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I'm looking into this set,

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Canon+EO...99146200050016

Now would this be good to go with or something else? I'm stuck to bestbuy, and at the price of the set or lower.

I don't need a DSLR entirely as much as I want one, but I could settle for a very high end P&S that was able to adjust the shutter speed and other settings. The long zoom is a must.

Let me know what you guys think. I have an Nikon L110 now, and the lack of settings is a pain.
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Canon G series?

Though I'm not sure if they have long range zooms.
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The only G-series camera at BB is $500 and has a 4x zoom...
I did find this though.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Canon+-+...&skuId=1218378
Edited by metroidfreak - 1/9/11 at 5:12pm
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For $400, I'd rather get a used Rebel XS. The image sensor within that camera is still a point and shoot's sensor. It may have manual controls, but image quality will not be anywhere near a DSLR's.

Point and Shoot
  • Portability

DSLR
  • Image Quality
  • Less noise at high ISO
  • Versatility
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Okay, anything else you'd suggest? The bag doesn't need to be included, but it was in the set.
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Okay, anything else you'd suggest? The bag doesn't need to be included, but it was in the set.
Out of curiosity, do you need the 75-300mm? What sort of photography are you into?

If you're willing to buy used, this refurbed XS can be had for $400.

From there, it's easier to add on the lenses you'd need since it's the lenses that really matter with photography.

If you want a zoom lens, I'd recommend a 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS over that 75-300mm (comes out to ~$220 for the lens) or a 50mm f/1.8 for low light/portraits shots/just want great depth of field for $100.
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The only G-series camera at BB is $500 and has a 4x zoom...
I did find this though.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Canon+-+...&skuId=1218378
The Rebel XS you listed comes stock with a 3X zoom lens, and the 75-300 is 4x..?
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How do I tell what the zoom distance is with a DSLR? Is it the same multiplier type as P&S cameras?
Edited by metroidfreak - 1/9/11 at 5:41pm
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How do I tell what the zoom distance is with a DSLR? Is it the same multiplier type as P&S cameras?
The multiplier doesn't mean anything. You want to care about the focal length, i.e. what's the number of mm for the lens?

The 75-300mm can already reach farther than any point and shoot I know of and still give better quality.

That said, I still prefer the 55-250mm IS because @300mm, without IS your camera is a bit prone to sway leading to blurry images. At the same time, I much prefer the optics on the 55-250mm as well.
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So, go with this lens instead?

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Canon+-+...&skuId=8758114
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