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Old Jun 27, 2011, 8:28 PM   #1
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Default DSLR vs P&S For Complete Beginner S90 vs Rebel XT

So my friend wants to get into photography, and he is a complete noob. He has never owned anything other than a $50 compact camera from Walmart. So I was wondering would it be better for him to get something like a used Canon S90 for like $250 or get a Rebel XT + lens for like $270? All input is helpful, thanks for looking!
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How seriously does he want to get into photography? The dslr will give him a ton of controls and have more dof control as well where with the right lens, it you can get some nice background blur.
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How seriously does he want to get into photography? The dslr will give him a ton of controls and have more dof control as well where with the right lens, it you can get some nice background blur.
I am not sure, he has never tried it. Is there a cheaper camera he could look at to just try photography out?
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well for snaps yes, but for photography it will not be to less expensive. There are options in the different point and shoots, but each options has their limits and shortfalls

A megazoom camera will give you macro and allot of zoom, but poor low light, the s95 gives you better image quality and low light but limited zoom. So it is a tough call if you go with a pns camera.

If you go with a dslr, you get all options, but that will mean to invest in lenses.

Think your friend needs to determine if he is will to invest in a system like a dslr. Or does he want to live with the limits of the different point and shoot options.
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well for snaps yes, but for photography it will not be to less expensive. There are options in the different point and shoots, but each options has their limits and shortfalls

A megazoom camera will give you macro and allot of zoom, but poor low light, the s95 gives you better image quality and low light but limited zoom. So it is a tough call if you go with a pns camera.

If you go with a dslr, you get all options, but that will mean to invest in lenses.

Think your friend needs to determine if he is will to invest in a system like a dslr. Or does he want to live with the limits of the different point and shoot options.

Hmm well I just found a used Rebel XT for $225 with an 18-55mm lens. I think this would be good to start him off
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it is a good start.
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