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Sgt BOMBULOUS
01-06-10, 19:49
Hey guys... The title is pretty self explanatory. I've become rather disenchanted with the pictures by old Canon SD450 takes, and am thinking about stepping up a notch to something better. I don't see the benefit in spending $3,000.00 like my brother, but I'd like something better than the little toys they have for $200 as well. Any advice would be welcome.

Thanks!

Alpharaider47
01-06-10, 19:57
Have you asked Apathetic what he uses? I can't remember which one it is, but from what he's shown me, it takes nice pictures. He could tell you more about it.

Laralissa
01-06-10, 19:57
Well it depends, are you talking digital camera as in basic digital camera, or digital SLR? I.e what sort of controls are you looking for?

Sgt BOMBULOUS
01-06-10, 20:06
Well it depends, are you talking digital camera as in basic digital camera, or digital SLR? I.e what sort of controls are you looking for?

I'd like to be able to take outdoors pictures and have control over exposure & ISO, I'm pretty new to this so I expect it to be a learning experience (there's probably a crapload of other options I'm not aware of). All I know is the pictures I took on my vacation to Alaska look like **** and I was really disappointed with them (Not ALL of them but too many). Digital SLR sounds intriguing...

Laralissa
01-06-10, 20:12
The camera I have was only £150 (Something like 300dollars, I guess?) and does the job, but as far as manual controls go its your basic point and click type thing. Its a Fujifilm S1000fd - You *can* control the ISO, aperture, shutter speed etc, but not as much as I'd like. If you want more control then Digital SLR is the way to go, but then obviously the price increases quite rapidly. Im hoping to save up for a Nikon D90 SLR, myself, which seems to average at about £600.

Apathetic
01-06-10, 20:25
Have you asked Apathetic what he uses? I can't remember which one it is, but from what he's shown me, it takes nice pictures. He could tell you more about it.

Yes my camera can take amazing pictures but for his budget he can buy a decent DSLR camera.

You can try the Nikon D5000 (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5625132&CatId=3630) which can capture video at 720p or a Samsung NX10 (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6077559&CatId=3630) which also takes 720p HD video.

Cochrane
01-06-10, 20:29
If that is the price range you can afford, then you definitely want a DSLR. Don’t take anything else. Most of my experience is with canon, so in that range I’d recommend you get an EOS 550D (in North America sold under the name EOS Rebel T2i). Other companies like Nikon and Sony make good cameras as well, though.

Edit to add: Personally, I use a much cheaper EOS 1000D, which does what I want of it well enough (no video, though). But if you are able to spend more money than that, I’d take that chance.

Sgt BOMBULOUS
01-06-10, 20:32
Yes my camera can take amazing pictures but for his budget he can buy a decent DSLR camera.

You can try the Nikon D5000 (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5625132&CatId=3630) which can capture video at 720p or a Samsung NX10 (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6077559&CatId=3630) which also takes 720p HD video.

How about this (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16830120355&cm_re=canon_eos-_-30-120-355-_-Product) one?

Cochrane
01-06-10, 20:38
How about this (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16830120355&cm_re=canon_eos-_-30-120-355-_-Product) one?

From what I hear, a very good camera. Iíd probably recommend to take Canon or Nikon over other brands (Sony might be good as well), as those are the big ones. If you need support or any special add-ons, it will be much easier to find for those large names than for Samsung or other companies that donít build that many DSLRs.

Apathetic
01-06-10, 20:54
How about this (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16830120355&cm_re=canon_eos-_-30-120-355-_-Product) one?

Yes I'd recommend the camera. Canon all the way. :)

Sgt BOMBULOUS
01-06-10, 21:26
Yes I'd recommend the camera. Canon all the way. :)

Excellent... Now comes the hard part. Convincing my wife to let me buy it. :D

MattTR
01-06-10, 22:31
My friend has a Sony Cybershot, he paid $300 I think, or around that.. anyways it takes lovely pictures, it's worth a "shot".. :tmb: :p

Mr.Burns
01-06-10, 22:50
I'm a Nikon fan so I'd say go with the D5000. The Canon you found is a decent entry level DSLR, which should suite your needs quite nicely. On a side note, it's not just so much what the camera can do, it's what YOU can do so have fun with it and if you ever need advice, just let one of us know. :)