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I need a new camera. Suggestions please.

I am going to treat myself to a new camera! I want a simple Digital SLR. My budget is $700.00 max. I have a point and shoot now and want to take better photos. I will have to learn the DSLR so I need one that takes great pics on the auto setting!!!!! Help please.

  • CeeJai
    CeeJai Stockbridge, GA
    on Dec 1, 2012

    I love CANON I have been using them since before Digitals came about and I am hooked on my digital Rebel. Check Amz.com for great prices.

  • Gail Salminen
    Gail Salminen Canada
    on Dec 1, 2012

    If you are moving up, you may want to consider a camera where you can change the lens for different types of shots. I have had a Nikon D5100 DSLR for a few years now. I love it, you can change the file format and DPR. This could be an excellent time to purchase - have lots of Christmas specials. There is a learning curve to these cameras, so be patient and just experiment, or use the automatic setting.

  • WallsTreat Studio/ Kass Wilson
    WallsTreat Studio/ Kass Wilson Alpharetta, GA
    on Dec 1, 2012

    You can easily stay within your budget for an SLR. The killer is when you decide to get more lenses. I happen to be a Canon fan. . . I've had 3.

  • Kathy @ Petticoat Junktion
    Kathy @ Petticoat Junktion Clarksville, TN
    on Dec 1, 2012

    Thanks for all the suggestions. I've been considering the Nikon D5100 and the Canon Rebel T3i so you guys have confirmed my thinking. Still don't know which one I'll get but it will definitely be one of those two.

  • The Everyday Home/Barb Garrett
    The Everyday Home/Barb Garrett Jacksonville, NC
    on Dec 2, 2012

    I just bought the Canon T3i. So far, so good. I just signed up for Kevin Palmer's photography class because I need help in knowing what I am doing. That's not the camera's fault. :)

  • 3popps
    3popps
    on Dec 2, 2012

    I think you can't go wrong with either camera on your list. I used to work at a newspaper, and all our photographers wouldn't use anything but Nikon (on the other hand, plenty of "newsies" use Canon, too, but the folks I knew best were loyal Nikon-ites)

  • Kathy @ Petticoat Junktion
    Kathy @ Petticoat Junktion Clarksville, TN
    on Dec 2, 2012

    Barb is that the photography 101 on video? The photography on your blog is awesome, what have you been using? and Steve I've had two Canon point and shoot cameras and I like both so it's probably going to be the Canon T3i!

  • WallsTreat Studio/ Kass Wilson
    WallsTreat Studio/ Kass Wilson Alpharetta, GA
    on Dec 6, 2012

    If you are used to a point and shoot, I would recommend taking a class. I have found that a full SLR was more camera than I need. Instead, I went to the Canon G11. It is considered the professional's pocket camera because you can still over ride the auto features to adjust for any condition. It comes with a wide angle lens and you can also attach a separate flash. All of the photos on my website were taken with that camera. The quality is there with the 14MP.

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