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Countryman Mar 19, 2010 4:39 PM

Advice on camera upgrade- Nikon D5000 or Canon 500D
Hello everyone.

For a few years now I have been using my point and shoot cannon 900Ti camera and have also been borrowing the brothers, I believe to be a Nikon d3000 but think itís the older version.

I am now looking to upgrade my camera, but have no idea what to replace it with. I want a camera towards the DSLR level but in a confusion of what to get.

My main inspirations are Architecture and Landscape photography if that helps in any way.

I am travelling round Europe for 10 days next week and would like to get something for then, but think I might be pushing my chances a little bit.

Thanks in advance


Hards80 Mar 19, 2010 4:42 PM


are you for sure wanting a DSLR, or something that gives you more creative control in general?

an entry-level dslr is of course a choice, especially if you are familiar with them from your brothers.

but a nice bridge superzoom camera gives you an increase in control as well.

do you shoot action shots? do you want to shoot in low light?

shoturtle Mar 19, 2010 4:48 PM

What is your budget?

Countryman Mar 19, 2010 4:59 PM

Thanks for the speedy reply.

I have also used a Cannon powershot SX10 but just dont seem to get the quality that the DSLR achives. But i have just noticed they have brought out a new model of this camera.
Pretty much all photos will be of stills and yes i would be using the camera in some low light.

Thank you.

Countryman Mar 19, 2010 5:05 PM


Originally Posted by shoturtle (Post 1067502)
What is your budget?

Hmmm, I donít really have to much of a budget but maybe something around £400 mark.

Hards80 Mar 19, 2010 5:10 PM

Well if you have used a SX10 before, then you should have a pretty decent idea of what most bridge cameras will produce, as most will be be reasonably close to this model.

So it looks like you are ready to make the move to the DSLR then. Of course your budget will be a large determining factor.

for mainly landscape/cityscape, any brand of DSLR should suit you quite nicely. if you were going to shoot sports or wildlife, then i would suggest sticking to canon / nikon. but for general shooting with emphasis on 'scapes, then no need to.

Pentax's KX is a nice affordable model that produces well in low-light, and has 720p video

Canon has the T1i/T2i, good image quality, access to all of canon's EF lenses. good 1080p video, both (esp t2i) are more expensive than the Pentax.

Nikon's D5000 is another good choice. good image quality, video, and for what its worth a tilting lcd, 720p video. however, you are relegated to AF-S lenses and other lenses with built in focus motors (may or may not be a problem, depending on your desire for short primes n macros).

Hards80 Mar 19, 2010 5:13 PM

400 british pounds is about 600 dollars.

so you are talking some of the entry level cameras.

Pentax KX as i mentioned fits this price and is probably your best bet at this price range.

shoturtle Mar 19, 2010 5:17 PM

For the Building and landscape, the canon 450D a good choice, it is in your price range.

Also the pentax K-x with the kit lens. The k-x will give you better low light ability if you take night shots hand held.

But to put thing into context the low light ability is shooting without a flash, unless it is really dark 1600 iso will be enough of night out door shooting around town. So unless you shoot inside clubs and pubs. The canon 450D will meet most of your needs.

If you need more zoom I would go with a 2 lens kit, as it does not seem action shooting on your list, and either canon and pentax with the 2 kit lens should meet your needs.

Hards80 Mar 19, 2010 5:18 PM

yes, canon 450D is also in your price range, it has come down significantly lately, didn't notice.

shoturtle Mar 19, 2010 5:22 PM

With the drop in price on the 450D I was looking at just a body as a backup to 500D.

What is now lower price model was yesterdays high end model. It is a still a very good camera.

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