Good beginner DSLR for photography + video suggestions? (~£200)

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Found 7th Feb 2011
Just looking to get into photography, I'm into video and editing so ideally something that can record good video would suit me better.

Also suggestions on what websites are reliable to go to get them? (Not bothered about 2nd hand stuff either)

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You'll struggle to get a dslr that records HD video for under 200.

Drop the video and search around for a used Canon 30d. I've just replaced my 20d (basically the same camera but a smaller screen) I was very pleased with mine

You won't be able to get a DSLR with video for that price unfortunately, the least you're looking at for a HD recording DSLR that is worth having is probably the D3100 for double your budget.

I'd recommend a used Nikon D40 personally, I've had some great shots from it and it really gives you a fair bit of room for expansion considering the price, although not as much as older semi-pro cameras as sancho is getting at.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4151/4957907363_374502e066_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4092/5051191465_ab3dc6c9a8_b.jpg

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5097/5408353804_b4762a4085_b.jpg

Those are just a few photos I've managed to get from my D40, more at my Flickr if anybody is interested

You have some very nice stuff on there, just favourited one

My Flickr

Keith0

I'm into video and editing so ideally something that can record good … I'm into video and editing so ideally something that can record good video would suit me better.



Don't buy a DSLR lol... If you're looking to get into photography then yeh sure, do it! However, if you're going to be focused on the video aspect then get a dedicated video camera. One thing you will find with DSLR video recording is that you need a very quiet lens i.e. USM motor, to ensure you don't get horrible noises whilst focusing; alternatively you could use manual focus...

chrismarriott66

Don't buy a DSLR lol... If you're looking to get into photography then … Don't buy a DSLR lol... If you're looking to get into photography then yeh sure, do it! However, if you're going to be focused on the video aspect then get a dedicated video camera. One thing you will find with DSLR video recording is that you need a very quiet lens i.e. USM motor, to ensure you don't get horrible noises whilst focusing; alternatively you could use manual focus...



Disagree, well I agree on the quiet lens thing, but disagree on your point on getting a dedicated camcorder. The amount of lenses available for your disposal with a DSLR is just incredible, and allows for cheap and simple exploration with video techniques, while being given full manual control over pretty much everything.

weirdwilli

Disagree, well I agree on the quiet lens thing, but disagree on your … Disagree, well I agree on the quiet lens thing, but disagree on your point on getting a dedicated camcorder. The amount of lenses available for your disposal with a DSLR is just incredible, and allows for cheap and simple exploration with video techniques, while being given full manual control over pretty much everything.



Yup you make a very good point, and I share the opinion being a dslr owner myself... however... make all that fit into £200

Edited by: "chrismarriott66" 8th Feb 2011

Very good point yourself there

Was thinking about a D3100 a few months ago, but decided against it, will give it another generation or two to mature before getting a new SLR I think, especially as I'm still learning (after 2 years of having my D40!) and don't really need anything much better in the photography realm

weirdwilli

Very good point yourself there :DWas thinking about a D3100 a few months … Very good point yourself there :DWas thinking about a D3100 a few months ago, but decided against it, will give it another generation or two to mature before getting a new SLR I think, especially as I'm still learning (after 2 years of having my D40!) and don't really need anything much better in the photography realm



It's all about the lenses anyway... my cousin is sporting quite an old camera but with some nice lenses, his pictures are really good. I wouldn't be upgrading the camera body every 2 years certainly... save the money and buy a good lens
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