Which is better for a learning amatuer
I've been practicing photography for a while and am planning to get more serious in print makings and using photography for more professional purposes such as portfolio building, portrait taking and some free lance landscape shots in addition to casual use for outings and vacations. I have a low/medium budget but would like a camera with decent auto settings as well as manual options. My two main choices are the Olympus SP-560 UZ and the Cannon Powershot S5 IS I was just wondering which is a better choice for the current costs and will offer the best versatility with it's basic functions as well as allow for improvement as my budget expands to the point where I can afford lenses, accessories etc.....

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If you are serious, keep saving until you can afford an SLR. A second hand one from ebay would be good. It need not be a DSLR, you would learn a lot from a film SLR - and they are really cheap second hand..

I know this is not the answer you wanted but this route would get you further, faster.Greg.

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Comment #1

If you are serious, you will get the SLR. A K100D or K100D Super are within the budget you mentioned before and are serious cameras. If you do not want to go the DSLR route, skip the megazoome cameras. Go with a more compact camera because, the megazoom will be useless once you get the DSLR and the smaller digicam will have better IQ anyways...

Comment #2

I don't work well with film, I've never been good at processing it. Not to mention it is obviously easier to get pictures on to a computer and to do image editing with a memory stick or card than scanning negatives and such....

As far as saving for a DSLR I don't have a problem with that but budget for equipment is and will be limited that's why I was looking at the DSLR-like cameras since they have quite a range of versatility as far as when I can afford lenses I can buy them but they offer zoom and other digital benefits without the extra costs..

On the comment of super zoom; In doing nature pictures having a super-zoom feature on a compact or DSLR-Like camera is quite important. Anyone who has taken wildlife shots knows you can't get too close to an animal w/o scaring it away. And if I cannot get telescopic lenses for a true DSLR a decent zoom function would be needed for whatever camera I buy. As far as IQ being lost with zoom I am still not sure how to handle that unless I give in and go with a true DSLR with a Tele-lens..

With all that said, would it be better to get an SLR-like camera or to get a high end function Compact ?

Comment #3

If you want to learn you need a SLR, once you have learnt it doesn't matter. You'll be able to choose. I'm using a high end compact with manual controls, and I'm very happy for my actual needs (not profesional). But I very much doubt I would be able to learn with this camera. The K100D adviced a few posts above seems like an excellent choice...

Comment #4

It depends on how serious you want to get, but in the long run you will get more creative control with a dSLR than with an SLR-like camera or super zoom..

I would look at the entry level dSLRs from Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Olympus, and Sony, and see what you can afford with a decent wide zoom lens. A good lens will outlast a camera..

With a dSLR you will not be able to afford long lenses immediately, but you never really get the wider angles with anything else. DSLRs also offer the ability to work with shallow depth of field, far better high ISO performance, a wide choice of lenses, and are much more responsive..

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Comment #5

PhotoFreak89 wrote:.

On the comment of super zoom; In doing nature pictures having asuper-zoom feature on a compact or DSLR-Like camera is quiteimportant. Anyone who has taken wildlife shots knows you can't gettoo close to an animal w/o scaring it away..

I guess you mean a long telephoto lens is important. On a superzoom camera the minimum aperture at the long end is usually quite big. This means that you have to use a slower shutter speed or bump up the ISO. OK, long telephoto lenses for DSLRs are very expensive but I don't think that you would get great results with even a high end superzoom camera.Greg.

When you've got a moment, have a look at my newly updated site including my blog:

Winner of the South West Rural section of the BBC's Picture of Britain Competition...

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