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    Mega Poster MichiGal23's Avatar
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    Hi there! First off, let me just say that I LOVE checking in on this board and seeing all of the amazing talent that shows up on here! You laides and your photographs are a huge part of my inspiration for this question!

    DH and I are in the market for a new camera. We have a p&s right now, which we love soley for the fact that's its waterproof/shockproof, considering we have a very curious 2 year old daughter and a 5 month old son who will soon be on the move . However, there are many times when this camera "under performs" and I'm dissapointed with how pictures turn out. I would love to upgrade to something more...serious, I guess you could say. I also have a friend qwho had been taking our kids' pictures, and while she does a great job, she's not the best on actually getting the pictures from (I still haven't seen my daughters 1 year photos!) And sometimes I think "oh, I'd rather the picture taken this way", etc.

    I've been looking at the nikon d5000, as the reviews seem to follow along the "easy to learn" status, and its not outrageously expensive (best buy has it on sale for about 200 off right now!)

    Any experience with that camera? Or any other ones you think I should check out? Ikd love any help I could get! Thanks!

    ETA: I know this is a super loaded question, so even just some quick notes about the camera you have or anything would be appreciated.
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    I don't know much about the camera, but the best advice I had was to go to the store and hold it and see how it fits. Don't just buy it for a good price. Make sure you like the way it fits! I went in thinking I would buy a Canon, but walked out with a Nikon. Other people do the opposite! Just make sure you don't settle, get what you want! Can't wait to see some pics soon!
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    Mega Poster daniellec.parker's Avatar
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    I agree-- go in and hold the cameras and play around with them. Do you happen to have a local photography store by chance? I went into ours expecting to like one thing and after speaking to our very knowledgable salesman decided on something else entirely. They just so happened to price match too. But I feel like they know a lot more about the cameras they offer vs someone at Best Buy. If you could go to a place like that to decide on one, even if you have to buy from somewhere else, you will be happier with your purchase I think.

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    Sadie and Danielle have both given advice that most of us would propose. Go to the store - a camera store if possible - and hold the cameras there.

    If you want a good idea of what cameras with what capabilities are available in your price range before you go to the store to hold them, I would suggest checking out this website:

    it lets you do side-by-side comparisons of different models.

    And whatever you decide, I hope you'll post here and let us share in your new toy.


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