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    Quote Originally Posted by shaze View Post
    Well, from the comparisons, looks like the D3200 and K30 belongs to a totally different league. A lot of bros above mentioned that D5100 is very good, but after comparing with D3200, looks like both cameras are very similiar except for the flip screen and larger viewfinder that makes the most difference. Image quality seems comparable, so getting either would be the same?
    No, not really. The D5100 uses a Sony 16MP sensor that's great at high ISO. The D3200 uses a Sony 24MP sensor that's great at low ISO.
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    Now for D7000 the price had drop from $USD200, the body now selling below $USD1k.

    Should be best bargain for new entry level plus higher recommended here.

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    I would recommend D5100 due to

    1) Articulated LCD panel
    2) Special effects mode
    3) In-camera processing.
    4) Affordable (at that time when I decide against 600D kit)
    5) Fairly ok for fast action...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lewissac
    I would recommend D5100 due to

    1) Articulated LCD panel
    2) Special effects mode
    3) In-camera processing.
    4) Affordable (at that time when I decide against 600D kit)
    5) Fairly ok for fast action...
    Sony and Pentax is still way better for the same price

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaze View Post
    Well, from the comparisons, looks like the D3200 and K30 belongs to a totally different league. A lot of bros above mentioned that D5100 is very good, but after comparing with D3200, looks like both cameras are very similiar except for the flip screen and larger viewfinder that makes the most difference. Image quality seems comparable, so getting either would be the same?
    Look for samples from DP review and imaging resource.
    They both have image comparitors

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    Hi TS...

    I am a Canon user and i still love my cameras alot...

    But as I learned photography I have also come to like the Nikon D7000 cos i think its a good camera...

    However, now that I am just abit more familiar with photography, cameras and brands etc, i learnt that there are other brands out there that has sooooo much more to offer that if you dun find out enough you might miss out on something better for the same price.... you know after I saw the reviews and test shots and i used my teacher's Sony A65, I am extremely impressed....ISO 12800, its like probably 6400 in some other good cameras... The Sony's A77 and A65 are often overlooked by the less informed and you may get alot more goodies for your money.... even the Nex 5 is amazing...

    But, since you have a certain budget, i want to highlight the Pentax K-r, imho, its one of the BEST entry level camera in the department of noise performance and fps.. i mean if you compare all the cameras in the same price range, you get 6fps and very good noise performance at 6400, you get very clean pictures compare to competitors... It comes with a variety of colours and you know what? I saw it at mustafa last night, its alot cheaper than 600D... So i believe you might have the budget for it... (sorry modd im not sure if i am allowed to post the shop name etc, do forgive me and edit accordingly)... do go walk ard funan centre might be even cheaper....

    I am not here to start a comparison chart or brand war... i am just sharing with ts my photography journey and all that i tell him is how i feel or found out with my limited knowledge and skills... i am still a newbie and still greenhorn in cameras.... but like him, i also chose the safe side (but one of the reason was cos my company owns 3 Canons and some lenses so i am familar with playing with the camera but i dunno what the heck is shutter speed and aperture cos i shoot in P mode then when i play with the cameras so i bought cos i get to borrow lenses and it was a safe choice...) but now that i understand abit more, i realise for the money, i had alot more choices that i didnt know of.... because i was still a noob in cameras etc so when i first went to look for cameras my colleague say nvm just buy any camera that comes with a kit lens and learn how to shoot dun worry too much about lenses and can upgrade next time.... so the first few places i went was Challenger and Harvey Norman, no prize for guessing which two brands the people tried to sell me and tell me that as a beginner i shld take one of these two and also cos they only carry mostly this two brands... so after haggling and reading then i decided to go with Canon ball only cos between that and this i got free lenses that i can borrow... i still dunno about Pentax or Sony cos i thought Pentax does film cameras (we used to have a compct pentax camera 20 yrs ago) and i know of Sony Nex, plus the salesman told me to 'just buy one of the two wont go wrong'...

    and just begining of this year i went to the audio house near my office and i was shocked that the salesmen kept pushing Sony to me cos they say dun let this brand that is less popular to ignorant people fool you... its an awesome machine... that was how i got interested to see the reviews and later play with my teacher's camera that impresssed me as well... later i met a person from the US that has a K-r, press his camera abit and quite like it, google for K-r test shots, very nice btw... so i felt that all 4 brands are good and they all have good cameras and good technology, however some brands can give you alot more value for your money so dun overlook them yeah

    Hope this info helps.... dun cancel out other brands to feel safer, but chew on it and give it a thought and go with what you think its best...

    Good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by rain5533
    Now for D7000 the price had drop from $USD200, the body now selling below $USD1k.

    Should be best bargain for new entry level plus higher recommended here.
    I can sense a replacement coming soon...
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    So TS, have you decided?


    Quote Originally Posted by Fudgecakes

    I can sense a replacement coming soon...
    OT abit, I'm looking forward to a 7D or D7000 replacement. Its time they update these.
    hi

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    Quote Originally Posted by meganut
    Hi TS...

    I am a Canon user and i still love my cameras alot...

    But as I learned photography I have also come to like the Nikon D7000 cos i think its a good camera...

    However, now that I am just abit more familiar with photography, cameras and brands etc, i learnt that there are other brands out there that has sooooo much more to offer that if you dun find out enough you might miss out on something better for the same price.... you know after I saw the reviews and test shots and i used my teacher's Sony A65, I am extremely impressed....ISO 12800, its like probably 6400 in some other good cameras... The Sony's A77 and A65 are often overlooked by the less informed and you may get alot more goodies for your money.... even the Nex 5 is amazing...

    But, since you have a certain budget, i want to highlight the Pentax K-r, imho, its one of the BEST entry level camera in the department of noise performance and fps.. i mean if you compare all the cameras in the same price range, you get 6fps and very good noise performance at 6400, you get very clean pictures compare to competitors... It comes with a variety of colours and you know what? I saw it at mustafa last night, its alot cheaper than 600D... So i believe you might have the budget for it... (sorry modd im not sure if i am allowed to post the shop name etc, do forgive me and edit accordingly)... do go walk ard funan centre might be even cheaper....

    I am not here to start a comparison chart or brand war... i am just sharing with ts my photography journey and all that i tell him is how i feel or found out with my limited knowledge and skills... i am still a newbie and still greenhorn in cameras.... but like him, i also chose the safe side (but one of the reason was cos my company owns 3 Canons and some lenses so i am familar with playing with the camera but i dunno what the heck is shutter speed and aperture cos i shoot in P mode then when i play with the cameras so i bought cos i get to borrow lenses and it was a safe choice...) but now that i understand abit more, i realise for the money, i had alot more choices that i didnt know of.... because i was still a noob in cameras etc so when i first went to look for cameras my colleague say nvm just buy any camera that comes with a kit lens and learn how to shoot dun worry too much about lenses and can upgrade next time.... so the first few places i went was Challenger and Harvey Norman, no prize for guessing which two brands the people tried to sell me and tell me that as a beginner i shld take one of these two and also cos they only carry mostly this two brands... so after haggling and reading then i decided to go with Canon ball only cos between that and this i got free lenses that i can borrow... i still dunno about Pentax or Sony cos i thought Pentax does film cameras (we used to have a compct pentax camera 20 yrs ago) and i know of Sony Nex, plus the salesman told me to 'just buy one of the two wont go wrong'...

    and just begining of this year i went to the audio house near my office and i was shocked that the salesmen kept pushing Sony to me cos they say dun let this brand that is less popular to ignorant people fool you... its an awesome machine... that was how i got interested to see the reviews and later play with my teacher's camera that impresssed me as well... later i met a person from the US that has a K-r, press his camera abit and quite like it, google for K-r test shots, very nice btw... so i felt that all 4 brands are good and they all have good cameras and good technology, however some brands can give you alot more value for your money so dun overlook them yeah

    Hope this info helps.... dun cancel out other brands to feel safer, but chew on it and give it a thought and go with what you think its best...

    Good luck
    It's good that u finally realize that other brands are much better than C & N, at even cheaper prices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silvermoon1407
    So TS, have you decided?

    OT abit, I'm looking forward to a 7D or D7000 replacement. Its time they update these.
    Maybe they are. But just keeping it under wraps. Haha. Since the price is dropping like crazy and all
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    Quote Originally Posted by donut88 View Post
    It's good that u finally realize that other brands are much better than C & N, at even cheaper prices.

    Yup, in fact I am tempted to buy a Pentax k-r to use for travelling.... The A77 is too big a price tag as a second camera for me, need to save another one year if I buy it hahahaha

    I only learn about Pentax in March this year, very impressive!
    Last edited by meganut; 31st August 2012 at 03:59 PM.

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    Was doing some research on entry level dslr, thinking of getting one not for myself but as a learning-tool gift. I have zero knowledge of cameras other than using phone cameras. My budget is 800, which I believe that is almost the lowest price I can get for a first hand dslr from the RRP I seen on brochures and websites. Most of the review websites I came across recommends Nikon and Canon, and they usually covers Canon 1100D, 600D, Nikon D3100,D3200. Are there any models that I am missing out and should consider based on my budget? Sorry for hijacking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YagamIori
    Was doing some research on entry level dslr, thinking of getting one not for myself but as a learning-tool gift. I have zero knowledge of cameras other than using phone cameras. My budget is 800, which I believe that is almost the lowest price I can get for a first hand dslr from the RRP I seen on brochures and websites. Most of the review websites I came across recommends Nikon and Canon, and they usually covers Canon 1100D, 600D, Nikon D3100,D3200. Are there any models that I am missing out and should consider based on my budget? Sorry for hijacking.
    Have you read this thread? :O some bros here already recommended them
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    Yea I have read the thread, but a bit over my budget for those models previously mentioned. :X

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    Quote Originally Posted by YagamIori
    Yea I have read the thread, but a bit over my budget for those models previously mentioned. :X
    Go to the Pentax and Sony websites, take a look at their lineup, do some research (dpreview.com etc etc) and call/email the camera shops. Contacts can be found in the price guides section of the forum. Then perhaps you can come back here and give us some advice on the camera models xD
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    Anyway thanks for your recommendation, I will stick to the models I have in mind for the time being then.

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    Brand new 600D and Brand New D3200 goes for above a thousand, even if you get those local sets at the camera shops that are cheaper, its definitely more than $900..

    for $800 your choice for brand new camera is 1100D and D3100....

    yes i have been shopping around for cameras too to help me friend source... giving him 4 options now hehe
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    Quote Originally Posted by meganut View Post
    Brand new 600D and Brand New D3200 goes for above a thousand, even if you get those local sets at the camera shops that are cheaper, its definitely more than $900..

    for $800 your choice for brand new camera is 1100D and D3200....

    yes i have been shopping around for cameras too to help me friend source... giving him 4 options now hehe
    confusing info...
    You meant D5100 is >$1000?
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    Sorry, typo, I meant to correct it....

    I meant to say D3100 you can get with the budget of $800...
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    Quote Originally Posted by meganut View Post
    Sorry, typo, I meant to correct it....

    I meant to say D3100 you can get with the budget of $800...
    I think D3200 w kit lens is in the $800+ price range
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