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I've been into taking photos for quite a while now but only with my phone. Sometime soon I would like to buy a camera but I cannot decide. But let me tell you that I'm nowhere close to professional photographer(that's why this topic lol), never had the chance (mostly coz of the money) to go deep into it with photography classes or whatever. I just play with the settings on my own until I see what I like. I would like to educate myself with at least the basics, which I'm trying to do so with online resources.

Now to the point. When I asked a friend, he said gopros are just gimmicks & not for people who are really into photography. But I've been amazed by them recently and have a hard time deciding whether to go for a proper camera or a gopro. I like the idea of a tiny compact, WATERPROOF go pro .In my budget, the hero session or the hero plus fit well. But I'm open to DSLR's (or SLR, don't know if there's a huge difference) options.

My budget is just around $300 so I'd like for all your opinions. (google results are tiring & I'd like first hand opinions from people around here)

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A real DSLR will be a much better tool if you are interested in photography and, as you put it, "[playing] with the settings." An entry-level DSLR like a Canon Rebel T5 or a Nikon D3300 will be much more rewarding if you actually want to learn to compose images, play with focus, aperture, and exposure, and produce print-worthy images. You may have to search around used to get one in your price range, however. Once you get started, you can change lenses, experiment with countless techniques, and learn image manipulation.

A GoPro is much more of a niche video tool, really only useful for sport video. (I have one for skiing; great for that.) They are rather substandard for photography.
 

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For watches? A real camera, DSLR or otherwise, without hesitation.

For general photography and fun? I love my GoPro Session for $199. But I would never try to shoot watches with it.
 

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For the price a GoPro offers a pretty high fun factor. It is amazing in the clarity of video, motion or not.

If you want to get more detailed and play around, a Cannon Rebel or a Pentax are nice cameras as well.
 

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A DSLR is the way to go but some of the micro 4/3 dlsr cameras are very good. I am a professional photographer and I use both.
 

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No point going straight from a phone camera to a DSLR. You can, but it's an expensive way to start. If you get a good compact like a Canon Powershot that has all the functions, such as Shutter Speed, Aperture Priority mode, and lets you have a decent range of ISO - I'd start off on that to be honest.

Once you have found the limitations of the camera, then I would consider a "bridge" camera like the Canon SX60 or upcoming SX70.

Once you find the camera is too limiting for the shots you want, then I would think about upgrading to a DSLR.

Would you be using the camera for anything else? Landscape, wildlife? If you wanted to do macro shots, then I'd consider going straight to a DSLR for the specialist lenses.

If you want to get the best from a camera, I recommend reading the instruction manual (some light bedtime reading), honestly - it helps a lot.



Search google for "exposure triangle", so you understand the relationship between ISO, shutter speed and F-Stops.. You may even find that your phone's camera will have some settings that you can play about with.

Lastly - get out there and experiment, and learn what the camera in your hands can do. Don't be scared to take a picture. You are only limited by the battery, memory card space and your imagination.

The camera is a tool, in your hands. You are the photographer, and you compose the pictures, not the camera. The camera is only a digital light collecting sensor. :0)
 

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Hello!

A real DSLR will be a much better tool if you are interested in photography and, as you put it, "[playing] with the settings." An entry-level DSLR like a Canon Rebel T5 or a Nikon D3300 will be much more rewarding if you actually want to learn to compose images, play with focus, aperture, and exposure, and produce print-worthy images. You may have to search around used to get one in your price range, however. Once you get started, you can change lenses, experiment with countless techniques, and learn image manipulation.

A GoPro is much more of a niche video tool, really only useful for sport video. (I have one for skiing; great for that.) They are rather substandard for photography.
Really sound advice.

The other are the mirror less cameras; they do a great job.

The only thing with all of this is your budget; not sure if you can get that all for $300
 

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No point going straight from a phone camera to a DSLR. You can, but it's an expensive way to start. If you get a good compact like a Canon Powershot that has all the functions, such as Shutter Speed, Aperture Priority mode, and lets you have a decent range of ISO - I'd start off on that to be honest.

Once you have found the limitations of the camera, then I would consider a "bridge" camera like the Canon SX60 or upcoming SX70.

Once you find the camera is too limiting for the shots you want, then I would think about upgrading to a DSLR.

Would you be using the camera for anything else? Landscape, wildlife? If you wanted to do macro shots, then I'd consider going straight to a DSLR for the specialist lenses.

If you want to get the best from a camera, I recommend reading the instruction manual (some light bedtime reading), honestly - it helps a lot.



Search google for "exposure triangle", so you understand the relationship between ISO, shutter speed and F-Stops.. You may even find that your phone's camera will have some settings that you can play about with.

Lastly - get out there and experiment, and learn what the camera in your hands can do. Don't be scared to take a picture. You are only limited by the battery, memory card space and your imagination.

The camera is a tool, in your hands. You are the photographer, and you compose the pictures, not the camera. The camera is only a digital light collecting sensor. :0)
Thank you for explaining in detail! I'll lookup the stuff, especially exposure triangle.Along with taking watch photos, I will use for landscape and what not. Right now i have my eye on a Canon 1200D. The problem is my location. I could look look for good deals online but shipping them is very expensive and time consuming. I once ordered nato straps that took more than a month to arrive. Anyway, right now the Canon I mentioned is an inexpensive option around here.

I appreciate everyone's comments
 

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Thank you for explaining in detail! I'll lookup the stuff, especially exposure triangle.Along with taking watch photos, I will use for landscape and what not. Right now i have my eye on a Canon 1200D. The problem is my location. I could look look for good deals online but shipping them is very expensive and time consuming. I once ordered nato straps that took more than a month to arrive. Anyway, right now the Canon I mentioned is an inexpensive option around here.

I appreciate everyone's comments
If you are really wanting to go down the SLR route, then you can get 2nd hand lenses on the internet. It may sound dodgy, but there are reputable camera shops out there with a 2nd hand market, and many of them will not accept lenses that are in a poor state. Yes, they may be out of guarantee, but then again - you may get a good quality Canon or Nikon lens at a basement bargain price - all becuase the previous owner wanted the latest lens on the market.

Also - there are other 3rd party lens manufacturers out there. I use a Canon bodies - and old 300D and a Canon 7D. My lenses are a mix of Canon, Sigma and Tamron. All capable lenses, and the Sigma and Tamron lenses are very good value for money IMHO.
 

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GoPro is an awesome camera to carry around and give to the kids to play with. I wouldn't trade it for my Nikon D7100, but that isn't as easy to carry around.
 

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Get a used DSLR "canon or Nikon" and some used lenses. gopro's are very limited and practically useless for for still images.
I second this, buy a used entry level DSLR (Nikon or canon) with a kit lens like an 18-55, this camera will do everything you'll want and at a better quality than you need...use the savings for a GoPro as well. Two different cameras for different purposes.

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