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I own a Canon A540, but I am going to Europe this summer and was thinking about taking along a Nikon D40. I leave in about 10 days, so would it be worth it to take such a large camera?.

I will be in the Swiss Alps, so there will be lots of picture opportunities. I guess what I'm asking is, how much of a difference will I see between a Canon A540's photos and a Nikon D40 with the kit lens?..

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Tarentinos wrote:.

I own a Canon A540, but I am going to Europe this summer and wasthinking about taking along a Nikon D40. I leave in about 10 days, sowould it be worth it to take such a large camera?.

I will be in the Swiss Alps, so there will be lots of pictureopportunities. I guess what I'm asking is, how much of a differencewill I see between a Canon A540's photos and a Nikon D40 with the kitlens?.

Depends... If you take photos in good light (like the Alps) and view them on-screen or make small-medium prints, then the image quality of a good compact will be fine. If you want to take pictures in low light and make big prints, you will notice a difference....

Best wishesMike..

Comment #1

Tarentinos wrote:.

I own a Canon A540, but I am going to Europe this summer and wasthinking about taking along a Nikon D40. I leave in about 10 days, sowould it be worth it to take such a large camera?.

I will be in the Swiss Alps, so there will be lots of pictureopportunities. I guess what I'm asking is, how much of a differencewill I see between a Canon A540's photos and a Nikon D40 with the kitlens?.

Ten days isn't much time to learn how to use a new DSLR properly..

You're probably better off to stick with the camera you know than to miss shots while figuring out how the new one works...

Comment #2

I go hiking in the Alps every summer and this is an annual question that I wrestle with. I have always ended up taking the DSLR for it's better IQ and versatility and haven't regretted it..

There are a huge range of photo opportunities ranging from low light interiors to wide landscape shots. You will encounter the need for a good dynamic range in many alpine situations if you are to capture valley detail and without blowing out skies. You can also encounter snow, even in summer on some passes. There is also a lot of tree foliage, so a camera that is capable of resolving the detail well greatly improves many shots. Wildlife ranges from the close but tiny through to distant eagles and marmots and don't forget the wonderful alpine flowers, so a good focal range plus close focus ability is a winner..

It seems a lot more to carry, but if you put your DSLR in your backpack, you soon miss the extra weight. You will appreciate the results that it can produce when you get home..

Malcy.

Http://www.flickr.com/photos/malcy/setshttp://picasaweb.google.com/lumachrome..

Comment #3

The transition from a P&S to a DSLR can be a steep one, initially. And getting used to a different camera of the same format, in general, can take a week or more to settle into - depending on one's base skill and expectations, that is..

If you decide to take the DSLR, you should bring the old faithful camera along too. Just in case..

...Bob, NYC.

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Buying a DSLR now for a trip in 10 days is a sure fire way to come home disappointed. Go with what you know..

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Of course 10 days is not enough to get acquainted with a new system but you may get great shots nevertheless. I would took also the old camera in case you can't figure out what's going wrong with one shot.Read the manual carefully and use all the days taking pictures.VictorBucuresti, Romaniahttp://s106.photobucket.com/albums/m268/victor_petcu/http://picasaweb.google.com/teodor.nitica/..

Comment #6

I have read, and re-read, and re-read the OP first post. Nowhere can I find a reference to a D40 being a new camera.I think he may be asking from a standpoint of practicality and portability..

The answer is pretty individual-dependent, from my perspective, it would be worth it, I like carrying my DSLR..

To many others, I suspect OP included, the very fact of asking the question may mean that they may be better off staying with a P/S for reasons mentioned above.Rgds..

Comment #7

Well, if he has both cameras, why would he be asking us what the difference between the two would be, imagewise?.

If he has both cameras, he knows (or can figure it out pretty quickly)...

Comment #8

Heh. It would appear you're right. And to that, the advice is appropriate too..

...Bob, NYC.

Galleries: http://www.pbase.com/btullis..

Comment #9

Haha. Sorry I was a bit vague. My mom has a D40 that I've been playing around with while home from school. As far as I can tell, the shots are not all THAT different. Maybe in the hands of a professional the images are a stark contrast. I don't know..

I know my A540 pretty well, but I can be pretty enthusiastic when it comes to electronics, so I have no doubt that I could learn the D40. I'm just afraid to buy one for myself and waste money on something I don't want to lug around..

I'm still confused, but I am leaning toward just taking my P&S. I just don't want to take "the trip of a lifetime" and regret not taking a camera that is adequate to the task...

Comment #10

Alot of times on vacation, I will spend all my time taking pictures,getting the best shots,etc instead of enjoying the beauty and experience...

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