Cheapest Camera to perform this function?

Hi I'm taking a picture for a calendar. I have no knowledge on cameras. 

The photo requirement needs to be an HD photo in A3 format. 

Which cameras should I be looking for? Tried to look this up, got confused.

Any info helps, thanks!

9 Answers

  • 2 weeks ago

    some good answers here. Through the history of digital cameras, and particularly since 5mp was passed, all cameraas have been sold as capable  of making good A3 prints.

    The term HD has no meaning in still photography (and not much in video come to it). It will mean sharp and clear in real terms. Not every 5mp+ camera will be suitable. Buy a mid range model from the big makers Nikon, Canon, Sony, perhaps even a used one. Anything up to ten years old will be over 10mp and will be pretty cheap.When using the camera hold it firmly, hold it properly (as per the instruction manual which can be downloaded from the makers website) and squeeze the shutter not jab it. All this will eliminate any camera shake. The biggest cause of unsharp pictures.

  • John P
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    As others say, there is no exact answer, even if we knew what sort of thing you want to photograph (landscape, building, sport, portrait, insect, etc?). My instinct would be to go with something with a physically large sensor such as a DSLR or 'mirrorless' - take less notice of how many megapixels it has. Of course you would then need to practice with it and possibly get some help from somebody who knows how to work one. If it truly is 'a' picture (just one pic) maybe borrow that sort of camera?

  • Shadow
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    Some of the answers so far are good and have decent advice however, the simple answer is, if your cellphone has a camera with more than 20MP and HD image capture, then you don't really need anything else. If not, an ordinary digital camera with at least 20MP and a decent lens and capable of HD captures will be sufficient for what you intend to do. They shouldn't cost more than $100.

  • 2 months ago

    18 meg camera , something about $160 , use a phone with a built in camera then you wont do it , phone cameras are ok for the 6 inches of screen , a enlargement is a different kettle of fish.

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  • 2 months ago

    As qrk said, those requirements don't make a lot of sense!  But what are you taking a picture of?  Depending on the subject you could use your phone or you might need a high end DSLR.

  • keerok
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    You will need a camera with around 14MP to print A3 at 300 DPI. Most phones nowadays will qualify. No need getting an expensive camera if you don't know how to use one anyway.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    A3 is 12x17 inches in print size. That means you should get at least an APS-C sensor DSLR camera (e.g. Nikon D3500 or Canon T7) or mirrorless camera (e.g. Sony a6000)  with APS-C sized sensor. The cheapest new ones are around $500-550 with a lens. Used ones are cheaper of course. Depends on what kind of subject, you may need a specialty lens such as a macro lens, or a telephoto lens or you can get by with the general purpose lens that comes with the camera. A special purpose lens may run you another $200 or more.

  • 2 months ago

    There is no quick set-up for this; you need the fundamentals of photography. If you just want to point and shoot for HD you could use a 24 megapixel sensor on an APS-C DSLR or mirrorless camera. The lens you use matters a lot too both in terms of potential image quality and the kind of photograph you will be taking.  Much also depends on the the intended viewing distance of the finished photo.

    Finding it cheap would mean getting a refurb or used camera body, but you still need a good lens.

  • qrk
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    You need to phone these people and find out what they really want. The specifications given make no sense at all.

    HD is a low resolution 1280 x 720 pixel (about 1 megapixel) video format (full HD is the common video format, 1920x1080 pixels). 

    Still cameras have much better resolution than that, even a phone camera.

    Maybe they are using the term "HD" to mean a good quality picture, a 16:9 aspect ratio, or both

    A3 is European paper size, 297 x 420mm (11.7 x 16.5 inches), or about B-size paper in the U.S. Is the calendar going to be printed on an A3 sized paper, or does the photo need to fill an A3 area (approximately 4:3 aspect ratio which is common for cameras).

    So, we need to guess at what they want. If we assume worst case (filling a full A3 area at 300 dpi), you need an image that is 17 megapixels which many cameras will do.

    Things you need to ask the vendor:

    1. What is the minimum requirement for the pixel dimensions of the image? It's fine to have more pixels than necessary, but you shouldn't use less pixels than required or the quality of the printed images will suffer.

    2. What is the aspect ratio of the image? This can be gleaned from the pixel dimensions.

    The photos you submit should be cropped to the proper aspect ratio since you, as the photographer, will want to control the artistic content.

    A cell phone camera in the right hands could be suitable for this project. However, a more capable camera would produce better images (distortion, vignetting, noise, ...) if you have the skills to operate such a camera.

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