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Nikon D40 or Panasonic PV GS300

This post is a sort of double post because it regards both camcorders and digital SLRs.

I have done research about these products so I am not asking about there technical capabilities. I am asking about practical use.
For family shooting, point and shooting etc what would you rather use: the camcorder or the dSLR?
This questions does sound a bit stupid but I am asking this because I can get both the products for about $620. Same price.
What would you prefer to use.

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DSLR - Camcorder

In reply to: Nikon D40 or Panasonic PV GS300

I assume you do know that the Nikon D40 does not have a video capability. None of the DSLR cameras do.

So your comparison is apples and oranges.

I have a camcorder and a DSLR camera (and small digital cameras).
I use them for different reasons.

I have, on occasion, carried and used all.

With the software that is available now, you can produce a DVD that contains both elements (slides and video clips).


If you are asking if you should buy a still camera or a camcorder,
that would depend upon what interests you more.


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Oh amn this is really getting hard...

In reply to: DSLR - Camcorder

the answer to my question was in the latter part of your post.

I was talking with my dad about it and he said that both had different uses. If you wanted to capture a live event and see it moving and talking again then a camcorder but if something is static then a digital SLR.

Choosing between the two is really getting hard.

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In reply to: Oh amn this is really getting hard...

I have never thought about having to choose one over the other.

That would be difficult.

Since you are just getting into photography, you might consider getting something less expensive to start with.

Most small digital cameras (non-DSLR cameras) will also let you take video clips.

The video will not be as good as video from a camcorder but will give you a taste of both worlds. The video clips from a digital camera are turned into a video file that can easily be copied to your computer and used in any way you want.

The Canon A540 sells for a little under $200.
It takes great 6 megapixel photos and takes video at 640x480 at 30 frames per second.
The A540 also has manual controls if you want to get the feel of telling a camera what to do.

Once you experiment with both worlds, then you can decide on which path you want to take.


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Oh no no

In reply to: Choices

I already have a compact camera. I want to upgrade to a dSLR. By the way the video quality in compacts is not at all good. I think I will go for the dSLR as the GS300 is anyways overpriced here. I might buy it if I go to Canada or somewhere where it is reasonably priced.

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