Can YOU find me an appropriate camera?

Created by DG991 on June 13, 2013, 9:46 a.m.
  • Very soon I will be going to South Korea for a year. I sold a lot of my old tech and I don't think my smartphone is good enough for some of the stuff I want to do.

    I want a camera for photos but also high quality video recording. Doesn't need to be anything professional grade. I am aware of how expensive cameras can be.

    So my perfect dream camera consists of

    • Decent battery life.
    • Not too large. I want it to be on me all the time so being pocket friendly would be nice but I could also shove it in a book bag.
    • Can shoot very good and stable 1080p video. Decent audio would be nice but I would sacrifice some audio for portability.
    • Better than high end smartphone camera photos, doesn't need to be DSLR quality.
    • Preferably inexpensive.
    • Wifi capabilities would be nice, but not required.

    Can anyone point me towards a camera that fits this criteria? I could make due with a smartphone camera and video if this doesn't exist but I would prefer to have a step up in quality.


  • This might be weird but...

    Could I just use a Go pro?

    Does this sound ridiculous?

  • If you have the money, get a GH3. If not, GH2s are very cheap now. Both take fantastic photos and videos. Upstream Color was shot on a GH2.

  • The more I think about it, that wouldn't be a great thing for me to get.

    1. The only way to preview the photos on the spot is buying an ad on pack or hooking it up to a smartphone, which sounds really bulky and clumsy.

    2. It's not as inexpensive as I thought

    Does anyone have any other suggestions? I think what I actually want is the Sony mirrorless camera that Norm has but they are far too expensive for me. And to be honest, a smaller version of that where the lens is retractable into the camera so I can slide it into my pocket would be better.

  • I'm starting to scale back on price a lot. I have a pretty good camera that I always thought of as a high end point and shoot from over 4 years ago, but it's bulkier than I want and the video on it sucks. So I think I am going to sell it.

    It's a Sony DSC H50.

    It allowed me to adjust the ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed... That's all I really wanted at the time.

    Is there a point and shoot similar to the Canon PowerShot Elph 310 HS or the 300 that allows me to adjust these things?

    The 310 HS and 300 seems to have great video and photos but from what it looks like I probably can adjust a whole lot.

    Edit: Does 4/3 camera mean the same exact thing as mirrorless?

  • no 4/3 is the old olympus and panasonic DSLR format, Micro 4/3 is the current mirrorless system from the two companies.

    now with what you've said, i would recommend the Panasonic LX7, i had a go of it earlier, nice in the hands, small, gorgeous pictures, 1080p video mode, really nice controls, and full manual modes, but does suffer from slow zoom (only x3.8).