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Hi, I'm not nearly as camera savvy as probably everyone on this forum. I've decided I want to upgrade my camera. I currently have a Nikon5900, which I like but it doesnt zoom that much and doesnt take very good night pictures..

I've been looking at the Nikon D40, and I was thinking about getting that. Is there an obvious difference in picture quality between standard digital cameras and the SLRs? I want to use the camera for travel pictures. I'm more and more interested in photography as well..

I read around and it seems people like the Olympus E510 and the Fuji6000 a lot. Would these be better choices? I'll admit that I really like the LCD preview feature so that's hard to give up. Thanks so much!..

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Knicks999 wrote:.

Hi, I'm not nearly as camera savvy as probably everyone on thisforum. I've decided I want to upgrade my camera. I currently have aNikon5900, which I like but it doesnt zoom that much and doesnt takevery good night pictures..

I've been looking at the Nikon D40, and I was thinking about gettingthat. Is there an obvious difference in picture quality betweenstandard digital cameras and the SLRs?.

I would say yes, particularly in low light and for fast moving subjects like sports..

I read around and it seems people like the Olympus E510 and theFuji6000 a lot. Would these be better choices? I'll admit that ireally like the LCD preview feature so that's hard to give up. Thanksso much!.

The D40 does indeed not have live preview, though the Olympus viewfinders tend to be smaller and less pleasing to use. Sample both in a store would be my advice..

Alex.

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Comment #1

You might try Nikon's superzoom camera. The problem with dslrs is that to get much zoom you need to carry a large lens. It can get in the way of your enjoyment..

REd..

Comment #2

That's not altogether true..

The Olympus E-510 is available in a 2 lens kit which will give you the 35mm equvalent of 28-300mm of range in 2 small light lenses. Need more reach? They also have a small/light 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 lens which will extend your range to 600mm equvalent in only 3 lenses. The in-camera image stabilization will of course be benefitial for travel purposes... unless you simply enjoy using a tripod or monopod when you shoot..

If you're shooting at night, however, I suggest getting some of the faster lenses... although they'll be heavier (all of the Zuiko Pro and Top Pro lenses weigh considerably more but are faster, brighter and weather & dust sealed), they'll be worth it in the end. The 50mm f2.0 is a good inexpensive start.TANK.

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I have both a Sony H1 (live view) and a Nikon D40 (normal SLR)Although both are nice camera's I like the D40 MUCH better that the Sony..

Outside, I never have to put up with the dim image on a LCD, the viewfinder is always bright.The IQ is consistantly better with the D40..

The D40 doesn't have the long zoom of the H1, but overall I rate it superior in every other regard...

Comment #4

Thanks everyone for the responses!.

What model is the Nikon super zoom? I did a google search and only really old cameras came up...

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Knicks999 wrote:.

Thanks everyone for the responses!.

What model is the Nikon super zoom? I did a google search and onlyreally old cameras came up..

They don't seem to do one now.. I too had a Sony H1 before the Nikon dSLR and it took good shots but I don't use it any more since I got the D200..

Alex.

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Comment #6

There are just two fully featured superzooms with flip out LCD and flash hot shoe. The Panasonic Fz50 and the Fuji 9100. They may well be the last of their kind given the cheapness of entry level DSLRs. The Panasonic has image stabilisation and has a lens starting at 35mm. The Fuji starts at 28mm (better for interiors and landscapes) but is not stabilised. If you check out the link below to my "Back to the Bridge Camera", you can see how I got on with one used alongside a DSLR..

The bridge cameras are OK in good shooting conditions, but the DSLRs are better if you need speed of operation and good low light performance. Those with image stabilisation (Not Canon or Nikon unless you buy expensive individual lenses that are stabilised) will be better when attaching a long telephoto lens. Remember, it is only a fast shutter speed that will stop motion in the subject, and the DSLR aids this because it's larger sensor permits a higher sensitivitiy to be set. Image quality on a DSLR given a lens as good as on the bridge cameras will typically be notiecably better in terms of detail and pleasant-looking sharpness. You can also better isolate portraits from the background..

It is the all-in-one lens at a good price (a similar one or combination of lenses for a DSLR virtually doubles the price), the flip out LCD, the flash hot shoe, and a remote cable release (on the Fuji), that still makes a bridge camera attactive to photo enthusiasts.John.Please visit me at:http://www.pbase.com/johnfr/backtothebridgehttp://www.pbase.com/johnfr/digital_dartmoor..

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