Product Type: Canon digital cameras
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Canon EOS 550D
Member Name: starspud1
Canon EOS 550D
Advantages: Picture Quality, ease of use, a proper camera!
Disadvantages: Larger than a compact camera, higher price
I don't regard myself as a 'photographer'. Even though i owned a film camera many years ago, it never made much sense (not to mention developing costs).
When on holiday recently, my trusty Panasonic TZ7 (a good camera) fell out of my pocket (i think alcohol was involved in the event) and it didn't like it because it was misbehaving.
I'd toyed with the idea of a DSLR (Digital proper camera) for quite some time, however the cost always put me off. Finally i narrowed my options down to a 'bridge' camera. These are cameras with fixed zoom lenses that offer 'manual' control (i.e. to be able to change the cameras main settings).
The EOS550D is a very popular camera - just check on youtube, there are simply hundreds of examples, tutorials and videos showing the cameras abilities.
A week ago, i discovered a video demonstrating the durability elements of Digital SLR camera which included specimens from both Canon as well as Nikon. The tests were independent and conducted by a digital camera review site. I'd never realised that these cameras are used by professionals as well as regular camera users. Wow, they are rugged beasts and are not built to be 'pretty' like todays little compacts. They are designed for photographers, yet have fully automatic modes for beginners. Intimidating at first, but also very forgiving.
I have a 17-55mm Lens as included in the 'kit'. This only equates to around 3x optical zoom, but the pictures are so incredible.
Please remember, if you're like me you'll be used to taking out your compact at night, shooting a photo only to find that there is barely anything there.. Not with this camera! I went out at night, took some pictures and got superb quality images without the use of the flash.
The camera is 18 Megapixel, but please remember that all of these megapixel numbers are getting irrelevant these days. It's THE SENSOR that matters.. and the one in the EOS550D is brilliant. It captures far more light than a compact camera can so can give you better night shots. Even indoor photos at night look clear and as they should do.
There is a price to pay though.. and it's literally that. Costing a vast amount more than a compact (i payed £590) many will say that it's just not justifiable. I must disagree. This camera is cheap because you can build on it. You can pick from a vast range of Canon and other brand compatible lenses to use with the camera. The quality is the sort of quality that you see on those commercial adverts and brochure pictures and more importantly this camera makes me actually want to learn about it, at my own pace.
I now know that all of those precious moments can be captured with superb clarity, and that the more that i learn about the camera, the better the results will be.
Don't worry about 'how do i do this' or 'what do i need to do to shoot that'.. use the many youtube tutorials around and go and buy one!!!
Summary: A truly superb camera that rightfully has a great following.. and you don't have to be a pro
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