Thank you all for your advise. It's been a good help.
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This kind of question is the easiest to answer and hardest to decide. Just thrown in an answer and your friend will eventually derive the decision.
Start with Canon 500D and tell your friend. Oh why did you recommend this model? ..... well bec of xyz. If you friend then ask, why not D90... it has good bla bla bla. Then you throw in Nikon D5000. If you friend still defends D90, well you roughly know the choice.
If you friend did not challenge your view on 500D, there is your answer.
TS, I really think your friend should get the D3 or D3x.
Pictures will come out nice nice. And he/she will have room to grown in skills. So when get better skill, no need to upgrade camera.
Seriously, to recommend a camera for a newbie (I define newbie as someone with minimal knowledge of the science part of photography) is both easy and hard.
Either of the 3 cameras (D5000, D90, 500D) are good.
If the newbie doesn't know how to set this and that, having the extra mode dial and top LCD on D90 is quite redundant.
So, not knowing your friend's interest level, budget, long-term photography goal, etc.... it would be quite tough to narrow down the choices. So tikam-tikam any one la!
Back to TS, depending on your friend, each cam has its pros and cons. D5000 has the vari angle (i use this occasionally for composition, thus i dont need to lie down on the floor ), and is better for learners. d90 is better for those who have some idea on DSLR, since it gives more control and has the AF screw on it too.
cant say about cannon, never liked them.
Hi there, well, this is just what I feel about the 3 cameras your friend is intending to purchase.
The Nikon D5000 is a fairly good camera for beginners. Read good reviews about its noise control, and its portability as its quite light. But downside is that it doesn't have a internal AF motor, and will only be able to AF with the newer AFS Nikkor lenses.
The D90 should be the ideal camera. Its perfect for both beginners and amateurs. I have the D80, which is the same body as the D90, and the ergonomics is very comfortable. Fits perfectly into my hands. And it has an internal AF motor, thus will be able to AF with the older Nikkor lenses, giving your friend more choices with lenses.
Not too sure bout the Canon 500D. But for me, i felt its abit too small for me to grip it comfortably. Nonetheless a great camera for starters though. Has HD video too.
Just my two cents worth. Correct me if I'm wrong.