Which camera should I get?

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radhikagulati
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I've saved up some money to buy a new camera and I was wondering out of these 3, which one would be the best to buy because I don't really understand the technology talk! I want a camera to take HD pictures and good quality videos just when I am going out and about with friends and family.

Thank you!

http://www.johnlewis.com/olympus-sp-...ack/p231779087

http://www.johnlewis.com/nikon-coolp...navAction=jump

http://www.johnlewis.com/panasonic-l...navAction=jump
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(Original post by radhikagulati)
Hi,

I've saved up some money to buy a new camera and I was wondering out of these 3, which one would be the best to buy because I don't really understand the technology talk! I want a camera to take HD pictures and good quality videos just when I am going out and about with friends and family.

Thank you!

http://www.johnlewis.com/olympus-sp-...ack/p231779087

http://www.johnlewis.com/nikon-coolp...navAction=jump

http://www.johnlewis.com/panasonic-l...navAction=jump
On paper, the Nikon looks to be the best, it's worth checking online reviews for sample shots though. Have you also considered a DSLR? Your budget isn't far off the £280 an entry level Canon 1100D/Nikon D3100 costs (John Lewis have an 1100D kit for £279). From my reading the general consensus seems to be moving from a decent compact camera to a bridge isn't always an enormous leap quality-wise, whereas the move from bridge to DSLR is substantial, something I've noticed after moving to my 1100D a couple if weeks ago after using a bridge and compact for the last year.
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(Original post by Gofre)
On paper, the Nikon looks to be the best, it's worth checking online reviews for sample shots though. Have you also considered a DSLR? Your budget isn't far off the £280 an entry level Canon 1100D/Nikon D3100 costs (John Lewis have an 1100D kit for £279). From my reading the general consensus seems to be moving from a decent compact camera to a bridge isn't always an enormous leap quality-wise, whereas the move from bridge to DSLR is substantial, something I've noticed after moving to my 1100D a couple if weeks ago after using a bridge and compact for the last year.
The move from a good bridge to a DSLR is only substantial if you are getting a decent DSLR, i.e. not a 1100D, and couple it with capable lenses. The largest proportion of the image quality comes from good lenses, not the body. There are, by the way, good reasons to choose a Bridge over a DSLR. Larger focal range, fast max. aperture (mostly f/2.8 compared to most kits' f/3.5) etc.

I would still advice in favour of a DSLR, but not the 1100D which has a horrible build quality and does not even feature mirror lock up. The D3100 would be a better option and the best way would be getting a used camera. This way for around £250 you might get a Canon 500/550D or Pentax K-r which are more capable than the rest.
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