Go with the D40x or XTi. Auto mode and SLR make people cringe, it is not the purpose of them. But yes they will shoot faster action shots, and have servo focusing (constant focusing). Whether Nikon or Canon, well that is a whole other debate..
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Will the Nikon d40 with the 18-55 & 55-200 vr in auto .Take better pics then a big zoom p&s like a fz8 or fz12. Or the h1 I now have...
Yes it will, and certainly when light is getting low Mind you, you will be up for some learning. Take the cheapest kit and it will do more then you expect was the case with me anyway. Consider it as a toy with a lot of knobs. Use them and experiment, have fun while learning. There are useful presets on the camera which certainly will help you..
If your choice would be the nikon, take the D40. Most agree it's better performing in high ISO (low light). But maybe you need think things over I mean: action shots from what distance? Lighting? Because from far away, even a big flash won't be helpful. On sunny days outdoors, it won't be a problem, but with lowlight indoors you would need expensive "fast" glass. i.e. f1.4 or f 2.8 which is expensive..........
Maybe you better explain more precisely what you want to do and wait before you invest..
You are not asking the right question. It is the photographer who takes the photo; the camera is simply the tool he or she uses for that purpose. A good photographer with a P&S will take better pictures than a noob photographer with a top-of-the-line dslr, all other things being equal. Give a noob a dslr and a P&S, and he or she likely will get better photos with the P&S. However, give the noob time to learn what he or she is doing, and photos taken with the dslr will be MUCH better than photos taken with the P&S..
I currently have a Sony h1Will a SLR camera let me take fasterpics in auto settings then the h1 I have a hard time capturing actionshots with the h1. Seems like there's A lot of delay from H1 withthe flash on..
Turn off the red eye reduction and you'll probably get faster response from your H-1 with the flash on..
Which would be better In auto mode My choices would be Nikon d40 orx, canon xti,or Olympus 510.
Any of those will do a good job for you. I prefer the Oly E-510 but the Nikon would also be a good choice..
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