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I'm a beginner, and am looking into DSLRs, or even smaller point and shoots, that can take pictures with a lot of DEPTH and detail as well as give strong vivid colors. I'd prefer something smaller that has a good autofocus feature since I usually take things on the go and don't have time to manually focus.Thanks!..

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Ichizoku wrote:.

I'm a beginner, and am looking into DSLRs, or even smaller point andshoots, that can take pictures with a lot of DEPTH and detail as wellas give strong vivid colors. I'd prefer something smaller that has agood autofocus feature since I usually take things on the go anddon't have time to manually focus.Thanks!.

-You're not going to find many manual focus only models out there. DSLRs have faster autofocus than compacts. Compacts usually have colors that are more exaggerated by default. DSLRs can be set up that way too or it can be done in post production. Sharpening in camera or in post production can increase the appearance of detail in many cases...

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Ichizoku wrote:.

I'm a beginner, and am looking into DSLRs, or even smaller point andshoots, that can take pictures with a lot of DEPTH and detail as wellas give strong vivid colors. I'd prefer something smaller that has agood autofocus feature since I usually take things on the go anddon't have time to manually focus.Thanks!.

Hello,.

You will likely get more responses if you show a bit more consideration in asking a question..

By your post, really , any camera on the market is going to fulfill your needs, from DSLR to small point-and-shoots..

Start with a budget, then with subjects of interest, it may get you somewhere.Rgds..

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I'm looking for a camera under $1000 preferably a smaller DSLR. I've had multiple point and shoot Canons (Powershots, etc), and the Leica point and shoot that was recommended to me when I went into Samy's and asked for the "best point and shoot" in the store..

Any DSLR with a good autofocus I'm really looking for something that can catch depth the way medium format manual cameras do, but I know digital has limitations.....

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My suggestion:.

For under $1000 you are looking at entry level DSLR and with the inexpensive kit lens only. this puts you into 1.6x APS-C sensor size- which means the "depth" you speak of wanting is harder get..

If I understand you correctly then the type of photo you are after is in the standard range and lower (not telephoto which tends to flatten everything out). this gets you some perspective and "depth"..

The other thing you may want is shallow depth of field so you'll need a wide aperture lens..

Problem is this is the 2 areas that APS-C cameras are challenged in: depth of field and wide angle. (and wide angle and DOF work against each other anyway).

Look at this maybe: Canon XTi (or XSi) and the kit lens plus a wide prime like EF 24mm f/2.8 or 50mm f/1.8. you can use the kit lens for general purpose and the primes can get you the "depth" feel of the larger formats. Also you could look for a wide aperture standard zoom but they are expensive..

Any brand entry level DSLR will be about the same (I like Canon).

Olympus has even smaller sensor size so might be a little harder to get what you want with Oly..

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By "depth the way medium format cameras do", do you mean "extremely shallow depth-of-of-field"? If so, you're going to be out of luck with your budget..

Generally, for a given lens focal length, aperture and subject size in the final image, smaller camera sensors produce greater depth-of-field. And the DSLRs in your price range will all be small sensors (but larger than P&S cameras). This isn't a limitation of digital, per se..

OTOH, if you're used to P&S, then the entry level DSLRs in your range will likely produce shallower DoF than a P&S IF you buy a fast lens (which will likely cost more than the camera body). I'm talking about f/2.8 and faster. At that point, you're also looking at carrying around a fairly heavy lens (for most fast lenses, anyway)..

Ichizoku wrote:.

I'm looking for a camera under $1000 preferably a smaller DSLR. I'vehad multiple point and shoot Canons (Powershots, etc), and the Leicapoint and shoot that was recommended to me when I went into Samy'sand asked for the "best point and shoot" in the store.Any DSLR with a good autofocus I'm really looking for somethingthat can catch depth the way medium format manual cameras do, but Iknow digital has limitations.....

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