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Old Oct 3, 2010, 2:25 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,

Previously I opened 2 threads but I had to go back to home just because my son was ill.

Now I'm back in Czech republic and want to buy a new camera.

I sold my Fuji s2500hd and now I need to buy a new one.

Price is not so important;

The cameras I'm interested in are;

Nikon D3100 with 18-55mm VR

Canon SX30 IS

Panasonic FZ40 or FZ100

Since I'm not a professional photographer, I can't say many things about what I want.

In the other hand what I am going to do is; take pictures of my son, take pictures of nature, sometimes close (macro) pictures of flowers and insects; videos of my dogs and cats and so; Record concerts..

Vivid colors are so important for me; I also would like to take some good lowlight and indoor pictures.

I also like HDR photography.

Please do not advice me to go to shop and test because I'm not able; simply I will order from internet.

Other 2 cameras I'm thinking are: Canon's 550d and Pentax's K-x

P.S. I know that there are some D-SLR cameras and some Ultrazoom P&S cameras in my selections and I know that they can't be comparable; but I just want to know which one is better for my needs.

Thanks from now..

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devotee. sorry to hear about your son's illness, i hope all is well now.

one thing that i think is helpful for us when someone wants advice on a camera is to give us some priorities. that can help us decide what is best for you.

for example.

1. low light performance
2. size/weight
3. video performance.

by letting us know how you rank your priorities it makes it easier for us to guide you toward a dslr or towards a superzoom bridge camera, etc. also, things like whether you mind if you have to switch lenses, or you want everything without a lens switch, or if you prever low light without flash, or you want to learn to use flash, etc.

thanks.
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Old Oct 3, 2010, 3:00 PM   #3
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Dustin,

Thanks for your quick reply.

Size/weight is not so important.

Video performance; HD, at least 720p with stereo microphone.

If it has a flash, it would be better and about the lenses, for now I'm going to buy the with the kit lenses of course with VR for Nikon and with IS for canon.

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The Pentax Kx would be a good selection.

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Old Oct 3, 2010, 4:03 PM   #5
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Sarah,

Your advices have always been my choices.

But can you please explain what is better in Pentax then the Nikon?

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It has a lower initial price. You only need the Pentax 18-55mm kit lens, and it is a good one. You have in body IS and a world wide warranty.

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What about image quality and video quality in good light / low light conditions compared to the mentioned Nikon and Canon dslr models?
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the k-x is well known for its very good low light capabilities, and image quality seems to be good. there's a thread on the board somewhere comparing a canon and a k-x taking nighttime pics, and the k-x was the winner of that shootout.
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the good news is any of the dlsrs you mentioned are good performers.

well the Canon 550D has the best video performance with the most manual controls and good image performance as well, the highest resolving sensor of those mentioned. but this performance comes at a greater cost.

the best value would be the Pentax KX, as it combines decent video performance and good image quality especially in low light, and at a cost almost half of the 550D.

the Nikon is a new camera and not as much is known yet, but it is also gives you good video and presumably good image quality, at a price about halfway between the 2 models mentioned.
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As I mentioned in the first post;

The price is not important.

I just want have the best one.
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