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Old 02-13-2012, 12:04 PM   #1
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New camera - decisions, decisions !! HELP !

Hey ladies

I have been backwards and forwards for weeks now trying to decide what new camera to get. At the moment I have a little Canon P&S but I want to have a bit more control over my photos and get them that much better.
I am kinda torn over getting a bridge/hybrid camera over a DSLR because of the size/weight of the DSLR's - not to mention talk of lenses, bodys etc confuses the heck out of me ! lol
I think I can go to about £600/$800 at a push so am wondering what you'd recommend. I'd love to hear WHY you prefer a certain camera.

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Old 02-13-2012, 12:53 PM   #2
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I was in the same position in November Andrea! I have a Canon powershot digital elph p & s that I have been very happy with but I have reached a point where I wanted something a bit more. Like you, I was afraid of how complicated (and heavy) DSLR's can be and knew I was not likely to use that type of equipment to its fullest potential. My main goals were something that would be quicker, function well in low light, had a good zoom, and a variety of available settings to give me options if I wanted.

After a lot of research and reading reviews I ended up selecting the Canon Powershot SX40:


I just got it for Christmas so I have not gotten to use it under any extreme picture taking situations (like a Disney trip for example) yet but thus far I am very pleased. It functions so much better in low light than my p & s and I love that it has a "hot shoe" where a larger external flash (which my hubbie already has) can be added.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask and happy shopping!
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Old 02-13-2012, 04:08 PM   #3
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I've been using the Canon line Kathryn juat posted for years, they are as close to a dslr as you can get without being one. I've had 3, the one I have right now is the sx20. If you can't tell, I love mine. I really need to get a new camera, though, I've had this one for over 2 yrs. I'm probably going to get the newest version of this camera. I keep thinking I should move up to a dslr, but the thought of lugging around all that goes into it all the time always changes my mind. Hopefully I'll decide before my next trip

Anyway, I definitely recommend this line of canon cameras if you decide not to go to a DSLR.
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Old 02-14-2012, 06:32 PM   #4
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I purchased a Nikon D3100 with the 50-200 lens. The camera ran me about 400 and the lens was about 500. I had to shop around. I am totally thrilled with the quality of photos I get from it. It is so easy to use and wow what a difference in photo quality. It is pretty light for a DSLR although larger than a point and shoot. My daughter just purchased the Nikon1--its the new compact DSLR that comes in pretty colors. It has 2 lens and islight and compact. Its price is still a little high --around 1000.
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Old 02-15-2012, 11:09 PM   #5
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Funny, I have been going through something similar the past few days. Someone on another forum offered to sell me just the body of her Canon Rebel xti. I bought a used lens from my local camera store. The lady selling me her camera also sold me her adorable camera bag and is including a free camera strap and a photo card. Everything together from the lens to the camera to the camera bag to the card etc including shipping and insurance was under $400. The camera should be here in a couple of days. I basically made my choices based on finances. This was the only way I could afford an SLR. I'm trusting the lady selling me the camera as she sells her products at a digi scrapping store. Keeping my fingers crossed. I wouldnt do it if she was a complete stranger. I'm totally overwhelmed by everything like you mentioned. I have no idea what I'm doing so I'm off to the library tomorrow. I'd be happy to let you know how I like my camera once I figure out how to use it lol! Lots of luck! I know you will make the right decision. Not to sound silly but have you had a chance to see take photos with each camera? I went to a local store and took some pictures with a DSLR and fell in love with the quality. I fell in love with the look of photos which have a super blurry background which I learned is called shallow depth of field. It is tough to really get that without an SLR. That is what made my decision. Knowing nothing standing in the camera store I was able to take a photo with a wonderfully blurry background. Sold! Best wishes, Roni
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Old 02-18-2012, 07:37 AM   #6
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Thanks for all your replies.

I eventually decided against the DSLR's - I've bought a Canon G12
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Old 02-19-2012, 02:30 PM   #7
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Hi, Just have to put my 2 cents in... I've always owned high end P&S b/c I felt all I needed was good zoom, less shutter lag.. etc. BUT I finally got a Canon t3i this Christmas with a couple of lenses and I have to say it's a drastic improvement from what I had before. To be able to buy lenses in the future and flashes, I have more control over the quality of the pictures. I can change the aperture, shutter speed, etc... which you can learn over time. I LOOOVE my DSLR and wouldn't go back. Good luck in your camera shopping! Even if you decide to stick with a high end P&S, you can always get a dslr later on! That's what I did and am completely happy with it!
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