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Chirag Shroff , May 25, 2008; 03:33 p.m.


I currently have a Canon PowerShot A530 and I hate it. This camera performs very poorly in low light and indoors and I am tired of it.

I want to buy a camera that will give me good image quality especially in low light and indoors. I'll also prefer a smaller camera.

I have never used a DSLR before and though I am very fond of taking pictures, I am initially looking for an entry level DSLR. I'll prefer a smaller more compact DSLR but this is not a deal breaker. Something in the range of 400-800. I don't mind buying a refurbished DSLR to bring down the cost.

I read a lot of threads on the forums and the more I read the more confused I get.

Your inputs will be greatly appreciated.




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Ronald Moravec , May 25, 2008; 03:42 p.m.

Nikon D80 for $729 and a fast prime lens. D300 will do better at $1800. The D80 is at the end of its life cycle and is priced right.

D60 is small, new, and will be fully functional with any of the older lenses so you are stuck with buying new immediately loosing the initial cost savings. There are no fast primes fully compatable with the D60 except Sigmas which I do not recommend.

Don`t know a thing about Canon except there is no significant difference . You are looking at consumer Digital Rebel or semi pro 40D.

Chirag Shroff , May 25, 2008; 04:21 p.m.

Thanks. What do you think about Nikon D40?

Aaron B , May 25, 2008; 04:30 p.m.

Canon Digital Rebel XTi and XSi both fit your budget and are very small for a DSLR (in fact too small for some people). Any lens made for the Canon EOS mount will fit these cameras.

Marcelo Gutierrez , May 25, 2008; 05:10 p.m.

You also can get the Olympus E 420


is one of the smallest dslr cameras in the market also has a great image quality

the price its just about $600 for the kit

take care hope you found it usefull

take care Marcelo G

Chirag Shroff , May 25, 2008; 05:32 p.m.


What do you think about Nikon D40? I am getting it for 440.



Ronald Moravec , May 25, 2008; 05:56 p.m.

D40 is crippled the same way as as D40x and D60. Cheap to buy, expensive when you get more lenses.

It is very small camera, ok if you have small thin hands. Not ok if you are a wide receiver.

440 is a good price and be sure the kit lens 18/55 comes with it. They are bundled together and D40`s are not sold without by legit dealers. Calumet sells both at 500 total.

Bueh B. , May 25, 2008; 05:57 p.m.

The D40 is crap. Nighmarish ergonomics and virtually incompatible to anything but AF-S lenses -- so NO primes will work fully on this camera. Even AF Nikkors must be focused manually, which is next to impossible due to the poor viewfinder.

Get an used Pentax K10D instead of an entry-level toy where corners have been cut to make it as "cheap" as possible. In addition to its native AF lenses it can use all manual Pentax-K mount lenses and adapt all M42 gear -- with the focus confirmation, metering and image stabilization still intact.

Chirag Shroff , May 25, 2008; 06:11 p.m.

Ronald and Bueh,

Thanks for your replies.

The D40 comes with the lens. Here is the link:


Roland and Bueh,

Thanks. I'll be buying my DSLR and don't know much about how it works. So, something that will do most of the things on its own is good. I'll start using the manual controls as I learn more about the camera. So, keeping this in mind is D40 an ok buy?



Bueh B. , May 25, 2008; 06:18 p.m.

Chirag, I strongly advise against the D40 for beginners. Like most entry-level dSLRs it is actually pretty difficult to use because of the awful ergonomics. It is a camera that will you leave you disappointed when you realize its limits and drawbacks. Check out the K10D, it's a great camera for beginners backed with a very affordable system.

And please research more about the online store you want to buy from before purchasing anything!

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