Over the years I have invested a lot of money into my computer. The system I am currently running cost me around $1000. I am running a P4 3.2ghz system on an Asus motherboard with 1.5gb SDRAM, 16x DVD writer, 120gb hard drive, a ATI Radeon 9200 and a Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS. Now, you can probably buy the same system for a lot cheaper. This system hasn’t given me any problems and I haven’t had to format it since I got it. I purchased this system around the same time I started college and I haven’t had to upgrade since. So that investment has paid off. Lately, I’ve been thinking about coughing up some dough for another investment, a digital SLR camera. I’ve been asking around and so far the top two recommendations is either a Canon or a Nikon. I’ve currently got my eye on the Canon Digital Rebel XT 8.0MP and the Nikon D50. I was looking at the Canon 30D EOS 8.2MP Digital Camera but that thing is about $2000.
The first candidate is the Canon Rebel XT. It is an 8.0mp digital SLR camera released by Canon a few years ago. It’s going to cost me about $849.99 at Best Buy. This camera is $100 more at Futureshop. This camera may look a little big but it’s quite compact. It weighs about 540g which isn’t that heavy. It has a 1.8″ LCD display which I think is kind of standard for camera these days. It comes with a Lithium Ion battery and charger. Li-Ion batteries last a long time but I don’t exactly how long it will last for my use. The camera has a whole bunch of controls that I’m not well informed about. I’m hoping to pick up on that as I use the camera. It also comes with some software bundle as well.
The good thing about this camera is that the resolution is great. It’s capable of taking pictures at 3456×2304 resolution. You get some nice clear pictures with sharp colours. The camera takes almost no time to turn on. The bad thing is that there are some minor flaws. When you open the compact flash compartment, the camera turns off. Canon hasn’t fixed this issues yet since the last version of the camera. There are a few other cons but I don’t want to get too technical. I’m not a camera expert yet.
Next up is the Nikon D50. This is a 6.1mp digital SLR camera. This camera was released some time last year. It is selling for $849.99 as well. It comes with an AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED lens which is designed for the broadest range of photographers. Compared to the Canon, this comes with a 2.0″ LCD display. It weighs about the same as the Canon. It has pretty much the same qualities as the Canon camera. The only thing different is that it comes with a lens while the Canon doesn’t.
I haven’t actually tested out each camera in person, but I’m hoping to do that later on in the day. I think I’m going to head on over to Best Buy in Burlington and see what the camera is actually like. The Canon camera seems to be the one I’m considering to get but it doesn’t come with a lens piece so that might be another $100 – $200 extra. The Nikon comes with the lens piece already but the picture quality isn’t as good as the Canon. The Canon comes with a one year warranty for parts and labour. The Nikon comes with a two year warranty.
I think that once I get my hands on the camera and actually use it, I will get a better feel for it. I just don’t want to make a hasty decision on something like this because I’m dealing with a lot of money. Being the clumsy person that I am, I might end up dropping the camera the first day I use it. So something that is strong and sturdy will be helpful as well. I just hate going to the store because of the sales people. I hope they’ll leave me alone so I can test the camera on my own.