Best beginner camera for night time cityscapes

Started Feb 22, 2018 | Questions thread
PhotoTeach2 Senior Member • Posts: 8,924
Which camera for YOU .... Michael ???

Michael1000 wrote:

tedolf wrote:

Michael1000 wrote:

tedolf wrote:

Michael1000 wrote:

I would get the Nikon D3400 with kit lens brand new at $499. It's a no brainer. APS-C sensor so pretty good in low light. Kit lens is better than average for a kit lens, and it has vibration reduction, so can be hand held with longer night exposures.

How are you going to hand hold a 10 second exposure?

Sensor ranks very high by DXOMark and

Night cityscapes are done on tripods with the mirror locked up and VR turned off.


It depends on what you are trying to accomplish. You can do plenty of handheld night shots without a tripod, and 10 second exposures.

The OP said he wants to do night cityscapes.

Please show me a night cityscape shot with a shutter speed below one second.

Include EXIF data please.


Start with post 2, and keep going down the thread. Geez!

To the OP, sorry we have so many people here who just like argue, and give out false information. We have a lot of people on DP Review who think the only camera people should buy is the one they own, or the brand they own. Some people even say outright "I promote" this camera. I don't know who is paying them. I don't own a D3400, but I think is a good choice for the purpose you have at your price point. I've recommended other cameras to other people for their particular purposes.

Well, I agree that the D3xxx can indeed do night-cityscapes.

But most ANY camera can, (even a full-"auto" camera if it has EC/EV compensation).

It is not really a big deal but you do need a TRIPOD, (unless you want to shoot at high-ISO w/ noise but no light "streaks" from cars).

But the D3xxx does not even have auto-BRACKETING which I would consider a minimum requirement for "correct" exposures.

And the suggestion of the Olympus (w/ live "composite"), is a unique suggestion for his specific request. But not sure he can get camera/lens/TRIPOD for $500.

And the FZ-1000 can be had for <$500, (w/ TRIPOD as part of a "bundle" from Adorama/B&H).

I (often) suggest the FZ-1000 because it is truly also UNIQUE as the ONLY camera w/ combination of "continuous" zoom range sufficient for most people, (close-focusing 25-400mm-EFL + digital-zoom to 3200mm-EFL), a FULLY-articulating LCD for additional shooting positions, and "LEAF" shutter w/ 1/4000s flash-sync, (for SUN-light fill to 17+' and ability to darken-backgrounds), "Hand-Held NIGHT-shot" mode, remote view/adjust/expose from cell-phone app. It is arguably the most "versatile" camera available today, especially @ (new) <$700. (but sure wish it had the "live" composite time-exposure Olympus has)

So a QUESTION for YOU Michael ...

Would YOU spend $500 for a very "limited" camera/lens, (that may indeed do your specific request),

OR ...

Would you spend the same $500 for the most VERSATILE camera on the market, (and that has "HandHeld-NIGHT-shot" mode that may indeed produce BETTER night-time exposures because it is a "stacking" program to reduce noise) ???

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