There are some excellent P&S cameras. I really like my Canon G9. Do you really want a DSLR? Are you willing to carry around a camera and selection of lenses and change those lenses as needed? Are you willing to spend as much or more on each lens than the camera body costs? If not, you may find that you actually get superior pictures from a P&S. A DSLR represents a very substantial commitment in time, money and nuisance. You need to have a high level of interest to justify the negatives...
I bought my D200 used. Worked out great so far. You could pick up a used nikon or canon for $300 or so depending on the model and age..
You could also pick up a number of entry level models for @$500 that have a warranty so you don't get stuck with someone else's problems..
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There are some excellent P&S cameras. I really like my Canon G9. Doyou really want a DSLR? Are you willing to carry around a camera andselection of lenses and change those lenses as needed? Are youwilling to spend as much or more on each lens than the camera bodycosts? If not, you may find that you actually get superior picturesfrom a P&S. A DSLR represents a very substantial commitment in time,money and nuisance. You need to have a high level of interest tojustify the negatives..
I agree, a "prosumer" camera like the Canon S5 or Panasonic FZ18 has a lot of manual controls, super macro, telephoto zoom, great video, all for under $300 !.
Http://www.flickr.com/photos/w-photos/full resolution Canon S5 video http://www.filefactory.com/file/8e57cf..
.. there are some good P&S/compact/bridge cameras out there. I believe I already have one of the best, the Ricoh GX100. BUT I'm after a DSLR to supplement what I already have..
Yes, but with a P&S you'll typically have to menu dive to adjust aperture, shutter, or the worst of all, manual focus. The handling of a P&S with manual controls is no where near the handling of an entry level SLR...
A second hand SLR can be a good value. I would caution to get one from a store that offers a warranty and has a good reputation. Think B&H or KEH.com in the US..
You could probably get more specific advice if you discuss the types of photo's you're interested in...
All the time you've wasted thinking and worrying about it, you could have already had one and been out enjoying the hobby. There are no wrong choices mostly in entry level DSLRs..
I always advise Nikon or Canon because of the huge system of support items, lenses, stores, and service centers. You're buying a system..
But, theres a lot to be said for Pentax and Olympus as well. Both are old venerable companies with a lot of heratage. You often get a few more features for less money with the smaller companies..
Like mrdimensionx, I'd advise KEH as a used camera store. They specialize in used equipment and have the largest selection. Their rating system is more than fair..
As far as new is concerned, I'd advise just going out and getting a new Nikon D40 with the two lens outfit and have a ball for under $600..
Sometimes forums have great used equipment as well, but I only buy from an individual if they are local. I just purchased a almost new Canon XT from a guy on Florida Sportsman Forum and picked it up at his house. It was still in the box with unwrapped assessories. I paid $250 with lens for it. I gave it to one of my daughters..
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Hi, yes it is all about getting out there and enjoying photography. I do that already with my Ricoh GX100, Fujifilm finepix S602Z, Olympus E120, Nikon FE. I take photos on an almost daily basis. But non of these are of any use in low light situations and for serious cropping. Hence my dip into the DSLR world..
The D40 has entered the fray so many times as it is a wonderful option but I'm not sure how it's 6MP will stand up to cropping and printing. The 40X increases the pixels but I don't think the image quality matches up to the 40. I could be wrong but don't wanna take the chance. Also entering the fray has been the 60,80 and lately I've come across the odd new 200 for sale. I guess I think mainly along the Nikon line because of the FE. But then I quite fancy in body stabilisation ; (.
The search goes on but as George Harrison said, 'we're all looking for something that has already found us'. Makes sense to me anyway : ) tanx ya'll..
Sounds to me as if you would enjoy a lightly used D80. There are lots of them around with some people moving on to a D300 and yet others about to buy a D90 when it is launched or selling now in anticipation..
There will be lots out there lightly used with a low shutter count..
Cameta on Ebay might be another good source for a recond D80. They have a good reputation..
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I'm in the same boat as you. I used a Canon AE-1 for about 20 years. Then went digital about 5 years ago with a Canon G3. Great fun but the prints never matched what I got from the old SLR. I'm leaning towards a Nikon D40 with kit lens + the 55-200 VR. I'm thinking that will get me back to where I was with the old Canon. And it won't break the bank at 230 (after 40 chashback) + 150 for the lens...