Many of our friends often ask us what kind of cameras they should be looking at.

The step up from the “normal digital” is called a DSLR camera — Digital single-lens reflex camera.

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Weather its something to travel with, outgrowing your inexpensive camera, better quality images or has film capabilities, there are a few things you should take into consideration!

First question is what you want to spend ?

There is a big difference in entry level to intermediate to pro when it comes to both performance and dollar value.

The minimum mega-pixel you would want is 10-12. But the rest of the specifications are up to you and what you want to use the camera for!

Most of cameras come with an option of a Twin lens kit meaning you get 2 lenses in the package. This is an excellent idea. Two lenses— usually 18-55mm (Closer photos) then something with a bit more zoom up to 200mm possibly. (Far away)

Below are a few great starter to pro level cameras we can recommend for first time DSLR owners:

Canon 1100D- Entry Level
The 1100D is a great camera for photography enthusiasts keen to take their first step into the world of DSLRs.
12.2 Megapixel
$579 for the body + more for lenses
http://progear.co.nz/product/13828.aspx?name=EOS%201100D%20(Body%20Only)

Canon 650d- Entry level
18 megapixel
The 650D has been significantly enhanced to suit hobbyists and photographers starting out.

Here is a link to the camera plus 2 lenses — 18-55mm IS and 55-250mm IS
IS is image stabilizer, which is great when you are starting out.
$1,389

http://progear.co.nz/product/14910.aspx?name=EOS%20650D%20+%20EF-S%2018-55mm%20II%20IS%20+%2055-250mm%20II%20IS%20kit

Canon 7d- Intermediate to Pro level
18.0 megapixel
$1,699
The EOS 7D can capture crisp clear shots in any shooting conditions. This camera is capable of shooting eight frames per second and capturing 90 shots in a single continuous burst, making it a favourite with sports and action photographers.
http://progear.co.nz/product/12924.aspx?name=EOS%207D%20(Body%20Only)

We may be a bit biased towards Canon though, as this is the brand we use! Of course there are other brands such as Sony and Nikon too.

These are all great cameras and a defiantly a step above entry level. The 7d is more towards the Pro /  Enthusiast and is pretty expensive.

We personally would recommend looking on trademe for any of the above cameras as you can find some awesome deal.

These are also good places to go to check out these sorts of cameras for good prices.

www.progear.co.nz

www.snapshot.co.nz

www.einfo.co.nz

www.photo.co.nz