Digital cameras forum: Should I go with digital compact or a digital SLR camera?

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) March 20, 2009 12:39 PM PDT

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Should I go with digital compact or a digital SLR camera?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 3/20/09 12:39 PM

Questions: Should I go with digital compact or a digital SLR camera?


Dear CNET friends, you've shared so much valuable info with us over time that I feel you are really good friends. Thank you! My question is in regards to choosing a digital compact or a digital SLR camera. Finance is an issue though I am willing to save up till I can get what I want. I love taking macro shots but also like using zoom for better bird shots. My present camera is a compact Canon Powershot A620, 7.1 megapixels and 4x zoom. It's been a great camera for me but now that I've learnt more about photography it's time to move on.

I had almost decided to get the best Canon compact with 18x zoom, but a camera salesman told me if I want good (sharp) macro shots I'd be better with a lower price range SLR body and pay extra for a reasonably good macro lens. His opinion is that Canon had added more zoom etc. to their compacts but that the lens was still the same quality. Could someone please advise me for what I need? Many thanks in advance.

--Submitted by Cecilia P.

Here are some featured member answers to get you started, but please read all the advice and suggestions that our
members have contributed to this member's question.

If you're serious then go for it --Submitted by kalel33
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7593_102-0.html?messageID=3007240#3007240

Differences between point-and-shoot and DSLR... --Submitted by kLevkoff
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7593_102-0.html?messageID=3007327#3007327

The camera is just a function of what you want to achieve --Submitted by fschoonbaert
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7593_102-0.html?messageID=3007511#3007511

Compact vs. DSLR --Submitted by hjfok
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7593_102-0.html?messageID=3008031#3008031

Digital SLR vs "something else" --Submitted by Watzman
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7593_102-0.html?messageID=3007248#3007248

If you have any additional advice or recommendations, or example photos to compare against dSLR and compact digital cameras for Cecilia, please click on the reply link below and post your answer. Please be specific as you can in your submission. Thanks!

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