Monday, January 7

Heads or Tails

This week Heads old or Tails new

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For the past several weeks I have been doing a lot of research on buying a new camera. I currently have an old Canon A80 which I have had for years. This was my first digital camera and I thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. I was thrilled that there was no more film, I could see the pictures as soon as I took them, I could upload them to my computer and share them with family and friends. This has been a very good point and shoot camera, but I have been missing a lot of action shots of my grandchildren. With this camera, I must hold the shoot key down until it focus's then snap the picture. Well, any of you with children know that split second is a matter of getting the shot or missing it entirely.

Because of this, I have been researching slr digital cameras. Just in case you don't know what an slr is, it is the next generation digital that professional photographers use, and they are able to take multiple pictures in one snap. Technology has improved and advanced that now many of these cameras are at a price that is affordable to most people. I know there are many of you that are more educated about these cameras than me, so I'm asking for your advise. I've narrowed my search to 5 cameras.

1. Canon XTi
2. Canon XT
3. Nikon D40
4. Nikon D40x
5. Olympus D410

If you have an opinion about which one of these cameras should be my new camera, I would love to hear from you.


Lifecruiser said...

Oh, I do know how that is. Trying to choose :-)

Out of those, I'd take the Canon XTi.

Me, myself did choose a more simple model the last time I bought one. The Canon Powershot S5 IS.

I had an Samsung Pro815 before that, but thought it was too big and heavy to carry around for me with my back problem.

Good luck with your choice.

Tammy said...

I really have no idea. About 7 months ago I bought a Lumix Panasonic MEGA O.I.S. and I still haven't finished reading the manual for it.

Theresa said...

Hi Linda,
I personally have a little point and shoot, but my hubby has the Cannon XTi he went with cannon since he already had some cannon lenses (spelling?-more then one lens)

He said they are all good, Especially the Nikon D40

good luck to you.

Hootin' Anni said...

Ha! You're asking ME about cameras? I fear you're barking up the wrong tree here...the only thing I'm good at with cameras is LOSING them.

My HorT is posted, won't you join me?

smarmoofus said...

I will narrow it down to two for you: The Nikon D40x, or the Canon XTi. Do not get their lesser siblings (the XT or the D40)... After all, if you're going to spend that much on a camera, go for the big 10+ MP resolution, right?

A blogging friend of mine just got the Nikon D40x and loves it. I just got the Canon XTi and I love it. They're both very good cameras, so it mostly comes down to which brand you feel more comfortable with. I believe the Canon lens system is more interchangeable, so if you do upgrade cameras later, your old lenses can move up with you.

Anyway, I'm up, too!

jenn said...

Mine is an old sony cyber-shot. I desperately need a new one, too!

Nonna said...

I've been thinking about a new one too! In fact, last night I was looking at the Nikon D40. Let me know which one you decide on. I love taking pictures!

Skittles said...

Oh.. hubby would know so much more about this than me!

I think my digital camera must be first generation. I have missed a few shots too by having the button take a fraction amount more of time than I wished.

I will have to agree with you, though. Nothing beats no more film developing!!!

Heart of Rachel said...

Hi Linda. I have an old Sony Cybershot. It's my first digital camera. I know what you mean about missing a shot because it takes a few seconds for the camera to snap the shot. I also want to get an SLR camera but I'm still saving for it. Hope you get yours soon.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Take care.

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said...

I don't know much about the SLR cameras (although I wish I did! *grin*), but we love our Canon as well, so I'd have to recommend them brand-wise... Good luck! :)

Sanni said...

I´m a Canon-fan... so I´d suggest to buy the Canon Digital Rebel XTi. I promise I won´t be jealous *g*... okay maybe a tiny little bit =)

Linda said...

Thank you all for the great advise. You are right about spending a little more and going with the Canon XTi or the Nikon D40x. I'll keep you posted.

Anna said...

I have no idea. I think a dslr would be too complicated for me. I have the Canon S3 IS, and I really like that. It has some nice settings that let me do more than I could with my old camera, and I love the 12x optical zoom. I still don't understand nearly everything it does.

Rambler said...

I have used cannon A80, it was really really good..
I think as Tammy says anything in the lumix series is really good

Angelika said...

A lot of my online friends are buying new cameras.

I just use my old one. I just know it's a Kodak, LOL.

Mine is up!

Misty Dawn said...

My dream camera is a Canon 30D.

From what I've seen and read, all the cameras you have listed are good cameras and take awesome photos. We are wanting a Canon because of the interchangeable lenses. Out of your list, I would say the Canon XTi.

Anonymous said...

Well I couldn't afford any on your list (although I looked at ALL of them) and ended up with the Canon Powershot S3 IS and I am very happy. Someday I will upgrade to one of your choices, so I will be watching to see what everyone picks!

BeccaGirl said...

I can't offer up any advice on this topic. I have a digital camera, just got it and I'm only semi impressed. I'd love a better camera!!!

Flip Flop Floozie said...

I just got a new digital and I got the same brand. This is my 4th digital and I stuck with Sony Cybershot. This camera takes pictures on what it is called bursts. So that you can take picture click, click, click in a row really fast...No focusing to wait for you just click as fast as you can. I have a DSC-W80 Cyber shot camera. it is small and compact which I like. It has a large screen. Plus it takes movies and has music.
Just thought I would tell you about mine. We almost got a Canon this time but we kept asking and everyone choose the Sony over the Canon.


Linda said...

I want to thank everyone again for their comments about which camera I should buy. I'm a little surprised no one commented on the Olympus. I played with it at Best Buy and was impressed.

Since I'm a Libra, it will probably take me another 2 months before I make up my mind.