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Digital Cameras- Which One to Choose

I'm buying a Digital Camera this weekend, any recommendations of which brand or extra features to get?
I'm looking for a 10-12 Megapixel, manual Appature / shutter option
Any help would be appreciated.
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Check out the Canon.....I don't know the new one, but the XTi was well received. The Nikon is nice also, though I like the Canon glass better.
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Re: Digital Cameras- Which One to Choose

www.dpreview.com
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Re: Digital Cameras- Which One to Choose

what size are you looking for? price range?
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Re: Digital Cameras- Which One to Choose

Since you didn't mention price or what type of pictures you're taking I say get the Nikon D90 + 18-200mm VR
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I just picked up a D90 and the 35mm 1.8 prime. Been borrowing my father's D80 for a couple of years. Love this one so far.
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Originally Posted by JOE29 View Post
I'm buying a Digital Camera this weekend, any recommendations of which brand or extra features to get?
I'm looking for a 10-12 Megapixel, manual Appature / shutter option
Any help would be appreciated.
The Bus already posted dpreview.com but I guess I need to ask, what is your budget? What do you know about photography? Are you looking for convienence or do you like to have several lenses at your disposal?
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Check out the Canon.....I don't know the new one, but the XTi was well received. The Nikon is nice also, though I like the Canon glass better.
Yeah, most Canon SPs are pretty much the best cameras with the best quality pictures you can get for the price (under $200).
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I swear by my Canon point and shoot (10MP?)...which is ironically now a higher MP than my 350D (Canon DSLR).
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My wife got a Canon XSi a year or so ago and loves it. Unfortunately a new T1i just came out recently and now she wants to dump the XSi.
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I love the Canons. But we went through 2 in 6 months. Then I picked up an Olympus at costco that is seemingly indestructible. I am not very happy with it (very slow, pictures aren't as good, menus suck) but the darn thing isn't busted. I'd say when my kid is no longer 2 years old I will again get a decent camera.
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The lower-end canons are not that durable.....but they are not toys either. Grubby kids hands should stay FAAAAAAAAAAAR away!
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Re: Digital Cameras- Which One to Choose

I asked this a while back and heard pretty much what you are hearing here and I picked up the Canon A710 and love it, great quality and like the size of point and shoot, but it still has most of the manual controls, only drawback I've found is the flash takes a while to refresh.
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If you want a point and shoot the Canon G10 @ about $450 is incredible. You can set it up with full manual controls. I saw a pro photographer using one in the place of the Hasselblad he normally shoots with. No joke.

If you want an SLR with interchangable lenses, a used Canon 20D, 50D or 5D (mkI) will work nicely. The 5D mk II is the current top of the line, but the $2500 price tag can be a bit hard to swallow.
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The lower-end canons are not that durable.....but they are not toys either. Grubby kids hands should stay FAAAAAAAAAAAR away!
The motorized moving parts are the problem. Very sensitive. Our new camera has no moving parts.
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The motorized moving parts are the problem. Very sensitive. Our new camera has no moving parts.
How can a camera have no moving parts? Aren't there mirrors and shutters and lenses and switches and levers and buttons, etc?
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How can a camera have no moving parts? Aren't there mirrors and shutters and lenses and switches and levers and buttons, etc?
Okay, it has moving parts. fine. You got me. Just not a motorized retractable lense with doors like 90% of the non-slr cameras out there.
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Originally Posted by kuroiinu View Post
How can a camera have no moving parts? Aren't there mirrors and shutters and lenses and switches and levers and buttons, etc?
On many point and shoot cameras this would be the case. A fixed element lens with a ccd chip to gather the light. No film so no motors, gears etc., the shutter is electronic and the memory card is sold state.
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A fixed element lens with a ccd chip to gather the light.
Now you've got me curious. How does it zoom in or out? Is it all by digital "cropping"?
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+1. Seriosuly though, what are you looking for? SLR or Point and shoot?
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Originally Posted by kuroiinu View Post
Now you've got me curious. How does it zoom in or out? Is it all by digital "cropping"?
Digital zoom - With digital zoom, the camera takes pixels from the center of the image sensor and interpolates them to make a full-sized image. Depending on the resolution of the image and the sensor, this approach may create a grainy or fuzzy image. You can manually do the same thing with image processing software -- simply snap a picture, cut out the center and magnify it.
http://electronics.howstuffworks.com...al-camera6.htm
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That's true, but I thought cameras have real (optical) zoom on top of digital zoom. How do they do optical zoom without moving lens elements?
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Originally Posted by kuroiinu View Post
That's true, but I thought cameras have real (optical) zoom on top of digital zoom. How do they do optical zoom without moving lens elements?
Some do that is for sure but many do not.

I have known people to brag about how many times their camera can zoom, only to realize that it is a fixed lens camera and the "zoom" is not optical but digital.

If this is important to people they need to check the specs on a camera.

http://www.photoxels.com/article-opt...ital-zoom.html
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If it doesn't have to be pocketable, look at the ultra zooms, they're actually pretty good.

Generally around 12MP and up to 18x optical zoom (or higher) with plenty of manual features.



(I got one of those for around $220 last year. But that was through ebay with a trusted vendor and cashback from live.com)

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