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My fiance is looking to buy a decent camera for around $400. I know nothing about cameras or photography and I was just hoping to get the best bang for my buck and I am sure you guys can help me out

If you guys know of a decent $400-$500 DSLR camera I would be open to that too. Although, I know that is very low for those cameras but I was wondering if it would be worth it to buy a cheap DSLR camera over a good point and shoot camera. Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated.
Edited by UsedPaperclip - 8/10/11 at 10:09am
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If you're willing to go refurbished to save some cash and actually want to go with a DSLR..

Check out this thread -

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/...d.php?t=948785

Then get a broken Canon P&S (~$15-$20) and order the XS kit ($319.95). Great starter camera and lens for the money and should work fine for you for the time being.

If you want something a bit more updated, you can also get something like the T2i, the second the last generation rebel that has very good quality 1080p video for $511.99 (or the T1i, which also has good video but tops out at 24fps in 1080p vs the 30 for the T3i) for $479.99.
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Originally Posted by MistaBernie View Post
If you're willing to go refurbished to save some cash and actually want to go with a DSLR..

Check out this thread -

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/...d.php?t=948785

Then get a broken Canon P&S (~$15-$20) and order the XS kit ($319.95). Great starter camera and lens for the money and should work fine for you for the time being.

If you want something a bit more updated, you can also get something like the T2i, the second the last generation rebel that has very good quality 1080p video for $511.99 (or the T1i, which also has good video but tops out at 24fps in 1080p vs the 30 for the T3i) for $479.99.
Do you know where to find the T2i for $512?
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I just bought the Nikon Coolpix S8100 for $250 and I have got to say it is an amazing camera. Takes better 1080p video than the majority of camcorders I have seen. Has one of the best reviews on B&H as well.

I use it for video and pictures not and then (I am by no means an photographer, I am terrible with cameras), but my dad is a photographer and I let him take some pictures with it. For a P&S the pictures came out really nice. You can get as close at 1cm with the lens and it will still take pictures, as opposed to 3-5cm for other cameras in the price range.

Takes really nice pictures even at night. Video is great at night too but not the best I have seen in the world.

Only con is the location of the flash... It's right where you put your left index finger to take a shot. Takes a couple days to get used to.
Edited by ComradeNF - 8/10/11 at 12:20pm
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I just bought the Nikon Coolpix S8100 for $250 and I have got to say it is an amazon camera. Takes better 1080p video than the majority of camcorders I have seen. Has one of the best reviews on B&H as well.

I use it for video and pictures not and then (I am by no means an photographer, I am terrible with cameras), but my dad is a photographer and I let him take some pictures with it. For a P&S the pictures came out really nice. You can get as close at 1cm with the lens and it will still take pictures, as opposed to 3-5cm for other cameras in the price range.

Takes really nice pictures even at night. Video is great at night too but not the best I have seen in the world.

Only con is the location of the flash... It's right where you put your left index finger to take a shot. Takes a couple days to get used to.
Thanks for the advice but I was looking for something a little nicer if possible for around $400. Not saying its not a nice camera because I have no clue
I just assume I can get a nicer one for a little more money.
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Do you know where to find the T2i for $512?
If you actually read the post I linked, you'll see where that figure came from, but to paraphrase:

Canon Loyalty Program - sells refurbished units directly from Canon at a 20% discount (hence why you need the broken Canon P&S to trade in). Canon's Refurb Price for the T2i is 639.99 * .80 = 511.99.

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Thanks for the advice but I was looking for something a little nicer if possible for around $400. Not saying its not a nice camera because I have no clue
I just assume I can get a nicer one for a little more money.

The one thing to consider is to make sure it has the features you're looking for. Some newer P&S have some features that DSLR don't have, so if your sister fianceé isn't used to a DSLR, then it may be best to go with a Canon S95 or something similar (New = $349, refurbished ~$240 at two stores according to Google shopping).
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I will probably go for the T2i, it looks like it has some nice features for the price. If anyone else has any other suggestions that would be great.


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If you actually read the post I linked, you'll see where that figure came from, but to paraphrase:
I cant read the post I have not been a member for 30 days yet.
Edited by UsedPaperclip - 8/10/11 at 11:15am
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I cant read the post I have not been a member for 30 days yet.
Sorry about that, I totally forgot they had a 30 day cooling off to view that forum -- sec, I'm gonna port Stu's post over for you to read. Thanks!
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Thanks a lot for helping a camera noob save some money +rep to you sir.
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