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Old Jun 5, 2010, 9:49 AM   #21
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Been offered an A330 for a nice price, approx 250, 10months old. Is that a good camera / deal?
The price is good if it is in mint condition and the seller has the
original receipt. I assume it is still under warranty?

Buying second hand is always a little bit risky. It is
up to you whether you want to take that risk. I would
be inclined to buy a new body and shop around for
second hand lenses.

Remember that even at 250-500, the price of the
body will probably end up being a fraction of your
total DSLR system costs. Sooner rather than later,
you will want to buy more lenses, tripod, filters etc...
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Old Jun 5, 2010, 3:30 PM   #22
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But, as i am used to using a compact with a 3x zoom the kit lens will be more than adequate for now!

So, guys, you think that the A230 is a better buy than the A330?
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Old Jun 5, 2010, 4:11 PM   #23
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But, as i am used to using a compact with a 3x zoom the kit lens will be more than adequate for now!
Yes, 18-55mm or 18-70mm is a good place to start.

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So, guys, you think that the A230 is a better buy than the A330?
Ultimately, that's for you to decide. All three cameras are quite similar and
are capable of producing excellent image quality as seen in Ron and
Sarah's photos.

I like the A200 a lot. My friend has one and it takes very nice pictures.
However, if it was my money, I would probably buy the A230 just
for the comfort of a 12 month (or whatever Sony offer) warranty. Argos
are selling them for 269.99 which is good value compared to similar
cameras from other manufacturers. I would suggest you get down to the
shops and buy it. Summer is now and you should be out taking pictures.
If you want to upgrade to a more expensive model next year, you will
probably get most of the purchase price back if you decide to sell it on.
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Old Jun 5, 2010, 4:21 PM   #24
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What about 2nd hand? Should i?

Also, i can get the A330 2nd hand for approx 260 and it is less than a year old!
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So, guys, you think that the A230 is a better buy than the A330?
I think a new dSLR is a better buy than a used dSLR, if that's what you mean.

There are reasons to select the A230 over the A330, but there are reasons to select the A330 over the A230. I don't think you've ever actually said what you want to use it for, so I can't tell you which one would be better for you. But I will say that you'd be better off with a manufacturer's warranty on a new dSLR than a promise of good intentions with a used one.
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Old Jun 5, 2010, 4:40 PM   #26
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Also been looking at the Canon 400D. Is that a far superior camera to the A230?

I would be using the camera for all family pics, holidays and general stuff. Nothing specific.
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You are wearing me out. As TCav said you are better off with a new camera that comes with a new camera guarantee. The Sony 18-55mm lens is much better than the Sony 18-70mm lens. If we knew more about what you are shooting, that would surely help. All we can do now is to make assumptions, and this is post #27.

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Old Jun 5, 2010, 5:20 PM   #28
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Sorry for taking up your time!! Blimey, have you ever been undecided?

I have mentioned what i would be taking pics of.

The A330 comes with a 18-55mm lens!!

It has been offered to me for exactly 270 now including delivery and it is approx 7 months old and hardly used.

I am dithering, yes. Brand new A230, 2nd hand A330 (Like idea of Live View) or Canon 400D.

Sorry i haven't made up my mind yet but i need to be 100% certain before i buy.

Obviously i want to save money but i also want a good camera that will last me a couple or more years! (Now post 28!)
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Also been looking at the Canon 400D. Is that a far superior camera to the A230?
No. The 400D is quite an old model. It was released in 2006. You won't
find a 'far superior' 10Mp DSLR in the 250-500 price range.

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I would be using the camera for all family pics, holidays and general stuff. Nothing specific.
The Sony A2x0/3x0 is a perfect match for those requirements. Go and
buy it. If you would prefer a Canon, the current 10Mp model is the 1000D
at 374.99 from Argos. The Nikon D3000 which as mentioned earlier has
a lot in common with the Sony is 349.99 from the same shop. The big
attraction of the Sony is the lower price. This is not necessarily because
the Sony is somehow inferior to the others. Sony are working hard to
take market share from long established players like Nikon, Pentax
and Canon.
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I think that corkpix summed everything up very well. Look carefully at your need for LiveView.

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