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I been using my friends camera today after school, and I like how the camera works. The picture and quality is very nice. So I was thinking to myself, "I want to get a camera and start shooting pictures!" What's a good camera to start shooting pictures? Prefer nothing too expensive. I use both the Canon and Nikon camera that my friends had, And I like them both! But I don't know how much they were.

Thanks!
post #2 of 17
If you're interested in photography and can afford it, I'd jump straight into a DSLR

My suggestions would be the Canon T3, Canon T3i, or Nikon D3100. All three are excellent cameras.

The T3 is a new camera from Canon. It offers a 12.1 MP sensor with 720p video. High ISO performance looks good (from preliminary reviews) and offers a guide mode for beginners to use. Compared to the other cameras, the T3 lacks spot metering and 1080p video.

The T3i is another new camera from Canon. It uses the same sensor as the T2i (so plenty of reviews for you to check out how good that sensor is), and offers the same MP (18) and high ISO performance as the T2i. Where it differs is that the T3i also offers an internal wireless flash commander and swivel screen. Compared to the T3, the T3i also has 1080p video.

The Nikon D3100 is the counterpart to the T3i. It lacks an in-body autofocus motor so older AF lenses will not autofocus on it. You can only autofocus using an AF-S lens. Beyond that, it also has great IQ (compareable to the T2i), high ISO performance, and 1080p video as well.

The T3 is the cheapest camera, while the T3i and D3100 are around the same price. All three are excellent cameras.

Personally, I'd recommend the T3 with the kit lens, and use the money saved to upgrade your lens collection.
post #3 of 17
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What are some good budget Camera?

I got some money saved up, so I might get the T3 as you suggested and get some lens collection and other accessories for it!

& Thanks!
post #4 of 17
It depends; what's your definition of a "good budget camera?"
post #5 of 17
I would say hold both and feel the difference. The canon 550d which felt weird in my hands due to the dial being right behind the shutter button didn't work for me. While my D3100 I was able to have my finger over the shutter button at all times and change the settings with my thumb.
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post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by michintom View Post
I would say hold both and feel the difference. The canon 550d which felt weird in my hands due to the dial being right behind the shutter button didn't work for me. While my D3100 I was able to have my finger over the shutter button at all times and change the settings with my thumb.
Normally, this, but it sounds like he's already got that covered from the last sentence of his OP
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Normally, this, but it sounds like he's already got that covered from the last sentence of his OP
Yeah. I don't think I can ever get used to that lol.
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If you can wait a few days, I'll be putting my 2-month-old Rebel XS with battery grip up here for sale. Off hand, I would guess < 3000 shutter actuations.
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I've got a XSi for sale as well. It was my first camera and I learned everything about photography on it =D I would like to sell it to someone who will also learn from this camera.

http://www.overclock.net/other-techn...rebel-xsi.html

I'm only selling the body right now, but a 18-55mm should be your first lens, those are pretty cheap to get nowadays.
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post #10 of 17
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I've got a XSi for sale as well. It was my first camera and I learned everything about photography on it =D I would like to sell it to someone who will also learn from this camera.

http://www.overclock.net/other-techn...rebel-xsi.html

I'm only selling the body right now, but a 18-55mm should be your first lens, those are pretty cheap to get nowadays.
The 50mm f/1.8 was mine, and, well *Points to sig*

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