I’ve P&S (Point and Shoot) Canon Powershot s50 5 mega pixel three year old digital camera.I like it very much no problems what so ever with the camera and its software.But the problem lately I’m having with this camera is response time for snaps, My 10-month baby girl she doesn’t really like to wait for the camera as it takes a few secs to focus and take the picture. I was missing those smiles and funny moments as this camera couldn’t take pictures fast enough.
Time has come to upgrade my camera , the choices I have is to go for high end point&shoot or a DSLR that meets my speed to capture the moments requirement.
Also for making prints 10 Mega Pixel DSLR’s is a large improvement over 6 MP, this is one other aspect I looked into as going to baby’s portrait places (the picture people or Babies R Us) is heavy for ones wallet and definitely you cannot get what these professionals do but with higher resolution camers if you have one good snap that you can make larger prints at minimum cost.
A DSLR camera gives great pictures at high ISO’s , meaning the higher the ISO,the more sensitive the sensor is to light which means that you can take pictures in low light situations that you wouldn’t be able to get with a P&S. If you are taking pictures outside then that’s usually not a big deal. If you are taking indoor pictures like weddings, parties, family pics, sports, school events , then DSLRs can be very important.
The focusing of a DSLR such as the XTi is much more precise, and much quicker than P&S’s. Sports tend to be fast action.Shutter spends can be much faster than P&S’s. For sports this is essential if you want to capture the action of sports or as I said my 10 month baby is more mobile now and capturing this mobility is key for me.
On the flip side DSLR’s are more expensive, but they are significantly better than P&S’s. It all depends on what your needs are and what your budget is. Some people think capturing important events of life is priceless, some don’t.It is relative experience with photography.
Being a canon fan, I read good reviews on this camera – Canon Digital Rebel XTi 10.1MP Digital SLR.I read reviews of other DSLRS at DPR Review ( Very in-depth and impartial cameras review site)
This site compared three popular DSLR cameras [Canon EOS 400D (also known as Digital Rebel XTi 10.1MP),Nikon D80 and Sony DSLR-A100]
You can see Canon beats Nikon in price/feature ratio metric.
Lens for cameras are a big investment for now i’ll live with 18-55MM EF lens that came with camera.Every one says Kit lens are disappointing but for amateur level photography unless I know how to manipulate settings in manual mode then I don’t see much problem with kit lens.
Other minor considerations:
Canon DSLR’s will accept older Canon lenses. Just like Nikon DSLR’s will accept Nikon lenses.
For close up shots a Macro lens are needed like Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM.
Lens are my future investment.
Here is my old and new camera in a snap shot.
|My OLD CameraCanon PowerShot S50 5MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
Technical Details* 5 megapixel sensor (2592 x 1944 pixels) for enlargements up to 20 x 30 inches* 3x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom (12x total) * Nine point AiAF, flexizone focus selection, three-minute movie clips, and automatic image rotation* Compatible with CompactFlash Type I and II cards; 32 MB card included
|My NEW DSLRCanon Digital Rebel XTi 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black)
Technical Details * 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor captures enough detail for photo-quality 18 x 24-inch prints* Large 2.5-inch LCD display; includes Canon’s EF-S 18-55mm, f3.5-5.6 zoom lens