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Excuse me.. But I suggest that you ignore Sony. Canon and Nikon are better (as more reliable, longer establishment ect) for a lot of reasons.
I thought that might be the case I just wanted someone in the know to point that out rather than me presuming.
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I thought that might be the case I just wanted someone in the know to point that out rather than me presuming.
Sure thing mate! Another thing, sony's lens line up is well, puny! Something to note if you want to grab some nice glass in the future. Cheers!

blitzedit: I didn't add any input because the stuff that these guys here already recommended you is perfect, Canon Rebel or Nikon 3100, whatever takes your fancy.
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I am really liking the look of the D3100 but, is it really £135 better than the sony A290?
yes the D3100 is $135 (no sterling pound sign on my kb) better, the a290 and d3000 uses sonys old CCD sensor (14.9 and a 10.2mp) which arent really that good for noise. they are great for sharpness and color tho. plus the d3100 has video and a bunch of fancy features.

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Excuse me.. But I suggest that you ignore Sony. Canon and Nikon are better (as more reliable, longer establishment ect) for a lot of reasons.
not necessarily true.....sony might have less market time for DSLR but they have lots of history in electronics. plus they bought minolta for their DSLR business......

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Sure thing mate! Another thing, sony's lens line up is well, puny! Something to note if you want to grab some nice glass in the future. Cheers!
once again you can use minolta a-mount glass, so they actually have a fairly large lens base. they are missing a tilt shift and an aps-c specific fast normal, but we do have "nice" glass.
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Excuse me.. But I suggest that you ignore Sony. Canon and Nikon are better (as more reliable, longer establishment ect) for a lot of reasons.
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 ).
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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 £650 but only it is really worth the extra cost, would prefer something closer to the £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.


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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 ).
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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 ).
So... are we saying then, for a complete beginner, the Sony A290 for £285 is pretty good?

Remember that if I really do get into this hobby I will be buying a better DSLR in the future so I don't need lens compatibility/Choice.
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So... are we saying then, for a complete beginner, the Sony A290 for £285 is pretty good?

Remember that if I really do get into this hobby I will be buying a better DSLR in the future so I don't need lens compatibility/Choice.
I'd disagree immensely with this philosophy. Go cheap on the body and focus your money on the glass.
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Ok, ok, I might have been a bit quick to judge sony so harshly. But honestly, when I think sony, I think walkman. It's not a explanation, but I can't help it.

Also I agree with r31ncarnat3d, 1. Get a cheap body 2. spend cash on glass 3. when outgrown your tinycam, upgrade and enjoy.
I'm at step #3 atm, had a 400D for 4 years, got some nice glass, now I've ordered a 60D and saving up for a 5D mkII(I).
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I'd disagree immensely with this philosophy. Go cheap on the body and focus your money on the glass.
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Ok, ok, I might have been a bit quick to judge sony so harshly. But honestly, when I think sony, I think walkman. It's not a explanation, but I can't help it.

Also I agree with r31ncarnat3d, 1. Get a cheap body 2. spend cash on glass 3. when outgrown your tinycam, upgrade and enjoy.
I'm at step #3 atm, had a 400D for 4 years, got some nice glass, now I've ordered a 60D and saving up for a 5D mkII(I).

I like this idea guys, so the question is, what cheap body will the best lenses fit?

I presume it would be best to go with canon or nikon for future compatibility with lenses.
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get the sony.
It will work fine for your current goals/needs of a DSLR, and as you said you will change bodies if you get more serious about photography.

Plus sony's (or pentax) are great to have for canon v. nikon shoots. Sony =

(See joeyl's nikon girl )


On another note either canon or nikon will provide similar choices to pentax or sony and have much larger lens line-ups so you won't need to upgrade the body to try different lenses.
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