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Old 11-03-2008, 01:40 AM
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Default entry level DSLR or top end compact?

Canon EOS Rebel XSi DSLR kit with 18-55mm IS lens kit MSRP $800
  • 12.2 megapixels
  • interchangeable lenses
  • comes with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens

Canon PowerShot G10 IS MSRP $499
  • 14.7 megapixels
  • built in 6.1-30.5mm f/2.8-4.5 (35mm film equivalent: 28-140mm)

I know the advantage of interchangeable lenses. I have the ability to control aperture, f stop and shutter speed with my current camera and don't 98% of the time and both options maintain that ability. I also know the higher resolution the larger the high res prints I can make. I am not intimately familiar with the differences between a picture sot at 18mm focal length and one shot at 28mm (other than the 18mm is a wider angle shot) Examples may help my decision.

Bearing in mind cost, resolution, and features including standard lens features any opinions?

The types of images I would be shooting would be automotive (event pics and the occasional setup shot) and landscapes as well as the usual snapshot type of images.

Thanks in advance for the advice.
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Get a DSLR you'll enjoy it much more if you're going to be doing the setup shots and stuff like that, you'll enjoy having more control over the pictures!
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Old 11-03-2008, 01:52 AM
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I'd say if you have the money for the DSLR go for it, because you never know if you'll want to go further with the hobby and get a few more lenses. With a compact, you obviously won't be able to do that, and will have to switch cameras one more time.
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That's where I'm leaning so far but the resolution is still an issue. My wife says just get a dslr.
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The G9 is an awesome box and entirely capable of achieving stellar results. It provides almost every ounce of control you have in a DSLR, albeit without the lens interchangeability. However, it does benefit from the inconspicuous size which can be handy to travel with or achieve some difficult shots where the size of a DSLR can fail. Thus, I would be apt to say the G10 will continue that trend like every evolution of the G line generally does.

The difference in 10mm? Can be pretty substantial.

I would be apt to await image testing from the lens on the G10 before making a final decision. Keep an eye on DPReview.com for a pretty unbiased review of it.

If you are aiming to make more of a long term investment and have the ambition to progress into different accessories/lenses then a DSLR could be a more logical choice.

If budget bound, it certainly wouldn't be bad to start with the G and when able to advance to something bigger simply retire it to backup duty.
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cool thanks for the tip just looked at the G6 samples (nothing newer) there as well as the EOS samples on dpreview. I'm leaning more towards dslr.
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+1 DSLR.

I own a Canon 5D SLR body and recently purchased a Canon G10 semi-compact.

I usually don't own a compact, it forces me to use my SLR. But I also have little kids, and it's a little easier to bring the G10.

That being said, it is almost always my preference to still bring and shoot with the SLR, it's overall a more pleasureable experience. The SLR is more responsive, offers more flexibility, more easy to control.

The G10 can shoot RAW and create some impressive pictures, but I do find it is slightly more work to get it to do what I want, and not as intuitive.

Also, I spent $499 for mine, where can you find it for $399? That seems like a good deal.

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Yeah double checked the price I was mistaken best price I can get it for is $479
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Yeah double checked the price I was mistaken best price I can get it for is $479
Thanks. I was like, Whoa, I just got screwed...

I think Amazon has them for around $472 shipped.
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That's where I'm leaning so far but the resolution is still an issue. My wife says just get a dslr.
Unless you're going to be printing posters, anything more than 7.2 MP (8"x10" @ 300dpi) is mostly fluff. That also depends on how good your composition is, since bigger MP will let you crop a little farther before resolution becomes an issue. 12 MP is probably still overkill, though.
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I love my SLR. But not having more lenses is definitely a drawback. Seeing that new lenses are as much or more then a new camera kind of sucks too. Also SLR is bulkier and more of a pain to carry around.

If you do go for the top end canon compact, you can flash the firmware to get more in depth professional controls. It was posted on lifehacker before, I could find the link if you were interested.

I think with the SLR route, just know what you are getting into. For example, what you linked above is pretty much what I have, XTi and no IS lens though. In order to flesh out my kit I have gotten a 50mm fixed lens for portraits ($90) and I am prolly going to pick up an EF-S 55-250mm telephoto lens ($260). Not having the telephoto is really hurting right now as 55mm is really nothing.
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+1 for the XSi. i just got it as our first DSLR and it is a big step up from my Fuji S5200. Look on amazon for the XSi. i think they are going for about $650 for the body and kit lens with free shipping and no tax.
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Unless you're going to be printing posters, anything more than 7.2 MP (8"x10" @ 300dpi) is mostly fluff. That also depends on how good your composition is, since bigger MP will let you crop a little farther before resolution becomes an issue. 12 MP is probably still overkill, though.

I would like to print at least at 16x20 I've got big empty walls in the house.

Apparently the camera my wife's company uses for its in-house shoots is the XSi. If its good enough for a bunch of Gannett Publications magazines to use, I guess it will do. LOL
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I love my SLR. But not having more lenses is definitely a drawback. Seeing that new lenses are as much or more then a new camera kind of sucks too. Also SLR is bulkier and more of a pain to carry around.

If you do go for the top end canon compact, you can flash the firmware to get more in depth professional controls. It was posted on lifehacker before, I could find the link if you were interested.

I think with the SLR route, just know what you are getting into. For example, what you linked above is pretty much what I have, XTi and no IS lens though. In order to flesh out my kit I have gotten a 50mm fixed lens for portraits ($90) and I am prolly going to pick up an EF-S 55-250mm telephoto lens ($260). Not having the telephoto is really hurting right now as 55mm is really nothing.

All good points to consider that's why I will likely post a "what second lens" thread if I get a dslr
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