Which camera should I buy??

Started Nov 19, 2017 | Questions thread
FingerPainter Senior Member • Posts: 6,716
Re: Which camera should I buy??

cryscrys wrote:

Hi all,

I found this site because I want to ask a question to people that know about photography and cameras. I'd like to start by saying I know absolutely nothing about cameras and I'm not looking to become a pro, just want a camera that will do the job.

So whats the job? I want a camera that will take realllllllly good close up pictures. I will be using this camera mainly to take pictures of my hair (don't ask why) but like really close of pictures where I can see my slips ends. Also this camera will be used to take youtube videos and videos of my soon to be born nephew.

Also want to mention I might want some slow motion videos. The camera I've been looking at doesn't seem to have this feature but I do have a MacBook Pro, the one with the new port thingies (I think they're called thunderbolt) and I think you can turn regular videos into slow mo on iMovie (I'm just wondering if that'll disturb the video quality).

What's my price range? $1,600USD

I've been looking at the Canon EOS 80D EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM and I'm wondering if this is the best camera for me. I'm definitely open to suggestions and I know whatever camera I get I have to take classes for because I'd have no clue how to use it. Also I'm wondering what will be the best mic to get for the camera for when I'm doing videos with a lot of sound. Also theres a really good deal that camera I mentioned right now (hopefully on Black Friday it's even better and I've decided by then lol)

I'd really appreciate the community's help!! Thank you!!


You could make many worse choices than the 80D with 18-135mm STM lens. The STM lenses are appropriate for video, and the 80D Is has arguably the best price/performance ratio of all Canon's cameras.

For really close shots of small things, the lens is more important than the camera body . What you want is called a macro lens. The 18-135mm STM isn't a macro lens.

For video you are usually better off with Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras (MILCs) rahter than Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras like the Canon 80D. Among DSLR makes, Canon is easier to shoot video with than a Nikon or Pentax. The main MILC brands are Fujifilm, Olympus, Panasonic and Sony. Of these, the latter two are better for video.

Image quality partly depends on the size of the cameras sensor. Bigger is better in this regard, and Olympus and Panasonic cameras have smaller sensors than the other makes of Interchangeable Lens Cameras (ILCs - which includes both MILCS and DSLRs), However, when choosing macros, a smaller sensor has the advantage of being able to keep more of the subject sharp. it provides a greater depth of field at the same settings and angle of view.

All of this is a roundabout way to explain why, among ILCS, I'd suggest you look at products from Panasonic for the uses you have described.

Panasonic and Sony also make some fixed lens cameras with a so-called 1" sensor. This is the next sensor size down from the Micro Four Thirds sensors in Panasonic and Olympus MILCs. You might also want to check which of these have macro ability.

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