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Old Apr 14, 2011, 8:31 AM   #1
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Hi guys, I can't afford a DSLR as the cost of the Lenses is out of approach.
So, i wish to buy a DigiCam.
All i want is a cam that will provide me with the Blurry Background effect in Potrait.
The cameras i'm considering are.
Nikon CoolPix P500.
Canon Power Shot SX30 IS
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC - HX100 (not available to me)
Nikon P7000
Canon Power Shot S95

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Old Apr 14, 2011, 11:30 AM   #2
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I have the SX30IS and it is a good ultra zoom camera in good light in non-action settings. However, I don't think it's great for portraits with blurry backgrounds. The sensor is too small. I think you will have the same problem with the P500 and the HX100. I don't know about the P7000. The best choice from your group is the S95, not only for it larger sensor, but also for its wider maximum aperture.
Are you buying in the US? You can get some of the entry level DSLR's with a kit lens for about the same price as the s95. That could give you narrower field of focus and about the same zoom range as an S95.
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Old Apr 14, 2011, 11:30 AM   #3
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It seems like the Canon G12 should be on your list as well.

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Old Apr 14, 2011, 11:49 AM   #4
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You could always go second hand DSLR with a 50mm 1.8 lens.

I just picked up A Fuji S3 pro for 199 and a Nikon 50mm 1.8 for 90 which would be ideal for portrait photography and blur. Here are two examples at F2.8 on the 50mm lens.

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You could always go second hand DSLR with a 50mm 1.8 lens. Look on ebay, or buy from KEH or Adorama/B&H refurbed if you don't feel comfortable with the ebay route.

I just picked up A Fuji S3 pro for 199 and a Nikon 50mm 1.8 for 90 which would be ideal for portrait photography and blur. Here are two examples at F2.8 on the 50mm lens
You can get a nice used 8 MP DSLR with a very nice 50MM f1.8 lens (name your brand: canon, pentax, nikon, etc.) for less than $350. Almost any of these will get you a better portrait than any of the P&S/hybrid type cameras, because the sensor/focus & ISO capabilities will be superior. Plus, you'll have usable tools that you'll be able to apply to future purchases if you decide you want to buy more sophisticated camera bodies. That's my 2 cents, for what it's worth.
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Here are some examples on ebay, & Adorama, just as an fyi:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Canon-EOS-20D-Di...item1c1aec4af7

http://cgi.ebay.com/Canon-EOS-rebel-...item230ff9ad76

http://cgi.ebay.com/CANON-EOS-REBEL-...item27ba0de3dc

http://www.adorama.com/CA5018AFU.html

Here's a 10MP Pentax, refurbished with warranty from Adorama for $299.

http://www.adorama.com/IPXK2000R.html

You might have to spend $400, or be satisfied with the 18-55mm kit lens, but in my opinion, you'll still be better off and have a more versatile, yet easy to use set up.
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Old Apr 14, 2011, 1:32 PM   #7
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agree with previous 2 posters - the digicam route is a non-starter unless you have plenty of room to back up (and I mean plenty). A used DSLR and 50mm 1.8 is going to be much more useful. I would suggest though you make sure your solution will autofocus. There are some solutions out there second hand that require you to manually focus the lens. I don't recommend this route - unlike film SLRs, many DSLRs have small/dim viewfinders and the focus screen is not designed to help manual focusing.
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sonystyle has refurbished A230's with kits lenses for $285. Adorama has a pretty wide range of available DSLR's with kit lenses for $399 or $429. Those superzooms you were looking at cost as much as the Adorama cameras I mentioned.
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You could always go second hand DSLR with a 50mm 1.8 lens.

I just picked up A Fuji S3 pro for 199 and a Nikon 50mm 1.8 for 90 which would be ideal for portrait photography and blur. Here are two examples at F2.8 on the 50mm lens.

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Yes, I'll think about that, Thank you.
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Old Apr 15, 2011, 1:33 AM   #10
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Hi guys, Thank you everyone for your suggestions.
So now i'm considering a DSLR.
I have only 700$ to spend.
I'm getting a Nikon D3100 + 18-55mm kit for 700$. Will it be worth?
I came to know that 18-55mm won't provide me the exact depth of field that i require.
They say that the Tele-zoom that is required for the blur effect won't be there if i try to capture it from a distance.
That means either i will have to stand close to the subject or i will have to get a 24-105mm/18-250mm.
That comes out to be an expenditure of 1000$, if i go for a new one.
I am considering a new camera (D3100) and an old lens...
And yes the new D3100 (body) is for 500$.
What do you guys think about it?
Thank you again.

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