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Are the SLR cameras worth it?<br><br>
I want to be able to take fantastic pics of the kids - while they are moving, sitting still, etc. I want to be able to enlarge them too. Basically, I want to cut the professional photographer out of our lives.<br><br>
I also live on the water. We have bald eagles and otters about 100 yards outside our living room. I'd like to be able to zoom in on them so I need a camera that can change lenses, right?<br><br>
I've been kicking this one around: <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8141511&type=product&productCategoryId=pcmcat99300050011&id=1158323822437" target="_blank">http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1158323822437</a> but is that too much camera for me?<br><br>
Any advice?
 

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I used to work for a professional camera and video store, and this is what i used to tell customers when they were considering a digital SLR<br><br>
Pros<br><br>
1. Interchangeable lenses<br>
2. Ability to quickly shoot shots one right after another<br>
especially in sports mode<br>
3. Manual focus/settings<br>
4. Ability to attach a flash<br><br><br>
Cons<br><br>
1. The learning curve (some people who don't adapt well to technology have issues with them<br>
2. Sometimes cubersome on vacation when you just want a small point and shot to fit in pocket<br>
3.More things to go wrong with these camera and expenisve repairs<br><br>
Whoever you buy it through make sure you get an extended warranty because just to have Canon look at it once your warranty is over is a 150 dollars. Although check with your CC company because sometimes they cover warranties through them.<br><br>
You may also want to check out the Nikon D40x. I believe B&H Photo/Video is going to sell a kit with a 18-55 lens and a 55-200mm lens including the Nikon D40x for 999.95. They're a reputable company and i have bought stuff from them before.
 

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Thank you!<br><br>
I was considering the Canon because in my research a few months ago, I found that Canon had the SLR technology in the camera itself and Nikon was only putting it in some lenses. That's probably changed. I've been dithering about this for almost a year now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I can do everything you listed with my Canon Powershot S2 IS. There's a new S3 IS out as well. They are "SLR-like".... the zoom is amazing for such a small camera too, and personally, with 2 little ones, I can't be changing lenses and messing with a bunch of equipment.
 

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Amy, you made this incredibly easy for me. Thank you! I got the camera you recommended. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
And I spent waaaayyy less money than I would have on an SLR camera. If I really, really fall in love with photography I'll give DH an easy birthday gift. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Thanks so much to both of you!
 

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I'd recommend buying from B&H Photo/Video (you can google) rather then best buy.<br><br>
I'm glad you found something that fits your needs and you like.
 

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If you want something where you don't change lenses, you should look into the Leica V Lux 1. Its a 10 MP with 12x Optical zoom (which when looking at non SLR cameras always just look at optical not digital zoom)<br><br>
It goes for 850.00 or so. I love Leica cameras and while they are extremely pricey I definitely think they are worth it. THe nice thing with Leicas if you are interested in doing any nature photography their spotting scopes will attach to the camera
 

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Me three! It's a great camera. I've had mine almost a year and I've had lots of fun with it. My brother just got a Nikon D-50 DSLR and it takes wonderful pictures, but it cost a lot more and is <b>much</b> more complicated. I think you'll be very happy with the Canon. Here's a <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/katherinenaomi/sets/72157594226307765/" target="_blank">link to some pics</a> I took with it on our vacation to Maine last year.
 

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DP has a Cannon rebel SLR, it's amazing the difference. The quality of the pictures is amazing. and DP really likes to experiment and learn all he can about taking great shots. I liked my point and shoot just fine when he got it, but now I hardly take pictures and I let DP be the family photographer. It's that good.
 
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