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Old Jun 5, 2010, 6:17 PM   #31
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Thanks people. Sorry to keep asking questions all the time. I am a pain i know.

The thing about 'Live View' i like is that i am used to having that on my compact. Do you think it is a part of a DSLR that is really not needed? A waste?

I did try out the A230 and loved it. But seeing as i can get a 7month old A330 for approx 270, roughly same price as the A230 i was wondering if the 'Live View' would be worth the buy?
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That is a decision only you can make. Once again, the A-230 gives you a new camera and a new camera guarantee, something the A-330 cannot give you. Personally, I never use LiveView, so it is a non issue. At that low price, I am a bit worried about the viability of the A-330 for your long term shooting future.

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Old Jun 5, 2010, 7:17 PM   #33
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The thing about 'Live View' i like is that i am used to having that on my compact.
The viewfinder on a DSLR is a lot better than the LCD viewfinder on
bridge cameras or the small optical viewfinder on some compact
cameras.

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Do you think it is a part of a DSLR that is really not needed? A waste?
I wouldn't go so far as to say that it is a waste. My Canon has live view, but I
don't use it very often. It is just too slow and awkward for most shots. However,
it can be useful, especially when the camera is on a tripod.

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I did try out the A230 and loved it. But seeing as i can get a 7month old A330 for approx 270, roughly same price as the A230 i was wondering if the 'Live View' would be worth the buy?
I don't think any of us can make that choice for you.
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Old Jun 6, 2010, 3:52 AM   #34
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Again, thanks for all your help people.
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Old Jun 6, 2010, 5:25 AM   #35
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'Live View' on a dSLR can be handy for some things, but nothing you've said would lead me to believe you'd make much use of it. And dSLRs are bigger and heavier than P&S cameras, and can use bigger and heavier lenses, so holding the camera out away from your body can get old fast.
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Live View doesn't sound appealing now!!
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Old Jun 6, 2010, 8:11 AM   #37
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Don't be so quick. I have the sony a550. the viewfinder is way better than live view for most things. no question. but just a couple of days ago i wanted to take a pic thru a hole in a fence. down low. too low for me to crawl on the ground. live view. also if you ever loan the camera to somebody for pics of yourself, most likely they only know live view.

on this last point, i can stand to be corrected, but the little macro i have done, it seems easier to use live view to see the object of interest. could be wrong tho.

as for used vs new? new all the time. if that used 3xx model isn't in consideration, maybe you wouldn't even look at the lower sony. perhaps another type may suit your needs better (EVIL???)

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Jessops here in the UK offer a 3 year warranty on new cameras for 50. Covers accidental damage, breakdowns and dust on the sensor!! Very tempted! The A230 would cost a total, including the 3 year extra warranty approx 325
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The Jessop's deal would cover you nicely under all circumstances, and give you peace of mind at the same time.

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You are right Sarah. I am tight with my money though!! But, there is no warranty with 2nd hand stuff so i would be in the poo if something went belly up!!

Do you think the A230 is the type of camera that one would keep for 3 years?
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