Question by morethanagame2000: Please recommend an D-SLR with good quality images in low light, with flash, and with good flash refresh times?
I previously asked for recommendations on a non-DSLR camera with little or no shutter lag – but was told that this is an impossibility ! : )
So now I am willing to go up to an (entry level, reasonably priced) D-SLR.
I feel I will mostly be taking photos INDOORS – mostly with flash – but I’d like to try taking some indoor without a flash for a more natural look (if there is enough ambient light).
I may also be taking SUCCESSIVE photos with FLASH.
Therefore, hopefully this camera will have:
- with little or no shutter lag
- good flash refresh times
- good multiple burst (hopefully the ability to use flash with burst)
- of course, good quality photos, with nice detail and colour, little noise, and no overcompensating of noise reduction
- not so bulky (as some DSLRs can be – especially as I originally was going to go with a point and shoot)
- it would be nice if it had movie recording with sound, and a good optical zoom range … (I want everything don’t I …
Thank you SO SO SO MUCH for your help !
I have been looking AND looking on the internet – reading review after review – and now am so CONFUSED, especially as some reviews are contradictory!
Answer by David M
A DSLR will be better than a point and shoot. You are correct that there will be no shutter lag. Now lets deal with what else you want.
Flash refresh times will be better than a point and shoot but you wont be able to do a multiple burst with flash. With a fresh battery it would still take a second or two for the flash to recycle. It will be quicker with a shoe mount flash but that will cost you $ 200-$ 300 more.
Indoor pictures with no flash will require a fast or large aperture lens and a high ISO setting. The kit lens that comes with the camera wont do this very well. Your cheapest option for a fast lens will be the 50mm F1.8. Cost will be about $ 100 depending on brand. This lens does not zoom though. A large aperture zoom lens is not going to be cheap. You can easily spend as much or more for the lens than the camera.
There are currently 4 DSLR’s that shoot video. They are the following.
Canon 5D MKII $ 2,700 body only
Nikon D90 $ 1,000 body only
Canon T1i $ 800 with 18-55mm lens. Due out next month
Nikon D5000 $ 800 with 18-55mm lens. Due out next month
DSLR’s do not have optical zoom like a point and shoot camera. The amount of zoom depends on the lens you use. The kit lens that comes with the entry level DSLR’s will be about the equivalent of a 3x zoom on a point and shoot. If you want more than that you will have to buy an additional lens. Here you will have many options in both price and size. Expect to pay between $ 250 and $ 600 for a decent consumer level telephoto zoom lens. These will not be large aperture lenses though. They will cost you in $ 1,500-$ 2,000 range.
Now that I have thoroughly depressed you relax. An entry level DSLR like a Canon Rebel or a Nikon D40 or D60 will be far an away better than a point and shoot. Get one with the kit lens and start playing around with it. You can then add the lenses and flashes you want at a later date. The beauty of an SLR is that you can change the lenses, and add a flash as you desire.
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