Camera Shopping Advice?

January 19, 2008 at 1:09 pm 3 comments

I’ve been shopping for a new digital camera for awhile now. I’m in a predicament and wondering if anyone has any advice. Right now I own a basic digital point and shoot Canon that I got a few years ago. It’s like 3 MP, I don’t even think they make 3 MP anymore do they? Anyway, it took pretty good pics when I first got it. Lately the pictures have become really grainy and blurry. Now my conundrum is what kind of camera to get.

I had been looking at the Canon S5 IS. It’s in my budget and has gotten pretty good reviews. It would be a point and shoot, but I could still buy the accessory lenses for it if I wanted to.

Canon S5 IS
I’ve also been considering getting a nicer dSLR and later upgrading our point and shoot to have something small to take with us. I really like the Nikon D80. Of course that increases the price, A LOT. And I would have to buy lenses and I think a new memory card. I would diffidently have to save up money longer. I could buy the Canon S5 IS now.
Nikon D80

I would be willing to buy a used camera as long as it is in good shape. I’ve been looking on eBay and Craig’s list. I’ve also looked at new cameras.

Anyway, any suggestions on where to shop for cameras and get a great price? Where to shop for used cameras? What do you think about which camera to look at? I’m really interested in taking photography and Photoshop classes eventually. I would appreciate your suggestions.


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  • 1. jmoorecoll  |  January 19, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    Hi–after a lot of waiting, consideration, and research, I just bought a Canon powershot G9, and I love it. I have access to a DSLR at work, as well as a panasonic lumix; my son and husband own small point-and-shoots, too, so I’ve tried a lot of dfferent things. I don’t really need the DSLR for my personal work (plus I still shoot black-and-white with a Nikon F2 and a toy camera), so I wanted flexibility, control, and portability. It cost around $500 (without the card, unfortunately). The image quality is amazing, and the exposure controls are like those on a real camera, but you can actually see the exposure change on the screen when you adjust ISO, f/stop, or shutter speed. If you want to spend this much for a point-and-shoot, I’d say it’s the way to go. good luck–will be interested to hear what you decide!

  • 2. dlyn  |  January 21, 2008 at 10:12 am

    Hi – found your blog from my wanderings on PW. I wanted to answer you because I just bought a new SLR myself. I got a Nikon D70 on eBay for $650, with two very useful lenses, bags, plus cards and some other stuff. Used of course, but I had a budget and the guy had taken excellent care of it. There are some “learning how to use it” shots on my blog if you want to check it out. I would have loved the D80 too, but for a beginner and considering the price, I am very happy with the D70. Just my two cents. 🙂

    Nice blog by the way!

  • 3. Karen in Alaska  |  January 22, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    I just got a Canon Rebel XTi from best buy. I bounced between it and the other Nikon digital SLRs. The best buy guys sold me on the cannon because the lenses are more readily available in store (a biggy here in Alaska) and they said the canon was more flexible with lighting situations. (e.g. it performed better in low light).

    Since I want to shoot everything (once I actually develop a talent that is) I went with the more versatile of the two. He told me that the canon could grow with me by leaps and bounds (meaning I probably will never outgrow it’s capabilities! LOL)


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