Choose: CANON G10 or NIKON D40?
Question: Hi all, I am looking to get a beginners professional camera. My choice is between these 2. Can you tell me which one I would be better going for?? I have absolutely no experience...so REAL beginner! price is not an issue between the 2, I just need to know which one is simplest, with best results? Thank you!
Best Answers: Choose: CANON G10 or NIKON D40?
Neither is super simple, but if you want to learn anything about photography simple is not in your vocabulary. They are two different types of cameras, and both can produce nice images. The G10 is an advanced compact, with manual control, a smaller sensor, and a fixed lens. I haven't looked at the specs (try www.dpreview.com for that) but it probably is smaller than the D40. The D40 is a digital SLR. It has a bigger sensor and will do better using higher speed ISO for darker conditions. It usually comes with a "kit" lens that is the equivalent of a 3x zoom. You can also buy other lenses for different applications. Say an ultra wide angle for landscapes, a telephoto for wildlife, a fast lens for low light, a perspective control for architecture etc etc etc. There are a myriad of lenses and accessories for dSLR cameras, more than you will ever need, use, or probably even see in a lifetime. The D40 will have a faster response time. You can use either one in the automatic mode, or in the semi auto or manual modes where you set things yourself to decide the exposure. It takes a while to learn to do this, so there goes the simple out the window. It would be helpful to take a class, or get a book on basic photography to learn the terms. Either camera will have a big owner's manual which you will need to study to get the best from your camera. If you think you are interested in learning about photography get the D40. It is more capable and will take you further along the learning path. If all you want are happy snaps, with the camera doing the thinking, the G10 will do that just fine. In fact, many professionals and advanced amateurs carry a G series Canon as a more portable lighter camera when they don't want to bring their dSLR. I use an older G6, which is a great little camera. There are plenty of photos in my Flikr made with the G6 if you want to see. http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] (BTW, neither the D40 nor the G10 is a "professional" model.) If I were making the choice, I would opt for the D40. They are almost the same price, and the D40 is more versatile. Whichever you chose, to get the most from it you will have to put in some effort, there is a learning curve associated with digital photography. Best wishes and happy shooting!
Never use continuous AF in video mode, it is a horrible idea. No self-respecting videographer would even consider using AF in video mode, manual focus allows absolute control and the camera frequently has trouble tracking subjects, constantly falling out of focus. DSLRs are notorious for having terrible AF in video mode. Anyway, the D600 isn't in the same league as the other three. The Sony isn't a DSLR either, as it doesn't have a mirror, it's an EVIL camera so it has a little LCD in place of the viewfinder. Most photographers hate this for more reasons than I care to list, mainly that it's not a real time image you're seeing, there's a delay. The D600 is a very simple camera, it's aimed at an entry level market but it has an FF sensor like the others. The 5D Mark III would be my recommendation as I'm a Canon shooter. I believe Canon lenses are far superior to Nikon lenses and the better Nikon sensors don't make much of a difference in real life shooting conditions. Having said that, the D800 is a beautiful camera, the only reason I don't own one (apart from me being a Canon shooter) is because I find its ergonomics horrible and it's extremely uncomfortable in my hands - but many people find this about Canon. You have to go to a camera shop and hold both cameras in your hands, see which feels better. Maybe you'll actually like the plastic, smaller feel of a D600 if you tried that. If it's mainly for video, the Sony A99 would be the best option. However, it's ISO performance is terrible in comparison to Canon and Nikon, so it wouldn't be as good for stills. It also doesn't have as big a lens range which makes it hard to work with. The 5D Mark III has the best ISO performance but the D800 has the best detail/resolution as it has a huge 36 megapixel sensor. For many people that's way too big as each RAW file is about 70-100mb, so you'll have to decide for yourself what's right for you.
The Canon G10 is a good point and shoot camera. It has a hotshoe for an external flash, manual functions just like a DSLR, 3 inch LCD at the back, a 5x optical zoom, live view and video recording capable ... The Nikon D40 is an entry-level DSLR. It is easy to use even for beginners. It has full automatic functions too just like a point and shoot. However, this camera doesn't have live view (you can't use the LCD to compose your pictures. The LCD is there to show you the picture after it is taken. You need to look at the viewfinder to take pictures). Also, the D40 doesn't have a video recording function. LCD is only 2.7 inch. If you like a simple camera you can get the Canon G10. It will be easier to carry around and you can start "experimenting" on the manual settings with it just like you would with a DSLR. On the other hand, DSLRs have bigger sensors than point and shoot cameras. This helps to produce better pictures especially on low-light conditions. Definitely, it is more bulky than the point and shoot and you need to buy lenses in the future. You can buy a D40 kit with an 18-55 mm lens. This means zoom capability is lower compared to the 5x zoom capability of the G10 (around 28-140 mm). In terms of feature, the D40 seem less advantageous but if I am in your place, I'd still choose it over the G10. The D40 will help you when you decide to get more serious in photography in the future.
Sony Autofocus system puts canon and nikon to SHAME ! SHAME SHAME SHAME ! go look at comparisons of sony video and continuous autofocus compared to canon and Nikon. If you want a camera with a bang for your buck, I really suggest you go for the Sony a58 or the a57. It's not like a regular DSLR....it uses translucent mirror technology. The battery life is fantastic, it's very affordable ( cheaper than the t4i) better performance than the t4i. T4i is fast (5 frames per second) the a58 can go 8 frames per second and the a57 can go 12 frames per second.....usually reserved for high end cameras. And the video mode is amazing. Manual control and auto for beginners and it has very fast smooth continous auto focus.....the canon autofocus in live view is very slow....comparing it with translucent mirror technology , there is no competition. The Sony is the clear winner.......some links below http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HXA0mTZCQbI http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kUADWQvyM8w http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pninDiSguCU http://store.sony.com/c/Alpha-Translucent-Mirror-DSLRs/en/c/S_SLT_Cameras Best of luck choosing the right camera :) And after getting your SLT, I suggest you go to Sony Asia Pacific YouTube channel and look at their tutorials about photography from technical and creativity topics to help advance your photography.
Which one is "simplest". One of the toy cameras on a key chain hanging on the rack at Wal Mart. Not trying to be harsh, but to do photography well is not a simple matter. Either of those two cameras can be as simple or involved as you want. Either can be put in AUTO mode and never give anything but mediocre snapshots in average conditions by the average user. You need to get the word "simple" out of your mind and instead think of which camera will offer you the most freedom to create a vision. NO point and shoot is going to match ANY DSLR. A megapixel number is NOT all there is to it. The G10 has a tiny sensor with more pixels crammed on it. It makes for ugly photos at high ISO, plus, you cannot get control of aperture properly. The D40 on the other hand has a sensor that is huge in comparison to the point and shoot. This gives MUCH better image quality, even with less pixel count. You have the ability to put high quality lenses on the body to improve this quality even more. So between those two, there is no comparison. The Nikon D40 all the way. steve
The Nikon D80 is a superb camera & personally I wouldn't waste money upgrading it. White balance is easily changed on either a D80 or D90 and if you are shooting raw, it can be adjusted in post with no loss of image quality. For the uses you want (especially portraiture) you are better off investing in good lenses & some off camera lighting - it will have far more impact on image quality than changing the camera body. If all you are using is a 'kit' lens (18-55mm) you will see a world of difference. Try the 50mm f1.4 or f1.8 or the 85mm f1.4 or f1.8 or invest in the 24-70mm f2.8. All great in low light too. Consider getting some speedlights, radio triggers and some modifiers (umbrella, softbox) for portrait work - manual speedlights can be had for around £40- £60 and a set of triggers is about £27. See the Strobist blog for resouces & tutorials on off camera flash; http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/02/wel...
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