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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 7:55 pm 
Hi All,

I do not own all of these gears and my review is subjective.

The gears that I personally tried are: Canon XT, Pentax k100d and Canon 40D

The comparison chart and scores based on my knowledge:
reading user reviews and expert reviews, feedbacks
and some statistics from manufacturer.

I hope it helps for users that want to buy new camera, upgrade
or switch brands.

Notes:
Noise Handling: Ability to handle noise level and iso range
Auto Focus: Burst speed, speed and accuracy of focusing and AF points.
Features: Modern 2008 standard features such as live view, dust management, image stabilization and user features
Lens Selections: Variety of lens selection and price of lens in particular brand.
Image Quality: Max resolution, image processing, accuracy of color balance
Price Value: Pricing and value of the product.
Body Handling: Construction and Ergonomics.

Digital Camera SLR for beginner: 2008
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Digital Camera SLR for beginner: Before 2008
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Digital Camera SLR for enthusiasts
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Digital Camera SLR for semi pro
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Digital Camera SLR for professionals
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Notes: XS, XSi and XTi are also known as Canon 1000D, 450D and 400D

From those statistics, I conclude that:


Best Buy for Beginners and low budget
1. Canon XS
2-4. Canon Xti dan Nikon D60, Sony A200
5-6. Olympus E-420 and Pentax K200d
7. Nikon D40

2008 Best Buy for enthusiasts
1. Canon XSi
2-3. Sony A350, Olympus E-520
4-5. Nikon D80, Pentax k10d

2008 Best Buy for semi professional
1. Canon 40D
2. Nikon D300
3. Nikon D200
4. Olympus E-3
5. Sony A700
6. Pentax k20d

2008 Best Buy for Professionals
1. Nikon D3
2. Canon 1D Mark III
3. Canon 1Ds Mark III
4. Canon 5D

Other Important Notes:
*I am assuming that buyers have flexible budget.

* Points for profesional level is relative to Profesional camera, so
we can't compare the total scores of professional camera to beginner/semi-pro.

* The review does not take account of personal condition and needs.
For example, if you value ultra small size more than any other feature,
then you should probably choose Olympus E-420 although it is listed no. 5-6.
If you have many Sony and Konica Minolta lenses and equipment, you
might be put higher consideration on Sony Alpha cameras.

* If I make mistakes on the number/facts please correct me.

Thank you for reading this...

*me feels so geeky now haha..


Last edited by Enche Zein on Tue Jun 17, 2008 11:28 pm, edited 9 times in total.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 8:21 pm 
Nice post. 8)

Just a note to say that the 1D Mk III is not full frame, as you have stated in the professional, full frame list.

Mark


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 8:23 pm 
oh yeah it supposed to be 1.3 I think will correct it later, thx


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 10:50 pm 
Can we have clarification that prices are in US$?


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 1:30 am 
You have a mistake under the Sony A200.

It has no body only option so with the kit lens, it is $500. And also, it is CompactFlash.

The Sony A700 has 5FPS and has multiple choices for a kit lens.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 2:36 am 
yes it is USD


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 6:03 pm 
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Enche Zein wrote:
2008 Best Buy for semi professional
1. Canon 40D
2. Nikon D300
3. Nikon D200
4. Olympus E-3
5. Sony A700
6. Pentax k20d


Strange, because in a Dutch photography-magazine (professional, so with charts like these), the A700 comes in second closely behind the D300. And I find it hard to believe it would be this much worse (0.57 points) than the E-3.
Not attempting to react too fierce on your post though, but it seem like these numbers are not completely objective...

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 6:23 pm 
get charts! you should post this in the buying a new camera section!


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 6:51 pm 
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Tomis wrote:
get charts! you should post this in the buying a new camera section!

Yes, I tend to agree. It's a useful resource but maybe not really a review. I'll move it across (and leave a shadow for now).

Enche Zein - thanks for your hard work compiling this. 8)

Bob.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 7:06 pm 
Enche Zein wrote:
Best Buy for Beginners and low budget
1. Canon XS
2-4. Canon Xti dan Nikon D60, Sony A200
5-6. Olympus E-420 dan Pentax K200d
7. Nikon D40

Nice post.

... what does "dan" mean?


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 8:50 pm 
haha sorry. It's my language for 'and'


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 9:04 pm 
Bjorn van Sinttruije wrote:
Enche Zein wrote:
2008 Best Buy for semi professional
1. Canon 40D
2. Nikon D300
3. Nikon D200
4. Olympus E-3
5. Sony A700
6. Pentax k20d


Strange, because in a Dutch photography-magazine (professional, so with charts like these), the A700 comes in second closely behind the D300. And I find it hard to believe it would be this much worse (0.57 points) than the E-3.
Not attempting to react too fierce on your post though, but it seem like these numbers are not completely objective...

- Bjorn -


yeah it is subjectives points.
probably the magazines use different criterias.
for example: weighted heavily in image quality
(which i gave Sony A700 5 and most of others cameras below it).

And Olympus E-3 is great camera sporting the best modern dSLR
features right now.


Last edited by Enche Zein on Mon Jun 16, 2008 9:17 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 9:05 pm 
:wink:

:)


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 9:06 pm 
Bob Andersson wrote:
Tomis wrote:
get charts! you should post this in the buying a new camera section!

Yes, I tend to agree. It's a useful resource but maybe not really a review. I'll move it across (and leave a shadow for now).

Enche Zein - thanks for your hard work compiling this. 8)

Bob.


Thank you Bob,

I think this is the right forum to post.

Posts in this forum inspire me to do that.
So at least the new / will be dslr users can see the big picture of
the dSLR world.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 11:36 pm 
And also, the "Beginner Before 2008" section shouldn't have the A200 as it was announced AND released in 2008.


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