Great pics of you parents jwnrw, from the great country Canada is
Budget is around 1000 eu, but if I can spend less to get the same shots it would be good
Are you looking to purchase a body only (no lenses)?
I think yes, also if I buy a nikon body compatible with old MF lenses I think I'm gonna buy it with a kit lens, I think it's usufull to have at least one AF lens.
the digital imaging sensors that record the images can be cropped frame, rather than full frame (35mm film equivalent).
What do you mean by this?
Also something to note and remember when looking at samples and test shots - there are so many variables that can affect outcome, it's impossible to judge the potential of one camera against another based solely on such comparisons.
Those shot I think they were taken under "controlled situation", whatever it means...
I forgot to mention that it is highly recommended to have a look through the viewfinder as you handle the cameras. This is for many the decisive moment...
yes yes, I discovered that their aren't as big as my old film camera.
The best way to decide on what to buy is to get into a proper camera shop and get your hands on the cameras you are interested in. Test them out, then buy the one you like the best. You can only go so far relying on other people's reviews. Again -- as with all my posts -- ymmv.
This morning I tried a a switched off E-420, it seemed fine, the viewfinder is acceptable for its dimension and wheight. I Couldn't make a direct comparison with other DSLR brand
You know with olympus it's a metter of compromise between size and performance. What make the DSLR big are the lenses, the olympus one are smaller and lighter.
I discovered the E-620 sadly doens't have a HDMI port, wich is great for wathing photos on HD TV...