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My wife and I are going to cruise to Alaska next summer (fingers crossed). We want to invest in a good video camera to document our trip but dont want to break the bank. We have looked at the GoPro's as I have heard they are good, reliable, waterproof cameras. I dont know if anyone has any suggestions on other cameras?

 

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8 hours ago, bubbapuck said:

My wife and I are going to cruise to Alaska next summer (fingers crossed). We want to invest in a good video camera to document our trip but dont want to break the bank. We have looked at the GoPro's as I have heard they are good, reliable, waterproof cameras. I dont know if anyone has any suggestions on other cameras?

 

Thanks... EB

 

Try an iPhone12, the video on them are pretty good, and they are also a computer, phone, tablet, internet access device and not to shabby HD video too, the latest ones are also waterproof too!

 

 

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A good multi-purpose photo/video camera would be the Sony RX-100 series. There are several iterations with various levels of zoom but any of them would provide a lot of versatility for photos and video. The only way a GoPro would be superior would be if you are an extreme activities person and need a droppable/submergable unit. Imaging on a GoPro is very wide and an eagle at more than 20 ft would look like a fancy sparrow and a bear at 200 yards would look like a very small dog. The RX-100 series starts at a couple hundred more than a GoPro and the latest ones are around $1000, but they are unmatched in performance for their size and cover a much wider range of possible photo situations. They are also small enough (pocketable) to be used with one of the smaller stabilizing gimbals available on Amazon.

 

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I have 3 GoPro's ... not a good choice for Alaska. 

 

I concur ... The Sony RX- 100 is a solid performer. 

 

A few bucks more and you could get a used RX10-IV in good condition. The RX10-IV has a 24-600mm equivalent zoom. Does video and photos equally well  .... 

 

Here is a picture taken with a Sony RX10-IV ... perfect example picture for Alaska.

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12 hours ago, bubbapuck said:

Absolutely love these cameras but unfortunately outside of my budget. Hopefully I can find a good Black Friday deal or something. 

Believe it or not I bought the Nikon P900 new for under $500. Check Amazon, B&H etc.......

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Does anyone have any experience with the Canon G7X Mark 2? I have seen good things. I plan to compare against the cameras suggested but wanted to see any opinions on this camera.

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And somewhere between the P900 super zoom and Sony RX-10 series are the Panasonic FZ 1000 and 1000 mark 2 cameras

 

They use the same larger sensor size as the Sony, extensive video features and a nice [Leica branded] lens. Much cheaper than the RX-10 series in general. [note that some later RX-10's have some degree of weather sealing - the FZ1000 does not claim any]

 

I think if I had the space [and budget] a P9000 + some larger sensor or more compact camera would be nice.

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23 minutes ago, TheOldBear said:

And somewhere between the P900 super zoom and Sony RX-10 series are the Panasonic FZ 1000 and 1000 mark 2 cameras

 

They use the same larger sensor size as the Sony, extensive video features and a nice [Leica branded] lens. Much cheaper than the RX-10 series in general. [note that some later RX-10's have some degree of weather sealing - the FZ1000 does not claim any]

 

I think if I had the space [and budget] a P9000 + some larger sensor or more compact camera would be nice.

After my cousin borrowed my P900 she bought the P1000. It has a pretty amazing 125X optical zoom. She does a lot of wildlife shoots and works part time for Nat Geo. She loves the camera

 

Abes of Maine has the Nikon P1000 for $849.00, Thats a great price

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I have 10 cameras I use for wedding photos/video. I've used large commercial video cameras including Canon Panasonic and Sony. They were heavy and I wanted something much lighter/smaller that had many of the high end features I'd grown accustom to. I've had Sony RX10 series in use for the last 7 years and currently use three RX10IV. Yes to some they may seem pricy but as I can afford to use whatever I want they are in fact economical for what they are capable of doing. IMO, the best all around camera for the moderate budget person. When the lights go real low I pull out my Sony A7iii's with fast glass but that is 4X the money as a used but clean RX10IV. A used but very clean RX10IV can be had for around $1000 😉

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9 minutes ago, Tahitianbigkahuna said:

I have 10 cameras I use for wedding photos/video. I've used large commercial video cameras including Canon Panasonic and Sony. They were heavy and I wanted something much lighter/smaller that had many of the high end features I'd grown accustom to. I've had Sony RX10 series in use for the last 7 years and currently use three RX10IV. Yes to some they may seem pricy but as I can afford to use whatever I want they are in fact economical for what they are capable of doing. IMO, the best all around camera for the moderate budget person. When the lights go real low I pull out my Sony A7iii's with fast glass but that is 4X the money as a used but clean RX10IV. A used but very clean RX10IV can be had for around $1000 😉

 

At the end of the day the best camera for you is one you use. 

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10 minutes ago, Laszlo said:

 

At the end of the day the best camera for you is one you use. 

 

Totally agree ... I own 10 cameras and use the best one based on the application. 

 

However  ... If I only had 1 camera I could use/own from my arsenal it would be an RX10IV simply because they are the best all around camera for a wide amount of uses.

 

Several other cameras are similar but as I know the Sony menu system it was a no brainer for me.

 

 

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On 10/15/2020 at 11:20 AM, Laszlo said:

After my cousin borrowed my P900 she bought the P1000. It has a pretty amazing 125X optical zoom. She does a lot of wildlife shoots and works part time for Nat Geo. She loves the camera

 

Abes of Maine has the Nikon P1000 for $849.00, Thats a great price

I would check out Abes of Maine before you buy. If you have time for reading, Google abes site:uglyhedgehog.com. or 

 https://www.consumeraffairs.com/homeowners/abes-of-maine.html?page=2#sort=top_reviews&filter=1 

 

B&H or Adorama, Best Buy for that mater are reputable online retailers I have purchased equipment from B&H since 1981. I have had no issues with either. 

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53 minutes ago, KYBOB said:

I would check out Abes of Maine before you buy. If you have time for reading, Google abes site:uglyhedgehog.com. or 

https://www.consumeraffairs.com/homeowners/abes-of-maine.html?page=2#sort=top_reviews&filter=1

 

B&H or Adorama, Best Buy for that mater are reputable online retailers I have purchased equipment from B&H since 1981. I have had no issues with either. 

I hear you, I've bought 2 items from Abe's and never had any of those problems. However most of my camera equipment has come from B&H. I could spend a half a day just walking around their store Lol

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I have done a lot of research and have decided to up my budget a little. I am looking at the Canon SL3. If I can find a good Black Friday deal, I may go up to the canon 90d but I don’t think the price will drop that low. 
 

any thoughts on these two cameras?

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18 hours ago, bubbapuck said:

I have done a lot of research and have decided to up my budget a little. I am looking at the Canon SL3. If I can find a good Black Friday deal, I may go up to the canon 90d but I don’t think the price will drop that low. 
 

any thoughts on these two cameras?

Check out Snapchick. She does a lot of camera reviews....  https://www.youtube.com/c/TheSnapChick/videos

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On 10/25/2020 at 12:37 PM, bubbapuck said:

I have done a lot of research and have decided to up my budget a little. I am looking at the Canon SL3. If I can find a good Black Friday deal, I may go up to the canon 90d but I don’t think the price will drop that low. 
 

any thoughts on these two cameras?

 

Why are you going for a budget APS-C DSLR in 2020?  What do you plan on trying to photograph? What are your long term goals? what IS your budget?  It doesn't seem to make a lot of sense for your situation.

 

why are you unsatisfied with people's superzoom/bridge camera recommendations? 

 

do you want to photo wildlife? or is that not a big concern?

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On 10/25/2020 at 12:37 PM, bubbapuck said:

I have done a lot of research and have decided to up my budget a little. I am looking at the Canon SL3. If I can find a good Black Friday deal, I may go up to the canon 90d but I don’t think the price will drop that low. 
 

any thoughts on these two cameras?

 

My Better half did use a Canon 80D but since has changed to one of our Sony RX10IV as it is a more capable camera 😉

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Sony RX 100 series. Just got one a few months back and they are awesome. I even managed to track down an issue I was having with an AR jamming with its 7 seconds of filming at 1000fps. It's sharp, focuses fast and has a 24-200 equivalent collapsible lens. The only thing missing from my model (VI) is a external microphone input.

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