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Looking for new DSLR camera, completely lost.

Discussion in 'What Camera Should I Buy?' started by kendrag24, Feb 10, 2014.

  1. kendrag24

    kendrag24 New Member

    Feb 10, 2014
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    * What budget have you allocated for buying this camera? Please be as specific as possible.

    I am willing to pay $500-800


    * What size camera are you looking for? Or does size not matter at all to you?

    Size does not matter to me


    How many megapixels will suffice for you?

    I read recently that megapixels don't necessarily matter so I'm a little confused now. I'm just looking for a great quality photo in nearly any size print, even a poster size.

    * What optical zoom will you need? (None, Standard = 3x-4x, Ultrazoom = 10x-12x)

    I don't need to zoom, or if I needed to I'd like to be able to buy an attachable lens to do so but it's really not a concern.

    * How important is “image quality” to you? (Rate using a scale of 1-10)


    Do you care for manual exposure modes (shutter priority, aperture priority, manual)?

    I'm not sure what that means but one of the other most important features I will need when choosing a camera will be a really fast shutter speed. My son is 14 months old and he moves so quickly its almost impossible to catch him standing still for more then 5 seconds.

    General Usage

    * What will you generally use the camera for?

    Family photos, baby photos, sport/outdoor activity photos, inddor photos as well.

    * Will you be making big prints of your photos or not?


    Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos?


    Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos?



    Are there particular brands you like or hate?


    Are there particular models you already have in mind?


    (If applicable) Do you need any of the following special features? (Wide Angle, Image Stabilization, Weatherproof, Hotshoe, Rotating LCD)

    I am a little bit shaky, Im not sure if that means I need image stabilization or not.

    Thank you so much to anyone that can help me find what I am looking for! I appreciate it more than you know.
  2. Andy Stanton

    Andy Stanton Super Moderator Super Moderator

    Jul 14, 2007
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    The most popular DSLR's within your price range are probably the Nikon D5300 or D5200 and the Canon T5i. Both are very good, though the Nikons have better specifications in a few areas and are probably better cameras overall (especially the D5300). Other excellent DSLR's are the compact and lightweight Canon SL1, the Panasonic G6 and the Pentax K-50 (with a weather-resistant body). The Canon SL1, Panasonic G6 and the Pentax K-50 are also less expensive than the others. All will do a great job for you.

    Here are some sample images from the Nikon D5200:
    Flickr: Camera Finder: Nikon: D5200

    Canon T5i
    Flickr: Camera Finder: Canon: EOS REBEL T5i

    Canon SL1
    Flickr Search: canon sl1

    Panasonic G6
    Flickr Search: panasonic g6

    Pentax K-50
    Flickr Search: pentax k-50
  3. kendrag24

    kendrag24 New Member

    Feb 10, 2014
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    Thank you so much for your time and effort to help me. I will look into the options you gave me. Thanks again!
  4. KCook

    KCook Well-Known Member

    Aug 27, 2008
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    western US
    Successful child photography is a lot more about technique than camera selection. As for "quick", nobody is quicker than flash. And these DSLR cameras do have built-in flash. Links to expand on these topics -

    DCR Workshop: Flash Demystified, Part I

    Mom Photography by Live Snap Love : What's the best DSLR for photographing children?

    Shooting with an In Camera Flash - Digital Photography School

    Quick Tip: Capturing Fast-Moving Kids! - Tuts+ Photography Article

    rock your toddler session | Clickin MomsClickin Moms

    Kelly Cook
  5. belofty

    belofty New Member

    Jan 1, 2014
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    Canon EOS Rebel T3i and Nikon D5200 are two best options for you. Nikon is best for beginners and has 24.1 MP DX-format CMOS Sensor and 5fps continuous shooting but relatively costly than Canon T3i. Canon T3i is technical to handle and need some expertise. It has 18.0 MP CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor for high image quality and shooting speed. With the manual exposure control you can enjoy full HD movies too. It's cost around $500 on Amazon.

    Hope you get the answer.

    Thank you
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