Canon 350D,Nikon D70s or D50


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jojo

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Friend of mine looking for his first DSLR.Any users please advise which DSLR
to choice & why ??Thanks. :D
 

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jojo said:
Friend of mine looking for his first DSLR.Any users please advise which DSLR
to choice & why ??Thanks. :D

Usual questions are, what are your needs? These cameras have their pros and cons

eg:
350D - has vertical grip, lighter, smaller hand grip, DIGIC II
D70s - Falsh Sync at 1/500, better grip, fine tune WB
D50 - 3DMM II, lighter etc...

IMHO, either of these cameras will produce good results.
 

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Choose whatever brand his/her circle of friends have.
(1) There is a community to turn to for help when there are any problems.
(2) Facilitates equipment lending and borrowing.

As to the specific model within the brand, really depends on
(1) Budget
(2) Needs <-- but no $$ no talk! ;p
 

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all could deliver good pictures in the right hands. D50 is not launched yet though.

A structured way to choose the camera:
1. Your friend to list down the features that are important to him and the quirks that are not acceptable.
2. Check out the reviews and specifications to see which camera meet the features desired and which has the most quirks that are unbearable.
3. Ask more specific questions from users.

A "feeling" way to choose the camera:
1. Go down to the shop to check out the cameras.
2. Purchase based on the feelings.
 

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dun forget the neglected models

like oly E300 and minolta D7D.

If you are thinking of getting VR or IS lens, then you should SERIOUSLY consider the minolta D7D as it is a MUCH better value considering you get a bigger viewfinder (which you will be using like ALL the time during shooting) + 2.5 inch 200k pixel LCD monitor.
 

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depends on yourself.

higher mega pixel?? low noise? colour accuracy?
fast shutter, plenty of buffer?

meself, I am looking at faster ISO with reasonable noise.
moderate at ISO1600, Oly E300 is not doing good at this area.
it got one of the worst noise among the entry level DSLR.

D70 maybe 6.1, but it did itself reasonable well in all aspects..
but its only 6.1megapixel. more than suffice for most users I will says.
 

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bwilly said:
depends on yourself.

higher mega pixel?? low noise? colour accuracy?
fast shutter, plenty of buffer?

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D70 maybe 6.1, but it did itself reasonable well in all aspects..
but its only 6.1megapixel. more than suffice for most users I will says.
350D would perform well in these aspects too.

Btw, according to tests at DPReview in terms of buffering:
D70 (6MP) does RAW@2.9 fps for the first 4 images and Large/Fine JPEG@2.9 fps for the first 12 images on a Sandisk 2GB Ultra II.

350D (8MP) does RAW@2.9fps for the first 6 images and Large/Fine JPEG@2.9 fps for the first 25 images on 1GB Lexar 80x Pro.

Either should be fast enough for most purposes.
 

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actually 350D has one really useful advantage which people seldom mentioned.

It's playback is at 10x mag compared to D70 5x magnification. If you intend to playback the pictures on the LCD to review sharpness/focus, this is VERY IMPT, esp for newbies like me who are not really sure that they got a sharp pic.

This is more useful than the 8 megapixel...
 

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jojo said:
Friend of mine looking for his first DSLR.Any users please advise which DSLR
to choice & why ??Thanks. :D
Image quality (body)
Based on my observation on dpreview review between D70 & 350D; and using D20 as reference, 350D has a slight edge in image quality in terms of detail & low noise (high iso) using same/equivalent lens. The images from the review for 350D appeared ( subjective) closer to those from D20.

Value for money
D70 really shine in this dept. It is cheaper and come with a better quality kit lens that yield better image compared to stock 350D kit. Therefore, more $ needed to be spent on better lens so that full potential of 350D can be achieved.

Other consideration:
Size, built quality....varies depending on end user needs.

Both are great cam that will yield good quality images under the right user and using the right lens.
 

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