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I am going on trip very soon and can't decide whether to buy a new DSLR camera or stay with my old 8MP Cannon point and shoot digital camera. It’s really uncomfortable to travel with a big camera, but DSLR cameras always provide best picture quality. Can anyone recommend me a smallest DSLR camera? So far I found Nikon D40. If you have any better recommendation, please let me know. BTW my budget it $500.
Any advice and recommendations are welcome.
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If you want portability with a pretty good camera, try the Canon Powershot G11. It works like a DSLR too but it is more handy. Pictures are awesome too.
There are a few options. The Canon EOS 1000D is quite small as well. Also the 4/3 and new micro 4/3 cameras from Olympus and panasonic are even smaller (though a little different to DSLRs...). Though I am not sure of the costs of these.
See this post for a little info on travelling with a DSLR.
I recently traded in my Canon 400D and a few quality lenses for a Canon G11.
I haven't had much time to play with it yet, but here are a few test shots I did get..
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I travel with a Canon G9, which is an older version of the G11 and I love it. It's not too big, and it takes great photos. I'm learning to play with the manual settings now, but it can also be used as a point-and-shoot if you don't feel like fussing.
I admit that I do occasionally get DSLR envy, but I'm always glad not to have to drag a big camera bag around.
I'm not sure about prices, but if the G11 is too steep, a second-hand G9 might be within reach.
i would suggest you go to the camera store and test out the Nikon d40/d40x and the Canon xti/xt, xsi/xs, t1i/t2i. See what fits your hands best as far as ergonomics. The body over $500 would be the xsi/t1i. They are small and light and one records HD video
As a Canon 7D user, I totally understand your point. Mine's too heavy to carry around but what to do, <Moderator: see below> with it. As mentioned earlier, you might want to look at the Canon G series or the highly reviewed Panasonic LX3. It shoots in RAW and does 720p video.
If your budget permits, consider the micro 4/3 cameras such as the Panasonic GF1 or the great GH1 with the tiltable screen. Olympus has the EPL-1 which is light and reasonably priced. Sony has a new set of cameras called the NX series.
I would definitely love to pick up one of the above compacts for convenience sake.
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