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09-05-2009, 03:38 PM   #1
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HELP!!! I need help chosing a camera!!!

what do you suggest for a person who needs a camera that has at least 10 MP and 15x optical zoom?

i have never used an SLR before and i have no idea what to look for.

list any DSLRs that are not too expensive and also other kinds of cameras that meet the above requirements.

your help is greatly appreciated

09-05-2009, 04:09 PM   #2
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The optical zoom part isn't in the equation for a dslr - zoom capabilities are the lens's job here. I would look around for either a used k10 or k20. You should be able to get one of those two - lens sigma kits at a reasonable price (usually one is 28-80 and the other 70-300). Probably a good starting point.
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G'day photogeek.
First, forget about 15x optical zoom - this term is not so relevant with dSLRs.
What you probably mean is a camera and lens combination that will give you a decent focal length range.

I would start with the K-m (or K2000) - it's an excellent first dSLR. It even has a help button to guide you through its operation during use. But definitely read the manual - SLRs are another world altogether.

If you're looking for an all-in-one lens, consider the Pentax 18-250mm or Tamron 18-270mm lenses - these are very versatile all-rounders.
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Welcome to the forum, pretty fast responses around here.

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definitely do some research...'optical zoom' usually refers to what a point and shoot camera can do...DSLR's rely on the traditional means of 'zooming', meaning the lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Photogeek93 Quote
what do you suggest for a person who needs a camera that has at least 10 MP
why do you 'need' 10 mp? figure out if you really do or not. If not, get a K100 or an *ist and pair it with a big zoom like the previous posters have talked about.

If you'll just be sharing pics online with friends, you don't need 10mp.
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I'd put this another way: if your requirements are stated primarily in terms of number of pixels and the zoom range, you don't want a DSLR at all, as it is not going to beat a good P&S on either of those metrics in any price range. The advantages of a DSLR would have to do with the creative control and possibilities for low light shooting it gives you, but you wouldn't get those advantages with a 15X zoom lens.
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You may only really 'need' over 10Mp if you crop heavily or print to large formats often.
If not, a 6Mp camera would suffice, and so the K100D Super would be a good option as well.

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No one else asked the question before, so I will

What are you going to use your camera for? That should be the first question before choosing a camera. If you tell us what kind of pictures you will take and what you are going to do with the photos, I think you'll get massive reply of what camera (and in case of DSLR, what lens you should get). Maybe also mention if you have a low or no-limit budget.

DanLoc78 and Marc Sabatella allready mentioned a few reasons for choosing either DSLR or P&S.

Just tell us what you're gonna do, what you're gonna do when they come for you.. (sorry music on the radio..).

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