Looking for a good DSLR Camera? Deciding on what you want / need.

A friend of mine sent me a Facebook message, inquiring about the potential purchase of a specific Nikon DSLR. Since I have been asked this SAME question three times in the last month, I figured it might be a worth while blog post. Here is my response to my buddy:

Hey Craig,

I’m a Canon shooter, so I’m not too familiar with Nikon’s line up. Here’s a great site for unbiased reviews:http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/Nikond5000/ Near the top of the page, there’s a drop down menu for different categories of the review.

That said, Nikon and Canon are on top of the SLR game, and are so close in performance, quality, and customer service, that either brand (and model) will be a great choice. In most cases, the only reason people shoot what they shoot, is that it’s the brand they started with, and once you start buying different lenses you feel locked in, because of the investment.
The other thing that people get so hung up on the megapixel game. They loose focus on the fact that they are, in some cases, paying WAY too much money because they feel they need a 21 Mega Pixel camera. Unless your blowing up pics for a Billboard, in MOST cases, you don’t even need close to 21 mp’s. Also, what does that do if your storing the pics from a 21 mp camera on your 1 gb laptop? Guess what? Your going to need more memory!

The quality out of the entry level camera’s blow me away lately, so don’t overlook a less expensive camera.

ALL camera’s will have very gimicky (in my opinion) options / features, that you will NEVER use (or sometimes never understand why you would use them in the first place). Become familiar with the features of different models, and ask yourself, “will I ever use / need that?”, and base your purchase on that. For instance, the D5000 has video capability. Cool feature, but will you actually use it??? You won’t go wrong with quality, so you can take that out of the decision making equation.

Let me know if you have any other questions!


One thing I didn’t mention above, is that there is fierce brand loyalty (funny video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_H8TOKcfjg), that I would take some web forum comments with a grain of salt.  In rare cases are there cause for concern, in regards to performance, or reliability of Canon’s and Nikon’s models.  Whenever I am in the market for a new piece of equipment, I always check out http://www.dpreview.com.  You can compare different models, and brands on their site.  It’s an invaluable tool, especially if your about to drop serious coin on your next lens or camera!

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