A346Dude From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 1245 posts, RR: 8 Posted (9 years 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4563 times:
I am currently in the process of deciding what camera I should buy to replace my 2MP point-and-shoot. I have pretty much decided that I want a DSLR.
So, the question is, which should I get. Since I am a student, I am on a bit of a budget, so I figure the 300D would be the most expensive camera I would consider.
What I'm wondering is: how good are the Canon D30 and D60? How is the image quality of these cameras in comparison to more recent ones. Which of the two would you recommend? And finally, are these cameras reliable if they are a little older as I would be purhasing a used one?
Thanks for the help.
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Vaman From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 328 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4536 times:
I use the D30, and if you know it's limitations, it is a great price for your first DSLR. A D60 is fantastic as well. I suggest you search the photodatabase for D30 or D60 in the remark field, and you can look at my photos under Logan Anderson.
Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 659 posts, RR: 17 Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4508 times:
Well, I had a D30 and quickly replaced it with a D60 - although essentially the same camera in many respects, as well as the large sensor Canon made a number of improvements to the software. While it does use basically the same AF system, the accuracy and responsiveness was much improved (though they didn't really get this right until the 20D) and file writing/buffering were enhanced. Net result is that the D60 is a more effective camera.
However, these cameras are over 2 years old, and the shutter is rated at 30K actuations. Many of the used examples will have exceeded that (doesn't mean the shutter is about to fail ... but it might). I would think that a new 300D would run cheaper than the cost of a D30/D60 plus a shutter replacement within, say 12 months.
But if you can source a used D60 which has been lightly used (be careful, the frame count accessible by the user can be reset!) it could be a very good buy.
Wietse From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 3809 posts, RR: 56 Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4482 times:
the old 3-pont AF on the D30/D60
As said, these two cannot be compared. And what would you rather have, full compatibility with ALL focus modes, or just a really fast static one? What is the point in having fast autofocus if the subject is static anyhow?
AdamWright From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 days ago) and read 4476 times:
Glad you are considering the Canon line of DSLR's.
As for a bout between the D30 and D60, I would take the D60 any day. I almost purchased a D60 but went for the 300D as it came with a 1 year warrenty.
I bought my 300D from eBay and was very pleased. But, I know many users of the D60 and who have had the D60 for many years and still get stunning photos from the camera. It's built to last. And thats important in a Camera. Especially to one who is new to holding such a large camera. The 300D has plastic casing. While this doenst affect the image, it is a factor when you might bang the camera while holding it by the straps, etc. The hard casing (magnesium?) of the D60 is like a warrenty in itself.
The D30 takes a good picture, don't get me wrong. But there is a reason people upgrade. Teh D60 has better ISO functioning (Allowing you to shoot in lower light) and offers 6.3mp vs. the D30's 3.2mp. This just means you'll be able to crop your shots a little tighter.