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gboa Dec 25, 2009 3:07 PM

olympus e420 or nikon d3000
trying to decide for first time slr. i am a beginner and have no slr
experiance but want a step up from point and shoot.
main uses will be my kids indoor and out. this is a very informative
site and i value all opinions.
d3000 with 18-55mm dx lens
e420 with 17-45mm lens.
the d3000 is about $80 more as i will also have to purchase xd card for the

mtclimber Dec 25, 2009 3:18 PM


Welcome to the Forums. We're glad you dropped by.

The Olympus E-620 is a fairer comparison for the Nikon D-3000, as the D-3000 comes equipped with the 18-55mmVR lens. The Olympus E-420, while a very good camera, does not have any IS capability.

The Olympus E-620 has in body IS and is more comparable to the Nikon D-3000 camera. While the E-620 is a bit more expensive than the E-420, it has a feature set that is better than the E-420 or the D-3000 cameras.

Therefore my recommendation would be for you to consider the Olympus E-620. The E-620 two lens kit is currently very attractively priced. If that price niche is out of your budget range, consider the E-510 or E-520 two lens kits, which are the biggest bargain in the DSLR market place right now.

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Sarah Joyce

gboa Dec 25, 2009 3:29 PM

the d3000 is $450 and the e420 is $350 canadian, these are the lowest
prices i currently can find and or want to spend. i did just notice the
canon eos rebel xs for $450 as well. by the way the d300 lens is non vr.

shoturtle Dec 25, 2009 3:31 PM

Hi gboa,

The nikon will have an edge in low light shooting and action shooting over the e420. The D3000 is also the aps-c format which gives it a larger sensor area oppose to the 4/3 format of the e420. The D3000 is a good starter dslr. It is limited to AF-s and AF-i nikon lenses and 3rd party lenses design for nikon AF-s cameras, So if you foresee yourself moving up the camera food chain in the future, you can not use the whole nikon lens lineup. But both tamron and sigma make lenses for. A major plus is the kit lens has IS in them while the e420 does not offer any IS ability.

The olympus e420 is the lightest dslr out there, one reason is the fore mention 4/3 format. I comes with what allot of people would say is the best kit lenses on the market. If you go the route of the e420, I would go with the compact flash card vs. the xd card, as it can take both. All olympus dslr can use the whole olympus dslr lens line up. Sigma and panasonic also has lenses for olympus dslr.

Eventhough both model are their companies base model both will be a big improvement over most p&s camera. But before you buy I recommend you go to a shop that has both camera and hold and play with each camera. You may like one camera ergo set up better then another.

check out this link when you get your dslr, it has some basic youtube workshops to get you started.

shoturtle Dec 25, 2009 3:35 PM


Originally Posted by gboa (Post 1031355)
the d3000 is $450 and the e420 is $350 canadian, these are the lowest
prices i currently can find and or want to spend. i did just notice the
canon eos rebel xs for $450 as well. by the way the d300 lens is non vr.

If the price is a concern, and these are the 3 you are considering it is worth spending the money for the canon xs if it comes with the ef-s 18-55mm IS. The IS is worth the money.


The XS will accept the whole canon lens lineup including 3rd party lenses

shoturtle Dec 25, 2009 3:38 PM

As Sarah mention the e520 is a very good deal, and also the olympus is an easier transition from point and shoot to DSLR, it has more menu and art filter then the canon and nikon.

gboa Dec 25, 2009 3:48 PM

the cheapest i can find here for the e520 is $500 plus shipping.
I think i'm leaning towards the d3000. thanks for the help.

shoturtle Dec 25, 2009 3:52 PM

the D3000 will serve you well, I would look for one that has the Vibration Reduction lens, it is worth the little extra cash over the non VR version. It may save some shoots at night where you may need a bit longer shutter time.

gboa Dec 25, 2009 4:37 PM

I just found the e520 for $15 more than the d3000 plus the cost of
memory card. are these 2 models more comparable to each other?

shoturtle Dec 25, 2009 4:53 PM

Actually they compare very well, in low light the D3000 has an edge. But that does not mean the e520 can not perform in low light, it mean the d3000 a bit better in low light. But the Olympus is also an easier transition from P&S. The body IS means you have that ability no matter which lens you put on it. The crop factor of the 4/3 system mean the realistic focal range of a lens may be mulitply by 2 vs. 1.6 or 1.5 for the asp-c. So the 17-45 lens means it is a 34-90mm in 35mm, and the 18-55mm is 28.8-88mm. So as you can see, both have pretty much the same focal range.

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