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Cheap digital camera with manual controls

by ImageJack / June 17, 2012 3:32 AM PDT

I'm looking into a really cheap (used or not, preferably not) digital camera that would give me as much control over it as possible. Aperture, shutter speed, depth of field, ISO format, etc.. I'd prefer if it had a 50mm+ lens, which I believe is exclusive to D-SLR cameras (not sure).

I'd prefer it it would be Canon or Nikon brand, as these are the top quality ones. I'm looking for a camera that wouldn't break/malfunction anytime soon. It would be a long term investment...

My budget is under $70, but if it's a must, I could go as high as $100. I don't think I could go any higher.

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Cheap camera with manual controls.
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / June 18, 2012 1:25 AM PDT

It looks like you have stumped everyone with your question.
I don't know of any DSLR camera and lens that can be purchased for less than $100.

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Let's use our digits?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 18, 2012 8:45 AM PDT
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Canon A590 IS
by PistonCupChampion / June 18, 2012 10:50 AM PDT

You could buy a Canon A590 IS from eBay for under $100. The one thing it won'tr give you much control over is depth of field, which is not really possible with digital cameras with small sensors (and correspondingly short focal length lenses). Only a large sensor camera such as a DSLR is capable of shallow depth of field images, but it wouldn't be possible to buy a functioning DSLR camera with your budget.

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get a used Canon EOS Digital Rebel 300D
by one3lucky / January 25, 2013 2:44 AM PST

i came upon your question when i was doing research trying to accomplish the same goal. I ended up with a Canon EOS 300D, the original Digital Rebel, which in 2003 was the first DSLR sold for under $1000. now, in Jan 2013, you can get one with a lens on ebay for under $100. I am loving the manual controls, over focus, aperture, shutter speed etc. It might not have all the bells and whistles of the latest DSLRs, but it is a great place to get started, and feel like a great deal for under $100

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Cheap digital camera with manual controls
by patrickwilson86 / February 10, 2013 7:34 PM PST
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