jkabdoors wrote:am thinking of buying my wife a decent camera for that expensive day. Something not to complicated but takes nice pics and can do other things with. Thanks in advance i know i came to the rite place. Jeff
There are several factors to consider,
1 what is the primary use? If she is doing simple snap shots or will she be doing nature or sports, also primarily indoor or outdoor
2 what is her skill level? Many people buy the complicated Nikon or Cannon DSLR's only to use them on automatic all the time, top notch photos but big expense
3 what is your price range? as several have said you can get a excellent point and shoot for under $200 or you can spend $2000 on a DSLR and a couple lenses.http://www.popphoto.com/
is a good start as is consumer reports, but have an idea on those three questions and you can't go wrong. Don't get tied up in MP's , my first digital was 3MP and I have some great 8X10's
Look at focus speed and f-stop as these 2 factors will make or break pictures in low light or fast action
I do Events so I'm usually outdoors and shoot a lot of sports. I use a Cannon Rebel mostly with a 55-250mm f4.5 it needs good light but takes great pictureshttps://www.facebook.com/pages/MinimanD ... 2534982241
The other thing you need to remember is to buy her a big media card. What ever the format SD, CF or other you will want as large as you can reasonabley afford, they are pretty reasonable until you get into the 32Gb size and up. I Have a 4Gb and if I shoot in Large Jpeg format I have about 700 shots before full, when I shoot in RAW it drops to about 200.
Good Luck and post some pics!
I will be adding another lense before long and looking to upgrade the body within a year.