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    Go pro or a proper (D)SLR?

    Hello people,

    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)

    Thank you people

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    Re: Go pro or a proper (D)SLR?

    Hmmm seems like the wrong place to post this. I thought I'd get some feedback since this was supposed to be non-watch related photography forum.

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    Re: Go pro or a proper (D)SLR?

    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.
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    Re: Go pro or a proper (D)SLR?

    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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    Re: Go pro or a proper (D)SLR?

    don't' forget the 4/3 cameras

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    Re: Go pro or a proper (D)SLR?

    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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    Re: Go pro or a proper (D)SLR?

    I got both of them, and I may say that if u want to do a serious photography, just grab a (D)SLR or maybe a mirrorless camera

    I only use my gopro for playing around

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    Re: Go pro or a proper (D)SLR?

    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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    Re: Go pro or a proper (D)SLR?

    Sony RX is a good peice of both. 1st gen is under $300

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    Re: Go pro or a proper (D)SLR?

    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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