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Hey there,

I currently have a Panasonic G10 which has served me extremely well for the past 4 years. I have recently been really getting into night time and night time lapse photography, and I really haven't been able to do what I want with the G10 partly due to it's limited exposure time of 60 seconds. I am looking for a Dslr that is on the cheaper side because I don't got much money smile.gif.

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I can recommend you a couple Canons, since I'm not too into Nikons, so I can't really tell you one or two xD

There are a couple Canons that are on the cheap side, the EOS1100D which isthe most basic Canon DSLR, also shoots video in 720p or the EOS 650D which is a mid entry level, with a few more options than the 1100D, also shoots videos in 1080p/30 tactile and angle adjustable LCD.

You can read about some reviews on those two at least, or entry level Nikons. On reviews they usually compare with two equivalent models from both companies, so you'll have an idea of what to expect. smile.gif

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PS: Both should do really well in night photography/long exposure. I have a 1000D and it handles long exposure without problems. Also, to be able to take shots longer than 30 seconds you will need a remote shutter to use with "BULB" function.
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Cheaper side? Specify a budget and we can give you actual recommendations.
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Just to add to what has already been said. With a dslr, you can get a shutter release (cable or remote, though cable is often used for night time photography).

For night time photography, it is not that you need a longer exposure time. With a longer exposure, you add more grain/noise to the image.
With a dslr, you would need to purchase a better lens that has a larger aperture F/2.8 or better. This allows more light into the camera, thus you use a shorter exposure/shutter time, but an over all better image with less grain.
This is what is used for star trails, is a series of roughly 30 second exposures put together into one picture. When you get near 30 seconds, the start start to streak, so for crisp stars, you would use around a 20 second exposure. All of this depends on the lens.

I will stop there as i don't want to fill a post with unwanted information. If you do want to know more, just ask as we have a few people on here that are good with night photography.

As mentioned, a price range would be good to start. Also if you wanted to do photography as i was discussing, you can buy just a dslr camera body and then get a good lens, rather than buying a dslr with a kit lens that will not meet your needs. This could save you some money.
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