questionshelp! looking to buy a good first dslr camera…

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I'd start out with snapsort, they have a pretty good comprensive comparisons on all the cameras in the market today, I set the link as $700 max.

http://snapsort.com/recommend#!type=DSLR&general=price&price=700

I personally would go with either a Canon or Nikon. Both systems are the same in image quality, interface is different however. Both have more lenses to choose from in case you want to go more creative in the long run compared to the other brands.

The newer Nikons has a "Guide" mode on the dial, it basically explains the function of what is going on great for beginners. I just found the interface hard to go around with the Nikon though compared to the Canon which was straight forward but may be hard to understand the controls/menu at first.

I highly suggest going to an electronic store that sells cameras for sure (like Frys, Best Buy, Target) and feel for the menus yourself on which interface you'd think would be easy to go with.

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From there, I use DigitalRev http://www.digitalrev.com/learn for some tips and tricks after you get your camera. They have A LOT of guides and videos on photography. Most are pretty entertaining to watch also..

I started out with a Canon XTi five years ago and still use it today. Newer cameras today have better light sensitivities and image qualities. I'd really like to "upgrade" to something nicer, but as long as i'm outdoors I have no problems with picture quality. Plus I have no money anyways. x[ I'm hoping to win a contest or something.

Have fun with photography! I'd go around Flickr for inspirations when you get your camera and keep looking out for DigitalRev videos. x]

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I love the Canon Digital Rebel series. But if she wanted to take a lot of low-light photos without flash, Nikon is certainly better at that.

I have a Canon Digital Rebel XT, which still uses CompactFlash cards. Newer ones use SD. I've had mine for 7 years and love it. I still only have two lenses, though. I bought it when a friend asked me to take photos at their wedding. I've shot photos at 2 or 3 weddings since then, in fact, and that's why I recommend Nikon for low-light photography. Canon has a lot of grain at ISO settings 800 and above. This is much improved with newer Canon's, but I haven't played much with one.