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Hi! I just got married, so we have some money we received through gifts. We decided that we would each get one thing that each of us wants, and my choice is an entry level DSLR camera.

Right now I have a Canon Powershot point and shoot, and honestly, I have been very happy with it's quality. Not to be a fanboy, but if there are recommendations for a Canon, I will probably go with that unless people say their DSLRs are bad. Being able to do video would be nice but is not a requirement. My budget is $400, $500 TOPS. Any thought? Thanks!
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http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Nikon+-+...3000&cp=1&lp=1

Nikon d3000, on sale for $464.00 with free shipping. I bought the exact model for my wife, it shoots AMAZING photos for an entry level DSLR.

out of 227 reviews, 4.8 out of 5 stars. hard to argue with that
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Not sure how much of an improvement a $500 DSLR would make over a Point and shoot. (im a DSLR newbie)
The Rebel T1i retails for about $600 for just the body. Maybe you could find a used T1i or T2i?

Myself I just picked up a Rebel T3i and love it so far, but your looking at $1000 with a starter lense.

Canon also has the G line. The G12 being the most recent release, which is a step up from the Point and shoots but not DSLR. They go for about $500.

here is a comparison of the G vs the t3i.

http://snapsort.com/compare/Canon-T3..._PowerShot_G12
    
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I'd suggest you look through Canon's CLP if you don't mind getting a refurbished DSLR.

All you do is send them a broken/out of warranty camera and you save some money on their refurbished DSLR's.

I just purchased a T2i with 18-55mm kit lens and it cost me $540 shipped. They also have an XS for like $320.

I already have over 2500 actuation count and my camera is working fine. I love it!
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Originally Posted by raiderxx View Post
Hi! I just got married, so we have some money we received through gifts. We decided that we would each get one thing that each of us wants, and my choice is an entry level DSLR camera.

Right now I have a Canon Powershot point and shoot, and honestly, I have been very happy with it's quality. Not to be a fanboy, but if there are recommendations for a Canon, I will probably go with that unless people say their DSLRs are bad. Being able to do video would be nice but is not a requirement. My budget is $400, $500 TOPS. Any thought? Thanks!

Congrats on the wedding!

Canon DSLR's are good. Usually just comes down to whichever you are more comfortable using.

Stick it out with your Powershot a little longer, spend less time in Aggieville. Use the savings to increase your budget a little.... and put that Canon Loyalty Program to use for a T2i with kit lens. http://www.overclock.net/13645203-post9.html
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Not sure how much of an improvement a $500 DSLR would make over a Point and shoot. (im a DSLR newbie)
The Rebel T1i retails for about $600 for just the body. Maybe you could find a used T1i or T2i?

Myself I just picked up a Rebel T3i and love it so far, but your looking at $1000 with a starter lense.

Canon also has the G line. The G12 being the most recent release, which is a step up from the Point and shoots but not DSLR. They go for about $500.

here is a comparison of the G vs the t3i.

http://snapsort.com/compare/Canon-T3..._PowerShot_G12
If you know how to properly use a camera the DSLR is way superior in almost every aspect.

A used T1i body goes for about $450. I had bought one for that price. With less than 1,000 clicks.

For video and in that price range the cheapest option would be the Pentax K-x. You can find these new for about $500 with the kit lens. Also you can use almost any k-mount lenses dating back since the 70s. Pentax is underrated since they are cast over Canon's and Nikon's shadow.

The Canon T3 and Nikon D3100 are both $600 new and a T1i will be hard to find for under $600 with a lens.

You could look at the Rebel XSI, doesn't do video but they go for ~$450 with the kit lens.
    
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It's really had to buy a bad DSLR now. All the major brands are good. Go into a camera store and try holding a few, see which one you prefer.

Although if you've never used one before you can start out with either a basic nikon or canon unless either feels wrong.

I'd definitely try get a official canon or nikon refurbished body. There are loads of people selling their kit lenses on ebay after they upgrade.

Or you might be able to find a refurbished kit.

Congratulations on the wedding btw.
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What models exactly are they accepting for the broken P&S?

Edit: Would a Canon PowerShot A520 4.0 MP Digital Camera work for this program?
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I've had a Canon Rebel XTi since 2006, great little camera that blows any point and shoot away. You should be able to find one with a lens for way less than $400 used.
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I'd suggest you look through Canon's CLP if you don't mind getting a refurbished DSLR.

All you do is send them a broken/out of warranty camera and you save some money on their refurbished DSLR's.

I just purchased a T2i with 18-55mm kit lens and it cost me $540 shipped. They also have an XS for like $320.

I already have over 2500 actuation count and my camera is working fine. I love it!
+1 This is what I would do. The T2i will set you up nicely.

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What models exactly are they accepting for the broken P&S?

Edit: Would a Canon PowerShot A520 4.0 MP Digital Camera work for this program?
Yes. Read up on it via the link above (register, it's a great site). Any broken or out of warranty Canon P&S. When you call them, you can confirm it with them.
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