All three are good choices..
One piece of advice. Spend some time with each while ignoring the specification sheet. How does it feel in your hand? How easy is the viewfinder to use? Do you like the menu system?.
My personal leaning is Canon (have been using for years), with Nikon a close second. But thats just my inclination and tilt, and is very subjective..
I am about to purchase my first Digital SLR camera and am confused byall the write ups, ads, etc. I have narrowed my choices to eitherthe Canon XTi (10 megapixels), The Nikon D60 or the Sony A300. Theyare all in the same price range and I have heard (from storepersonnel) different opinions on each. It seems to be whatever thestore has on sale or is trying to move. The all come with a 18-55mmlens and I would also like to add a zoom or telephoto lens say 55 -200 or 75-300. Can anyone give me some quality advice on which makeand model would be best.
In the past I have owned a Canon FTB and a Nikon film camera..
I appreciate your help...
Use the camera for??? All these will take fine pictures. All of them. So it comes down to features. You said you have used Nikon Film. Ok do you still have Nikon Lenses that you can use??? Do you need image stabilization?? Do you shoot in dusty conditions where a Dust reduction system will help you out?.
We don't know the answers to these questions so anything ANYONE tells you is of limited usefullness at the very best..
JimOlympus E-510 and a bunch of stuff to hang on it...
The Sony looks like a good choice because it has the image stabiliser built in that works with every lens. It also has a tilting LCD to make tripod work and especially macro work really easy. Live view works really well on the Sony. BUT, if you would never use the camera in this way... it doesn't come into the equation..
It's also a pretty big and heavy camera, and it's image quality isn't 'quite' as good as the Canon's or the Nikon's. However, the difference may not be obvious to anyone but a user who pushes the camera to it's limits and really knows what they are doing (not to suggest that you don't)..
If you chose the smaller, more traditional Canon or Nikon, I'd really make the effort to get the newer kit lenses that have image stabilisers built in. An image stabiliser is even more useful in a telephoto lens..
I use the camera for everyday pictures and not in dusty conditions. The dust reduction feature may not be a consideration. I am not a professional photog but do appreciate great pictures. Photography is a hobby. You raised some interesting questions. Thank you...
Thanks you for your advice. I have been looking at lenses that have the image stabilization built in (not needed in the Sony). I think I'm leraning toward the Nikon...
I am in the same boat as you. I am looking at the Sony a350. I use the sony p & s , so I am familiar with there menus. If you are looking at canon go with the XSi. It is the newest model I believe or Nikon D80. I am just a hobbiest like yourself, so other expert views may be more knowledgeable...
Ok. Assuming just "normal" use then any of the 3 would do fine for you..
However BEFORE you buy anything you should handle each camera with the lenses installed. You might want to take a look at the thread below. It provides some good information on a newbie DSLR buying experience..
And I've got to throw this in. Take a look at the Olys. They have excellent kit lenses and are an outstanding value..
Olympus E-510 and a bunch of stuff to hang on it...