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Which camera to buy?

posted by csw6279, Jul 21, 2006 3:46 PM — 26 comments

I am looking into buying a new digital camera. I am a graphic design student who wants to start taking my own pictures for project instead of searching for the right picture to use. I currently have a Fujifilm S3000 which seems to do the job but obviously I would like something more professional for the future. If anyone reads this blog please give me some advice on a new Digital camera that will not break the wallet preferably a SLR type.

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1. posted by rrss, Jul 21, 2006 6:57 PM

Hi Craig,

You may get more of a responce posting a topic here:


2. posted by kotz, Jul 24, 2006 12:03 AM

sony dsc h2 or h5

3. posted by BUITEN, Jul 26, 2006 12:04 PM

take look on www.dpreview.com

4. posted by hedsteve, Jul 28, 2006 3:14 AM

if your looking for an SLR the Nikon D50 is a nice camera and a 2 lense kit is under $1000

5. posted by vadim5433, Jul 28, 2006 9:24 PM


6. posted by Sobiech1, Jul 29, 2006 6:08 PM

hey what about panasonic fz30?? i want to buy it soon but i'm not sure yet...

7. posted by Waddy, Jul 31, 2006 10:19 PM

If you are looking for a "cheap" SLR, go for the Canon 300D or the Nikon D50.

If you would like a Point and Shoot, which is similar to an SLR get the FZ30

8. posted by photo-tip, Aug 8, 2006 1:51 AM

The canon 300D is a nice looking camera. I'd choose it over the NikonD50 which is more suited for someone who wants auto mode.

review here...
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Canon/canon_- eos300d.asp

9. posted by victor_swe, Aug 13, 2006 3:47 PM

Why not the Canon EOS350D

10. posted by elsub, Aug 15, 2006 8:06 PM

try looking at a Nikon D80 I did some research on it and ....I JUST ORDERED IT , COOL...Its 10 Megapixels for about $1,000

http://www.bobatkins.com/photography/digital/nikon- _D80.html

11. posted by mini_otis, Aug 16, 2006 4:13 AM

I got a Nikon D50 in March and it's a very smart SLR for the price. It's my first SLR so I can't compare it really, but the photos taken through the D50 just seem to be more vibrant and sharp than the equivalent on a 350D (a friend bought one of them). DPReview seemed to agree.

If you have more to spend then do so, but in the cheaper range I can certainly recommend the D50.

12. posted by aleheredia, Aug 18, 2006 4:04 AM

Hey, I've recently got a Nikon D50 as well and to tell you the truth... Results are the best... Nikon is a top brand for cameras. I've been doing some studio sessions and it handles whitebalance very well.
My advice is NIKON...

13. posted by csw6279, Aug 25, 2006 12:26 AM

I finally decided on a Nikon D50 and I so happy with it.

14. posted by nimbuz, Sep 5, 2006 5:50 PM

Just got a Nikon Coolpix L1 excellent design, features and performance. Highly recommended.

Pros: 5x optical zoom, great picture quality, good feature set.

Cons: Autofocus cannot be turned off.

15. posted by gokoroko, Sep 6, 2006 10:11 AM

I recomend that you must wait to new generation DSLR cameras. As magazine I read, 2007 will be year of DSLR cameras. Many compact cameras will be history. Min. resolation will be 8Mpx-10Mpx. Many many innovation is waited from new year. My favorite is Canon.

16. posted by stewartx, Sep 17, 2006 8:38 AM

I recommend you wait until at least 2008, or perhaps 2010 or later. Even newer cameras will be out by then, with perhaps even higher resolutions and more innovations. My favorite is whatever I have right now - at least for right now.

Joking aside, I agree with the second comment. Check out the Sony DSC H5. Smaller than a DSLR, 7.2 megapixels, great 12x optical zoom, strong flash, and more.

There is a good review of the Sony over at amazon.com - the first spotlight review, which I know is good because I wrote it myself. ;)

Of course, since your message was posted two months ago, I truly hope you already have a camera by now. Therefore, this message was written instead for those just now reading it with the same question on their minds.

17. posted by mcsy2000, Nov 28, 2006 5:16 AM

If you haven't already bought a camara yet, I have just invested in a Canon 400d! Its fantastic. However it isnt always about the camara. Most professional photographers will tell you that the lens is most important. Canon do a great L range of lenses, however they are rather pricey. Depending on what you want to do with your DSLR - should make your choices quite simple. If you require high speed shooting, you will have to spend some cash on the higher end camaras. The 30d takes 5 fps of the top of my head, the 400d takes 3, with flash about 1 a sec. Like most people say above.. the longer you wait, the cheaper the camaras are becoming! I just hope the lens prices start to drop!


18. posted by rtass, Jan 28, 2007 4:55 PM

why should you wait till 2008/2010, the camera's have new functions/properties all the time and it wont change, by the time it is 2008 and you wanna buy a camera there is again enough new stuff on the market, you have to be satisfied at one point otherwise you'll just be waiting for new options on a camera and at the end you haven't made 1 photo yet, so I say: go to a good photographers store and let them explain the pros and cons. Also do some research on sites like http://www.dpreview.com you can find a lot of info there

19. posted by manamedia, Feb 20, 2007 9:35 PM

We have purchased the Nikon D80 - its rocks. the D50 is still good though if you don't want to fork out too much cash

20. posted by muddam, Apr 7, 2007 8:57 AM

I am interested in "Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W55" 7.2 mp digital camera. How it will be?

21. posted by Sergio2k, Jul 21, 2007 11:30 PM

im a graphic designet too, and just bought a canon 400D, im realy happy with my choise

22. posted by gautham, Nov 16, 2007 8:34 AM

go for canon EOS 400 D great camera

23. posted by danizh_83, Apr 4, 2008 10:17 AM


24. posted by Tarien, Jun 2, 2008 3:49 PM

Is it true that Sony digital camera's work with the old Minolta lenses?

Isn't that a better buy seeing that you can pick up good second hand lenses at a better rate?

25. posted by dlritter, Jun 3, 2008 6:31 AM

The new Sony DSLR cameras will work fine with Minolta Maxxum lenses. These are not the older MC or MD Minolta lenses, those are manual focus.

Minolta changed the style of the lens mount to accommodate auto focus on Maxxum lenses.

When Sony acquired the Minolta assets they continued using the same Maxxum lens mount on new DSLR cameras. The renamed the lens mounting "Sony alpha mount" but it is the same.

26. posted by b2binder, Sep 25, 2013 2:38 PM

lol! Its so cute, well done!!!

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