Need advice on a camera.

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NicholeC's picture
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Need advice on a camera.

I just recently got a Nikon D3000 slr digital camera and I am not sure I like it. I am thinking about taking it back and getting the Canon Rebel Xs. What are ya'lls opions. I have used my aunts Canon 40D (I think that was what it is) and it seemed very user friendly. I have till Monday to take it back and exchange it for something else.

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Do you mean the D300 or the D5000?

If it's the D300, what don't you like about it? It's an amazing camera body and I know several pro photogs who use it -

I think the 5000 is supposed to be user friendly, but if you need something easier, it might be best to go down to the D40

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Nope its not the D300 it says on the box that its a Nikon D3000 18-55 VR kit

I got it from best buy. The only other camera in my price range that they have is the canon rebel xs.

I have had trouble figuring out how to change the shutter speed and all. I will change it and it doesn't seem to stay the way I change it when I take the pic it will go right back to the orginal shutter speed. My Sony DSC-H7 takes better pics than this and its not even a SLR.

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Well I am a canon girl and have the 40D and LOVE it!

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That sounds very strange, maybe it's a problem with the camera. You could always bring it back to the store or even better would be a local photo store in your area. They'd be able to give you a quick tour - so to speak, about how to use the camera. Of course read the manual and search for similar issues online.

Good luck, I'm a Nikon girl and have always been so I'd say it's probably just a user error or there's actually a problem with the camera which should be replaced. Typically Nikon cameras are very user friendly.

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I have the D300 and had a similar problem with the ISO. I later figured out that I had set the ISO to automatic in the menu somewhere. It sounds to me like maybe you are shooting in the shutter speed priority mode which is on a dial on the top. Ive never heard of the D3000, tho. I love my D300, and have found it to be pretty easy to use once you know the basics. I watched a magic lantern video to help me learn how to run it! lol

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My advice....read your camera's manual. Sound's like you're in a priority mode. The Canon won't be any easier to learn. They are set up differently and different machanics suit different people better, but you have to know the same stuff to work all SLR's properly.

Unless you don't like the quality/options available on the Nikon, there is no reason to change. You will quickly get used to your camera after reading the manual thoroughly and practicing.

When dealing with an SLR, you can't consider that it's the CAMERA that takes great pictures. It's the user. It's really easy to ruin photos with an SLR before you know how to use it properly.

ETA: COOL!!! Check out this link. Explains a lot about your camera in video.
http://www.nikonusa.com/Assets/Digital-SLR/25462-Nikon-D3000/Video/Digitutor/D3000/index.html