Camera advise: compact, mirrorless or DSLR

1 year 1 month ago - 1 year 1 month ago #605354 by Tom v s
Hi everyone,

I am looking for some advice on spending €500-€1000 on a camera that will upgrade my IPhone SE and was hoping you could help me out. I am an artist based from the Netherlands and am curently using my SE in my studio and in galleries for taking photos and videos of my paintings (I have attached some examples below). I love using my IPhone because it is portable and it makes sharing on social media easy, but it’s far from a professional camera. And it’s lacking quality for using my photos (overview, close up and galerie shots) on my website and portfolio.

I am looking for a professional camera that will give me the best quality photos and videos (photos are most important) I can get for the budget. I have limited experience in photography and am looking for a portable model (without compromising quality) that is easy to use, so, without me having to become a pro and having to purchase new lenses and accessories to get the perfect shot. I am willing though to give up compactness/portability for quality if it comes down to it.

I have asked some local dealers for advice and summed up their advice in the list below:
  • Canon Powershot RX100 V
  • Leica D-Lux with f1.7 Summilux 
  • Panasonic Lumix LX100
  • Sony A6000 with a 16-50mm lens
  • Sony A6300
  • Sony A7 with a 28-70 lens

 Again, I am a photography rookie, but I am more than willing to learn and look forward to making a start with a new camera.

Thanks,Tom


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1 year 1 month ago #605385 by Ozzie_Traveller
G'day Tom

Good to hear from you :)

From your description of the work you do / want to do, it seems to me that you will be better off using a "good quality, pretty automatic" sort of camera rather than a big & heavy, "all-singing - all-dancing professional camera that swaps lenses as needed"

Of the cameras you mention ...
Sony RX100-V ... Panasonic LX100-II ... Leica D-Lux 5
all are similar in size & shape and lens supplied

The critical thing in most everyday photography is the size of the sensor - the larger it is in physical size, the better the quality of the resulting photo. In the above 3 cameras, the Panasonic has the largest sensor (called a 4/3rd's sensor), it comes with an excellent built-in viewfinder (which is an extra cost for the Leica), and "all the usual" extra settings

Upon this - I would suggest you look at the Panasonic first, then maybe the Sony RX100 next

ps: I am a Panny user from way-back, but I have not let this influence the above comments :)

Hope this helps
Phil from the great land Downunder
www.flickr.com/photos/ozzie_traveller/sets/


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1 year 1 month ago #609418 by gearofferdon
For the use that you described, I would recommend The Sony RX100. There are several version of this camera, but you could probably get away with the original, which is very good. I have used this camera extensively and I really like it. It's small enough to fit in a pocket, but the image quality is nearly on par with an APS-C DSLR. 

Here's a shot I took with it (the original version) down in the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

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1 year 1 month ago #609534 by MM Images

gearofferdon wrote: For the use that you described, I would recommend The Sony RX100. There are several version of this camera, but you could probably get away with the original, which is very good. I have used this camera extensively and I really like it. It's small enough to fit in a pocket, but the image quality is nearly on par with an APS-C DSLR. 

Here's a shot I took with it (the original version) down in the bottom of the Grand Canyon.


Great camera, my wife and best friend have that camera and it's work horse.  


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1 year 1 month ago #609997 by Tim Dordeck
From the list, man I would jump on the Sony A7 with the 28-70 lens.  The A7 series is such an impressive camera, and personally I think this will open up some full frame opportunities that the others won't be able too. 


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1 year 1 month ago #610062 by garyrhook

Tim Dordeck wrote: personally I think this will open up some full frame opportunities that the others won't be able too. 


I'll bite: how?


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