CalgaryBill From Canada, joined May 2006, 686 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3210 times:
If you liked the D100 then check out Nikon's D40, D80 or D200, depending on your budget. Nikon just came out a few months ago with a nice little entry level zoom, the 70-300 AF-S (silent wave motor) and VR (vibration reduction, a stabilized group of lenses inside the lens that reduces the effects of camera shake).
Don't worry about the number of megapixels. Unless you're planning to print larger than 11x14 then 6 megapixels is enough. More megapixels just means more memory required, and it doesn't always translate into a better picture. It's not just how big it is, it's how you use it...
Something that RCoulter eluded to is to make sure to get a decent lens. There's really no point in getting a good SLR and putting the cheapest possible lens on it; it will be like buying a Porsche and then fuelling it with tap water. When I was deciding which lens to get for my Canon, I found the following web site very useful (and stay away from the kit lens of the XTi, if possible):
Quoting CalgaryBill (Reply 3): Don't worry about the number of megapixels. Unless you're planning to print larger than 11x14 then 6 megapixels is enough.
One advantage that a higher megapixel count does have is that it allows you to crop a bit more while maintaining decent quality. My previous camera was 8MP and it saved my bacon a couple times when I had to do some extra tight crops for a.net.
Regards and good luck in your DSLR search,
Nikon: we don't want more pixels, we want better pixels.