Beginner, Choosing Your First DSLR?

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Want advice on that? Here’s a few thoughts on buying your first digital SLR camera. Mary Lojkine of CNET Australia says the latest crop of entry-level SLRs from Canon, Nikon and Sony are more similar than different.

Then she proceeds to elucidate on the merits and qualities of each in relation to the needs of a beginner who wishes to transition from compact digicams to SLRs.

In a nutshell, her choices for you boil down to Canon EOS 400D, Nikon D40 and Sony Alpha-100, in that order. See if you agree with her.

As for me, I’d say get the Nikon D80 if you have the money. If you’re a little short on budget, get the older Canon EOS 350D (Rebel XT in the US), a much cheaper camera now but still very competent. Then, if you still want to look around, consider the Pentax K10D or K100D.

Still perplexed? Choose blindly among all cameras mentioned here; you can’t go wrong with any one of them.


Published by Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.