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    I'm looking at the same question right now, Disneymom.

    For instance I'm looking at these two camera's right now:

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1202650703335

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1218012527719

    How are SLR's different/comparable to these models?




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    I know a lot of people who swear by those compact mega-zoom cameras, especially the Canon you list there.

    The main advantages of a DSLR tend to be that you can swap lenses. so you can get cheap ones sure, but also really good quality lenses much better usually than are on the compacts since the compacts have to try and meet all your needs with one lens which inevitably leads to compromises being made.

    The DSLRs tend to have less shutter lag meaning that when you press the button they take the shot immediately rather than taking a little longer as the compacts tend to do. That can be quite important.

    I can't fault those megazooms REALLY but I would say that now they've got DSLRs that are as small as those but still have the option to buy new lenses, it would be worth taking a look at them before making a decision.
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    So then, what if I told you that the Sony version I just linked to offered both a wide angle and a macro lens add on? (I haven't confirmed this, it was just something that was mentioned to me today in passing )

    (I have to say, having *touched* them both, I like the Canon more, but can't quite get past the fact that it uses AA batteries rather than a LIon.)




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    Quote Originally Posted by Beccaberry, post: 124204
    I'm looking at the same question right now, Disneymom.

    For instance I'm looking at these two camera's right now:

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1202650703335

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1218012527719

    How are SLR's different/comparable to these models?
    Bridging cameras (half way between a point and shoot and a DSLR) are pretty good cameras but not as flexible as a DSLR.
    A DSLR has interchangeable lenses for different types of photos. The lenses on a DSLR are bigger and generally sharper, some with image stabalizing features built in.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Beccaberry, post: 124211

    (I have to say, having *touched* them both, I like the Canon more, but can't quite get past the fact that it uses AA batteries rather than a LIon.)
    If you do get a camera on AA bateries use re-chargeable ones with a rating of at least 2200mAh and carry at least one spare set with you.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Beccaberry, post: 124211
    So then, what if I told you that the Sony version I just linked to offered both a wide angle and a macro lens add on? (I haven't confirmed this, it was just something that was mentioned to me today in passing )
    They do tend to, but the quality of both will almost certainly be limited versus a dedicated lens doing the same thing. Now, that doesnt necessarily matter as long as it's "good enough" but still

    (I have to say, having *touched* them both, I like the Canon more, but can't quite get past the fact that it uses AA batteries rather than a LIon.)
    after recommending that nikon to you that broke I'm not sure I should comment but I kinda like AAs! you can still get rechargeables and it means if your battery dies in a park, you'll be able to pick up a pack of cheap aas and keep going
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    Becca i have a canon powershot and i love it, can't remember what model it is but it really does take fantastic photos. Here's a couple i took with it last april







    and from 2 years ago in charleston















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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith, post: 124219
    They do tend to, but the quality of both will almost certainly be limited versus a dedicated lens doing the same thing. Now, that doesnt necessarily matter as long as it's "good enough" but still
    If you do get a camera on AA bateries use re-chargeable ones with a rating of at least 2200mAh and carry at least one spare set with you.
    Bridging cameras (half way between a point and shoot and a DSLR) are pretty good cameras but not as flexible as a DSLR.
    A DSLR has interchangeable lenses for different types of photos. The lenses on a DSLR are bigger and generally sharper, some with image stabalizing features built in.
    Excellent. Exactly the sorts of things I need to know :D Thank you both!

    after recommending that nikon to you that broke I'm not sure I should comment but I kinda like AAs! you can still get rechargeables and it means if your battery dies in a park, you'll be able to pick up a pack of cheap aas and keep going
    Knock it off, sir. I do love that camera, it takes lovely shots. Nikon just needs to sort out their lens errors or get better customer service

    It's funny, I absolutely understand and *agree* with what you are saying about AA's (I ran into that *exact* problem on my most recent trips). I guess it's a mental thing. For whatever reason, I associate the "higher end" or "better" camera's with LIon batteries. I don't know why, like I said, it's a mental block I have. But I do love the feel of that Canon.

    So then, for the money...if you are truly an avid enthusiast (but far from a professional), would you spend the extra money and get the DSLR and just sort of wing it, or start out with one of the "bridging" cameras until you felt more confident?




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    Quote Originally Posted by Beccaberry, post: 124242
    So then, for the money...if you are truly an avid enthusiast (but far from a professional), would you spend the extra money and get the DSLR and just sort of wing it, or start out with one of the "bridging" cameras until you felt more confident?
    honestly, given where you are with your photography, I feel you need a DSLR to allow you to continue. Now, most of us barely use the capabilities of a compact never mind a DSLR but I just feel the range of possibilities and settings would be advantageous and if you don't go for it now you'll be wanting one in a few months anyway
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    Quote Originally Posted by britchick, post: 124235
    Becca i have a canon powershot and i love it, can't remember what model it is but it really does take fantastic photos. Here's a couple i took with it last april







    and from 2 years ago in charleston


    Brit, those are FANTASTIC!! WOW! I'm breathless!




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