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    Nikon D40 or Sony A200 DSLR?

    What is the best camera to get out of the two for under £280. I know the Sony has more pixels and the Sony has autofocus in the body rather than the lens as with the Nikon.

    Both come with great reviews. Any views would be great.

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    Both are good cameras, quite a difference in size and feel so go to a shop if you can (although not that many will still sell them both) and have a go if possible. I have a Sony and would recommend it, new lenses are pretty expensive for the Sony but there is a strong second-hand market in Minolta AF lenses that can be used. (Sony also has image stabilisation built into the body which works with nearly all lenses - not quite as effective as a dedicated lens-based IS but still good and cheaper).

    This site is very useful if you opt for a Sony - dyxum.com/ - it rates and reviews all the old (and new) lenses that you can (and can't) use!

    jah128;5433670

    Both are good cameras, quite a difference in size and feel so go to a … Both are good cameras, quite a difference in size and feel so go to a shop if you can (although not that many will still sell them both) and have a go if possible. I have a Sony and would recommend it, new lenses are pretty expensive for the Sony but there is a strong second-hand market in Minolta AF lenses that can be used. (Sony also has image stabilisation built into the body which works with nearly all lenses - not quite as effective as a dedicated lens-based IS but still good and cheaper).This site is very useful if you opt for a Sony - http://www.dyxum.com/ - it rates and reviews all the old (and new) lenses that you can (and can't) use!



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    Not much to choose but for me the Sony just had the edge for the reasons above and I found it slightly lighter to handle. Both produce excellent pictures and you'll never look back.

    If it helps I didnt consider 'what happens to my accessories if I upgrade' in my choice as at this price point I would just keep it as a spare. I got mine in March and never looked back....

    marmalade47;5434260

    +1 Not much to choose but for me the Sony just had the edge for the … +1 Not much to choose but for me the Sony just had the edge for the reasons above and I found it slightly lighter to handle. Both produce excellent pictures and you'll never look back.If it helps I didnt consider 'what happens to my accessories if I upgrade' in my choice as at this price point I would just keep it as a spare. I got mine in March and never looked back....



    Thats a 'problem' faced by all DSLR users I guess - upgrading within your brand is possible, but to switch makers (ie Sony to Nikon, Nikon to Canon etc) is prohibitevely expensive as generally everything has to be changed. Both makes also do so very nice semi-pro cameras though so there is always going to be an upgrade path (and if you get Minolta AF lenses they are all 'full-frame' which I reckon will be an affordable (
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