Powershot G9 or ?????

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by NRose8989, May 26, 2008.

  1. NRose8989 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 6, 2008
    I want to start getting into photography but I'm unsure what i should get for a camera. I'm thinking about getting a canon powershot G9 because of its RAW capability. do you guys think that this would be a good route to go? or should i look into a cheaper DSLR? I'm not super serious about photography just yet so i really don't want to spend a ton of money into equipment. thanks.
  2. sonor macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2008
    London, UK
    The G9 is good if you already have a DSLR and want something more compact as well (although it's not particularly small), but I'd suggest starting with something like a Nikon D40 (or equivalent Canon, Sony, Pentax...) with kit lens - which is the same kind of money. That would be ideal for learning about photography and the quality and versatility is much greater.

    If you start getting more serious about photography you can buy another lens or two and if you feel you're outgrowing your first DLSR you can still keep the lenses, but upgrade the body.
  3. zirkle2007 macrumors 6502


    Sep 25, 2007
    Indiana, USA
    +1 for a Nikon/Canon DSLR. The ability to add and change lenses is great and you'll get more use out of them. And if you want something small you can just carry a small point and shoot at other times like I do. I think you'll be much happier just jumping into one of these models.
  4. Phrasikleia macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2008
    Over there------->
    I third the motion. For about $450 (on Amazon and elsewhere), you can get a Canon EOS XT with the kit lens, which will be a lot more fun than any fixed-lens camera.

    I found that out the hard way. I bought a "bridge" camera last Spring and outgrew it before a year was up. If I had just bought a DSLR back then, I would have saved money in the long run, and I'd have a year's worth of much higher quality photos.
  5. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

    Feb 2, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    I would get a Nikon D40 They can be had for very cheap these days and make a good starter.

    and As others have mentioned the G9 is more for people who already own a DSLR.

    Good Luck
  6. NRose8989 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 6, 2008
    Great ill look into the nikon D40 then. thanks for all of the input..

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