Monday, February 9, 2009

The Price of Art

In the general scheme of things, electronics are pretty expensive. If your really serious about photography, its a good idea to invest in a decent camera. Any photograph that you take will never be the best that it can be unless you have the right equipment (and now how to use it, which will be in next weeks blog post). Affording a decent camera is not exactly easy and finding good deals on cameras can be a hassle. For people who are serious about photography or want to improve their photograph skills just for fun, they will need a digital SLR camera. Basically, SLR stands for single lens reflex, but that's not important. They allow the photographer to change lenses on a digital, as well as adjust the settings of the camera manually depending on the photo. They take fast, crisp pictures are really optimal for good photographs. Canon, Nikon, and Panasonic are the top digital SLR camera manufacturers.
So, now that you know what kind of camera you need, the next step is finding a good deal on it. For your buying and viewing pleasure, here are five of the top digital SLR cameras with the cheapest or most affordable prices:

Canon Rebel XS-Price: $478.00
  • While this may seem expensive for a camera, this is one of the cheapest and most efficient cameras on the market right now. It has 10.1 megapixels, a large 2.5 inch LCD display, DIGIC III image processor, an EOS integrated cleaning system, and stores images on SD/SDHC memory cards. Well worth the price.

Nikon D40-Price: $409.00
  • This camera is a favorite among photographers. It is easy to use and very reliable. It has a slightly smaller mega pixel size then the Rebel, only 6.1, but has the same size LCD display screen, has fast start up and instant shutter response and is ideal for 14X19-inch prints.

Canon Powershot SX10IS-Price: $320.00
  • The Powershot combines the large mega pixel size, 10.0, with the 2.5 inch screen and an irresistible price. It has 20X optical zoom, a wide-angle lens and optimal image stabilizer. Easy to use, lightweight, and affordable, this camera is a good buy for photographers with the desire and a tight budget.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28K-Price: $310.00
  • This was the first camera I received when I started getting serious about photography. Like the two canon cameras it has 10 mega pixels, as well as 18X wide angle zoom lens, a 2.7 inch LCD screen, HD video capture, full manual operations and advanced screen modes. This is a beginner camera for someone starting out or for a photographer that is just having fun.

Olympus SP-565UZ-Price: $290.00
  • Just because this is the cheapest camera, doesn't necessarily mean that it is the worst in quality. Like a few of the others, it has 10 mega pixels, image sensor, 20X optical image-stabilized zoom, high speed shooting, face detection and shadow adjustment technology. This camera proves that price does not define quality.
Buying a dependable camera is the first step in really becoming serious about photography as an art. Beside taking pictures that are above the average in quality, these cameras will show you a side and aspect of photography you never knew existed and might provide for you a new hobby.
Happy shooting!

*All prices and information about these cameras was found on This is also the site that I recommend to buy the less expensive cameras.

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