Lightweight Slr Or Equivalent With Image Stabilization And Live View
LOOKING FOR LIGHTWEIGHT SLR OR EQUIVALENT WITH IMAGE STABILIZATION AND LIVE VIEW
*I'D PREFER TO PAY UNDER $1200 , BUT COULD PAY MORE
SIZE AND WEIGHT ARE VERY IMPORTANT. I AM LOOKING FOR SMALL LIGHTWEIGHT SLR OR EQUIVALENT CAPACITY CAMERA
megapixels --10 OR MORE PREFERED, MIGHT CONSIDER LESS
* What optical zoom STANDARD IS OK MORE WOULD BE A PLUS
* How important is “image quality” to you? 8 OR 9 NEED SLR SIZE SENSOR AND RAW CAPACITY
Do you care for manual controls? DESIRABLE BUT NOT ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL
* What will you generally use the camera for? TAKING LANDSCAPES AND CLOSEUPS WHILE HIKING, BACKPACKING, AND CAMPING, SOME INDOOR FAMILY SHOTS
* Will you be making BIG PRINTS of your photos or not? SOMETIMES
Will you be shooting a lot of INDOOR PHOTOS OR LOW LIGHT PHOTOS YES THIS FEATURE IS VERY IMPORTAMT
SPORTS OR ACTION: NO
BRAND PREFERENCE : NONE
Are there particular models you already have in mind? CANON XSI, OLYPUS EVOLT 510
SPECIAL FEATURES DESIRED
WOULD LIKE A WEATHER RESISTANT CAMERA -BUT HAVEN'T FOUND A COMPACT SLR WITH THAT FEATURE
I CONSIDERED THE PENTAX K20 AND THE OLYPUS E3 BUT THEY ARE BOTH TOO BIG AND HEAVY FOR ME TO LUG ON HIKES AND BACKPACKS
I WILL PROBABLY BE USING ONLY ONE LENS, SO I DON'T ABSOLUTELY NEED AN SLR IF I COULD GET AS GOOD LOW LIGHT AND IMAGE CAPACITY RAW CAPACITY LIVE VIEW AND IMAGE STABILIZATION
WITH A NON SLR CAMERA,
HOWEVER IMAGE QUALITY, LOW LIGHT CAPACITY, AND SLR SIZE SENSOR ARE ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL
Olympus DSLR's are the lightest of the light for sure, especially with the kit lenses. I got mine with the intention of using it for hiking. Be sure to both kit lenses, you might find the extra telephoto can be worth the switches at times. Besides, it's just incredible to imagine a telephoto lens can be so small. Live view is not that useful on the E-510, it takes about 2 seconds between shots. It is useful at times, but not regularly.
The XSI would have been the other camera I'd have mentioned. It will take better pictures and have better reactions, at the cost of size, weight, price, and build quality.
Up to you.