Post # 17
i have a nikon d40, because it’s the smallest and easiest transition from a p&s. it has taken some gorgeous photos, and i don’t regret my decision at all. the nikon-canon battle is greusome, but i’d chose nikon any day 🙂 anway, it was fairly easy to learn the basics. the manual is a great resource and there are TONS of websites for beginners. i’ll eventually upgrade, but for right now it’s perfect. i think you’d really love a dslr.. i can’t imagine anyone not loving it!
Post # 18
I have my DSLR for work but for p&s I also recommend Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS.
I used to be a Sony p&s lover but after my Sony T5 I moved onto Canon Powershot and really love it! I had to replace the T5 within 2 years becuase the sliding cover got loose over time and wouldn’t properly turn on & off. I take a lot of pictures everyday (basically everything I eat and I eat a lot LOL) so it wore off a lot faster than most cameras would.
Another high end p&s you might want to consider is Canon G9. It’s slightly over $250 but if you were looking for an entry level DSLR but don’t want to spend the money, this might be the closest substitute. G9 has a lot of DSLR manual controls except the lack of interchangeable lenses.
Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS
Canon PowerShot G9
Post # 19
I went back and forth between a Nikon D80 and Canon XTi, and in many ways the decision game down to the fact that the canon fit my hand better. I believe the D40 is much more stripped down feature-wise, so it really depends on your budget and needs. If you’re experienced with film SLR’s and digital P&S I don’t think that basic use of any of these cameras will be daunting. It will take longer and lots of practice, though, to use the nifty extras that come along with being digital. At this point I’m addicted to setting the WB instead of using filters (technically I think you can save the images RAW and edit post-facto in PS but that eats up your memory card and is unnecessarily time-consuming imho). Overall, and this is a matter of opinion I suppose, I really think that Canon has won the battle for usability and feature design in the consumer/prosumer digital market. They just seem to have really zeroed in on the features people want. I don’t love the way they organize their menus, but I do think they offer better features. And the very affordable image stabilizer lenses are a big plus. That said, I still think the blue response of the Nikon sensors is better so that could sway your decision. It’s a bit unfortunate b/c I think my film Nikon N75 is still my favorite camera ever…but the cost and nuisance of film pushed me to digital.
Post # 20
I have a Sony Cypershot and it could be better. Sometimes it’s really slow to take pictures, but the thing that’s most annoying is that if I’m inside depending on the lighting I just can’t get any good pictures. Can’t wait to be able to upgrade!
Post # 21
I would absolutely would recommend a Canon Powershot! They take great pictures and are affordable.
For those who are wondering about the difficulty of transitioning to a dSLR, I have a Canon Rebel XT and I love it. I’ve had it for about a year, and while it is a little daunting at first, it’s not too difficult to pick up. I know how to do most things, but I am actually taking a digital photography class this Spring to hopefully learn a few more tricks.
Post # 22
- Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House
Dang, hive! You all are SO awesome — and it looks like I have a TON more research to do!
Post # 23
I had the Cannon SD1000 and I loved it!! But it broke in about 13 months and because it was past warranty (by a month or 2) Cannon was completely uncooperative. They said they could take it apart for me and clean and reset if for $110. Which is about half of what I spent on it. That seemed crazy to me.. that’s a lot of money for an almost brand new camera. Needless to say I’m a little ticked with cannon right now.
We do have a cannon rebel 2000, cannon digital xt, and a cannon EOS 30D… so we are kind of brand specific in our house. Which is probably why I’m so ticked. You’d think that after spending thousands of dollars with a company (we have cannon printers and lenses..etc too) that they’d bend over backwards to help you.
Post # 24
Like others I’ll recomment the Canon Powershot! I have the sd750, my brother has the sd990, and my other brother has the sd1100. Two of my friends also bought the sd850. We all love them! I’ve had mine for 6 years now!! I bought a Kodak, hated it, sold it on ebay. Bought a Casio, flash wasn’t great for indoors, sold it on ebay again, bought a different kodak, there was no ‘hold’ button so it turned on in my purse all the time so the batteries died often!, sold that on ebay…finally bought the Canon Powershot and have LOVED it since!!
Post # 25
I’m a canon powershot girl, too! I had the SD750, but I’m hoping for Canon Digital Rebel XTI (a DSLR) for my birthday this year! I love Canon camera and their computer programs…so much better than Kodak [not]-Easyshare.
Post # 26
latteLove! I have a SD750!! I LOVE it!! I’d never go with anything else! I’m looking also into the DSLR’s trying to put money aside to buy it for our honeymoon!