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  #239733 28-Jul-2009 14:08
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RockResearch: I was looking at a new DSLR until I discovered the Canon G10, great point and shoot functionality without having to muck around with lenses. Can even fit in your pocket. Has all the manual functions of the SLR camera as well.


No doubt the G10 is a good camera but it is like chalk and cheese comparing it to a dslr. Image quality, speed and functionality are vastly different.

Have you ever seen a point and shoot sensor chip side by side with a dslr chip? Huge difference in size.

You just can't get the shots with a point and shoot that you can get with a dslr.

I have both and I think this is a good compromise given how cheap point and shoot cameras are now, you don;t always want to lug a dslr around with you whereas a point and shoot fits nicely in the pocket.

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RockResearch: I was looking at a new DSLR until I discovered the Canon G10, great point and shoot functionality without having to muck around with lenses. Can even fit in your pocket. Has all the manual functions of the SLR camera as well.


It really depends on what you're going to use it for and what trade-offs you're willing to make. A G10 has a smaller sensor than DSLRs so you're more prone to noise problems at higher ISO. Another issue is it's slower than most DSLRs, 0.7fps - so if you're into shooting sports it's not really suitable (it also has a maximum zoom of 5x). There's also no support for external flashes, has a limited fstop range and a number of other limitations - if you're after complete creative control of your photos a DSLR is the only way to go.

That said I also own a point and shoot which I carry around in my pocket, you never know when you'll come across a photo opportunity and there's no way I'm lugging around my DSLR with me everywhere.

 
 
 
 


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  #239794 28-Jul-2009 15:36
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RockResearch: I was looking at a new DSLR until I discovered the Canon G10, great point and shoot functionality without having to muck around with lenses. Can even fit in your pocket. Has all the manual functions of the SLR camera as well.


It really depends on what you're going to use it for and what trade-offs you're willing to make. A G10 has a smaller sensor than DSLRs so you're more prone to noise problems at higher ISO. Another issue is it's slower than most DSLRs, 0.7fps - so if you're into shooting sports it's not really suitable (it also has a maximum zoom of 5x). There's also no support for external flashes, has a limited fstop range and a number of other limitations - if you're after complete creative control of your photos a DSLR is the only way to go.

That said I also own a point and shoot which I carry around in my pocket, you never know when you'll come across a photo opportunity and there's no way I'm lugging around my DSLR with me everywhere.


I too have a small point and shoot, a Sony T-2 that I have with me at all times, it does take good pictures for those spur of the moment, candid ones but for the horse ones the DSLR is the way to go.

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  #239795 28-Jul-2009 15:38
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just note that the LENS provided with entry level body and lens kits are completely inadequate. it really doesnt matter which DSLR body you buy - as long as you go with canon / nikon - it's the lens that handicaps you




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joker97: just note that the LENS provided with entry level body and lens kits are completely inadequate. it really doesnt matter which DSLR body you buy - as long as you go with canon / nikon - it's the lens that handicaps you


Completely inadequete? Please share with the group what exactly is wrong with the Nikkor 18-55mm or 55-200mm VR apart from the PF and lack of lens hood on the former.

Sure, it may be worthwhile to invest in better glass if you want the speed and sharpness of a prime or the speed and flexibility of a constant aperture zoom, but for the vast majority of amateur photographers it doesn't make sense to spend well over $1000 on a single lens.

Upskilling is generally far more beneficial than nitpicking over trivial issues with equipment.

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  #239921 28-Jul-2009 20:28
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18-55 is fine....who cares if its a little slow...

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  #239929 28-Jul-2009 20:45
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Fossie: 18-55 is fine....who cares if its a little slow...


Being a 'little slow' could be a major problem if shooting moving subjects in low light, but if you can use it around the f/8 - f/11 range then it's excellent for most amateur applications.

 
 
 
 


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Fossie: 18-55 is fine....who cares if its a little slow...



Being a 'little slow' could be a major problem if shooting moving subjects in low light, but if you can use it around the f/8 - f/11 range then it's excellent for most amateur applications.


 

And cameras are getting better and better at higher sensitivities (higher ISO settings) so you can avoid the wide apertures more and more in low light.




 

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  #239939 28-Jul-2009 21:18
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alasta:
Fossie: 18-55 is fine....who cares if its a little slow...



Being a 'little slow' could be a major problem if shooting moving subjects in low light, but if you can use it around the f/8 - f/11 range then it's excellent for most amateur applications.


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And cameras are getting better and better at higher sensitivities (higher ISO settings) so you can avoid the wide apertures more and more in low light.


True, although I was recently helping someone who was using a couple of kit zooms to photograph her daughter at gymnastics but she wasn't allowed to use flash and she was getting motion blur because most of her shots even at ISO 1600 were metering at 1/125s. A constant aperture zoom would have been ideal and a fast prime might have been an acceptable cheaper option, but she wasn't willing to fork out for either of those so the best suggestion I could make was to use ISO 3200, get up close, use the wide end of the zoom and hope for the best.

Shooting indoor sports is a real pig because it's about the only thing that you can't do well without a significant investment in equipment.

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True, although I was recently helping someone who was using a couple of kit zooms to photograph her daughter at gymnastics but she wasn't allowed to use flash and she was getting motion blur because most of her shots even at ISO 1600 were metering at 1/125s. A constant aperture zoom would have been ideal and a fast prime might have been an acceptable cheaper option, but she wasn't willing to fork out for either of those so the best suggestion I could make was to use ISO 3200, get up close, use the wide end of the zoom and hope for the best.


Shooting indoor sports is a real pig because it's about the only thing that you can't do well without a significant investment in equipment.


A monopod and learning to pan may be useful for some indoor sports (tho probably not gymnastics!) Getting front-on to the action may have helped.




 

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