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Digital SLR camera for under £300

Found 12th Jun 2009
I am looking to pay £250-£300 max for a decent dslr with lens. I am a beginner so any recommendations would be helpful. I would prefer the camera to have a large screen and around 10mp if possible, thanks for your help and I will give rep

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Hi there,

I own a Nikon D40 and an Olympus E-410.

The Olympus E-410 is a great camera for a starter, nice and compact and produces great results.

Specifications Suitable Memory Card Size: 2GB XD, 8GB Compact … Specifications Suitable Memory Card Size: 2GB XD, 8GB Compact FlashType:Lens mount: Four ThirdsBody material: Glass reinforced plastics Control Panel Information:Metering mode: Yes Exposure mode: Yes Aperture value: Yes Shutter speed: Yes Exposure level view: Yes Flash compensation value: Yes Exposure compensation indication: Yes AE bracketing: Yes ISO: Yes Colour space: Yes Picture mode: Yes Gradation: Yes Colour saturation compensation value: Yes Sharpness compensation value: Yes Contrast compensation value: Yes White balance: Yes White balance compensation value: Yes Noise reduction: Yes Flash mode: Yes Focus mode: Yes AF frame: Yes Drive mode: Yes Record mode: Yes Number of storable frames: Yes Memory card: Yes Battery indicator: YesImage SensorEffective pixels 10 Megapixels Filter array Primary colour filter (RGB) Full resolution 10.9 Megapixels Type 4/3 '' Live MOS sensor Aspect ratio & area 4:3 / 17.3 x 13.0 mm Engine Type: TruePic III Filter:LPF filter Fixed type IR cut filter Hybrid type Dust protection filter Supersonic Wave Filter LCDPixel number 230000 pixels LCD type HyperCrystal LCDMonitor size 6.4 cm / 2.5 '' Brightness adjustment +/- 7 steps ViewfinderViewfinder type Eye-level single-lens view finder Field of view Approx. 95 % Magnification Approx. 0.92 x Depth of field preview Yes Eye point 14 mm Diopter adjustment -3.0 - +1.0 diopter / built-in type Focusing screen Fixed type (Neo Lumi-Micron Mat Screen) Mirror Quick return mirror Viewfinder Information AF frame (super impose), AE lock, AF confirmation mark, metering mode, exposure mode, shutter speed, aperture value, white balance, exposure compensation value indicator, flash, battery check Eye piece shutter Eye-piece cap EP-4 supplied Live View Information: 100% field of view, exposure adjustment view, white balance adjustment view, gridline displayable, 7x/10x magnification possible, MF/S-AF, AF frame display, AF point display, shooting information, histogramme Focusing SystemMethod: TTL phase difference detection system Focus areas 3 points / Automatic and manual selection AF illuminator Built-in flash (external flash available) AF lock Locked by first position of shutter release button, AE/AF lock button (customised) Focus tracking Available in continuous AF mode Manual focus Available by rotating focus ring, available for setting manual focus operation in AF mode (customised) Single AF: Yes Single AF + MF: Yes Continuous AF: Yes Continuous AF + MF: Yes Detection range 0 - 19 EV (ISO 100)


They are for sale on PLAY.com for £249.99 with free delivery.. and come with a EZ-1442 lens which is a Olympus 14-42m f3.5/5.6.

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i paid £299.99 for mine from Currys around 12 months ago, and got a 14-42mm and a 50-150 lens, came as a bundle, but them prices are long gone now..

One good thing amount this camera is live view, if your going to us it that is, buts its always good to get as many features as possible.

With it been a 4/3 lens, you can get a lot of the older 35mm lenes to fit it when you get an adpater for around £12.00 on flea-bay.

I will take a look for any better deals if you want?

Rick

For the money you cant go wrong with a Nikon D40.

camerapricebuster.co.uk/pro…tml

Btw Megapixels aren't that important unless you want to print large or want to crop down a large amount of the image. :thumbsup:

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For the money you cant go wrong with a Nikon … For the money you cant go wrong with a Nikon D40.http://camerapricebuster.co.uk/prod267.htmlBtw Megapixels aren't that important unless you want to print large or want to crop down a large amount of the image. :thumbsup:



I do like my D40, but i prefer my E-410 purely for the lenses which i have and the sharper image i tend to get.

Rick

Original Poster

thanks, rep added, I just am no longer sure whether a DSLR is right for me, I managed to fnd a Casio EX-FH20 superzoom for just £190, which has high def and slow motion video capture along with 20x optical zoom, hmmm any help lol

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thanks, rep added, I just am no longer sure whether a DSLR is right for … thanks, rep added, I just am no longer sure whether a DSLR is right for me, I managed to fnd a Casio EX-FH20 superzoom for just £190, which has high def and slow motion video capture along with 20x optical zoom, hmmm any help lol



This one?

dpreview.com/new…asp

Looks like it has no manual control on it, aperture or shutter priority though.

personally, canon is the best DSLR - but this is a personal choice

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personally, canon is the best DSLR - but this is a personal choice



Apart from the shutter oil on sensor problems on the 40d and 1d MKIII.
Major annoyance.
Two 40d's I have had with shutter oil on them straight out the box.
Still love my Canon though lol.
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