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Old Oct 23, 2010, 7:40 PM   #1
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Default Looking for a dslr with live view...

Ok, so I have had my canon powershot sx20 for almost a year now.. And i think i am going to dive into the world of DSLRs now.

I am addicted to live view though, and it seems like many of the dslrs dont have what I want. Most cameras that have live view dont work in "auto" mode (you would have to use the viewfinder instead)... this is a big problem for me because i will still need to use my dslr as a quick and easy point and shoot every so often for vacations and such. And auto mode is when i would use live view the most.

So what I am asking of you all is what dslr camera would you recommend to me that has live view in ALL modes... my budget is no more than $700 including the kit lens that comes with it.

other things that are important to me:
-at least 3 fps, but preferably more
-$700 or less including kit lens
-auto focus in auto mode (does this depend on the lens?)
-most preferably Canon or Nikon brand (mostly because of the wide array of lens's)
-at least a minimum of 30s shutter speed.
-exposure bracketing...

help me out?
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Old Oct 23, 2010, 8:00 PM   #2
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just doing some more research.. I was looking at the Nikon D5000, but i cant seem to find out if live view works in auto mode. can anyone confirm or deny?

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Where did you hear that some dSLRs don't have 'Live View' when the exposure mode is set to AUTO?
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d5000 you do not have AF for the whole range of nikon lenses. You cut the list by 40 percent.
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TCav, I have read reviews on:
nikon d60 (no live view at all)
canon EOS XS (live view only in the "creative modes" (ie. not auto)
canon EOS T1i (live view only in the "creative modes")
canon EOS T2i (live view only in the "creative modes")
Nikon D3100 (no live view in auto)
Nikon D3000 (no live view in auto)
Nikon d5000 (I dont know yet)

shoturtle, i did just read that as well.. actually as of the end of 2009, there are 87 choices of lens's to choose from, that's plenty for me.
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It is up to 130 now out of around 200.

The canon you can not have liveview in scene mode or full auto. You can have it in Program mode or the manual modes.

pentax gives you live view in all modes.
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130 is not bad, lol.


but now you have me looking at pentax... particularly the pentax k-x.. It is $670 bucks on Amazon which includes the 18-55mm and 55-300mm lenses... that seems like a really good deal, but how is the quality, and lens selections?

I am going to buy the nikon d5000 if i can just confirm live view in all shooting modes..
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There is about 95 lenses available for the pentax. The kit lens are very good, no other kit will give you a 300mm kit lens that is very sharp on the long end.

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ugh, i just dont know which to choose... the nikon d500, or the pentax k-x...

how do the prices compare between comparable lens of the nikon and pentax that are available? (i honestly know nothing about lens's yet, I will have to do my research).

I see sigma and tamron lens on the internet a lot, do they make stuff for all brands of dslr cameras? if so, are they the same price for all the brands?
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TCav, I have read reviews on:
nikon d60 (no live view at all)
canon EOS XS (live view only in the "creative modes" (ie. not auto)
canon EOS T1i (live view only in the "creative modes")
canon EOS T2i (live view only in the "creative modes")
Nikon D3100 (no live view in auto)
Nikon D3000 (no live view in auto)
Nikon d5000 (I dont know yet)...
I think you're splitting a non-existent hair. P mode is under creative mode. I never use it but I'm real sure it is the same as Auto except you can do something if you want to. you don't have to. Let this idea go and you'll be able to pick a camera using features that are more important to you.
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