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Old Sep 8, 2010, 12:03 PM   #1
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i currently have a 4mp Kodak DX6490 - it had served me well as a simple camera that my wife could also use. Now I am wanting to tap back into the days when I was in school and have more control over my photos.

2 or 3 family friends have nikon cameras - d3000 and d80; i like them a lot and they take great pics. that is along the lines of what i want, def interchangeable lenses, but also looking at something a little more economical - i am not looking to get into professional photography, but want to take great pics. is canon the answer? sony? i want great automatic features, but also the options to go fully manual for artistic shots. i don't even picking up someone's seconds, a good used camera.

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Old Sep 8, 2010, 12:18 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Forum. We're pleased that you dropped by.

Currently, the lowest price, entry level DSLR camera would be the Sony A-230, which www.walmart.com has for $379.00 with the Sony 18-55mm kit lens. You will get a full year guarantee, and Walmart has an excellent return policy, least the A-230, be less than you expected.

Please keep in mind that when you purchase a particular brand DSLR, you are essentially "buying into" that particular system, as only that brand's lenses and external flashes properly mesh with that system. Sony has once again taken over a leadership position in the DSLR market so it would indeed be a good system to align yourself with through your purchase of a Sony A-230 camera.

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Old Sep 8, 2010, 12:30 PM   #3
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hate to throw this in as a curveball, but just in thinking about it, i am wondering if i NEED a interchangeable lenses, if i get a camera whose lens will care for most all my shots? any suggestions then?
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We would have to know if you live in the USA, and what budget you have allowed for this new camera??

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live in usa. budget can fluctuate a little - $500
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even if you don't need interchangeable lenses, interchangeable lens cameras tend to have bigger sensors which means higher image quality.
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i currently have a 4mp Kodak DX6490 - it had served me well ...
I still have the DX6440 and its IQ is excellent. When my son goes to science camps, he takes it with him.
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ok i think i have narrowed my search down to a few, and i would appreciate comments/experience/advice with these:
(looking for not necessarily new, but probably used or refurbished)
Canon Rebel XS (1000D)
Nikon D60
Nikon D3000
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looking at your group the Canon XS is the best, but there is two other DSLR's that fall into the same price range: the Pentax Kx and the new Nikon D-3100, which will be more expensive.

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For $500...get the Pentax Kx. It's better than all three models you listed.
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