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    starter DSLR

    14YO daugher is "interested" in photography. thinking of an inexpensive DSLR camera for Christmas, any recommendations? based on casual browsing $500 seems like the starting point, a bit much for what i'd call a "starter" camera.

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    I have a Canon T2i and love it. You can get the T3i with a lot of extras now for a good price at places like Costco or B&H.....
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    ...or the Nikon D5100. They're very close.

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    Not quite up to DSLR spec, but you could look at Micro Four Third cameras. Panasonic GF3 w/kit lens is on Amazon for $329. Prior year M43 cameras w/kit lens are available for less than $300. Isn't going to quite be at the same level as a DSLR but cheaper point of entry with similar functionality for much lower price. Really lowers your cost if she doesn't like it or goodness knows breaks it somehow. But your long term costs are higher if she really likes it and wants a DSLR down the road.
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    thanks, will check these out
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    Nikon makes a good camera. Canon does too. A lot of it comes down to personal preference and what feels right in your hand...
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    I vote Canon as well ... Love my T2i

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    I vote Canon as well ... Love my T2i

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    I also think you can find them for less than 400 used... But nothing fancy for lenses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcunni View Post
    14YO daugher is "interested" in photography. thinking of an inexpensive DSLR camera for Christmas, any recommendations? based on casual browsing $500 seems like the starting point, a bit much for what i'd call a "starter" camera.
    Just out of curiosity - why a dslr? There are a lot of "dslr like" models that might be less expensive. Like you say - she's "interested" and 14. Why not consider a hybrid?

    Consider:

    Hybrid camera advantages

    • Smaller, lighter and usually quieter than equivalent SLR
    • Ease of use with many compact camera features (such as face detection)
    • Better integrated video capture functionality
    • Electronic viewfinders usually larger than entry-level SLR optical viewfinders
    • Full shooting information and menus in the viewfinder
    • Smaller lenses

    Hybrid camera disadvantages

    • Fewer models / brands to choose from
    • Limited lens choices
    • Slower - in some cases much slower - autofocus
    • Limited continuous ('burst') shooting capabilities
    • Electronic viewfinders cannot match the clarity of a good optical finder
    • Current models offer relatively poor low-light performance
    Last edited by Abubob; Nov 23, 2012 at 9:08 AM.

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    Better and changeable lenses... Manual focusing.. Better depth of field..

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