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Old Apr 30, 2010, 2:11 AM   #1
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Default Planning to buy a DSLR - Canon 1000D, Nikon D40 or D40x

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I have joined the forum today. And I need a lil bit of help from you to understand which DSLR should I go for. I am a beginner and any help will be great.

Currently I am looking at Canon 1000D and Nikon D40 and 40x. Can you please tell me which do I choose budget wise as well as quality.

I need the following from my camera:

1. Should be able to take pictures in low light
2. Should be able to take pix of a moving object
3. Should have a good zoom
4. Should be able to take portraits as well as landscapes
5. Shouldn't be too expensive.

Also it will be great if you can give me the price of the cams in India.

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Old Apr 30, 2010, 7:23 AM   #2
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None of the cameras you're looking at would be very good at low light photography.

You've added your question onto the end of an old topic. I suggest that you start a new topic that has a title specifically stating your concerns. That way, people will see your question and respond to it, instead of seeing the OP's question.
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I just moved the post to new thread so that he doesn't need to repost it.
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I just moved the post to new thread so that he doesn't need to repost it.
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Of the three cameras you mentioned, the Canon would be better at shooting sports/action/wildlife.
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I would substitute the D3000 for the D40 or D40x. 2 generations newer replacement for the D40, better focusing, better sensor, and generally bettr all around. I say that as a D40 owner. Better yet, while I don't know the prices in India, in the US, Nikon list them as only $50 different and you can find the D3000 routinely on sale knocking the $50 off. I think the only reason Nikon still lists the D40 is to have a "low cost leader" as they no longer show the D40x or the D60 which were the two models ultimately replaced by the D3000.

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1000D, more lens option. Better AF system for action. Equal in low light.
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I also favor the Canon 100D over the Nikon D-40, D40X, and the D-3000.

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While the D3000 is an improvement over the D40 and D40X, it's still not as good as the 1000D. And then there's the D3000's limited lens selection.
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Hi,

I have joined the forum today. And I need a lil bit of help from you to understand which DSLR should I go for. I am a beginner and any help will be great.

Currently I am looking at Canon 1000D and Nikon D40 and 40x. Can you please tell me which do I choose budget wise as well as quality.
The Nikon D40s are an older model. The current competitor to the Canon 1000D is the Nikon D3000.

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I need the following from my camera:

1. Should be able to take pictures in low light
Any of them will be able to do that provided that you use a tripod and a long exposure time. Alternatively, you can use a flash.

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2. Should be able to take pix of a moving object
You can easily take pictures of a moving object like a bird in flight or a moving car in daylight. This is not something that you can easily do in low-light conditions.

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3. Should have a good zoom
None of them have any zoom at all. This is a function of the lens. A typical standard kit lens will have a zoom range of about 3x (18-55mm).

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4. Should be able to take portraits as well as landscapes
Any of them will do good portraits and landscapes, even with the kit lens.

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5. Shouldn't be too expensive.

Also it will be great if you can give me the price of the cams in India.
They are relatively cheap, especially when you compare them with similar
cameras of just a few years ago. You will have to check the local shops
for prices to see how they compare to on-line sellers and auction sites
like eBay.

Good luck with the new camera. Don't forget to show us some of your
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