A new digital SLR camera

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Fooj, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. Fooj macrumors member

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    Hello,

    I am interested in purchasing a new camera for a family holiday, an SLR, I have seen this one on amazon which rates quite high, wondering what peoples thoughts are?

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Canon-Power...1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1213372545&sr=8-1

    Previously we have had problems with battery life of digital cameras, I see this one takes 4 x AA batterys, is this pretty standard for cameras like these, in a similar price bracket?

    Any comment would be great
    thanks
     
  2. SchneiderMan macrumors G3

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    thats not an slr camera..

    ive got the nikon d40, one of the best cameras for the price!
     
  3. za9ra22 macrumors 6502

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    I have an Olympus E-510 which can currently be had for little more than $600 in a kit with two zoom lenses. It's small and extremely light, has optical stabilization and is a delight to use. It comes with a single battery pack which should be good for around 600 shots. There's an even lighter, slightly smaller version of it, the E-420, which omits the image stabilizer if the budget is tight.

    Digital SLRS are not inexpensive when compared to digital 'point-and-shoot' type cameras but are generally worth the extra money for quality of image and flexibility.
     
  4. jampat macrumors 6502a

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    My 20D will shoot 300 to 600 pics per battery. Last time I bought batteries, they were close to $100 each though. If you are just taking snapshots on a trip, the canon you showed may be fine. Sure it will burn through a ton of batteries, but at $0.30 each, you have a lot of sets before it adds up to a spare SLR battery. The 20D can take 8 AA's but you supposedly only get ~200 pictures, never had to try that though. Go to a camera store and play with a bunch of different models and find one that is comfortable. Buying unseen and untried off the internet is generally a mistake as things start getting more expensive and more tailored to specific uses. Good Luck.
     

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