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Old Mar 8, 2011, 8:18 AM   #1
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Default Please recommend a small/compact DSLR

I currently have a Nikkon D40 that i bought 3 years ago which I love. My brother in law asked me to give him suggestion for something similar that is small/compact, lightweigh, easy to use, just point and shoot and can produce similar excellent pictures. What do you suggest. He could buy the same Nikon D40 that I have but wants to know if he can do better for the money since the D40 is already a few years old - he is willing to spend up to $600. Thanks.

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Old Mar 8, 2011, 8:43 AM   #2
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Yes, there are allot more advance compact camera out there. One of the smallest is the pentax k-x. It will give him very good high iso performance. With just the kit lens it is a 500 dollar dslr. Or if he wants to move up a little the pentax k-r is the same size with a bit more features. But it is about 640 dollars. It has led focus indicator and a little faster af speed then the k-x or the d40.

Then there are the canon rebels. The canon T1i can be had for about 640 new and 540 as a refreb. It will focus faster then the pentax and the d40. Another good high iso camera.
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If he is okay with a slight older camera, the nikon d5000 is 500 dollars. Still a good camera, but not quite as featured as the newer ones.
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The Nikon D5000 is a good choice as it is rather similar to the D40 with many of D90's features.

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Cool. Thanks shoturtle and Sarah. I will point him to the Nikon D5000 - very similar to the D40 in quality plus the video camera capability.
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