Going from point and shoot to DSLR is a big step up. The learning curve is very steep, and you have to make many investments in order to have the full experence. You have to investment a significant amount of money on the equipment and the time to learn everything.
If you’re the type that just wants to take a picture, stick with a good point and shoot. They have come a long way and are very advanced in a compact package. Some high end point and shoot camera now offer RAW images. RAW images are just that, raw. Cameras normally compress the pictures and manually adjust the photos before saving to a jpeg. RAW images allow you to adjust the image yourself.
I recommend getting the Canon Powershot G10, not the new G11, or the upcoming Canon Powershot S90. I’m glad to see that Canon brought back the Powershot S series. These are very good cameras with more manual controls than the SD series. For more information about the Canon Powershot S90, dpreview.com has a good initial hands on review. The Canon Powershot S90 is available soon. Expect a price tag above $400.
However, not all point and shoots are equal. Sure, there are cameras out there that only cost $100. But the picture quality pays for the low price.
If you’re the type of person that likes taking pictures, a DSLR is worth the investment. The picture quality alone is leaps and bounds above a good point and shoot. I am a little bias towards Canon. However, the Nikon D90 is a damn good camera as well. So it’s up to you to determine what type you are. There’s a camera for every type. Just go out and have fun.
I decided on the Canon EOS 50D because it felt good in my hand. The Canon Rebel T1i and the Nikon D90 felt was too cramp. The 50D also had a good heft to it. I have a lot to learn about using the DSLR to its full potential. Without further hesitation, here are the unboxing pictures.
For some reason, Amazon.com is having trouble keeping this camera in stock. The last time I checked, they had 2 left. Not sure what’s going on there. If you’re interesting, here is the product page for the Canon 50D.
I’ve been bitten by the shutter bug. Recently, I decided to move into the DSLR world. The Canon SD880IS is perfectly fine and still travels with me everyday. However, for the special pictures, I need a camera that can capture stunning pictures and night time shot.
In researching my purchase, I evaluated 3 models: Canon Rebel T1i, Nikon D90, and Canon 50D. All are very good choices for any shutter bug. They offer great image quality, manual controls, a good image sensor, and a nice LCD with Live View. I have to note that the Nikon has 12.3 megapixels vs. both Canons with 15.1 megapixels.
The Canon Rebel T1i and Canon 50D are very similar in specs. They both share the same image sensor and the new Digic 4 processor. However, the T1i lacked the build quality I was looking for. It also felt too small in my hands. If you have a tighter budget, the T1i is a fantastic option.
So I narrowed down my choices to the Nikon D90 and the Canon 50D. The Nikon D90 is getting rave reviews for being quick, intuitive, and an all around great camera that performace like you would expect.
The Canon 50D is the updated version of the highly recommended Canon 40D. The 50D is a very fast camera with continuous shooting at 6.3 frames per second compared to the Nikon D90’s 4.5 frames per second. The body of the Canon 50D is constructed from magnesium alloy with improved weather sealing than the Canon 40D.
The Nikon D90 has the ability to record HD video. The Canon 50D cannot. The Nikon offers many features that are not present on the 50D. In my opinion, it’s a matter of preference between Canon or Nikon. However, when you choose a brand, you should stick with it. Most of the time, the accessories you acquire for your current DSLR, such as lenses and filters, can be transferred to a new model of the same brand.
Price for all three will vary depending on which retailer you go to. Amazon.com came through for me with this purchase. You’ll find out what I decided on with the unboxing pics.
Canon T1i – $821 with Free Shipping (comes with an EF-s 18-55mm IS kit lens)
Nikon D90 – $1,140 with Free Shipping (comes with a 18-105mm Kit lens)
Canon 50D – $1,280 with Free Shipping (comes with an EF-S 28-135mm IS Kit lens)