Originally Posted by pyra
Hi guys, I'm sure you get a few treads like this so sorry.
I have been using my point and shoot for some time and really gotten in to it but feel the camera has reached its limits.
I'm looking for a cheap beginners DSLR that comes with a half decent lens thats a good all-rounder(I take photos of anything and everything)
I don't care about lens compatibility as I will only buy new lenses if I really get into this hobby and at that point I would buy a new camera anyway.
When I say beginners DSLR I still want as many options as possible when it comes to taking the picture, I want to learn and don't mind a steep learning curve.
Absolute max budget Â£650 but only it is really worth the extra cost, would prefer something closer to the Â£450 mark.
No real budget but I want bang for buck, Don't mind saving for something thats worth it but don't want to pay silly amounts for my first camera.
Personally, my vote is for the Canon 1100D and the Nikon D3100.
The 1100D is a new model so it might be hard finding it in stock, but it is a great camera. Improved high ISO performance over the 1000D with a higher resolution 12MP sensor, 720p video, swivel screen, and an all-around great beginner camera.
The D3100 as GT has said is another excellent model. 14.2 megapixel sensor with much improved high ISO performance over the D3000, 1080p video, and again an excellent beginner camera. The only thing to note about the D3100 is that it lacks an in-body autofocus motor, so only Nikon's AF-S lenses will be able to autofocus on the body; their AF lenses will not.
For general photography, the 18-55mm IS/18-55mm VR lens that comes bundled with these bodies are an excellent place to start your photography.
Between the two, I'd honestly choose the camera based on ergonomics. Both are excellent IMO and are pretty close in terms of IQ and performance. The only big difference really is how they'd feel in your hands, and seeing as how you can't go wrong either way, I'd base my decision on which one you feel more comfortable holding.
Originally Posted by GoneTomorrow
Not true. That was true of Sony's first DSLRs, but they've matched their competition lately. Check out the Sony SLT-55. Sony is catching up very fast and I see them being at the top of the heap with Canikon one day (Canosonikon? Socanikon? doesn't seem to work