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Which DSLR Camera is worth the price in the 300-500$ range?
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I'm interested in getting a DSLR camera that simply can take pictures with good image quality, a generally good image quality. I mean I'm not like going to focus in some specific area of photographing, but rather use the camera in both day and night, aswell as both use it for macro and normal pictures. I'm just going to use it for personal enjoyment, It's fun watching the pictures later on so that's why I want it to have good image quality. So I'm not interested in getting the latest most professional camera but one that meets my requirements and is in the 300-500$ price range. I'm mostly looking at second hand cameras right now, and the Canon EOS 300D seems like one that is in that price range. Looked on the pictures in the sample gallery on this site and the quality seems pretty good, but I know that there are several other cameras in the same price class so if anyone got some suggestions then I'd be more than happy to hear them, thanks...

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Alexander08 wrote:.

Hi,I'm interested in getting a DSLR camera that simply can take pictureswith good image quality, a generally good image quality. I mean I'mnot like going to focus in some specific area of photographic, butrather use the camera in both day and night, aswell as both use itfor macro and normal pictures. I'm just going to use it for personalenjoyment, It's fun watching the pictures later on so that's why Iwant it to have good image quality. So I'm not interested in gettingthe latest most professional camera but one that meets myrequirements and is in the 300-500$ price range. I'm mostly lookingat second hand cameras right now, and the Canon EOS 300D seems likeone that is in that price range. Looked on the pictures in the samplegallery on this site and the quality seems pretty good, but I knowthat there are several other cameras in the same price class so ifanyone got some suggestions then I'd be more than happy to hear them,thanks..

Nikon D40. You can get it new for about $480. The camera's image quality is the same as the 300D (aka digital rebel), but it has a larger LCD and better ergonomics. The included lens is far superior to the one included with the 300D..

Olympus may have some offerings in that price range. I don't believe Canon, Pentax, or Sony have anything under $500 with lens...

Comment #1

Everything I know of in entry DSLR's is five years ago dream stuff.Dave Lewis..

Comment #2

Well that's true. But, it still isn't today's dream stuff, I'm talking about today .

Also I compared some images taken by the 300D and the 40D and the 300D almost seemed to have sharper-better looking pictures, might just be me though. And it was the sample gallery on this site which I compared, of course I understand that the person and settings play a huge role but that's just my opinion. More suggestions would be welcome!..

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Anyone else thas has any suggestions? price vs quality, user experiences, from knowledge etc...

Comment #4

In your price range, I suggest you select a point and shoot camera. One of my favorites would be the Canon 650IS, but there are a lot of choices with good image quality. For a DSLR, you can indeed find an older and/or used model in your price range but to gain the image quality and other performance advantages of a DSLR you need to spend a considerable amount of money on a selection of good lenses. Each lens could would likely cost more than you want to spend...

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Nikon D50 D100 and D70 should fall into that range used. You could look at Canon 20D too. You might even be able to find a really early pro body if you look around a lot like a D1X (usually sell for $600) or possibly an old Canon 1D (I don't know prices on those so I may be wrong)..

Whatever you buy make sure you research it and if you can try it out first before putting money on it..

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If you want a simple do-everthing DSLR system, I would recommend NOT going with Olympus/Panasonic (FourThirds format) simply because these don't do low light as well as other options from Canon and Nikon..

With your set of requirements, I would probably look for a used Nikon D40 system you may even be able to get a 2-lens kit for a used price, and that's a pretty nice, small, lightweight do-everything camera..

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Http://www.pentaxforums. com.

Go to the marketplace, K100D is about $250 and K10D about $450..

Absolute steals..

Alexander08 wrote:.

Hi,I'm interested in getting a DSLR camera that simply can take pictureswith good image quality, a generally good image quality. I mean I'mnot like going to focus in some specific area of photographing, butrather use the camera in both day and night, aswell as both use itfor macro and normal pictures. I'm just going to use it for personalenjoyment, It's fun watching the pictures later on so that's why Iwant it to have good image quality. So I'm not interested in gettingthe latest most professional camera but one that meets myrequirements and is in the 300-500$ price range. I'm mostly lookingat second hand cameras right now, and the Canon EOS 300D seems likeone that is in that price range. Looked on the pictures in the samplegallery on this site and the quality seems pretty good, but I knowthat there are several other cameras in the same price class so ifanyone got some suggestions then I'd be more than happy to hear them,thanks..

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I'd look at the Sony A200. You can get one for $499.99, including an 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens now after the recent price drops..

It's got a fast 9 point Autofocus Sensor, a "beefed up" Autofocus Motor that's 1.7x as fast as the older Sony A100, a 10MP CCD sensor with ISO speeds up to ISO 3200 (with significantly lower noise levels compared to the older A100)..

It's also got a fast frame rate (3fps until a fast memory card like an Extreme III is full, where many other budget models will slow down after a hand full of frames), a body based stabilization system (so that any lens you use on it benefits), and the ability to use any Minolta Autofocus lens ever made (and you can usually find as many or more AF lenses in Minolta AF mount at vendors of used gear, versus Autofocus lenses in other camera mounts)..

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