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    I am planning on buying an SLR for my woman. She has taken some photography classes but does not own an SLR. I was probably looking for something entry level to gain experience. I appreciate the reccomendations!

    Budget

    * What budget have you allocated for buying this camera?

    My budge is 500+/-

    Size

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

    I believe SLR are already kind of bulky so I am not to worried on size

    Features

    How many megapixels will suffice for you?

    megapixels that would give me the ability to blow up a picture if needed, but it doesn't have to be the latest megapixel count

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

    a zoom that would big versatile enough to take pictures on the road

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


    image quality would be high standard close to 9-10

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

    Yes even though this particular trip they might not be used, but the camera would be to grow into using those modes more as more experienced is gain

    General Usage

    * What will you generally use the camera for?

    Taking outdoors/indoors/macro pictures. It would most likely be used in trips

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

    yes

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


    i would at least want the capability of the photos to come out nice if needed

    Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos?

    I would like that option yes

    Miscellaneous

    Are there particular brands you like or hate? Are there particular models you already have in mind?

    I was obviously looking at Nikon vs canon. I was looking at the entry level canon t3 and the canon t3i but do not know if they are better alternatives.


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

    I guess at my budget this would be being picky. I think a SLR would contain most of these extra features

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    Default Re: Camera for a beginner SLR user

    For $500 you can choose among the Canon T3, Canon T3i, Nikon D3200, and Sony SLT A58. They are all very good (the T3 less so than the others) and can be purchased, with a lens, for about $500 (the Canon T3i might be a bit higher). The Sony differs from the others in that it lacks a mirror and has an electronic viewfinder rather than the traditional optical viewfinder. Sony's electronic viewfinder is excellent, though. The SLT 58 and Canon T3i both have a movable LCD screen, though the Canon's screen is better. Unless you're very budget conscious your choice should be either the T3i, D3200 or SLT A58. I suggest you try all three to decide which has the best feel, best menus, etc.
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    T3i
    Flickr Search: eos 600d

    D3200
    Flickr Search: nikon d3200

    SLT A58
    Flickr Search: sony slt a58
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    For travel, another option is the Panasonic G5, which can be found at deep discounts right now. It looks like a baby DSLR, and handles in a similar manner, including interchangeable lenses. Not exactly a DSLR, as it has a smaller 4/3 size sensor and electronic viewfinder. That smaller sensor means smaller lenses, for a very light package. It's that light weight that makes it attractive for travel. The usual kit lens combo, 3X normal zoom plus telephoto zoom is very affordable. The main difficulty with this Panasonic choice is that more specialized lenses are more costly than those for DSLR.

    Links to more thoughts on DSLR shopping -

    What dslr and lens should I buy to start?

    DSLR or higher-end Point and Shoot?

    Kelly Cook
    Olympus PL2, Canon EOS 50D, Fujifilm F45fd, various film dinosaurs

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    Thanks for the replies guys. I was speaking to the person receiving the gift and it seems she might think the slr might be to big to take on a trip. I have to look at higher end point and shoots. Thanks for the information. I was looking at the Samsung galaxy camera and others of the similar type.

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    The Galaxy camera has lots of features including wifi, a long zoom lens, a huge LCD, the android operating system, and more. But its image quality is nothing special. For the same price you could buy a high-end point and shoot with superior image quality, though with much less optical zoom, such as the Samsung EX2f, Panasonic LF1, Panasonic LX5, Canon S110, Canon G15, Nikon P330, Nikon P7700, Fuji X-10 or X-20. All are compact point and shoot cameras and take excellent pictures - much better than the Galaxy camera.
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    Default Re: Camera for a beginner SLR user

    I have been looking at the Samsung nx300 and the Sony NEX-F3K. I wonder what you guys think of those

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    Quote Originally Posted by itsme27 View Post
    I have been looking at the Samsung nx300 and the Sony NEX-F3K. I wonder what you guys think of those
    Both are excellent. They are not point and shoots or DSLR's but a combination of the two. They are small mirrorless cameras that use interchangeable lenses. They have the large sensor of a DSLR but the body of a point and shoot camera. Of the two the Sony is more like a point and shoot camera with its many scene modes, including auto-panorama, and built-in popup flash. The Samsung has fewer modes, no auto-panorama and an attachable flash. The Samsung has built-in wireless.
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    thanks for the tips i think i am leaning towards the hybrids and will read more about the samsung vs the sony

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    Try to find these in stores so you can handle them for yourself.

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