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I recently purchased a Canon SD1000, and I have discovered that photography is something that I really enjoy. The SD1000 is great, but I want to get a camera that takes stellar pictures rather than just good pictures. I'll still be using the sd1000 when I need a camera to fit in my pocket, but I want something bigger and better for professional photography purposes. My question to you is which camera should I get? I've pretty much ruled out a DSLR due to the prices, and am currently considering the Canon S3is, Canon S5is, and the Canon SX100is. I'd prefer Canon, Nikon, or Fujifilm cameras. Any other suggestions are welcome. Thanks for all of your help in advance...

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First DSLR Lens/Body and outlook...any suggestions?Posted by jakeh.

We are just discussing almost the same thing....

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Comment #1

I think you'll need to rule a DSLR back in. Image quality can be way better..

Don't get me wrong, I can take nice interesting photos with loads of detail with a Fuji 9100 and I use it more than the DSLR too, but if you're talking "stellar" image quality then a DSLR is where you ned to start. Lenses are the key component so spend more on those and less on the camera body..

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Comment #2

John,.

I realize that a DSLR is the only thing that will give me "stellar" quality, and I didn't mean to word it that way. Sorry about that. What I meant is that I want a camera that has more zoom, image stabilization, and more detial than my SD1000. But I do have one more question. Is it worth getting an SLR-like camera if I already have the SD1000, or the image quality is not that much of an improvement?..

Comment #3

GMARS5 wrote:.

I recently purchased a Canon SD1000, and I have discovered thatphotography is something that I really enjoy. The SD1000 is great,but I want to get a camera that takes stellar pictures rather thanjust good pictures. I'll still be using the sd1000 when I need acamera to fit in my pocket, but I want something bigger and betterfor professional photography purposes. My question to you is whichcamera should I get? I've pretty much ruled out a DSLR due to theprices, and am currently considering the Canon S3is, Canon S5is, andthe Canon SX100is. I'd prefer Canon, Nikon, or Fujifilm cameras. Anyother suggestions are welcome.



If price is a concern, have you looked at used DSLRs? The Canon Rebel XT, Nikon D50 and Pentax *ist DS are available at very low prices. All of them are excellent entry-level DSLRs..

But in term of image quality, the SD1000l, like many compact cameras, is highly capable of taking pictures in daylight. You won't see too much difference between a DSLR and a SD1000 in these conditions. Where a DSLR shines is in two areas:.

1. Low light. DSLR sensors are much, much bigger than compact cameras, and are thus more sensitive to light. Their pictures at high sensitivities (e.g. ISO 400 and above) are vastly superior to compacts. This makes it easier to shoot indoor photos without the flash..

2. Flexibility. Because of all the flashes, lenses and other accessories, DSLRs are far more flexible. You can tailor your lens and flash selection to the type of photography you do..

Hope this gives you a bit of info...

Comment #4

It's a very difficult problem. I do use a dslr (KM 5D) but also have the need for a non dslr and it's been a frustrating exercise trying to find anything that I am satisfied in image quality, never mind the features..

There are some non dslr's that can approach dslr quality when the conditions are right but as soon as you move away from ideal conditions, the IQ drops. None are stellar compared to what a dslr can do. You say that you have ruled out a dslr because of the price but the top end non dslr's (which give the best non dslr IQ) overlap the bottom end dslr price range..

I have no manufacturer preferences If it is purely IQ then the top end Canon's like the G9 and the A650i will probably give the best output as would a camera like the Nikon P5100. All these cameras have the advanced controls needed to learn photography and move yourself forwards. As a Panasonic LX2 owner, I would say that the latest Panasonics with the Venus III processor are marvellously engineered but are seriously compromised in the area of IQ. The other apparently obvious choice, the Ricoh GX100 also has disappointing IQ and is very expensive..

Malcy.

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Comment #5

Take a look at the Panasonic FZ50. It is as close to being a DSLR as you can get without actually being one. Advantages over the S5IS are:.

The larger sensor gives better image quality.The zoom and focus rings on the lens are easier, faster, and more precise.More powerful flash..

The non-extending lens is more durable and accepts filters and aux. lenses without needing an adapter.Has raw output..

Joel Orlinsky.

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Comment #6

But I do have one more question. Is it worth getting an SLR-like camera if I already have the SD1000, or the image quality is not that much of an improvement?>>.

IMO yes it is worth getting one. Whilst the shots may be almost identical to those taken on the SD100 on a good day you'll be struggling with all kinds of exposure/flash/focus lock work-arounds when things are not so easy. Big lenses collect more light and also collect it 'better'. A live flip out LCD adds hugely to the versatility of a camera and is the main reason why you should consider getting a big single lens bridge camera instead of an entry level DSLR on the other side of the 'bridge'..

Take a look at my 'back to the bridge camera' link below and also in my other PBase galleries at one featuring the Red Centre of Australia which was shot entirely with a little Canon sd400. It shows that you probably COULD manage with the sd1000 today, but 'managing' tends to divert one's attention from the subject..

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Comment #7

Before you run out and spend your money, take stock of what your current camera cannot do, where does it limit your talent..Try and decide on a list of features and their relative importance..

With such a list, the shopping becomes easier because you can do a lot of homework on including/excluding cameras on the list of possibles..

Set yourself a financial limit and stick to it because it's is easy to get carried away...

Comment #8

Canon rebel XT is at a good price nowadays, as is the Nikon D40/D40x. I bought my wife a Nikon D50 and she got superb shots out of it on the 'P' setting right out of the box!.

Beyond all that, though, you need to know composition, lighting, and how to be critical of your every shot to get to the 'stellar' level..

The camera is, and always will be, just a tool to achieve that goal. (Of course, good quality tools can make a job go much better!!).

Good LuckBigDog Ken Griffith.

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Comment #9

Cameras don't take great pictures, photographers do. What you probably need is a camera that allows full manual control so you can actually learn from the pictures you take. It doesn't matter whether it's a DSLR or small format point & shoot. You need to be able to experiment and learn. Without experience, the best camera in the world won't enable you to take better pictures than the camera you're currently using..

GMARS5 wrote:.

I recently purchased a Canon SD1000, and I have discovered thatphotography is something that I really enjoy. The SD1000 is great,but I want to get a camera that takes stellar pictures rather thanjust good pictures..

Larry Bermanhttp://BermanGraphics.com..

Comment #10

Sorry that I'm late to this discussion. Here is a good paper on IQ:.

Http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/?page_id=11.

Charlie DavisNikon 5700 & Sony R1HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

Comment #11

In all honesty, A DSLR will produce a far more natural photo, since it is not limited to a tiny sensor that needs a whole lot of processing to eek out a photo..

If budget is a concern, get a K100D or K100D Super. Either would be a serious camera body. I use a 6MP Pentax and have won photo contests and sold photos taken with it...

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