I need some advice on DSLR cameras

United States
March 7, 2008 10:46pm CST
I am looking into purchasing a DSLR camera. The camera I have now is a Kodak Easyshare P712 and it's an ok camera but it's not a DSLR. The pictures are not as crisp as those taken with a DSLR. So my question is, can anyone reccommend a good DSLR camera? I've heard of the Canon Rebel and the Nikon D40. Are there any others I should research?
8 responses
• United States
23 Mar 08
I honestly love the Canon cameras a lot better than I do the Nikon cameras. Don't get me wrong, Nikon make good cameras. But Canon to me is the best camera that I've ever had my hands on. I would recommend the Canon Rebel XTI to anyone and I have had it recommended to me a few years back when I was doing photography in a small studio that used Film Medium Format cameras.
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@Lecaro (1105)
• Romania
18 Mar 08
i just bought a dslr camera... i bought Canon 400D and i love it!!! i recommend it...
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@thebeing (657)
• Romania
8 Mar 08
well, first of all, DSLR are NOT magical cameras. You need, first of all, to know what buttons to push, what settings to use, and when to use those settings, in order to get very nice and sharp photos. I would recommend you the nikon D40x. It has improvements from the nikon d40. the canon EOS 400d does take very nice images. i wouldn't care for a sony, kodak, samsung, etc dslr. take care!
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@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
28 Mar 08
Hi southernpixie, I have done some research for the DSLR and started some threads with regards to it. Maybe you can check them out for your reference. The main brands I looked at were the Canon, Nikon and Olympus. Wanted to see the Sony Alphas though... but never really got the chance. Plus the need to use only Memory Stick for the alphas really did not appeal to me. Finally! Decided on my first DSLR! -- http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/1356097.aspx Most popular brand DSLR is Nikon and Canon... -- http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/1346770.aspx Point and Shoot or DSLR? -- http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/1345729.aspx Canon, 400D or 40D? -- http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/1348757.aspx Nikon, D40x or D80? -- http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/1348771.aspx Hope it is helpful.
• Singapore
5 Apr 08
Hi Ah Gong, Regarding your comment about Sony DSLR taking only Memory Stick only, I think you are mistaken. I believe Sony DSLR takes CF cards too in addition to Memory Stick, they have a Dual Slot. Cheers! http://bokehman.blogspot.com
• Australia
20 Mar 09
Canon is probably still the brand of choice for entry level DSLRs, but Nikon is a very good alternative. The rest of the market is shared between some very well established brands and a couple of relative newcomers. Nikon and Canon have such a large market share that other brands often offer really innovative and useful features, and give better value for the dollar as they try to compete.As an example, Nikon and Canon cameras do not have shake control; for that, you need to buy more expensive lenses: Minolta Olympus and Sony have vibration control built in, so every lens becomes an anti-shake lens. My short list of DSLRs for a first purchase would include the Canon 1000D, Canon 450D, Nikon D80, Pentax K200D, Olympus E510 and the Sony Alpha 300. There are a few that I would not bother with, including the Sony Alpha A350 and the Nikon D60~ both have fans, but neither stack against the competition when it comes to price and image quality. The D60 is not much more than an overpriced D40x with a stabilised kit lens, while the 350 is a high megapixel 300 with little more to offer for a lot more money. Make your own short list, then try out the cameras. It isn't the specs or other people's opinions or that matters: you have to use the camera. I know you can buy some bargains on line, but unless you really know what you want, you could finish up with a camera that might be ideal for someone...but that someone isn't you! Good camera stores are more than happy to let you spend time with the cameras you are interested in, so vist a few and shoot off lots of photos (bring your own card just in case they don't have one available); come back a few time and try out features you have read about; don't buy on the first visit...oh yes: don't take the first price they offer you; there is a bit of room to bargain, especially if there is more than one camera store in the area!
@alehell (63)
• Italy
18 Mar 09
i think that nikon is the best. at the second place obviously canon, and then the sony!!!
@gunjack (13)
• Singapore
5 Apr 08
Find your budget and needs and remember that you are buying into a system of lens and flash too, not just the camera. All the major brands are very competitive and competent now. I would not discount brands like Sony and in fact I was considering getting it too for my old but wonderful minolta lens, but I do not print money, ahaha! For me, its either Nikon or Sony, but not Canon due to no other sensible reasons other than I prefer Nikon and Sony ergonomics and because of the intense rivalry between Nikon and Canon! Brand loyalty! Haha! But seriously, you cannot go wrong with any of the major brands, see if accesories are readily available around your area too. Cheers! http://bokehman.blogspot.com
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
25 Mar 08
I use the Canon Rebel because it uses the same sensor and processor as the more expensive Canon Models. I am able to purchase good lens and when I need to replace the camera body I can upgrade and still use the lens. If you are serious about photography and want to buy a DSLR then I would go with a Canon or Nikon.