Last week I spent some time looking for a new camera to move on from my current Canon Powershot A510. Although I have been very happy with this one, I thought it was time to move on and get something more professional so that I could take a step forward in my learning curve.
DSLR seemed to be the ideal next step; but when I chatted up with another photography enthusiast he suggested I take a look at the UltraZoom category before moving to the DSLR. The Panasonic and Nikon pieces looked interesting in this range. Advantage: they cost less (marginally as I discovered later), give a higher optical zoom without any additional lens purchase and are a bit less complicated than DSLRs to manage. Disadvantage: You don’t get to change the lens. Also I read that buying an UltraZoom only whets your appetite further to pick a DSLR. And a cost comparison tells me there isn’t much of a difference and so I am keen to buy a DSLR.
After spending a few hours at photography websites & user forums I have pinned down on the Canon Digital Rebel XT 8MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 Lens (Black). The camera names with Canon can get a bit confusing because in the US its called Canon Digital Rebel XT and in the rest of the world its called the Canon 350d.
I was particularly impressed with the review shared at Digital Camera Resource Page. It’s the same website which helped me select my Canon A510. CNET has a little video too but it’s nothing exhaustive. And the Digital Photography School’s forum provided some good perspective on what other amateurs and professional photographers were talking about the various models in the market.
I am currently doing a cost comparison for the camera across Mumbai, Dubai and the US to see where is the best deal available. If you have any suggestions on a better purchase or tips I would love to hear from you.
UPDATE: My friend Piyush has picked up the Canon Rebel XTi with the 18-55mm lens which comes along with the camera. Also there is a 1GB card and a UV filter which has been purchased. The camera should be with me by mid-December. Thanks for everything Piyush.