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I am thinking of moving from a point and shoot digital camera and try D-SLR's.

 

I would like some advice of a good digital camera. I WOULD LIKE RAW SUPPORT, affordable (lower than $1,200 preferably), good menu, good quality, and good battery life.

 

Any ideas? I was thinking of the Canon Digital Rebel XT (with the lens kit).

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The obvious advice is to go with Cannon (especially the Rebel) or Nikon or the like. This isn't realistic. While Cannon make great cameras that are probably everything you need, that isn't what you truly need to know. The best thing you can do is go into a camera specialists store and hold them in your hands. What feels best, what feels more like you?

 

That said there are a ton of cameras out there but all will have a giid battery life as they use completely different rechargable batteries (even just consider the size) than your point and shoot ones. I find all the Cannon/Nikon menus simple to navigate, but that said you won't use them much anyway. RAW should be a given and yet if you are going to be using it, think about buying a bunch of memory cards. Lastly just think, before you buy it, do I really need an SLR or am I better off with a higher range PaS? Will I use the features, learn the features and use them artistically in a way that justifies the spending?

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The Nikons and Canons are comparable. I prefer the feel of the Nikon to the Canon, but that doesn't mean anything. I suggest you go to a store and hold both before you make your decision. Also look into lenses. They will make much more difference in you long term experience with the camera than the camera body itself.

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Also look into lenses.  They will make much more difference in you long term experience with the camera than the camera body itself.

 

While this is good advice I would like to point out that things such as memory type/capabilities, resolution and sensor are all issues relating to the body, not the lense and thus issues you want to raise now. Additionally you can check up online as to what alternative (third party) lenses fit your camera bodies. There are many very good alternatives provided which offer cheaper lenses than the "official" ones (especially in relation to Cannon and Nikon) and often lenses not offered by the body manufactuers.

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ok, so I am gonna go to the store and compare. BUT, if I choose to go with the Canon one, is that a good one? I can't really test the image quality on a 20inch moniter and stuff of that nature (ditto with the Nikon one)?

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if you already have an slr, you might want to take into account that some standard lenses are compatible with digital slr's

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It doesn't sound like he does for a number of reasons. Basically the quality on the screen doesn't matter in terms of colour etc. because that will no doubt be your fault and furthermore it can be corrected easily. It's the resolution only that will make a difference as in your 20" monitor example. The higher the resolution (eg. 6000x4000) the better the quality will feel later on. The only other thing is RAW vs. jpeg, but I feel you want jpeg to start you off anyway.

 

You can check the resolution capabilities on the box, or in the cameras settings on any camera. Any DSLR should have decent resolutions, Canons and Nikons especially.

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I am thinking of moving from a point and shoot digital camera and try D-SLR's.

 

I would like some advice of a good digital camera. I WOULD LIKE RAW SUPPORT, affordable (lower than $1,200 preferably), good menu, good quality, and good battery life.

 

Any ideas? I was thinking of the Canon Digital Rebel XT (with the lens kit).

 

You probably already know this site, but in case you don't try

 

http://www.dpreview.com/

 

The site has a nice camera comparison feature, reviews, user feedback and a forum.

 

I used the site a few years ago to buy a Canon G2, and have subsequently used it for other purchases. IMHO one of the best consumer sites on the web.

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You probably already know this site, but in case you don't try

 

http://www.dpreview.com/

 

The site has a nice camera comparison feature, reviews, user feedback and a forum.

 

I used the site a few years ago to buy a Canon G2, and have subsequently used it for other purchases. IMHO one of the best consumer sites on the web.

 

I couldn't agree more, however I was reluctant to mention it because nothing compares to getting your hands on one.

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I couldn't agree more, however I was reluctant to mention it because nothing compares to getting your hands on one.

 

Too true, but also half the fun of buying tech toys is the window shopping before you purchase.

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Umm ok. With the 20 inch moniter thing... I was going for a general quality idea (I don't want to compare the image quality with a little LCD screen)

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