Happy Friday! I missed you all! A few of my family members have been out sick these past couple of weeks, and I've been in and out of work attending to their needs, so I was unable to deliver the newsletters to you folks. With that in mind, I hope this newsletter finds everyone in good health! Now let's tackle Cecilia's question on whether she should move on to a digital SLR camera or stick with a compact digital camera.
This week, many members, ranging from beginners to seasoned shutterbugs, came through for Cecilia and shared their expertise, recommendations, and true passion on this topic--we are very fortunate to have you all here to participate. Many of the answers provided by members included a lot of pros and cons for both camera types, from the limitations of the compact camera to the size and cost of dSLRs. Member hjfok even provided us with some links to his photos to show what a camera can and cannot do well, which is awesome. Thanks hjfok!
All in all, as most people mentioned, Cecilia, what you want to achieve with your photos, how far you want to take your photography hobby, and your budget, will determine your tools of the trade. But I will vouch that getting a dSLR can get very expensive, very fast. One thing that I can recommend is to see if you have a local camera shop that will allow you to rent dSLRs and lenses to try out. This way you can really get a good feel for the different types of cameras and see the actual picture quality that can be achieved under different conditions versus a compact digital camera. You'll be able to give it a try and see if it's something you want to get into. This helped me tremendously in my decision making, but I will warn you, though: once you see the unlimited possibilities you can achieve with a dSLR camera, you may never turn back.
So for starters, I picked out a few featured answers in the Q&A area, but I urge you folks to read through all the submissions, as the knowledge and suggestions that our members have passed down to us is invaluable. I know this information will prove helpful to all in need. And as always, if you have any additional information to share, I invite you to join in and tell all. Thank you, everyone!
Should I go with a digital compact camera or a dSLR?
Dear CNET friends, you've shared so much valuable info with
us over time that I feel you are really good friends. Thank
you! My question is in regards to choosing a digital compact
or a digital SLR camera. Finance is an issue though I am
willing to save up till I can get what I want. I love taking
macro shots but also like using zoom for better bird shots.
My present camera is a compact Canon Powershot A620, 7.1
megapixels and 4x zoom. It's been a great camera for me but
now that I've learnt more about photography it's time to move
I had almost decided to get the best Canon compact with 18x
zoom, but a camera salesman told me if I want good (sharp)
macro shots I'd be better with a lower price range SLR body
and pay extra for a reasonably good macro lens. His opinion
is that Canon had added more zoom etc. to their compacts but
that the lens was still the same quality. Could someone
please advise me for what I need? Many thanks in advance.
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Featured member solutions for last week's question:
Windows 7, please enlighten me with your opinions on this to be released OS This may be a premature questions, but I would to know a bit more about Windows 7. For those who beta tested Windows 7 and/or are still currently running Windows 7, what is your opinion on Windows 7? Is it really better than Vista or worse? If better, how so? Are there more features? What new features can we expect to see? My current system is running Windows Vista, will I have to upgrade my hardware again to run 7? And last question, will you be upgrading to Windows 7 when it is released? Please enlighten me on anything you can for me and others who are curious and anticipating this new OS release. Thank for all your opinions and insights to these questions.
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