Is a Nikon d80 or Canon Digital Rebel XTi too much to handle?
Hi, I'm looking for my first dSLR camera. I'm interested in using it for landscape shots and would prefer good low light performance for night shots and indoor shots also. I was looking at the d80 and Rebel XTi but I'm starting too wonder if they have too much to offer, and maybe too confusing for an amateur dSLR user and whether I may be better off buying a less expensive dSLR to get started with. So my question is, are there any significant reasons why I shouldn't buy a camera like the Nikon D50, which is a much less expensive dSLR. I would hate to buy something and then quickly find that I'm limited to what I can do with it and then have to buy another dSLR. Any advice would be greatly appreciated...

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I doubt that you'd find it too much, unless your intentions are to always run in auto modes. Even then, with the lower end dslrs from various makers, the differences aren't as much over-all functionality but interface, build "quality," size, ergonomics, etc. I'd think that differnces would be more apparent if you were looking for faster cameras, like for sports and action, then buffer sizes, continuous shooting rates, etc., may be more important. If you are really interested in very low light shooting, then looking for the best high iso performance might be significant, especially if you want to avoid flash, tripods or the subject moton leads to needing higher shutter speeds too...

Comment #1

I think there ARE some differences in low light situations (noise control) when using a newer model compared to an older one. But if this is worth the extra money you will have to decide for yourself...

Comment #2

I've been reading your answers and seem knowledgeable so I'm hoping you can help me. I have no experience with photography but want to buy my husband a dig. camera for Christmas. He he has mentioned a D200 but I fear it's too expensive. He will be using it for work taking pictures of accidents. He has a Sony DSC-F707 and a smaller Sony DSC-P50.

I can afford about $500. Can you please direct me to the best camera for the price.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and any help you can offer. Karen..

Comment #3

Karen, you can forget about the GPS in a camera in that price range, I haven't seen it mentioned in cameras costing 10 times that much. A nikon D200 would be a very nice gift, but is WAY more than your budget, and would need a lens as well as a memory card & spare battery to make it a viable choice, BUT if it is for work it should be tax deductable, USING a sliding scale over a few years...

Comment #4

I'm a former film SLR owner and I shoot television/video for a living. I recently purchased my first digital SLR, the Olympus E-500 8.0 megapixel and I am extremely pleased with the camera, (it came with two digital lenses a 14-45mm and a 40-150mm), the quality of the pictures it takes, and the price (SRP$799). While the auto mode works great for snapshots, being a cameraman I like as much manual control over my pictures as possible and this camera offers extensive control of just about every photographic function I could ask for, yet is very easy to use and navigate the menus. I've taken some very nice natural/available light shots, I'll see if I can post them. Unless you are looking to go the $1000 and up route, price wise I don't believe there is a better deal, for roughly $799 you can get an E-500 body and the two lenses I mentioned as a package. It's made of a durable plastic molded over a metal frame, which some would consider a pro or con, but doesn't bother me as the camera feels quite rugged, and a minor complaint would be the lenses have that infinity focus ring which takes some getting used to. But overall I'd highly recommend this camera for anyone looking for an affordable quality digital SLR that takes beautiful photos...

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