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Old Sep 18, 2010, 12:46 AM   #1
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With a budget of about 400 euros - is it better to get a 'brdge' or a 'reflex' camera - I have had conflicting advice from various salesmen and need an unbiased opinion - the camera is a present for someone who assumed that 'reflex' cameras were much more expensive than bridges....HELP!!!
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Old Sep 18, 2010, 12:53 AM   #2
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what do the person like to shoot?
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He likes experimenting, making montages - not just family snaps...
I've seen a Sony Alpha A230L on promotion - going for the same price as a pansonic brdige....thanks foryour help.
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You will have much better photos with the A230 then any bridge camera. So if photo quality is key. The dslr is the better choice. As the DSLR will out perform a bridge if he takes anything with action. As the Auto Focus system is much better. Also in low light the dslr will also out perform any bridge. You can grow this system over time. With longer lenses or macro lenses and so on.

But the panasonic megazooms, do give you a very long reaching lenses in the FZ line. But they really do not perform well at higher iso's in low light. The panasonic LX performs decent at higher iso with the larger sensor then the FZ's, but you do not get the longer reach.
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Many thanks for all these details - I was worried that the SONY might not be a good choice, that their cameras were not as good as Canon or panasonic....but from what you say the DSLR seems to be the better choice under the circumstances....

I wonder - what is the point of paying so much for a bridge when there are DSLRs aailable at the same price?
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The bridge camera are compact, and give you allot of zoom for the money. For the same zoom range on a dslr, the lenses can get a bit expensive after 450mm with the sony. That is about the range for the panasonic fz38.

Also they are smaller and more compact, so they are easier to carry around. So there is a place for a bridge camera.
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the sony a230 matches up well against the canon 1000D and the nikon d3000. Canon just has more lenses then anyone else. So there is a ton of lens option for it. But honestly how many lenses do one really need?
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pentax kx might be worth considering too - very good camera but come down in price even further now with the announcement of the new kr - seen it for 380 now

my sister is eyeing one up now though god forbid she wants the pink one
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