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Discussion in 'Photography and Video Forum' started by Northern_Rob, Mar 21, 2015.

  1. Northern_Rob

    Northern_Rob 28DL Full Member
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    I'm sure the mods get pretty tired of posts like this so my apologies if this has been posted before
    After visiting a local currys and trawling google for about a hour I am still no closer to deciding which dslr would be the best buy
    I've narrowed it down to two, the nikon D3200 ( has the guide mode, plenty of in camera effects but no wifi or tilt screen)

    Or the nikon D5300 (with wifi, gps, tilt screen, but fewer effects, no panoramic, or guide mode)

    I am not a complete noob to photography and I fully understand this forum is not for showing off overlooked HDR pics and all the rest but from what I can tell there are some pretty good photography minded people on here, hence why I am asking for some advice

    I'm sure the guide mode could be replaced with a book, the wifi and gps options interest me as it would be controlled via wifi for the self timer etc etc

    Thoughts appreciated


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    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    I think you"ll find it"s "overcooked HDR" Rob :)

    If you"re not a novice to Photography why would you need and indeed choose a camera on the basis that it comes with one built into the menu system ? Of all the stuff i Photograph this stuff has to probably be the easiest thing you"ll ever photograph & you certainly shouldn"t need a guide to do so.

    I always tell people to use Youtube, for info. It has everything you will ever need to know (both good & bad :) and seeing things on screen live can never be compared to the written word or flat images.

    The same goes for in-camera effects ? as you"re already considering these gimmicks o_O i"d suggest that serious photography is not your future aim, unless it"s on DPR etc Anything these in-camera gimmicks can do can be done better in editing software after you have hopefully taken a decent image in the first place (before you butcher it :)

    For this stuff i"d suggest (if money allows ?) a FF camera with obvious low light performance (not always guaranteed with all FF cameras over some Crop sensors) but you"re the one that"s going to be playing with it so it"s in your hands (pun intended:)

    Tilt screen is a blessing and only slagged off by those that don"t have them (how can they be a bad thing FFS ?)
    Pano" ? take a few shots and stitch together in free software which will do a better job than in camera which will propably only shoot in JPEG mode anyway.
    GPS & Wifi ? i always know where i am and what Asylum etc i"ve been to just looking at the images and the Title i label the Folder with ;)
    Wi-fi i"ve personally never needed to tether my camera output. I suppose if the Wife etc likes to set outside a perimeter fence and want"s to see your shots with the in-camera effects :eek: ASAP then it"ll be high on your list.

    It"s just a good job your not new to Photography otherwise you"d be asking which lens would be best as well ;) and going off what seems to be your essential requirements it"d be https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=8&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CEUQFjAH&url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaleidoscope&ei=oMcNVdeFAsXBPIODgLgO&usg=AFQjCNFy8VFfPeyDUhvAk0CwOd1dBEn49A&sig2=WHwZWm2PIdRgGhD-45k9uQ

    I should add i can"t give advice on the above cameras as i use a different Camera system that was designed this side of the Millennium :D

    Good luck
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  3. Oxygen Thief

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    You don't need guide mode. If you've ever used it for more than five seconds you'll know what I mean.

    In camera effects? Tat. How about taking an honest picture?

    Panorama mode only seems to work well on iPhones.

    None of those features are worth paying money for.

    Wi-Fi could be handy, as could GPS.

    Out of those two, I would buy the 5300.

    I expect most of the missing effects would be available in the Nikon desktop software.
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  4. Paradox

    Paradox 28DL Regular User
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    Im no photographer but I take the occasional decent pic. I was a point n click type then went mirrorless and finally upgraded to DSLR last year and none of your camera option preferences were on my list of reasons to buy any of the cameras I have chosen!

    I got me a Nikon D40x for £160 on ebay and for learning the basics and still being an ok camera it does me. The extras you want can be got outside the camera and I don't see the benefits of having them on the camera itself unless you are too impatient to get home to upload your pics and want to use in-camera editing and then find yourself a free wifi zone for instant uploading.

    Buy a camera for its ability to take photos not its ability to edit and upload would be my advice!
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  5. Snake Oil

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    out of all the features you mentioned the only one I would be interested in would be the wifi, and thats only if you are able to use a phone or whatever to control the shutter. It has to be easier than the usual '10 second dash' and probably more reliable than an IR trigger.
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