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What Kind of Camera?

I will be using the camera on my Android phone for all of my puppy pics. It takes pretty good pics for a phone camera, but can't compare to a high quality "real" camera. It would be nice to have a good camera with fast shutter speed to catch those action shots, but it's not in the budget. Do most of you use the cameras on your phone, or do you have fancier getups? I think all of the pics on here look great, though some are more focused than others. It's a moot question, though, since I am not about to spend a lot on photography equipment, but I was just curious. No doubt the skill, or the lack thereof, of the photographer is part of the equation. Fortunately, I will be getting a lot of practice soon. :-)

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i use my IPhone

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It is hard to take good action shots without a DSLR. But entry level ones have come way down in price and do an amazingly good job. Another option that is almost as good are the new ILC's. They are almost as good, but smaller in size for epople who don't like handling a big camera. ...but they cost about the same as an entry level DSLR.

I most often use my DSLR, but I also have a little Panasonic waterproof point and shoot that does a fine job if you aren't trying to stop fast motion. ...and like everyone else... There are times when my iPhone is just plain handy for a cute, quick shot. iPhones can actually take quite nice photos if you learn to handle them well!


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For those who have an iPhone, there is an app called Fast Camera that takes shot after shot in rapid succession when you're trying to get action shots.

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I just use the camera on my HTC Rezound. It gets all the pics, fast and slow. It's better than most avg point and shoot cameras.

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Karen, it sounds like you are up on the topic of photography equipment. I think what sparked my question is...in the throes of my Havanese obsession, I found myself researching really high end cameras so I could capture every movement and nuance of expression. Whoa, I am going off the deep end! I've always been really happy with the quality of photos from my Droid X phone, but I guess I was sneakily trying to find out if there are other Havanese fanatics who got into professional level photography equipment as a result of their obsession. It would not surprise me! Well anyway... I am not going to, I have pulled it together and realized I need to save the money for vet bills. And toys, of course.
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I currently use my iPhone, but am in the market for a good DSLR to catch all my Havs crazy cute moments. Right now I'm just trying to talk my hubby into letting me get one. My iPhone does get some pretty good pictures, but I have always been somewhat interested in photography, but have never been able to justify spending the $$$ on a good camera for the rare occasions I would take pictures. But now that I have 2 of the cutest little subjects to take pictures of, I'm about ready to take the plunge.

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I'll weigh in here. I have a very high-end DSLR camera with many good, fast lenses as well as a full studio lighting set-up. I used all of this to take the picture in my avatar, as well as the pictures in this thread: http://www.havaneseforum.com/showthread.php?t=17396

That being said, I did not buy this equipment specifically for taking pictures of my Hav, Oscar. The high-end DSLR can be both a blessing and a curse. A blessing, because the fast shutter response, as well as the quality optics let me take some pictures that I wouldn't get otherwise, as well as some photos that could be printed at poster size and still look great. It's a curse because the equipment is heavy, and the file sizes are large, requiring processing before they can be uploaded and shared easily. We also have a digital point-and-shoot that works good in most situations, and in good lighting, an iphone/ipad can take nice photos as well.

I would not recommend anyone buy a DLSR solely for taking pictures of their Havanese (or other children for that matter). Three reasons. Because of the weight and bulk of these cameras, you will often leave them at home, resulting in using the camera phone anyways. Secondly, an inexpensive DSLR will often skimp on features / quality lenses to keep the cost down, resulting in images that aren't a significantly better than a good point-and-shoot. Finally, there is a learning curve to using these cameras, and no amount of money spent on a camera will ever allow anyone but the most skilled action photographer to capture a Havanese RLH . I've tried and failed on this task more times than I can count.

I don't mean to discourage anyone with this. If you can afford it, and want to, by all means get a good camera. Photography can be a wonderful hobby. It's just that I feel the camera companies are doing a dis-service to people (in favor of their own profits) by recommending DSLRs for taking pictures of children / dogs. There are plenty of other digital camera options that will perform equally as well for this task. If you want suggestions, feel free to PM me and I'll pass them along.
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I have a Nikon DSLR, a Leica DLux4, an older Panasonic Lumix and often, due to circumstances, I use my iPhone, because it's there. There are some remarkable photography apps that produce beautiful photos.

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Karen, it sounds like you are up on the topic of photography equipment. I think what sparked my question is...in the throes of my Havanese obsession, I found myself researching really high end cameras so I could capture every movement and nuance of expression. Whoa, I am going off the deep end! I've always been really happy with the quality of photos from my Droid X phone, but I guess I was sneakily trying to find out if there are other Havanese fanatics who got into professional level photography equipment as a result of their obsession. It would not surprise me! Well anyway... I am not going to, I have pulled it together and realized I need to save the money for vet bills. And toys, of course.
No, I was a photographer LONG before I got Kodi... That's why I named him "Kodak Moment"!

If you are satisfied with the quality of photos you are getting from your phone, and have no interest in printing them larger than 4x6, then stick with what you have!


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