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PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 12:08 pm 
Hi guys, I bought a canon G10 last august for going back packing. Its an excellent camera and I have got some awesome photos from my holiday, festivals and generla everyday stuff. I am going to morroco in two weeks, staying in a hotel this time sadly, so no crazy backpacking adventures. Anyway I'm looking to upgrade to an dslr now and would like to get one for when I go away on holiday. I've been looking about on the camera labs reviews and watched the videos, plus looked at other review websites. The cameras that I have narrowed my list down to are:

Sony SLT-A55
Sony A550
Panasonic Lumix G2
Canon EOS 550D

I'll mainly use the camera for taking travel photos, portraits, landscape, animals, photos of everything really. Movie recording would be a big bonus as I also do animation and would like to take videos that I can use for compositing cgi shots into. My head hurts with all the information and new things I have learned over the last couple of days. If anyone can suggest one of the cameras above or even one I havent considered, that would be great.

Oh, my budget is about £600-800, I can push it to £1000. But the less I can spend would be better ;)

Thanks in advance.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 6:55 pm 
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Hi Bumbaboss, sounded pretty much like me a few weeks ago! :lol: ( my thread; `My Head Hurts` may help you decide)

Good luck choosing :wink:


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 12:29 am 
Thanks Carlos, I had a quick look through your thread, quite helpful. So I have a look at more reviews of the cameras I was looking at, here are my thoughts:

Canon 550D
Excellent all round camera.
1080 HD Movies
18 Megapixels
Tons of excellent reviews
Price is pretty good as well
I havent actually held the camera yet so I dont
know about the size and feel of it yet.

Sony SLT-A55
Lots of excellent reviews
Fast AF/10FPS
1080 HD Video
Video AF
Smaller, Light body

Panasonic Lumix G2
Small/Light compact body
720 HD Video
Lots of available lenses
Choice of body colours ;) ...(j/k)
Lots of great reviews
Price is reasonable

Also I read in one of the threads that thew Sony A580 is a pretty good contender with great battery life and general all-round good camera.

I havent had any hands on testing with these cameras but I am going into some camera shops tomorrow to look at them and see what feels good. If anyone has any of these cameras and had experience with them, what are your thoughts and what should I look out for?

Thanks.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 2:09 am 
if you can do with only 720p video, i'd look into the Canon 500D and pikc up a better lens with the money saved. the sigma i have is a nice all around lens. Glass matters more then the camera body does imo.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:59 am 
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Dont forget the Nikon D5000 and D90.
The D90 is a very good dSLR but it's replaced, so the price will fall to a low point.
The Sony A550 is also worth to have a look on its review here @ cameralabs.com

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 1:23 pm 
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Canon 550d. I have one and it is a very good camera. I would definately buy it if I where you. If you can stretch I would go for the 550d with 18-135mm lens. You can get it for around £1000 and is a very good bundle. I wish I had bought that bundle and don't know why I didn't.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 1:31 pm 
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Because of you have the 550D it doesnt mean the 550D is holy.

In my opinion the D90 is better than the 550D, but if you really want that good video, ok. But the A550 (Sony) is really if you want that speed, if you want from both a bit: D90, it has video and fast cont. shooting.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 1:38 am 
Hi guys, thanks for your input. I had a good look at some cameras today, messed about with them as much as I was allowed. I got to try these cameras, the Lumix G2, NEX-5, SLT-A33 and 550D. I really like all these cameras, in order it would be:

1) A33
Like the size and weight, like the features too.

2) NEX-5
Georgeous looking camera, compact, really nice results, simple but awkward interface. (Didnt realise it had a HDR mode until I just read Gordon's review on it!)

3) Lumix G2
Like the size, weight and material of the body, again good results, nice articulated touch screen, bit gimmicky though.

4) 550d
Excellent sturdy camera, just a bit chunky for what I have in mind though.

Just now Im torn between the A33 or the NEX-5. Im going to get a camera on friday as its my only day off before I go on my travels. So I have all day tomorrow at work to make a decision on what Im going to get. If I go for the A33 Id probably go for the higher end A55 instead though.

I did manage to buy a camera today though, it was a compact for my girlfriend as her camera was getting a bit old and outdated. :)


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2010 11:43 pm 
Hey folks, I finally bit the bullit today and bought a camera. I got the Sony Alpha a55 Twin Lens Premium Bundle, which includes:

Sony Alpha a55 with 18-55mm Lens
Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 Di Lens
Sandisk Extreme HD 8GB SDHC Card
Lowepro Nova 160AW Bag
Joby Gorilla Pod, SLR
Plus a couple of uv filters and a screen protector,
All for just over £900, also sony is doing a deal on all their products where you can claim back the vat, so it'll be even cheaper. Not a bad deal I think :)

Well I only got to play with it a little bit until the battery ran down. Im really liking this camera. Hopefully it'll do me well in morocco and in future adventures.


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That sounds good! Congrats on your first DSLR!

Remember to always keep your U|V filters on, at least if you don't want to replace your whole lens if it gets damaged! It's always better to replace a $100 filter than a $1000 lens! (Although frankly I don't think that the 18-55 is $1000, none the less, keep it on).

Also, perhaps you should consider getting the Gorillapod SLR Zoom as opposed to the SLR, the Zoom model is stronger and you always want to try your best to keep your prized possession safe when it's sitting on a tri-pod!

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