View Full Version : Camera Suggestions: DSLR for the amateur

07-21-2010, 10:43 PM
I am beginning to care more about what my photos look like... I want higher resolution, more control over focus and color, etc. I primarily take pictures while on vacation, and also shoot pics for textures maps and for figure reference.

Any recommendations under $1k for a pro-sumer dslr?

07-21-2010, 11:05 PM
Canon T2i

07-22-2010, 12:19 AM
I got myself 450D couple of weeks ago. Nice, cheap, fast, awesome bang for the money...

07-22-2010, 12:30 AM
Have a look at the GF-1. Great camera - good for traveling, excellent quality all round and does good-looking 720p HD movies as well. Really pleased with it.

07-22-2010, 12:59 AM
Canon 450 would fit your bill. I just upgraded to the 550d (t2i inbthe states) and it is awesome. The video quality is superb.

07-22-2010, 01:40 AM
I got myself 450D couple of weeks ago. Nice, cheap, fast, awesome bang for the money...

My brother bought one of these, and I agree it is major league value for money and very decent quality.

I have a 20D, bought 5 years ago, and though I love it, I am beginning to enviously look at what the current Canon crop will do.


07-22-2010, 03:27 AM
I had a 300D and bought a 500D when it was released. The 500's video is very pretty but extremely clunky to use and the smaller body doesn't feel as substantial as the 300 but it's still a very nice camera.

Personally, if I just wanted a stills camera, I'd go for a 2nd hand 450, 400 or even 350 and a decent lens. No amount of pixels will make up for a crap lens and the kit lenses aren't great...There are still some amazing photos being taken with 300's and 350's and the less cramped sensors on the lower pixel cameras offer better noise handling. Once you've got some decent glass you can upgrade the camera body at any time...many think of a lens as a camera accessory when it's actually the other way round.

07-22-2010, 07:21 AM
Thanks for all of the great responses. After a bit more reading I think I'll go camera shopping.

07-22-2010, 09:21 AM
I have been eyeballing the gf1, but its a bit expencive. I have a Canon 1000d, and wiching it was a 450D so I could do some filming as well.

I think you should get a camera with video possibilities anyhow.

Shawn Farrell
07-22-2010, 09:44 AM
If you do any professional video work also, this is the camera to get, the Canon T2i. For the price it's the best excellent quality photo/video value I researched for weeks before I bought one and got the kit with the longer zoom and extra battery for about $1150.00 and I am going to marry this camera...that's how much I love it!:thumbsup: