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I have a Olympus X-880 8mp 5x Optical Zoom nothing special i am looking for a upgrade my budget is 250/300€ (around 350$) what do you guys advice me?

A firend of mine said a Lumix FZ5/7 or a Canon SX210is (used they are around 200€) For DSLR my budget is very low...

Though i am seing a Canon EOS350d also used for 300€ is it a good deal?
Edited by [CyGnus] - 1/8/11 at 9:34am
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I am a fan of Nikon I guess because of my grandfather so my recommendation is the [ame="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nikon-P100-Digital-Camera-Optical/dp/B0036WN2F4"]Nikon Coolpix P100 [/ame] £259.99 for a new one. (The video is not the best at keeping focus with fast movement, but it's a camera not a camcorder)
For the used Canon EOS 350D don't pay more than £275 unless it comes with a bunch of stuff
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I would get the secondhand DSLR. Older bodies are still very capable, I use one from 2003 daily and professionally. Still, the 350D might leave something to be desired in terms of the screen (image quality should be fine).
    
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i'm not a photography guru, but I was shopping for a new camera recently for my wife (she had a 5+ year old canon ELF) and after talking to a couple friends who do quite a bit of photography work (side-jobs and just for fun) they recommended [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Canon-PowerShot-SX130IS-Stabilized-3-0-Inch/dp/B003ZSHNG8"]this[/ame] camera for us. It's a great camera from everything I can tell, I really haven't tried to shoot much video with it but the little I have shot it looks pretty darn good. It's more of a cross between a point-and-shoot and an SLR I believe. There is a manual mode which allows you a good deal of control over your shot if that's something you're interested in, and it also has a nice "auto" for your basic point-and-shoot photography. It's certainly much smaller and lighter than an SLR, but is a bit larger than your average pocket camera. We've used it for stills as well as action shots, and the clarity is great. The only issue you might have is if you try to take rapid shots, this camera takes a good 2-3 seconds between shots if you're using the flash to recharge, without the flash it doesn't seem to take quite as long until your next shot. Again, I'm no photography expert, but that's my thoughts on the powershot SX130IS.
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I can't give you a camera model and say "buy this one". If that's what your looking for, please skip over my response... otherwise, read-on!

I'm not really familiar with the p/s market to give you a specific model.
What I can tell you is look at the lens specs when looking at p/s cameras. The glass a camera uses is far more important then the MP/iso/IS and other features. So figure out what you like to shoot, find suitable glass and then fill in other voids.

ie. do you want a large zoom range?
Low light capabilities(wide aperture like 2.8 or smaller number)?
Macro photography?
Or just sharp and mimicking the human eye?
etc!

As far as SLR goes...
Its a different beast. IMO for people getting their first slr/dslr go with the cheapest body you can find with at least 6mp. Then buy the nicest piece of glass in your budget to match your favorite shooting style. I would also stick with canon or nikon--if you resell they will hold value well and if you upgrade they have largest lineups... plus those two make the best newb/prosumer gear available.

Just keep in mind an SLR is not a P/S. P/S is convenient and cheap, but doesn't offer near the control over your final image that even an entry level slr does. SLR is big, offers multiple lens choices, and lots of control over your final image...

If you are interested in slr but dont have the budget to get one now, or are apprehensive because you don't understand lighting/shutter/iso/apeture/wb and all the other tidbits of photography, my suggestion would be to look for a point and shoot with full manual control capabilites. I know there are a few out there. That way if you do take an interest in learning that stuff you can without getting overwhelmed by an slr that ends up getting left in program mode.

Good luck, hope this helps smile.gif
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Will see the Canon SX120is its the same as the 130 but less 2x Optical zoom so 12x to 10x its not a big deal
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Oh hey you did make a thread biggrin.gif

For a point and shoot, the Canon G11/G12 should be in your budget. Also try looking for a Canon S90/S95 as well. All four cameras are the best in the point and shoot world.

Beyond that, a used DSLR would also be great. I'm not sure what the market is like in Portugal, but on online forums like POTN I can usually find a used Rebel 400D for $350 with kit lens.
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In Portugal its all very expensive a EOS350D only body USED is 300€ frown.gif And new with a 18-55 KIT its like 550€ frown.gif
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Well guys found a Canon EOS300D with a 18-55mm IS Lens maybe i will go for it smile.gif thanks for the help!
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