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Old Dec 2, 2012, 1:17 PM   #11
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Forget about the 3100 or 3200 and just buy a used DSLR for a few bucks.
An especially bad idea:
  • dSLRs rely heavily in moving parts. There's no way to determine how much use and abuse a dSLR has received, so buying a used dSLR, especially one that's available for "a few bucks", is asking for trouble. If price is a consideration, consider a factory refurbished dSLR, or one from an established retailer that will provide a warranty (not a guarrantee.)
  • Don't buy something just because it's available used. Picking a dSLR based on price alone can lead someone to buying into a system that is ill suited for that person's ultimate goals. When you buy a dSLR, you're not just buying a camera, you're making a commitment to a system, the total cost of which can greatly exceed the original cost of the camera body.
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Old Dec 2, 2012, 3:25 PM   #12
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An especially bad idea:
  • dSLRs rely heavily in moving parts. There's no way to determine how much use and abuse a dSLR has received, so buying a used dSLR, especially one that's available for "a few bucks", is asking for trouble. If price is a consideration, consider a factory refurbished dSLR, or one from an established retailer that will provide a warranty (not a guarrantee.)
  • Don't buy something just because it's available used. Picking a dSLR based on price alone can lead someone to buying into a system that is ill suited for that person's ultimate goals. When you buy a dSLR, you're not just buying a camera, you're making a commitment to a system, the total cost of which can greatly exceed the original cost of the camera body.
How do we determine what the OP's daughter's goals are? What difference would it make which camera she ended up using at this stage? You're making it sound like she has to marry the thing. She's a newb, who may very well just leave the camera on auto all the time, and never take off the kit lens. In which case, purchasing used is the only way to go. Just buy a Canon for $40 and you're good to go.
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Old Dec 2, 2012, 6:36 PM   #13
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The OP's daughter asked for a Nikon D3100. The OP is considering a bump.

In your estimation, how, exactly, would getting her a $40 used Canon be a bump?
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The OP doesn't know what he wants, he's simply looking for general advice more than anything, and so, I'm giving it to him.
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 6:04 AM   #15
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Which thread are you participating in?
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