Hi all, I'm an amateur photographer in the us. I will be heading to India and China and need some advice on a new camera. I've never owned an dslr and not so sure the weight is something I want to tackle right now. Not to mention any security issues, I don't want to lose my first dslr.
Anyway I'm looking to take some great photos while I am there. I really want the quality and ease of use. Something I can transport and pull out at a moments notice. I'd use my cell phone but I'm just not over impressed with the image quality. I've got a cheap point and shoot. But I'm looking for something more. GPS, image quality, low light, and colors will be very important (especially in india). I could be talked into a dslr but again this is my first. I've had time to use my cousins 7D but noticed it was very heavy. I do like the way it fit in my hand And made me want to take pictures. Something about the right camera that says use me.
Do you have any advice for me on what to buy? Thanks.
How much time do you have left?? A dSLR might take a bit of time to learn. Too many people buy a dSLR and treat it like a P&S and are disappointed, because they don't take into account shutter speed (to take an image without hand shake), DOF (depth of field, is much shallower on dSLR, giving the impression that the image may not be sharp in many places, but that's the whole point of dSLR), the right focus point (because of the narrower DOF, focus needs to be on the right spot, the full automatic on a camera does not allows select the right focus point, leading to the main subject being out of focus). Then there is the issue of focal range, usually you have to change lenses to cover a decent range. If you have something like a Canon SX50, (24-1200mm focal range) you cover most of what you would ever need.
Another point: Most dSLRs still don't have GPS (Not sure why, since many P&S have it).
As to weight for a dSLR, look at the Canon SL1, the lightest dSLR there is. Some light lenses that go well along with it, are the 18-55 STM, and the 55-250 STM. They are not fast (don't have large aperture), so you might have to complement with a faster prime, if you want that, e.g. a 35mm f2, or 50mm f1.8. You might also want wider angle, then a Canon 10-22 would be a good addition.
If that travel set above spooks you and you don't have time to practice a bit with it, you might be better of with a bridge camera (e.g. Canon sx50) for a large focal range, but with a small sensor. Or you could go with e.g. something like a Canon 1GX, or G16, they have faster lenses, but less focal range.