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Old May 27, 2008, 1:14 PM   #11
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mtclimber - you made a really good point. And maybe made my decision tougher.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"My reason for considering DSLR was because I felt that my P&S had very little manual control. I really liked Canon because when I first started out, the presets on the camera produced really nice shots. As I started taking more pictures and researching other photo samples, I wanted to be more creative with my shots - not just your typical, shoot at anything and everything you see in one mode. I was frustrated with my P&S and the lack of manual control it had - I tried the tweak this setting, take pic, and d/l it to the computer to see what it looks like method.It didn't help .. it was all blurry. I made the (bad) assumption that all P&S cameras had minimal manual control. Isn't the point of a P&S to be easy, straight forward, and be able to use it right out of the box without tweaking with AP or SP?

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"Because I wanted to go beyond the pre-sets and be more creative with my shots (and not just take pictures of everything and anything), I felt a DSLR would give me that. Plus, from the DSLRs I have used (from friends), the camera doesn't go "on hold" while the image is being written to the media. I can shoot quickly and easily.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"The advice here made me reconsider the P&S. So now, I have discovered the Canon S5 IS and the Nikon P-80. They seem like a cross between a DSLR and P&S. The flexibility of a manual, yet still some presets if I'm feeling lazy.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"Would this be a good step for someone like me who may not need a DSLR but have the manual freedom to go beyond the pre-sets? It would make travelling a whole lot lighter, but wouldI get the kind of shots I want out of it? Would it be a good "bridge" to the DSLR world?

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"Also, when would it be right for someone to move to DSLR? style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"What kind of general photography issues would not be solved by a new model P&S?

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"Am I going off topic here? Sorry.

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Old May 27, 2008, 2:42 PM   #12
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As I said in my original post, everything you say you're looking for, you can get with a P&S, andfor a lot less money.

Except for the shallow depth of field shots. For that, you need a larger image sensor and a large aperture lens. If that's important to you, then you need a dSLR.


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Old Jul 23, 2008, 11:09 AM   #13
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Thanks everyone.

I went with the Canon XSi. It feels great in the hands. Looking back, I'm glad I did not get the D60.

I love my new camera and I can finally get that blurred background with ease. I am taking the advice in the forums and will be experimenting with the kit lens before deciding on what lens to buy next.

The kit lens is actually quite good.
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Congratulations and good luck with it.

And come back and post something.
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