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I was thinking about getting into SLR photography, and wanted to know what are the best price/performance "beginner"DSLR cameras.
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First things first:

What's your budget and are you looking at photography as a serious hobby, or do you just want a camera to take great pictures?
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I wouldn't say as a serious hobby but a hobby yes and yes for great pictures.
But the budget just the entry level stuff i guess.
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I like the look of the nikon D3000. My parents have that DSLR and I love the thing.
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I like the look of the nikon D3000. My parents have that DSLR and I love the thing.
Does that one take video?
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Originally Posted by Jzkillzone23 View Post
Does that one take video?
No, the new Nikon D3100 shoots at 1080p though and is most probably the most recommended beginner DSLR.

I'm in the same boat as you, sifting through cameras and figuring out which one I want.

I've been looking at the Nikon D3000 and Canon 450D second hand, but I'm considering just putting a little extra to it and getting the D3100 brand new. I doubt I will ever out grow it because I'm not looking into serious photography...but then I said that about computers.

EDIT:

There are tons of people on here who know a lot about DSLR's and I'm sure you will have an answer very shortly. Although it would be easier if you give them a firm budget.
Edited by IcedEarth - 1/3/11 at 7:32am
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i also wanted a DSLR sometime down the line, so entry level is about $600 - $700 ? i just looked up nikon d3100... if thats the case its probably gonna be waay down the line haha
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Have you looked at the micro 4/3 rds and nex cameras? Great for beginners and gives a lot of space typo grow as well. The micro cameras also have a lot of accessories and lens systems as well
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post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by IcedEarth View Post
No, the new Nikon D3100 shoots at 1080p though and is most probably the most recommended beginner DSLR.
^This. Great basic DSLR with lots of functionality that wont break the bank. The Canon Digital Rebel series is good too. As are Pentax's and Sony's new budget DSLRs. Honestly if you're planning on getting into DSLRs and photography, what tends to matter most is lens selection. When I chose my first DSLR years back (I shoot Nikon), I did a lot of thinking/research on lenses and decided on Nikon's system. The market's pretty competitive, so generally cameras in the same price set will have similar features/functionality.

My vote would be for the D3100, but you probably can't go wrong with any major manufacturer.
     
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Have you looked at the micro 4/3 rds and nex cameras? Great for beginners and gives a lot of space typo grow as well. The micro cameras also have a lot of accessories and lens systems as well
No they don't.


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Originally Posted by Jzkillzone23 View Post
I wouldn't say as a serious hobby but a hobby yes and yes for great pictures.
But the budget just the entry level stuff i guess.
In that case, I'd go for the Pentax K-x, Sony Alpha a550, Nikon D3100, and Canon Rebel T2i.

The Pentax and Sony will give you the best bang for buck with those models. Unfortunately their lens and accessories systems aren't as comprehensive as Nikon/Canon's. However, since this isn't going to be a serious hobby for you, upgrading to thousand dollar lenses probably will never be a concern for you so Pentax and Sony will be as viable a choice here as Nikon or Canon.


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Originally Posted by cheezypoof View Post
i also wanted a DSLR sometime down the line, so entry level is about $600 - $700 ? i just looked up nikon d3100... if thats the case its probably gonna be waay down the line haha
I'd go for the Canon T1i or Pentax K-x in your case, or the Canon Rebel XS if you want something even cheaper. If you want photography as a serious hobby, you should probably stick to Canon/Nikon, but if you just want a nice DSLR to stick with, the Pentax K-x will probably be your best bet at that price range.
Edited by r31ncarnat3d - 1/3/11 at 8:00am
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