Which camera?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by will waters, Aug 21, 2011.

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    Hi
    I am looking at buying a DSLR and I was wandering if I could have some advice, I am at school so I will need one that is robust and being both part of the photographic and video editing, and I would like to use it for video recording, my options are:

    Nikon D3100, has full 1080 recording: £399 http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=467128533&pf_rd_i=468294

    Nikon D300, no video recording £299
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nikon-D3000...m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_r=0JA0H644Y08AMDB7XNG6

    Canon EOS1100D, 720 recording, £399, premium brand, dad has one so can use his accessorise
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Canon-Digit...?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1313954326&sr=1-15

    Thanks Will
     
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    Retracting my previous. 3100
     
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    Nice typo.. hehe D300 !!! for 299, I would have jumped on that one :)..

    But i agree with about: D3100.. go for it and have fun.
     
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    Really it all depends what fits your hand well and how important video is! They are all nice.

    Btw wait a few days. Sony is getting ready to release some zingers.
     
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    No, not a typo, look on amazon ( NB it is in pounds sterling) :)
     
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    I had a D3100. Fantastic pic quality with the kit 18-55.

    I returned it due to form factor, off center viewfinder (typical in this price range so don't read too much into that), and no display on top.

    But for its intended purpose it was great and I would still recommend it.


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    There was a typo. D3000 is a very different camera than the d300.
     
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    While the most important factor would be what feels best in your hands, the fact that you can share gear with your dad for the Canon would really help with costs. That said, I would stick with either the D3100 or 1100D for the newest tech in that price range. Oh, and I would go with the Canon, but that's because I'm partial to the brand and its ergonomics, etc.
     
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    D3100 FTW

    The other Nikon would be ok but it has no video... the Canon is not as good as you might think.

    The D3100 has received positive reviews from all sorts of websites, whereas with the 1100D you basically get what you pay for ;)

    Obviously, if you already have Canon lenses then the 1100D is the way to go :)
     
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    Another camera

    Sorry I have got another camera to choose from

    The Sony NEX C3 records 720p a friend has one and he says it is great :)
     
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    The native lenses suck for nex, for now. New nex on the way. Don't buy yet if you go that route.

    Flip out screen is great for video.
     
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    I'm gonna go for D3100 for an all around package. for image quality alone, i think the D300 wins.
     
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    Take a look at the Pentax k-x and k-r, I find offerings from Pentax give you a lot more for your money, and are often overlooked.

    All modern Pentax's have sensor based shake reduction (as opposed to lens based) that works with any lens you attach, I find this to be a huge advantage. Shake reduction is especially useful for video.
     
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    I notice you did not read the whole thread and I feel the need to point out that it was a typo.
     
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    The biggest issue for me with Pentax (and I really wanted a k5>) is lack of fast wide primes.
     
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    Simple. How much can you spend?

    If money is no object, I would go with the Nikon D3S. Nothing on the market beats its low light capabilities. Nothing Canon has can touch it. However, if you are more into video, then Canon has the edge here. I have the D3S and use the video (1,280 × 720/24 fps) without a problem. Unlike the D3100, the focus is manual. If you can wait a few months, Nikon is rumored to be releasing the D4(s/x). I will have a D3s for sale in that time. :)
     
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    Did you just seriously "recommend" a D3S/D4 to someone who was contemplating a D3100 /Canon 1100? Seriously...

    For someone that is still in school and obviously is just getting into DSLR photography that is quite a stretch.. yes it's great that you have a D3s but you just suggest to a beginner to shell out 6 grand on a camera that he wouldn't understand or be able to handle to begin with...
     
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    M9's and 50 Noctilux's for everyone. Paired of course with a red.
     
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    It's not like he recommended the most expensive DSLR camera on the market today, no, he recommended the 2nd most expensive DSLR camera on the market today ... ;)
    Maybe the OP could just get both, D3S for low light work and D3X for serious work ... :rolleyes: :eek: :p
     
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    Not even close...unless you ar limiting to full frame?
     
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    Excluding medium format of course, that's for professionals ... :eek:
     
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    ROFL!! I hear Pentax's 645D is quite "cheap" :)
     
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    I recommend the canon.

    Especially if you can borrow accessories from someone else.
     
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    You did notice the first past of my reply right? The part where I ask how much does he want to spend. This has nothing to do with whether he is a beginner or not but only with what his budget is. Second, you make an assumption about what he will or will not be able to handle. Not sure about you but where I come from people are outfitted with this thing called a brain. It allows them to read, understand, comprehend, learn, etc.. So figuring out a camera should be pretty straight forward. You are pretty presumptuous with a person you don't even know.
     

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