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Old Jan 5, 2011, 2:01 PM   #1
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I just got finished with a photography class from the local college
my dad let me use his cannon IS3 for the class and I've kind of now stole it from him
I saved up some money and want to buy a lens for the camera
after some research I figured out that a lens won't work for my camera
so I was kind of bummed
and then a few weeks later one of my dads friends showed me the canon sx30 and I thought "hey that would be close to getting a new lens"

so my question is
is it worth the $360 to upgrade from my dads IS3 to a SX30?
or is there a different camera that i should upgrade to?
or should i just stick with my is3?

also my dad was worried because canon is discounting the sx30 that they would be releasing the sx40 soon
have you guys heard anything about the sx40 coming out?
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Old Jan 5, 2011, 3:00 PM   #2
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oh yeah i take outside shots of landscapes and animals for the most parts
no sports
hardly any indoor shots
my budget is $400
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Old Jan 5, 2011, 3:30 PM   #3
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Congratulations on finishing your photography course. I think that some of the camera models that you have referred to might be mixed up.

Are you looking to purchase a super zoom (the SX30 is a super zoom) or DSLR camera? if it is a DSLR camera, with your $400 budget you will have just a few choices, such as the Sony A230 model that bot B&H and Walmart have on sale for $349.95.

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Old Jan 5, 2011, 3:55 PM   #4
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Thank you very much!

It took me a while to figure out the differences between DSLRs and super zooms
but I get the differences now

so right now I want a superzoom that will last me a few years
and then in a few years when I get enough money I will buy a nice DSLR with a few lenes

So I like the canon sx30 because I am use to canons, it has the most zoom and I can hack it for long exposures

So before buying it I was wondering if it has some major flaw I am unaware of/worth upgrading from is3/if there is a better camera for my needs
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Old Jan 5, 2011, 6:15 PM   #5
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The major areas of concern with the Canon SX30 are in the area of optics, where such problem areas such as CA or purple fringing are commonly seen at both the wide angle end of the long lens and as the lens zooms out.

The change to a Lithium Ion battery, the hot shoe, the larger LCD screen, and the new body are all pluses for the SX30. The increase to 14mps is not seen as a real plus, as it tends to induce more noise as the ISO setting is numerically increased.

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Old Jan 5, 2011, 7:18 PM   #6
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So if you were me would you get the SX30?
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No, while I researched very carefully, including the SX30, I purchased the Panasonic FZ40 on December 30th. This photo pretty well explains why I made that choice. The sharpness and contrast are excellent.

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OK thank you for all of your help!
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