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Ok I currently have an Olympus C5050 and I love the camera, however, for shooting speed it obviously isnt good and with two young kids I have decided to move to an SLR. So in doing research I have become more confused than ever. I am not a photog and I'm not well versed in all the settings (I do plan on learning) so I don't want some super complicated camera, I want one my wife can pick up and snap some shots. So an SLR with a live view is apealing to me for that reason, however I don't want to lose image quality to get it. So my question is Nikon D40x, Sony Alpha A100, Olympus Evolt 510, or the Canon XT or XTi. Which would provide me with ease of use and highest picture quality in all aspects of shooting.



I will say that my father in law has a Nikon D50 and loves it, however I would like an SLR capable of producing larger prints and I just don't think I can get there with 6mp..

Thank you for your time and assistance...

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Tripod9 wrote:.

I will say that my father in law has a Nikon D50 and loves it,however I would like an SLR capable of producing larger prints and Ijust don't think I can get there with 6mp..

How big do you need. I regularly do 12x18 from 6MP and they look great. I've even had 6MP images printed out at 3 feet x 4 feet from a professional lab and they looked good...

Comment #1

Really, most things I have read indicated you would need at least an 8mp for a pic bigger then 8x10. Thanks for the input. What kind of camera do you have...

Comment #2

You'd be just fine with 6 mp. You just might not be able to crop as much. In an SLR the APS sensor is pretty much the same size, except for Olympus which is a little smaller..

So, if you're using say a Nkon D40, it's 6mp sensor is the same size as the D40x or D80 10 mp sensor, or even the D300's 12 mp sensor. What you get with the 6 mp is better dynamic range than the D40x and that might be more important. The 10 mp camera has a little more resolution, not sharpness. The choice is yours, but I can tell you, many, including me, would always opt for dynamic range over megapixels..

I own the D40, D80, and D300. My D300 has the most dynamic range and most megapixels, but that little D40 is not far off for most uses. I'd get rid of the D80 and keep only the D40 and D300 except the D80 has a nice clear glass pentaprism and can use screw AF lenses..

I've mentioned this in other threads. I bought my gal a D40 and an 18-135 kit lens for Christmas. She wanted a no-fuss point and shoot, and now loves the D40 instead. She shoots full auto everything and hasn't changed a darn thing from when it came out of the box. She hasn't even set the time and date. LOL.

Here's one she shot last Sunday in the everglades with me..

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Comment #3

Wow thank you for the advice. Now, I can get the D40 with 18-55mm and 55-200mm lens for $549, would you go that route over the 18-135mm lens kit for $649? Also do you stongly prefer the D40 over the D40x? And one last one, would you consider the D40 a better camera than the D50?.

I shouldn't be considering Cannon XTi or Oly 510?.

She took that pic on all auto focus settings? She made no manual adjustments...dang...that's impressive...

Comment #4

Tripod9 wrote:.

Wow thank you for the advice. Now, I can get the D40 with 18-55mmand 55-200mm lens for $549, would you go that route over the 18-135mmlens kit for $649? Also do you stongly prefer the D40 over the D40x?And one last one, would you consider the D40 a better camera than theD50?.

I shouldn't be considering Cannon XTi or Oly 510?.

She took that pic on all auto focus settings? She made no manualadjustments...dang...that's impressive..

I really like that 18-135. We faced the same question of what to buy her at Christmas, the two lenses or the one. I already owned the 18-135 and she loved it so that's the way she went. That lens is sharp. Also, the 18-135 has something I can only call Pop! The images pop with color and contrast that only my more expensive Nikkor have ever..

I don't strongly prefer the D40 over the D40x, I just like the better dynamic range and faster flash sync..

Both the Canon XTi and Oly are fine cameras. I think it's a little harder to find good glass in consumer level lenses with Canon compared to Nikon. With respect to Oly, I have no issues except that Oly doesn't have a huge system to grow into that Canon and Nikon does and I think the 4/3 mount is too small for the future..

And yes, my gal treats her D40 like a point and shoot. She makes no adjustments at all, not even scene changes on the top of the camers. If you notice the EXIF data on the image, you'll see the clock is set to sometime in 2007. She's only had the camera for around 2 months. She didn't even bother to do the initial setup from the quick start instructions. That image is a pretty serious crop and it still looks good...

Comment #5

Any DSLR is going to do you fine..

I personally do not care for the lens limitations of the Nikon D40 but it is a good camera..

For you, I;d recommend a Nikon D80, Used D200 from reputable ebay seller, Canon XT(XTi), even a pentax. Would probably stay away from Oly and Sony bodies. Too many reason to go into here..

That said, even if you get a Sony A100, you will be impressed with what it produces. Will Probably switch brands later, as many formaer minoltans have already done, but by then, you will know why you are switching and what camera brand\model will fit yoru needs best.Dave PattersonMidwestshutterbug.com'When the light and composition are strong, nobodynotices things like resolution or pincushion distortion'Gary Friedman..

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