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Suggestions for first DSLR camera?

Discussion in 'What Camera Should I Buy?' started by talee, Mar 12, 2014.

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  1. talee

    talee New Member

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    Budget
    $500-$800 (considering buying used so budget shouldn't really play a big factor)

    Size
    rather smaller side/lighter however doesn't play a huge factor

    Features and General
    I'm just getting into the photography world and don't know much about features I want/need, which is why I'm asking the experts (you!)

    General Usage
    I'm going on an exchange to Chile in the near future, want to be able to take pictures of scenery, people and things I discover while I am there. I want a camera that will take high quality pictures both indoors and outdoors, still and action. I would like a versatile camera that isn't too heavy and big to lug around, but I'm ready to get out of the standard point and shoot cameras. I would also like the feature where (being a huge amateur here) you can focus on the close up item and blur the background (hopefully you know what I mean) and the shutter speed where you can take a lot of pictures quickly haha :)

    Miscellaneous
    Preferred brand is Canon

    Thanks in advance for your advice! I know I have a lot of learning to do, but I'm really excited to jump into the photography world!
     
  2. Andy Stanton

    Andy Stanton Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    Canon makes very good introductory level DSLR's. One good one is the small SL1 which is very compact but has all the features of a full-fledged DSLR. Canon also makes the larger Rebel T5i, which is more expensive than the SL1, though still in your price range, and has a few more features.

    This is not a feature of any particular camera, but a photography technique called bokeh. To achieve this effect you can shoot up close with a wide open aperture, or from a distance with a narrower aperture.
     
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    talee New Member

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    Thank you so much! One more question, what do you think of the Canon Rebel T3i 18MP DSLR?
     
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    KCook Well-Known Member

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    There are new cameras that are a little smaller than DSLR, but produce images of equal quality in most cases. These are called "mirrorless" or "CSC" (Compact System Camera) and they can change lenses the same as a DSLR. More discussion on those -

    http://forum.digitalcamerareview.co...y/71914-need-suggestion-upgrading-camera.html

    A number of factors go into making pictures with background blur, or bokeh. Links for that topic -

    Depth of Field

    Creating Bokeh with a Kit Lens | iHeartFaces.com

    School Of Digital Photography: How to Capture Nice Bokeh in Your Photos

    Kelly Cook
     
  5. Andy Stanton

    Andy Stanton Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    The T3i, which was released in 2011, is very similar to the T5i, which was released in 2013. The T3i is an excellent beginner to mid-level DSLR. I'd go for the T5i if the price differential is not too large - perhaps $100 or less.
    Here are the main differences:
    The T5i has a newer processor, the Digic 5, compared to the Digic 4 in the T3i.
    The T5i has a hybrid CMOS sensor, which allows continuous auto-tracking while recording movies.
    The T5i has a touch screen interface.
    The T5i has a stereo mic.
     
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