Camera Upgrade Time - advice needed

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  1. Jono

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    Now that I am getting into the whole photography thing more its time to ditch the wee Kodak CX7300 I have & move up the ranks a little. This camera will be my learning board for all the technical odds & sods, but cost is a big issue at the mo. I will be using the camera mostly for UE based photography and occasional automotive based shots at shows & trackdays.

    The first idea was a cheapy DSLR such as a Nikon D40 or similar, but due to finance I simply cant stretch that far at the mo (and i'm an impatiant sod so saving longer is out). Been looking a bit at 'bridge' cameras after reading a bit in this months What Digital Camera mag. So, now the crux of the post......

    Has anyone any experience of the Fuji FinePix range of cameras, specifically the S9600? General online & mag reviews seem to be pretty good and give a good write up, but like everything else personal experience in the real world is where its at. Heres the spec list:
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    All comments & advice appreciated......
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    It will always depend on " What You Want " from the camera

    Most compacts can offer great Pixells, but at fixed focal length,

    So as long as you dont mind using your legs, then fixed focal length can become a Zoom ( you moving in and out )

    It will also depend on budget, and obviously your usage, so maybe lets know your budget and what you want to achieve out of the shots
     
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    Budget is around £200 - £300, and preferably as low as possible! the camera above seemed a decent compromise between a point & shoot and an SLR. I have found a place online who will do an S9600 for £255.

    As for useage, as mentioned above I will be doing a lot of 'Urban Exploration' based stuff - which means trampling around abandoned places I probably shouldnt be taking shots of whatever I find, and the occasional car based useage such as shows or trackdays.
     
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    Sorry I dont know this camera, but at your budget you can get Canon 350d ( discontinued ) I have one and a great starter camera

    I dont know the Nikon Range, dut Im sure that again you can get a bargain

    Keep an eye out

    Steve
     
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    where can you get a 350D for that price? cheapest I have seen them new is £380.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    How much more is a D40?
     
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    around £380
     
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    Its all about what YOU want
     
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    oh I know. not sure if this is what I need tho, I want something that can introduce me to the likes of exposure times, ISO, RAW etc & is within my budget.
     
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    ouuhh new uprades uh?? wad's your current camera? if you find it good and all try waiting for the successor of the camera or any new models for me, i'm waiting for the launch for the successor of Sony's Alpha 100 DSLR
     
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    its is definitely worth it to save a little longer and get a d40...

    try ebay maybe
     

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