Since moving to the land of Fry I've seen much more of the night sky what with far less light pollution, so I'm looking for a decent handheld digicam that's not too expensive but has the ability to pick up the stars without turning into sheer darkness.
Since I've moved up here I've seen 2 meteors streaking across the sky and a shed load of shooting stars ( two of which were about 15mins ago ) not to mention a strange glowing light moving across the sky with no noise whatsoever.
So, anyone have any ideas on a cheap but decent imaging digicam?
Post by Admin_Vistamike on Mar 21, 2017 13:36:50 GMT
Neil, this is a difficult one indeed. The best digicams? Well Canon and Nikon spring to mind firstly because Sigma make a VERY GOOD range of lenses quite a lot cheaper than the camera manufacturer. Nikon lenses are eye watering, no pun intended. For a digicam it is not ONLY the CCD / megapixels it is the lens that counts. Considering the distances involved you WOULD need high megapixels and a bloody good lens, a 70 - 300 sigma lens comes in around at a tad under £100. My Nikon D5300 (24 megapixels) cost £549 at Argos and the Sigma 70 - 300 £89.00 in PcWorld. But here £379.00 for that camera: www.techinthebasket.com/nikon-d5300-digital-slr-camera-with-18-55mm-vr-ii-lens-black.html?gclid=CNTmrYHV59ICFY0A0wodMJILlQ
Many DSLRs now come with 16-24 Mp as standard. DSLRs are good because you can change the 'worth' on the camera by changing lenses. The std lens is not really up to taking the long shots you would like.
Another point to note is 'handheld'. Again the distance taking this type of shot is going to make really bad / blurred image so you WOULD need a tripod without a doubt. VR lenses and camera antishake software is / are ok for local, short range shots.
Another option to look at are bridge cameras. These are a sort of hybrid between DSLR and fixed zoom lens. Bridge types don't have the facility for interchangeable lenses. My first foray into real digicam was the Fuji finepix HS50EXR bridge which served me well for quite a while.
Sorry Mike I should've put Digital Video Camera. ( I always referred to DigiCam being video camera in the past, my bad ).
I understand a bit about the whole camera megapixel / DSLR etc from a friend who does digital photography as he has a lot of Professional equipment (I don't claim to fully understand the 'ins and outs' of it, a lot goes right over my head) but thanks for the links. I just need a small handheld videocam as it can get a bit cold up here from time to time.
Post by Admin_Vistamike on Mar 22, 2017 12:46:26 GMT
Ah, OK Neil, understood.
However, last night I had a thought that might help you. When Stell's parents moved house her mum gave us a Panasonic VHSC video camera (6 years ago). It must be 20 years old (?) now. It was given to her as a B'day present however it was too complicated for her so never got more than 5 mins use!! I used it just to test. Worked fine. It is in as new condition and I have all the stuff it came with including connection to TV. Also has a vhsc converter to VHS, if you remember them. It has the original user manual. All the original stickers are still attached. Basics: 7 hr battery (li -ion) Cables Fast Charger / battery Manual 22 x manual zoom and 300 x digital zoom 0 lux for NIGHTTIME shooting 3" colour screen Remote control Good quality camera bag to contain all
Now if you can find a use, all I'd need is the postage to the Republic of Fryland I'd rather let someone get use out of it.