if your local camera shop is telling you a compact point and shoot is almost as good as a DSLR, you need to find a different local camera shop. Other than close-up static shots taken on bright sunny days, such a camera is simply not going to cut it if the goal is acceptance here. Investing in a used DSLR with a decent lens would be a much better option.
trvyyz From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 1370 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4895 times:
Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 3): 1.) There's nothing wrong with a used DSLR, if it hasn't been abused.
I had to take my new DSLR for in warranty minor fix on the grip in OCT, as usual would take a couple of weeks before getting it back . I bought an used D50 for $150 and was surprised to find it was amazing. After checking the shutter count it was just 4000. The quality is very good and no P&S will match it.