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Digital camera buying advice

Discussion in 'Digital Photography & Imaging' started by alicefred, May 5, 2010.

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  1. alicefred

    alicefred Thread Starter

    May 1, 2010
    I have a Sony Cyber-Shot digital camera and its working perfectly fine, but now I am planning for an upgrade. I would prefer a decent camera with SLR speed and quality. I will use the camera for general purpose photography. BTW my budget is around $600. I gonna check out http://www.nextag.com, http://www.dealrocker.com and other discount websites to find out the best online deal.

    Thanks for your inputs.
  2. etaf

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    Oct 2, 2003
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  3. brian11


    May 6, 2010
    RAW mode: All digital cameras take .JPEG images by default, which compresses your photos and compromises the details in each shot. Many DSLRs and some point-and-shoot cameras also allow you to shoot in RAW mode, which preserves all the data in your images without compression. Shooting in RAW lets you bring out more detail in your image during the editing process, but it also means that the file sizes on your images will be much higher. If you plan to shoot in RAW, make sure you have a high-capacity storage card to hold all that extra data.
  4. wilson44512


    Mar 25, 2006
  5. etaf

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    Oct 2, 2003
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    Thats a good set up from Wilson44512, although the link did not work , brought up an empty cart -

    Heres a similar deal for Canon http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/589104-REG/Canon__EOS_Rebel_XS_a_k_a_.html
    although a small gap between 55 and 75mm - (88-120 35mm equivalent)
    (35mm range 28mm -480mm )
    28-88 and 120-480

    Not to get to technical - but a lot of manufactures refer to the 35mm film (sensor size) Equivalent focal lengths
    Most of the DSLR have a smaller sensor then 35mm - hence the recalc to 35mm size sensor for comparisons between compacts etc

    So on the NIKON info posted that would be approx 28mm - 82mm / 82 - 300mm
    which is a very good range, and the same range I - I used when I first purchased 35mm camera SLR (Canon)
    Canon Factor 1.6
    Nikon factor 1.5

    So if you see any other 35mm lenses for sell, as there are lots of nikon and canon lenses on the 2nd hand market and providing the mount is the same, I know canon EOS old 35mm film lens mounts (EF Mount ) will work on D-SLR (But not the other way around, a new EF-S lens http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_EF_lens_mount )

    So an OLD 50mm 1.8 Lens - which is an excellent lens to have in your kit - very fast and quite cheap to buy - on a Nikon will be 50 / 1.5 = 33mm on a Canon 50/1.6 =31.25mm

    Heres a link to the camera on B&H - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/635660-REG/Nikon_25462_D3000_SLR_Digital_Camera.html Not the package deal posted by wilson44512
  6. antimoth


    Aug 8, 2009
    These are the makers of DSLR's.

    1) Sony
    2) Pentax
    3) Olympus
    4) Canon
    5) Nikon

    With Nikon and Canon, you get reputation, and a very broad line of lenses for future expansion. If there are any camera stores left in your area, you will find Canon and Nikon there, and the salesmen will push them. With Pentax, you get a smaller more compact body, less weight, and less cost. With Olympus, you also get small size and very good optics. Sony, I don't know, but they cover the whole range.

    If you are looking for a sub $600 DSLR camera, all of these makers have a good camera for you.

    However, unless you need to upgrade this summer, maybe you want to wait. In Japan, mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras have taken over 25% of the DLSR market and changed consumer expectations with their compact size and picture quality. Prices are dropping and by the end of the year, $500 should be able to buy you something half the size of a DSLR with very good quality and speed. Look up the Panasonic GF1, Panasonic G10, Olympus EPL1, and (edit) Samsung NX10. They are expensive right now, but Sony has a new model being announced this summer, Nikon has a new system to announce, and competition will take down the prices.

    For the record, I have two DSLRs, but will be adding one of the newer small mirrorless cameras in the next month.
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