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1. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3535 posts) 8y

We are in the market for a new camera - still debating whether to spend the big bucks and get a good SLR digi camera or a good point and shoot one, but thats not my question! We will be in Beijing in a few weeks should we wait and buy one in Beijing or just buy one in the UK? Would there be much of a saving?

Cheers

Heather

2. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8868 posts) 8y

Hi ya,
Depends on what you want to do with it, if you want to expand you photographic ability and have the flexability to do so, then an SLR is the way to go.
But having said that if it's for travelling around with and taking photos then the size and the additional lenses may hamper this, and a good compact camera may suit your needs better.

3. Posted by road_trip (Full Member 203 posts) 8y

Quoting Purdy

We will be in Beijing in a few weeks should we wait and buy one in Beijing or just buy one in the UK? Would there be much of a saving?

Cheers

Heather

Personally, I'd buy the camera in the UK. I just wouldn't really trust a 'worldwide guarantee' even if it comes with one. If you buy it in the UK at least you have some come back if anything does go wrong, not to mention english manuals, and mains adaptor, hehe.
As for price, I doubt that there will be anything significant, but I've not seen prices there so dont quote me on it. I think as long as you shop around on the net in the UK you can usually find a good bargain.

I did notice that the camera I recently bought was cheaper in the UK than sellers in HK that were selling through ebay.

4. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3535 posts) 8y

Quoting Guinness

Hi ya,
Depends on what you want to do with it, if you want to expand you photographic ability and have the flexability to do so, then an SLR is the way to go.
But having said that if it's for travelling around with and taking photos then the size and the additional lenses may hamper this, and a good compact camera may suit your needs better.

This is exactly why we are debating which to go for - l think we will end up with a really decent compact point & shoot camera - l really dont think we will make the full use of a SLR camera and alot of its abilities would go unused! Although l would really love one!!

5. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8868 posts) 8y

Ok, a way arond it is toss a coin, heads SLR tail a compact.

But seriously, since your not sure, get a decent compact with a good zoom and functions.
Buy it a month before you go; so you can play with it and learn the functions (too many people buy them just as they are walking out the door, and miss that shot just because they didn't know what the camera was capable of).
This way you can find out what it can do and get comfortable with it.
Also if you don't like the model you have 7 days to take it back and swap for a different model.

If on your trip, you wished you had a SLR, you can always get one when you get home. The compact will always be the mostly used camera, just by it's virtue of being smaller and lighter so it would never be money wasted.

6. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3535 posts) 8y

[quote=6ULDV8]Ok, a way arond it is toss a coin, heads SLR tail a compact. [quote]

If only it were so simple its my birthday present so l aint buying!!

7. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8868 posts) 8y

Quoting Purdy

[quote=6ULDV8]Ok, a way arond it is toss a coin, heads SLR tail a compact. [quote]

If only it were so simple its my birthday present so l aint buying!!

What are you like, if the person buying it has loads of cash go for the SLR, if not the Compact - easy ;)

8. Posted by pixcee (Full Member 28 posts) 8y

Definately buy one where you live...where you have time to learn about it first. I work at a camera store..and people have brought in cams saying that the guarantee is supposed to jump anywhere..and it just doesnt always work that way...
Better safe then sorry....

9. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3535 posts) 8y

We out at shops today and spent a while looking at the cameras - tried to get other half to have a good look at the SLRs (cause if lm honest he will use it JUST as much as l will - l know this as he never leaves our camcorder out of his hands when we are on hols!)- we were looking at £500 for the lowest priced SLR a Olympus one cant remember the rest - came with battery charger, additional lens and camera bag - l really really want it but l cant just expect it for my birthday present!!

10. Posted by MelesMeles (Full Member 137 posts) 8y

Purdy, That was Olympus E-500? This with 2 kit lenses is by far, the best starter kit, price/performance wise. If you can live with that, get this camera. I've had it for two months now and I love it. Handles well and has lots of features, which I'm still learning to use. Things I love about it are quick autofocus, quick image playback, handling, and the battery life is excellent. I don't really care of the xD and CF card slots, xD is expensive and largest cards are only 1gb in size if I recall. CF!

Drawbacks are small viewfinder and the images tend to be quite noisy at ISO 800 and beyond. And then there's the lens problem - "four thirds" system doesn't have a big aftermarket yet, and new lenses can be expensive.

For the price, this is the best setup, if you can live with the downsides.