I dont want to sound really stupid but...

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  1. roume

    roume TPF Noob!

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    Now here is a very very basic question...
    (hi to everyone out there):blushing:

    I have been using conventional cameras all my life, but in the past month my ancient samurai x3.0 finally went into a coma and I decided finally to go digital. I regularly use my cell's camera which has a resolution of 1.3 MP and thats just strictly okay by me.I have done a couple of shoots for my friends which have turned out to be really interesting BECAUSE I use Photoshop extensively. I use Photoshop like anything. But x3.0 had 1/2 reel prints that meant no enlargements and very restricted Photoshop-editing.
    Anyways, back to my dilemma. I am really keen on getting a digital camera and since I don't really give up on my electronics, I think I will be stuck with it for a good decade, or 5 years if I am really lucky.
    I have been doing browsing for sometime and was pretty impressed by the product reviews of Canon Powershot A460, Canon Powershot A550 and Nikon Coolpix 8800, that is until I read their user reviews after which I got really confused.
    My technical knowledge about cameras has just expanded with the knowledge of resolutions.
    I want something less than USD 300, with excellent resolution, something like 7-8 MP, thats allows me to take perfect close-ups as well as panoramic views( I can compromise on the panoramic view). And I would like to have an SLR- to hold in my hands. I don't really like the ultra slim and compact cameras.
    Can anyone suggest the perfect camera for me? Please..I m going to pray real hard for you, that your images turn out even better then you expect them to, and all good things come along your way.
    Cheers!
    Roume.
     
  2. sabbath999

    sabbath999 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    One quick question, do you want a camera that fits into your pocket, or is slightly bigger OK?
     
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    I would recomend the Nikon D40. I have had it for almaot a year and am EXTREAMLY happy with it. You'll probably want a longer lens though...
     
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    Nikon S51 is a nice little camera.

    The Canon Elph series are nice as well
     
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    If it's a DSLR you want I'd recommend the Pentax K100D Super, I heard that's an excellent camera for relatively cheap.

    I don't know what I'd recommend if you want it more compact and less expensive.
     
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    *sabbath999

    A slightly bigger one is perfectly fine. Something that I can feel through my bag and I know that I have not dropped it anywhere. :)

    *Applefanboy
    A longer lens does what?? better panoramic views? better closeups? I mostly do portraits but i d like to take the camera on trips too. But then, I was surviving with a Samurai too. :)
    D40 is worth some 550 USD....:(:(..I am citing USD 300 the maximum I can go for. Anything in that range?

    *Stranger
    S51 is too small, and most probably I will lose it within first 20 minutes.:(..something a bit larger. All I can tell about the cameras is that whethr I would like holding it or not.:( But yes at USD 275 it does fall within my budget. anything larger??


    *RKW3
    Pentax K100D Super is USD 500+ too..



    Help me, please.
     
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    The Pentax K100D (not super)
    Is what I have and it's amazing.
    It is a beginners camera in the sense
    that you don't have ultimate professional control.

    I think I paid 349 plus 109 for the 18-55mm lens at B&H.
    It may even be cheaper now that the k200d and ULTIMATE K20D
    came out.

    Macro really depends on the lens when dealing with SLR
    but here is one anyway. (NOT BY ME)....


    Photo By: Stephen C. Gushue



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    i can recomened the canon S5IS i had that camera and was realy great , it's a p&s but it's a "bridge" camera, you have all the main features of a dlsr but the lens is fix and cannot be changed , also the focus can;t be done like a real lens... other than that it's great and cheap (or should i say accessible?) ahha
    it's around 315$
    god bless you!
     
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    Canon A712 IS
     
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    A DSLR for $300 USD? In all honesty, unless you buy used, I don't think you'll find one. My advanced point and shoot (Sony DSC-H2) cost me $200, and I bought it used.
     
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    I've never heard of an A712. Perhaps you meant the Canon A720 IS?

    The A720 is a good possibility, it has image quality as good as the most expensive Canon compacts, full manual controls, 35-210mm equivalent lens, and it's selling for under $200. Because it runs on two AA batteries, flash recycle times are slow (5-8 sec), but it has a good on-board flash and more control over the flash than just about any point & shoot camera.
     

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