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Author Topic: How good is the Canon SX520 HS bridge camera?  (Read 4919 times)

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« on: January 24, 2015, 12:38 »
OK,guys,I am pretty much new to this business of selling photos online. I have clicked photos earlier, but that's only for fun. Now I want to earn a decent amount of money from it. However, since I am starting out,I figured that buying a bridge camera,clicking some photos,and then getting them on sale will get things going a bit.

Now the question - how good is the camera Canon SX520 HS? I bought it during a sale on some e-commerce site called Flipkart (this also proves that I'm from India  :P ) for nearly $200. How would you rate photos clicked by it? I checked reviews online,but none of them said anything bad about it. But I would rather like you guys to rate it.

And the second thing - acceptance on popular sites like Shutterstock,Fotolia,Dreamstime,etc.Will the photos clicked by this camera get me a fair acceptance on these sites? (I am a beginner,so I don't expect the first few photos to be accepted  :P )

« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2015, 19:52 »
I think the days of getting good acceptance with those types of cameras are nearly gone.  Yes in perfect light, some shots from that camera might be acceptable.

Largely, what makes a good camera for producing quality stock images relates to the size of the sensor.  Look at, the SX520 has a 1/2.3" sensor size.  If you look at the link above, and look at the comparative size chart (top right), it shows the SX520 having the smallest size sensor.

For serious stock you likely need a 1" or larger sensor.  A good camera from this class is a Sony RX100, next size up are the 4/3 cameras many made by Panasonic, Fugi and Olympus.  Then you get to the APS-C which include the Sony Nex cameras, and most crop body Canon and Nikon.

If I was just starting out I would look at at their verified used Equipment.  A canon Rebel T3i runs $300 - $400, and a used Canon 50 (nifty 50) is around $100, or a starter 18-55 is around $100 as well.

Like many have said, the easy fruit is long gone.  Many people have lots of images rejected for lighting issues with full frame cameras at Shutterstock today.  If you are going to make any money, you are going to have to get accepted at Shutterstock, and that would be a major achievement with a SX520

« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2015, 07:46 »
The first problem you're going to have is that your first few photos have to be accepted to allow you to become a contributor and upload more. It's not just a matter of image quality, generally you have to prove that you have some ability as a photographer, and understand what a stock photograph is.
Sorry to say, but as already said, the camera you have will give you problems with image quality.
I wouldn't take too much notice of online reviews. An awful lot of them seem to concentrate more on the amount of zoom available than any real concern about image quality.
You say you're new to this.
We all were once.
I can assure you though that this is no easy way to make money. I would hazard a guess that an awful lot of people who come in as new photographers, thinking there are a few easy dollars to be made, have been surprised by how hard it is, disappointed by the returns, and a lot of them will never have made the money back that they spent on their equipment.
Having better equipment will not make you a better photographer, and won't necessarily make you money.
Sorry to be negative, but better to be forewarned than to come into this business with unreasonable expectations.

« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2015, 08:19 »
this camera is not useful even at iso100

« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2015, 11:27 »
Thanks for the replies,guys. Actually since I have JUST bought the camera,selling it and acquiring a DSLR would be tough,especially since I have to set aside a large amount of my savings for buying other stuff. And I guess I will sell off this camera once I acquire my new DSLR(unfortunately this will require QUITE some time). I am eyeing the Canon EOS 1200D,how is it? That's something like $400 in India (yeah,thanks to Amazon). I will acquire it in,let's say 2016,once my entrance exams are over. (Yeah,managing studies and hobbies is tough :( ) Do consider the high amount of taxes and duties in India before recommending a camera,for it will be tough for me to acquire it. The maximum amount I can spend on a DSLR is $450.

« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2015, 15:31 »
How old are you?

« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2015, 10:45 »
How old are you?

Will be 18 next year,man. Any way I can earn money online? I need this DSLR * fast  :(


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« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2015, 11:35 »
How old are you?

Will be 18 next year,man. Any way I can earn money online? I need this DSLR * fast  :(

Don't expect to earn back the money of a decent dSLR quickly in microstock if you're just setting out as a photographer. Especially nowadays when the competition is growing daily in quality and especially in quantity.

« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2015, 14:44 »
Do you thought about nikon d3200/3300 or canon 700d?
Im in your situation and i think one of these cameras will be my entry level dslr

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