Buying a 10 Megapixel DSLR?

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Buying a 10 Megapixel DSLR?

Postby Gordon Laing » Tue May 29, 2007 10:13 pm


If you're in the market for a 10 Megapixel DSLR, check out our following articles!

Canon EOS 1000D / Rebel XS review

Nikon D3000 review

Olympus E-520 review

Sony Alpha A230 review

Sony Alpha A330 review

Be sure to check out the Verdict pages on each review as these compare the cameras against their closest rivals!


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Postby hdanesz » Mon Jun 04, 2007 9:31 am

Hi Gordon and everyone!
Finally I upgraded from Panasonic FZ30 to a DSLR camera! I was thinking about the big brands (Nikon,Canon) but finally I ended up totally different. I bought an Olympus E400 body with a Sigma 18-55mm lens. It was in the shop as a kit, and the price was 499 US dollars, which is quite good in Hungary, because the "original" kit with the Zuiko lens costs around 700 US dollars.

Now I only need a memory card to start shooting...:D

Postby Gordon Laing » Mon Jun 04, 2007 9:50 pm

Good choice! I really liked the E-400 and it's available at some amazing prices right now! Once you've got to grips with it, please do a quick user report / review for the Olympus section!


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Postby John_0812 » Thu Jul 05, 2007 11:21 pm

Hi Gordon,

I'm already 57 years old and unlike you have no experience at all about
digital photogrphy.

But please allow me to say that this website is indeed f a n t a s t i c .
Newbies like me can find comprehensive information and the reviews of
the different cameras are really great.

Keep up your excellent work!!!

Best wishes,

John_0812 :D

Postby Cr4zYH3aD » Sat Jul 07, 2007 8:07 pm

My choice go to the Rebel XTi / 400D !

Postby Defiance » Sat Jul 07, 2007 11:26 pm

Cr4zYH3aD wrote:My choice go to the Rebel XTi / 400D !


Postby Nick12984 » Thu Jan 10, 2008 8:12 pm

I vote for the XTI 8) I had the D40x for a day (the store had a sample mod and let me take it around the mall for a few hours. It was ok, but I did not like it as much as the canon.

Postby Kenneth Skou » Sun Jan 13, 2008 5:54 am

I would personally never let the MP count determine the field of my camera-choices. (except when the Phase One 39MP backs drop from 30.000$ to 500$

There are no 10MP+ cameras I can afford, that gives me 1/500sec flash-sync for example - thus preventing me from freezing motion when I use the flash. They are all 1/200 or 1/250 at best. There are several 6MP DSLRs I can afford, that gives me 1/500sec flash-sync.

To me, that is a huge loss as I will more often want flash-illuminated pictures of moving objects, than I want to have movie-sized printouts of my pictures.

The difference between 6 and 10MP is very small, but the difference in flash -sync is huge.

..but that's just me :-)
Kenneth Skou

Postby Photoj » Sun Jan 13, 2008 10:03 pm

If you can afford an external flashgun, you should be able to achieve higher sync speeds. On the D80, in the menu turn on Auto FP and you can get upto 1/4000. However this does add to the cost of the system, but having an external flashgun adds to the creativity of photography.

Postby Atomic » Mon Apr 21, 2008 2:49 am

you guys should really try out the oly 510, its fantastic. and this is not my 510 fanboyism, i tried numerous cameras before settling on the 510. initially i was going to go for the 400d, and then as i was just about to buy it, i decided to do more research and then decided i wanted an A100, and then just as i was about to buy THAT, i went out and shot with the 510 and the A100 and the 510 just floored me.

Postby Suffy » Mon Apr 21, 2008 9:45 am

When buying a new camera, you need to remember that the glass available really can effect your image quality aswell.

This is why that when I upgrade I am pretty certain that I will get a Nikon, probably a D40/D60, but because in the future I will be able to get the 18-200mm VR when I have the extra money which I have my heart set on, because the lens seems great quality and is extremely practical, which is very important to me.

If I brought a Canon, I would be stuck as to what lens / lenses to buy, because the sigma and tamron counterparts do not have VR/IS.

I know that you shouldn't base completely on the glass, eg, you will get a 18 - 200mm VR when you have a small budget which will only mean you can afford a used D40 and your really old unbranded memory cards!

When looking at a telephoto option, IMO Nikon have the better option for me too, because both Canons 55-250mm and 70-300mm don't have internal focusing, which I need because I am a regular user of the polarizing filter, where as the 70-300mm VR does!

So It all depends on what type of photography you're into. Maybe you like portraiture and you may get an EOS 40D and some nice f/2.8 lenses and still get good image quality, and you have the wireless transfere when in a studio. Ok, the 40D isn't budget, but you get my idea, because if you do have a portrait studio, this is probably one of your options.

Just thought I would add this little snippit of information here!



Postby ngc94227 » Mon Apr 21, 2008 10:08 am

Hi Suffy,

Reading your reply, it seemed to me that you are very delirious about the 18-200 VR.

I agree that this lens is a great lens. But, to be honest, you can´t expect it to be the "dreamlens" which saves all problems.....

For a zoomlens with such a great factor (11x), it´s remarkable, and the best there is. But in comparing with other lenses which have only a part of the focal distance range, it has something to give. It is good, but not the best! That is why many buy a combination of two lenses, like the 18-70&70-300 or 18-55&55-200. So, ask yourself some questions.
Is IQ more important than changing lenses (more or less) all the time? is only one of it.

I`m happy to own this lens, but I know also it´s shortcomings.

Kind regards,


Postby Leo » Mon Apr 21, 2008 12:19 pm

I'd also like to point out that the 18-200 doesnt mean "all purpose"

It cant be better than a dedicated prime lens, its not as fast as a lens that is used for wider angles, other lenses are not as heavy, and most of all, some cameras have built in IS, and....... the 18-200 is expensive.

One thing that put me off Nikon and Canon is that if you want to get the super dooper lenses they offer, its bloody heavy. And Im thinking of going Canon because of one particular lens (the 24 - 105mm) because of the constant f/4 avaliable to it.... And the quality glass....

Having said that, the 18-200 is a great MULTI-purpose lens, but not entirely a lens that is suited for everything. I've used that lens, and to be honest, not as wonderfull as a dedicated telephoto, and not as good as a dedicated wide or prime...

I put IQ ahead of convenience ... but thats me.

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Postby Harvest » Mon Apr 21, 2008 1:31 pm

Quick newbie question - What does this "IQ" you refer to stand for?

Postby Bob Andersson » Mon Apr 21, 2008 1:39 pm

Harvest wrote:Quick newbie question - What does this "IQ" you refer to stand for?

Image Quality.

Hey, guys. Do you think a discussion about the Nikkor 18-200 lens is better in the Nikon forum? I know it sort of followed on but it's in danger of taking this thread off-topic. :?

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