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Old 10-18-13, 04:59 AM   #1
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Good DSLR camera

I want to upgrade from my point and shoot camera. So whats a good entry level DSLR. My brand preference is either Canon or Nikon.
My budget is $1000 or under. And whats a good place to buy one? Best Buy maybe?
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My first dslr is a Canon 650d, still have it. My previous camera was a $50 point a shoot.

The 650d has a touch screen that pops out in any direction. The touch screen made learning and using a dslr so easy. It's worth looking at reviews on youtube.

I think touch screens will eventually make there way onto more highend cameras in the future. When the 7d's replacement gets it I'll upgrade.

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At that price point, have you considered DSLM's or things of that size?
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At that price point, have you considered DSLM's or things of that size?
No, I'd really like something with interchangeable lenses.
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DSLM's have interchangeable lenses.
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ALL DSLR camera's are good. There isn't a bad one in the bunch. Canon and Nikon are great professional camera's and I used to use a Nikon outfit professionally back in the day.

Would I buy a budget Canon or Nikon digital SLR nowadays for personal photography?

No, I wouldn't.

One of the BEST advancements in camera's in many decades is vibration reduction. Nikon and Canon put vibration reduction on expensive lens's and not the body. For amateur purposes buy a DSLR system with vibration reduction on the body. Then you can use any old lens and you have vibration reduction. I sold my Nikon professional camera gear and bought a Pentax digital SLR. That was a few years ago.

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Depending on where you are look a some of the smaller camera dealers, they will often support you better and give classes and etc.... Best buy has nice deals but once you buy it it's a crap shoot if anybody can help you...Same as a bike...I bought a $500 Sony Cypershot and never looked back... I like the DSLR but i would never use it to its potential and it would be a waste for me...Hell my cheap Kodak Easy share with 10 mpx takes better pictures than my $500 Sony...LOL That's in the Auto idiot proof mode...
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The only reason to lock yourself into Canon or Nikon.. would be if you were going to get really nice lens down the road.. then you have to think ahead of the "system". I prefer Canon because I like their "pro" lens better and they used to cost less (not anymore).

My everyday camera is a Canon EOSm.. not good for action ... everything else is Canon 1DX.
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I really get irritated when a acronym is used in an answer to a question from someone asking basic advice without an explanation of what they are describing.

DSLM is a new mirror-less style of camera of interchangeable camera. They are smaller, lighter and have many of the capabilities of a digital camera designed on a 35mm film camera frame.

Olympus, Nikon and Sony have these. One downside for me is lens selection is limited as the mounts are unique. Not a lot of used lenses out there to be had for a bargain, nothing specialized just a few zooms of various focal lengths. Nikon does have a couple of fast primes it looks like.

The point someone made about the Vibration Reduction (VR) Image Stabilization (IS) being built into the camera body of the Pentax is a valid point. Sony and Olympus do this in their DSLM cameras and it's pretty slick tech originally developed by Contax.

Here's a link to Nikon's selection:http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Pro...ras/index.page
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+1 for mirrorless. I own 3 bodies in the micro 4/3 system. This is a common lens mount system shared by Panasonic and Olympus with lenses made by several other vendors. There are dozens of top quality lenses and probably at least a dozen different bodies that are all interchangeable. The lenses range from small and cheap to larger and really expensive, and so do the bodies. There are starting to be a fair number of professional photographers using the system because the quality is very close to what you can do with a high end slr, but the bodies and lenses are much smaller and lighter.
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I'm a Pentax guy as well. You'll find some fantastic sub-$1000 DSLRs from them. Their flagship camera, the K-5 II, was just replaced by the K-3, so you might be able to find a K-5 on the cheap - it's been rated one of the top cameras around. Hopefully the new K-3 measures up.
Pentax also makes fantastic glass, and all the major manufacturers make Pentax mounts as well. You won't find them in BEst Buy or other big-box stores though, you'll probably need to find a camera store, use amazon, or B&H.
My entire 2 year photo project was shot on my old Pentax K100Dsuper and 3 different lenses.
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And the DLSMs are silent if you choose. I believe they come out of the box making an electronically produced sound (one of them -the Sony?) mimics the sound of an SLR mirror which I find totally cheesy. But you can cut the sounds off.
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My major dislike to mirror-lesss cameras is I don't like composing through a LCD screen.
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The electronic viewfinders aren't bad once you get used to them. I wouldn't consider some of the Nikons for example that don't offer that option.
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oh good point. i'd never own a nice workhorse camera that didn't have an optical viewfinder.

i'll only go full LCD if it's a pocket camera.
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Mrs A. Has a Nikon D5000. It is too fussy and precious for me.

The problem with the D5000's electronic viewfinder is that it uses a different AF system than looking through the peephole. So you are almost guaranteed crappy pics with the electronic viewfinder.
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Another Pentax supporter here - I went from a K1000 (film) to a K100D, then my current K-r. The K-r is light and easy to hike with, with a couple of extra lenses. The in-camera shake reduction works with all lenses and lessens the need to take a tripod. Most of today's Pentaxes have weather protection which I might go for on my next camera (though my lenses don't have it). I'm just a bit concerned with the creeping incursions of Ricoh who bought Pentax a while ago - you now have to go through Ricoh to get to the Pentax website and now they insist on having their logo (as well as Pentax) on the K-3.
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Another Pentax supporter here - I went from a K1000 (film) to a K100D, then my current K-r. The K-r is light and easy to hike with, with a couple of extra lenses. The in-camera shake reduction works with all lenses and lessens the need to take a tripod. Most of today's Pentaxes have weather protection which I might go for on my next camera (though my lenses don't have it). I'm just a bit concerned with the creeping incursions of Ricoh who bought Pentax a while ago - you now have to go through Ricoh to get to the Pentax website and now they insist on having their logo (as well as Pentax) on the K-3.
For what it is worth, I use a series of Ricoh printers at work and they have all performed exceptionally well.
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How do y'all feel about the micro four-thirds format cameras?
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How do y'all feel about the micro four-thirds format cameras?
I have a panasonic one. I like it.
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For what it is worth, I use a series of Ricoh printers at work and they have all performed exceptionally well.
That's reassuring - for most of Ricoh is a bit of an unknown quantity.
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If you keep an eyes on it, you can get really good deals for Canon entry level DSLR deals. Sometime they are from Adorama or other vendors via eBay.
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How do y'all feel about the micro four-thirds format cameras?
I bought into micro four-thirds last year when I got an Olympus OM-D EM-5. I wanted something up a step from a long range zoom P&S, but I wasn't willing to carry the weight of a DSLR and a couple decent zooms. In fact I sold a great set of Canon AF primes because I had no desire to carry all that (I used to shoot professionally, back in the film age -- carried two Nikon F3 bodies with a bunch of lenses and other gear every day).

I love the EM-5, and the image quality is absolutely incredible. It's not an ideal camera for sports - but if you learn how to finesse it you can get 35% great shots of full on action. I think the micro four thirds format is great - unless you ONLY want to shoot sports. For me it's the difference between having a great camera system that I actually can take with me hiking, skiing, etc - or a great camera system that I leave home because it's too big and heavy.
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If something unfortunate were to happen to Mrs. A's D5000 (or it just plain dies), I might steer her that way instead of another DSLR. Even she often complains of having the wrong lens or not being able to take the extra lens with. At least a smaller camera would help with that.
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I shoot full frame, but I shoot a lot of wide angle.
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