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Equipment Recommendations: Beginner Camera Body!

  • 8 Feb, 2011
  • Jason Kirby
Equipment Recommendation: Canon T3 & Nikon D3100

Both of these cameras take into account the new photographer that wants to get started in photography and/or anyone who is on a budget but wants to get the best camera for the lowest price.

Canon EOS Rebel T3 (EOS 1100D)

Description:  Perfect for photographers ready to make the move to digital SLR photography, the EOS Rebel T3 delivers beautiful photos and video, speed, simplicity and fun.

Compact and lightweight, the EOS Rebel is a highly versatile DSLR that’s easy to carry with you while traveling or those long days at the park and allows you to capture any moment in stunning quality. It also uses SD cards, which are cheap and easy to find and can be removed and plugged in directly to your computer to upload pictures almost instantly. [Helpful Hint: Always have more than one SD card so that if you fill one up, you aren’t forced to delete precious pictures from your camera]. Another amazing feature that helps share, critique and enjoy your photos with others is the option to connect the EOS Rebel directly to an HDTV, using the TV remote control to scroll through images and enjoy the high quality, the next time you are at your relative’s house.

An impressive feature that is often not considered is that it has a very efficient energy saving system that uses low amounts of power and results in a longer battery life. This is beneficial in those times when you forget to charge your camera or are traveling and just want to pick up and go. It allows you the wiggle room to not charge your camera after ever use and be assured to get the picture every time.

The Canon T3 Rebel is a very fast camera with 3 frames per second. This means you will be able to capture the moving shots with speed and won’t ever miss the chance for a beautiful picture. It also has an ISO sensitivity range of 100-6400, which is a wide range that can be manipulated to take amazing pictures in lowlight and outside.

Included is a Kit lense is an EF-S 18-55mm, which gives an amazing range to shoot everything from landscapes to portraits. This lense also features Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer Technology that minimizes the amount of blur when your hand gets a little shaky.

We recommend this camera for beginners because it is user friendly, powerful, and is an exceptional entry-level DSLR at a great price.

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2387362Nikon D3100

Description:  A great deal for an exceptional camera that is lightweight, fast, and fun to use. This camera is ideal for beginners with the capabilities to become the camera you use as a pro.

The Nikon D3100 is a very competent and ultra-lightweight DSLR. It is small and light, but doesn’t feel it is going to fall apart either. This is very convenient when bringing your camera along to almost anywhere. It won’t make your neck ache after a day at Disneyland and won’t feel like an encyclopedia in your bag. This lightweight structure is always beneficial to travelers and those who want to always have their camera on hand. The D3100 is Nikon’s lightest SLR, ever, and probably their smallest, too. It also uses SD cards, which is convenient seeing as SD cards are plentiful and always at a good price. This means you can store all your photos on the card and move them straight to the printer or to upload on your computer with ease.

Nikon D3100 has incredible HD video abilities, which cuts down the bulk and cost of buying a video camera and DSLR camera and carrying them both around. The HD video capabilities are very advanced in their image quality and minimizes outside noise making sure you catch everything said on those fun home videos. The videos are also easy to view and on the preview of this camera you even have the ability to edit the beginning and end of your videos! This gives you the chance to only save what’s important right away and leaves room for more video or photos to be stored as you go.

The Nikon D3100 has an exceptional ISO sensitivity range from 100-3200, which creates less blur in dimly lit setting. The ISO connects with shutter speed and they can both be manipulated so that you can get the best pictures possible no matter how bad the lighting is! It also captures 3 frames per second, which keeps up with those running children or fast moving shots.

The kit lense included is a razor sharp Nikon 18-55mm lense that has the range to take almost anything from incredible headshots to a macro or micro landscape shots. This lense is a necessity in photography! This lense also has a built in image stabilizer that steadies every shot and helps capture the moving moment’s in life in great detail. This is very important when trying to catch a great action shot either at a sports game or on the dance floor of a party!

Overall, a stellar camera with a great range to get every picture you want. A beginner’s priced camera with the capabilities to be the camera you use for year to come. Enjoy its lightweight and great quality and do so without breaking the bank!

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