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I am getting seriously addicted to this forum and hope to be able to post some good pics of my new puppy as she grows. Sorry if this is a repeat, I couldn't find old postings on this topic.

It just so happens I kinda almost need a new digital camera, and the puppy may be my excuse to splurge. I've been using a point and shoot Nikon Coolpix for the past 5 or 6 years because it had a decent macro type feature to zoom in on small stuff, which I still need, only better and a little more professional for photographing jewelry. I also want to be able to get some nice "action shots" and great close-ups of the dog.

I aspire to photographs like Lina's....

I'm hoping not to spend over maybe $6-700, but I'm guessing at cost because I stopped into a camera shop, and apparently the type of camera I'm looking for is not a point and shoot, and they started around $500 without extra lenses.

Any recommendations on brands or models? I need something I can grow into that will be reliable, good for hobby photography, macro (small objects) and action shots. Do these cameras do video also? My coolpix does, but I have never used it.

I do like to support local business, but if anyone knows of a good source that is significantly less expensive, I'm all ears....

thank you!
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My son's friend got a camera from this place at a great price...
http://www.digitalsfuture.com/
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I'm also looking for a camera for when I get my puppy only I want to do movies to send to friends and relatives and show here online. Also to keep a record of my puppy's progress.
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I got a whole lot of wonderful advice just a few months ago on this topic. Below is the link to that thread.

http://http://havaneseforum.com/show...igital+cameras

In summary, there are several cameras people use on the Forum, but, there are several that use and love the Nikon D40 or D40X SLR. (They lust after the Nikon D90 SLR.) The D40 is bigger than a point and shoot, though, and can't shoot videos, but has an auto mode that works like a point and shoot. For a point and shoot the votes were in for 1) Canon Power Shot SD1100 ELPH. 2) Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T70.

Now I'm saving up, because I really think I won't be happy with anything less than the Nikon D40. And, I like the photos with my old Nikon Coolpix better than what I could get experimenting in the store with the Canon Power Shot.

There is a lot of good reading in the thread, though.

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If you're just starting out and feel like you won't be growing very fast, I'd recommend either the Nikon D40 or the D60. I have the D40x, but that's not available anymore (though I think you can still buy it?). Both the D40 and the D60 are in the price range you are looking at on Amazon.com with lens kit. Neither of them have a video feature, though. The D90 does but is way beyond your price range. If you really want video, I'd suggest looking at getting a Flip video. They're about $100 and are pretty good quality for the price.

I actually JUST bought myself a Nikon D90 and am very excited to start using it! Depending on how heavy it feels and how I feel carrying it day-to-day, I MIGHT be selling my D40x (body only - no lens). The D90 should arrive within the next day or two and I can let you know probably by next week if I'm selling my D40x if you're interested in buying it. If I do sell it, I'd love for it to go to a forum member, though I've already gotten offers for it, LOL!

Buying a new dSLR camera is a BIG step, so if I were you I'd actually go to a store and HOLD them in your hand. You may find that you like the grip of a Canon better or that it fits your hand better. I was leaning towards Canon until I actually held one and found that the Nikon was much more comfortable for me to hold than the Canon was.

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I have the Nikon D40 and really like it. I got it at Woodward Camera. They're very knowledgable and helpful. A point & shoot just isn't going to do it for you.

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awesome. thanks so much you guys. Lina, if you decide to sell, let me know how much you are asking, since it sounds like it may have all the features I'm looking for. I know so little about cameras (ok, nothing) that I am going on recommendations.

I do want something I can grow into if I'm going to spend more than a few hundred bucks, but overkill for ultra fancy features I will likely never need would be a waste of money. The main thing is good control for close-ups, and great for longer shots of scenery, action shots of moving dogs, and to be able to continue to buy accessories for it or repair - if they even repair cameras anymore - if I have a problem down the line. That may be something I have to consider buying new vs. used, not sure. Electronics are so disposable these days and become dinosaurs practically overnight.

Jill - Woodward Camera is where I went to inquire. I have to go back and spend some more time looking at them and getting advice. I bought my Coolpix at Century Camera, but they're long gone.
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If you're just starting out and feel like you won't be growing very fast, I'd recommend either the Nikon D40 or the D60. I have the D40x, but that's not available anymore (though I think you can still buy it?). Both the D40 and the D60 are in the price range you are looking at on Amazon.com with lens kit. Neither of them have a video feature, though. The D90 does but is way beyond your price range. If you really want video, I'd suggest looking at getting a Flip video. They're about $100 and are pretty good quality for the price.

I actually JUST bought myself a Nikon D90 and am very excited to start using it! Depending on how heavy it feels and how I feel carrying it day-to-day, I MIGHT be selling my D40x (body only - no lens). The D90 should arrive within the next day or two and I can let you know probably by next week if I'm selling my D40x if you're interested in buying it. If I do sell it, I'd love for it to go to a forum member, though I've already gotten offers for it, LOL!

Buying a new dSLR camera is a BIG step, so if I were you I'd actually go to a store and HOLD them in your hand. You may find that you like the grip of a Canon better or that it fits your hand better. I was leaning towards Canon until I actually held one and found that the Nikon was much more comfortable for me to hold than the Canon was.

Let us know what you decide!
I totally agree!
I have the Nikon D40 and just upgraded to the Nikon D200. I love it but a lot to learn and much heavier. The Nikon D90 is wonderful I loved using it and would love to own it as well
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Sally, I haven't heard anyone mention the Nikon D200. How does that compare to the D40? (Why did you change up?)

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I have the Nikon d40 and LOVE it!
I also use my kids small Aiptek flip-video type video camera to do videos.
Have fun camera shopping!


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