mufwapo wrote:I was looking at that 350D you mentioned and I like the idea of a separate flash. All of the cameras I've had before had an integrated flash and were all quite poor in my opinion as I'm often in less than ideal light conditions. I'll have to check this out a little more and see what fits for me. Thank You
If you need a hot shoe there are P&S cams that have that. Unless you have a need to change lenses, don't buy a DSLR. I know too many folks that buy one, then end up not using it because it's too big, too heavy, too expensive to buy a decent lens (You'll easily spend 3 times the money for glass over what the body costs)
If you're not making a living with it, buy a decent ZLR. Sony R1, Canon S5 IS, Canon G9 are all very good ZLR cams which many feel are a good fit. They all have a hot shoe so you can add a flash.
Here's some data on the DSLR vs ZLR units:
DSLR cons: size, weight, cost, dust sensitivity, no electronic swivel
viewfinder (how does that affect macro?), no movies.
Pros: image quality, low-light operation, DoF preview, can keep lenses
when changing body.
The capabilities are largely determined by the depth of your pocket and
the lenses you buy. Something like a DSLR of the S2 IS costs 4 times as
much and is a lot heavier.
BTW..the dust thing isn't really an issue. I've had 6 DSLR bodies, shot hundreds of thousands of pics and I've never cleaned a sensor filter ever. None of the local guys that shoot pro have either. Never had a dust speck show up on a pic. I shoot primarily outdoors (airshows, air to air, aerial stuff) portraits, that kind of thing. There are some very anal people that will try to convince you that you need to clean the sensor filter often...don't buy it. Shut the camera off before you change lenses and always hold the body with the mount pointing down when there isn't a lens or cap on the camera. Just like we were taught to do with film cameras... I bought all the crap to clean mine and it's all new in the package.
Having said that, I do have plenty of friends who feel compelled to clean, clean, clean....some have had to send the camera to service because of this.
Your money, your needs, your choice.