Good starter's digital camera?

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    What would be the best starter's camera for $300 or under? I am very new to photography, and I am thinking I may want to get started. It doesn't have to be a top-of-the-notch SLR, but I don't really want a tiny point and shoot. What would all of you recommend?
     
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    you wont find a new DSLR for under $300. You may find a used one though...check ebay, craigslist and kijiji for used ones...

    The Nikon D40 is a great camera. It's suppose to be the camera for beginners, that shoots like a pro... but they run about $499.... if your wanting a good camera, up your price a bit... the D40 is 499 and it comes with a decent lens for beginners.
     
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    If you're really trying to keep cost down, look into an advanced P&S. I have an earlier model of this camera...

    http://www.dpreview.com/news/0705/07050703canons5is.asp

    It doesn't allow for different lenses or filters, but it's been a really great tool for me to practice manual modes. The price is just over $300.00, you might be able to find it on sale somewhere as well.

    Good luck!
     
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    Yea, I saw that camera at Best Buy, and I liked it. I don't really know what questions to ask about it because I am completely new to this, however in your opinion, is this a good camera for beginner photography?
     
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    Canon S3 or now S5 would be my choice.

    What about getting a cheap 35mm Rebel 2000 or something to get you started with SLR.
    You can get them on Ebay for less than $50.
     
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    I really don't want to use a film camera. I don't want to keep buying film, and I want to be able to send and edit pics without a scanner. Digital is a must.
     
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    My friend has the Lumix DMC-FZ8. I think that it is a very capable camera. It takes a little while getting used to, but it has a great lens and the image quality is very high at lower ISO.
    I would not recommand it if you plan on taking a lot of shots indoor or in low light situation though. Otherwise you can go for it, you won't regret.
     
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    I will mostly be taking outdoor and nature shots.

    I want a digital camera because I also want to be able to share most of my pics on the internet without a huge hassle, and all the money you saved on a film camera eventually comes back with the cost of film. No thank you.
     
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    They're selling d40s at my local walmart for $300
     
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    If it were me, I'd shop around until I found a used SLR that I could afford. The prices on the Nikon D40 are going down with the introduction of the D60. The Canon Rebels are in the same price range.

    You could spend $300 on a point and shoot, but if you're serious about photography, you're going to want an SLR as soon as you get your feet wet. I think you should go ahead and try to find one now. You may have to pay a LITTLE more, but I'll bet you can find one pretty cheap. Don't get caught up in the latest model craze and you can find a deal.
     

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