Are You Planning on Buying a New Digital Camera?

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With new cameras coming along every week or two from major manufacturers I’m finding more and more of our readers actively researching new cameras and gear.

Whether it’s upgrading to a DSLR from a point and shoot, updating that older model DSLR from a few years ago to get more features, buying a second smaller camera to complement a larger DSLR or trying out some of the new mirrorless cameras that are on the market – you’re not alone if you’re planning on getting a new camera.

So – lets run a poll and see how many dPS readers are on the hunt!

Are You Planning on Buying a New Digital Camera?

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  • Upgraded my XT to a 7D last year. Bodywise, I’m good for a while. Working on getting lenses this year. Besides the new firmware upgrade for the 7D, which will supposedly be available this month, ought to almost be like having a new camera for a while. 8^)

  • Already decided.

    Have had a bridge camera – Fuji FinePix S5500 for about 6 years now (I can’t believe it’s been that long!) Been very happy with it – did a lot of research before I bought it. But it started showing it’s age and limitations – so I started looking around. Then it packed it in for good a week ago, (still takes good shots but the view finders – both of em – have gone out).

    I was debating with myself whether to make the step up to the Canon DSLR (that way hubby and I can share glass) or another bridge camera (which I have been quite content with). Thanks in part to the review here of the new Fuji FinePix HS30 EXR I’m pretty sure that’s going to be my next camera (in the next few weeks when I the cheque I’m waiting on comes in).

    OE

  • basementmatt

    I have a Sony a850 that takes georgeous pictures. BUT it’s hard to find glass and gadget type accessoreis (timers, remotes, etc.) for it. I hate that I’m pondering the swtich, but I dont’ know how I can move forward without switching to a brand with better accessory access.

  • BillW

    Im finally going to pull the trigger on the new cannon full frame. I’ve been using an older point and shoot and my 4s. I have kinda been looking for a 5dmkII. now I’m ready. Just waiting for the release.

  • Liv

    I just upgraded in the last few months and I’m planning to hold on to this baby for years.

  • Since I bought my D7000 my eyes have not wandered at all! I love this camera!!!

  • Jim

    I am very interested in the rumored Nikon D 600 and 24-85mm FX Lens

  • Loving my Canon Powershot G12 (a recent upgrade from a basic Canon point-and-shoot that died). I’m having a blast trying to learn enough about photography to justify buying myself a Canon 60D (maybe a 70D by that time). Wish me luck!

  • I’ve been using canon digital rebel DSLR for the past several years. Now I need an upgrade very badly. I’m interested to shoot landscape and wildlife . Hope people here can suggest a good upgrade.

  • Jan

    I was looking into maybe buying a used DSLR, and was talking to my younger brother about what features I absolutely would need to have, and he decided to give me his Rebel xti. three days later, it was delivered to me from Japan, where he now lives. Since hubby didn’t have to buy me a camera, he bought me a lens, the 50 mm 1.4. I am having so much fun! I know the newer cameras are fancier, but I can’t imagine outgrowing the xti anytime in the next two or three years. I really think a lot more people could get into DSLR’s if they would consider buying used instead of having to buy brand new. It’s nice to have new, but there’s something to be said for used if you are on a budget.

  • Bob

    Just bought a canon AE-1 program and a 35-105 3.5..works great. Make me a DSLR that can do what my AE can do with the same look and feel and I’m there. Yes, it has to be full frame and have a viewfinder and reviewers testing this yet not available product should not complain about things like shutter lag or problems with WB. My AE has no such issues. 🙂

    So to answer the question from this article…ah, nope, no plans to buy a DSLR.

  • I upgrade only when I wear out my current camera or when I take a dip with it in the sea!

    http://blogs.gonomad.com/traveltalesfromindia/2011/10/skywatch-friday-sunrise-at-havelock-andaman-islands.html

  • Leonardo lacchini

    when it comes out the new 70D
    I will buy the 60D, which will cost a little less

  • Chris

    Just upgraded my Sony Alpha to a Pentax K-5. Love it!

  • Stephane

    I’m thinking about upgrading my Canon 550D to a 5D MKII or MK III (more expensive…)

  • Richard

    I am always looking to buy a new camera. Having the money to do that however…

  • MichelleKiba

    I’ve put my 50D through it’s paces. It’s looking a bit weathered and needs some servicing but has been a trooper. I’m looking to upgrade to full frame with a 5D mark II. I’m not sure the mark III is that big of a technology jump above the mark II but the price certainly is. I’d rather spend the difference on new glass. Am planning to hang on to the 50D.

  • Kate Feller

    I am thinking of upgrading from a Casio EX-ZR100 to a Canon DSLR… I was thinking about the T3i. Any suggestions or recommendations?

  • daniel bug

    I’m with Leonardo. When the price of the 60D comes down some more, then I’ll bite. Its a great for what I do but for right now, I’ll hold on to my trusty little XTi (yeah, I know, it’s ancient but its still shooting and pretty darn good at that!!)

  • Richard

    I just upgraded my Canon 10D to a Canon T2i in January. It may be another 8 years before I upgrade again. 🙂

  • Sheila

    Just upgraded to the D7000 body, and it does everything it’s supposed to, and more. Low light capability is just awesome. And it works with ALL my Nikon glass!

  • David

    I’m waiting to see what happens at Photokina next month. If the rumors are true, I will upgrade my Digital Rebel XTi to the new 7D Mark II which will be full frame.

  • Gwen

    I’ve been eyeing on Nikon D7000 since it came out and finally i have the money saved up so it’s time for me to buy it. I have tried Nikon 1 but it’s not same as DSLR camera but it’s an excellent point and shoot camera.

  • Piet

    Just bought a Canon 7D as an upgrade for my 4 year old 450D.
    Could not have imagined that a camera could make this much difference.

  • Ram

    I’ve been using nikon D3000 for the past 3 years now and i think now it’s the time to upgrade.Can’t decide between Nikon 7000 and Canon EOS 60D. Any suggestions please?

  • Waiting to see what the new Canon FF is all about in September. I’m not interested in megapixels or swivel screens, I want IQ, high ISO ability, CF card, weather sealing and AF points ala 7D or better.

  • There isn’t a need to buy a camera right now but there is always a desire. 🙂

  • Ian

    Not in the next year but I am always “shopping” – keeping an eye on new cameras as they come on the market. I would really like to get a full frame DSLR but that will not likely be in my budget very soon so I will more probably get a mate for my Pentax K200D. Especially since a full frame DSLR will also mean getting at least one lens to go with it. So it will either be the K-5 or the new K-30. Of course, if Pentax ever throws it’s hat into the full frame ring , I will give it serious consideration.

  • @dotcompals I would say hold on to your camera for now: it is a good camera, good enough for the time being anway and Canon does have a few tricks up its sleeves waiting to unveil themselves.

  • @Ram – I have the D7000 and it’s a great camera, came from the D3100. If you’re familiar with Nikon’s settings and layout of things I’d say just stick with the Nikon, plus if you’re keeping the D3000’s body you’d be able to use that camera as a back up with many of the same lenses.

    Of course, if you aren’t happy with Nikon thus far then, maybe you should try out a different maker and Canon is certainly a logical choice 🙂

    @Jai Catalono – Same for me – I’d love about 3 or 4 different camera’s, but I’m happy with what I have and have no need to spend that kind of money right now. I can always wish and drool those 🙂

  • lassiwala

    I just bought 2 cameras in the last months:
    A Panasonic GX1 and a Fuji X100
    Both large sensor, mirrorless and compact.
    Because it’s the format that fits my needs the best.
    With the GX1 I have the advantage of interchangeable lenses, and very fast AF.
    With the X100 I have a great image quality (I really love Fuji’s image processing).
    Note that until a few month ago, I was really opposed to high end mirrorless cameras. But with my last DSLR (Pentax K5) I realized that I almost never use the viewfinder anymore. So I went mirrorless and gained a lot of weight when going outside with basically the same IQ.

  • I was thinking of upgrading from the d5100 to the 7000, but I’m not sure I want to pay that much just to have a longer battery life and aluminum casing. I like that the ergonomics is supposed to be better with the dials, but since I’m just starting out I’m not sure I need to get that crazy about it.

  • Alison

    I got a great deal on the Canon 60D a couple of weeks ago. Body plus kit lens was on sale for the same price as just the body on Amazon. I had just returned the 7D to Amazon because of the soft images issue I had read about but was sure wouldn’t happen to my camera, and as soon as I got it I realized I had a lemon too. 🙁 Happy with the 60D so far and looking forward to getting some new glass soon!

  • Rafal

    Just bought Canon 7D – so I am set for now 🙂

  • I am very seriously considering upgrading my Canon Rebel XSi to either the new 5d Mark III or the Nikon D800. It’s so pricey, but I’m hoping I can get some work to pay it off in a reasonable time.

  • Derrick

    I’ve been on the olympus point n shooters for a couple years and I’ve come to realize that I wasn’t getting the kind of pics I want. Now alot of my pics were really nice how ever it just isn’t enough… Time for an upgrade. Originally I stuck with Olympus because I’m used to them but then I happened to come a cross the D800 I want it bad. How ever I have to take baby steps and it’s a little to pricey so Im going for the D7000. To be able to finaly take the kind of pics i want and have way more control, I am very excited

  • mark

    Just picked up a slightly used Nikon D700 with only 3300 clicks. Nice. Some great used bargins out there as new models get release.

  • Hi,

    People often forget thats its not always a faceoff between Nikon and Canon. I have just bought a fairly budget nowadays Sony Cybershot 9.1Mpixel. Its a nice camera – fairly budget price for todays market. I was tempted with the second hand market but the warrenty etc put me off – or lack of……

  • Valerie

    Just bought my 1st DSLR last November after waiting a lifetime (well. . . many years :-P) hoping and praying…. a Nikon D5100 with 2 kit lenses. Have been able to purchase many of the smaller accessories, but my next “big” purchase is an external flash with lenses coming in a close second. I’m a photographer on a very limited budget and with a “no charge card” mentality, so it’s hard work and a lot of waiting for me. : )

  • Clive

    This morning just ordered and paid for the 5Dmklll, upgrading from 550D.
    Love the reviews of the 5D, and also am investing in some serious good glass.
    Had the 550D for about 9 months, about 7000 images, but am hooked on all the features of the 5Dmklll….fps, AF system, etc.
    Will be watching out for the courier!!!

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  • Clive August 17, 2012 06:45 pm

    This morning just ordered and paid for the 5Dmklll, upgrading from 550D.
    Love the reviews of the 5D, and also am investing in some serious good glass.
    Had the 550D for about 9 months, about 7000 images, but am hooked on all the features of the 5Dmklll....fps, AF system, etc.
    Will be watching out for the courier!!!

  • Valerie August 17, 2012 04:25 am

    Just bought my 1st DSLR last November after waiting a lifetime (well. . . many years :-P) hoping and praying.... a Nikon D5100 with 2 kit lenses. Have been able to purchase many of the smaller accessories, but my next "big" purchase is an external flash with lenses coming in a close second. I'm a photographer on a very limited budget and with a "no charge card" mentality, so it's hard work and a lot of waiting for me. : )

  • John August 10, 2012 06:53 am

    Hi,

    People often forget thats its not always a faceoff between Nikon and Canon. I have just bought a fairly budget nowadays Sony Cybershot 9.1Mpixel. Its a nice camera - fairly budget price for todays market. I was tempted with the second hand market but the warrenty etc put me off - or lack of......

  • mark August 8, 2012 11:28 pm

    Just picked up a slightly used Nikon D700 with only 3300 clicks. Nice. Some great used bargins out there as new models get release.

  • Derrick August 8, 2012 09:11 pm

    I've been on the olympus point n shooters for a couple years and I've come to realize that I wasn't getting the kind of pics I want. Now alot of my pics were really nice how ever it just isn't enough... Time for an upgrade. Originally I stuck with Olympus because I'm used to them but then I happened to come a cross the D800 I want it bad. How ever I have to take baby steps and it's a little to pricey so Im going for the D7000. To be able to finaly take the kind of pics i want and have way more control, I am very excited

  • ScottW August 8, 2012 09:01 am

    I am very seriously considering upgrading my Canon Rebel XSi to either the new 5d Mark III or the Nikon D800. It's so pricey, but I'm hoping I can get some work to pay it off in a reasonable time.

  • Rafal August 7, 2012 04:34 pm

    Just bought Canon 7D - so I am set for now :)

  • Alison August 7, 2012 12:43 pm

    I got a great deal on the Canon 60D a couple of weeks ago. Body plus kit lens was on sale for the same price as just the body on Amazon. I had just returned the 7D to Amazon because of the soft images issue I had read about but was sure wouldn't happen to my camera, and as soon as I got it I realized I had a lemon too. :( Happy with the 60D so far and looking forward to getting some new glass soon!

  • Penelope August 7, 2012 12:22 pm

    I was thinking of upgrading from the d5100 to the 7000, but I'm not sure I want to pay that much just to have a longer battery life and aluminum casing. I like that the ergonomics is supposed to be better with the dials, but since I'm just starting out I'm not sure I need to get that crazy about it.

  • lassiwala August 7, 2012 06:33 am

    I just bought 2 cameras in the last months:
    A Panasonic GX1 and a Fuji X100
    Both large sensor, mirrorless and compact.
    Because it's the format that fits my needs the best.
    With the GX1 I have the advantage of interchangeable lenses, and very fast AF.
    With the X100 I have a great image quality (I really love Fuji's image processing).
    Note that until a few month ago, I was really opposed to high end mirrorless cameras. But with my last DSLR (Pentax K5) I realized that I almost never use the viewfinder anymore. So I went mirrorless and gained a lot of weight when going outside with basically the same IQ.

  • John August 7, 2012 05:28 am

    @Ram - I have the D7000 and it's a great camera, came from the D3100. If you're familiar with Nikon's settings and layout of things I'd say just stick with the Nikon, plus if you're keeping the D3000's body you'd be able to use that camera as a back up with many of the same lenses.

    Of course, if you aren't happy with Nikon thus far then, maybe you should try out a different maker and Canon is certainly a logical choice :)

    @Jai Catalono - Same for me - I'd love about 3 or 4 different camera's, but I'm happy with what I have and have no need to spend that kind of money right now. I can always wish and drool those :)

  • Azhar Khan August 7, 2012 04:15 am

    @dotcompals I would say hold on to your camera for now: it is a good camera, good enough for the time being anway and Canon does have a few tricks up its sleeves waiting to unveil themselves.

  • Ian August 7, 2012 01:15 am

    Not in the next year but I am always "shopping" - keeping an eye on new cameras as they come on the market. I would really like to get a full frame DSLR but that will not likely be in my budget very soon so I will more probably get a mate for my Pentax K200D. Especially since a full frame DSLR will also mean getting at least one lens to go with it. So it will either be the K-5 or the new K-30. Of course, if Pentax ever throws it's hat into the full frame ring , I will give it serious consideration.

  • Jai Catalano August 7, 2012 12:25 am

    There isn't a need to buy a camera right now but there is always a desire. :)

  • Barry Johnson August 6, 2012 11:55 pm

    Waiting to see what the new Canon FF is all about in September. I'm not interested in megapixels or swivel screens, I want IQ, high ISO ability, CF card, weather sealing and AF points ala 7D or better.

  • Ram August 6, 2012 10:11 pm

    I've been using nikon D3000 for the past 3 years now and i think now it's the time to upgrade.Can't decide between Nikon 7000 and Canon EOS 60D. Any suggestions please?

  • Piet August 6, 2012 05:25 pm

    Just bought a Canon 7D as an upgrade for my 4 year old 450D.
    Could not have imagined that a camera could make this much difference.

  • Gwen August 6, 2012 11:31 am

    I've been eyeing on Nikon D7000 since it came out and finally i have the money saved up so it's time for me to buy it. I have tried Nikon 1 but it's not same as DSLR camera but it's an excellent point and shoot camera.

  • David August 6, 2012 10:45 am

    I'm waiting to see what happens at Photokina next month. If the rumors are true, I will upgrade my Digital Rebel XTi to the new 7D Mark II which will be full frame.

  • Sheila August 6, 2012 10:44 am

    Just upgraded to the D7000 body, and it does everything it's supposed to, and more. Low light capability is just awesome. And it works with ALL my Nikon glass!

  • Richard August 6, 2012 05:34 am

    I just upgraded my Canon 10D to a Canon T2i in January. It may be another 8 years before I upgrade again. :)

  • daniel bug August 6, 2012 05:27 am

    I'm with Leonardo. When the price of the 60D comes down some more, then I'll bite. Its a great for what I do but for right now, I'll hold on to my trusty little XTi (yeah, I know, it's ancient but its still shooting and pretty darn good at that!!)

  • Kate Feller August 6, 2012 02:06 am

    I am thinking of upgrading from a Casio EX-ZR100 to a Canon DSLR... I was thinking about the T3i. Any suggestions or recommendations?

  • MichelleKiba August 6, 2012 01:54 am

    I've put my 50D through it's paces. It's looking a bit weathered and needs some servicing but has been a trooper. I'm looking to upgrade to full frame with a 5D mark II. I'm not sure the mark III is that big of a technology jump above the mark II but the price certainly is. I'd rather spend the difference on new glass. Am planning to hang on to the 50D.

  • Richard August 6, 2012 01:07 am

    I am always looking to buy a new camera. Having the money to do that however...

  • Stephane August 6, 2012 12:11 am

    I'm thinking about upgrading my Canon 550D to a 5D MKII or MK III (more expensive...)

  • Chris August 5, 2012 10:39 pm

    Just upgraded my Sony Alpha to a Pentax K-5. Love it!

  • Leonardo lacchini August 5, 2012 09:41 pm

    when it comes out the new 70D
    I will buy the 60D, which will cost a little less

  • Mridula August 5, 2012 06:12 pm

    I upgrade only when I wear out my current camera or when I take a dip with it in the sea!

    http://blogs.gonomad.com/traveltalesfromindia/2011/10/skywatch-friday-sunrise-at-havelock-andaman-islands.html

  • Bob August 5, 2012 05:21 pm

    Just bought a canon AE-1 program and a 35-105 3.5..works great. Make me a DSLR that can do what my AE can do with the same look and feel and I'm there. Yes, it has to be full frame and have a viewfinder and reviewers testing this yet not available product should not complain about things like shutter lag or problems with WB. My AE has no such issues. :)

    So to answer the question from this article...ah, nope, no plans to buy a DSLR.

  • Jan August 5, 2012 03:24 pm

    I was looking into maybe buying a used DSLR, and was talking to my younger brother about what features I absolutely would need to have, and he decided to give me his Rebel xti. three days later, it was delivered to me from Japan, where he now lives. Since hubby didn't have to buy me a camera, he bought me a lens, the 50 mm 1.4. I am having so much fun! I know the newer cameras are fancier, but I can't imagine outgrowing the xti anytime in the next two or three years. I really think a lot more people could get into DSLR's if they would consider buying used instead of having to buy brand new. It's nice to have new, but there's something to be said for used if you are on a budget.

  • dotcompals August 5, 2012 01:32 pm

    I've been using canon digital rebel DSLR for the past several years. Now I need an upgrade very badly. I'm interested to shoot landscape and wildlife . Hope people here can suggest a good upgrade.

  • Jeanne Marie August 5, 2012 12:00 pm

    Loving my Canon Powershot G12 (a recent upgrade from a basic Canon point-and-shoot that died). I'm having a blast trying to learn enough about photography to justify buying myself a Canon 60D (maybe a 70D by that time). Wish me luck!

  • Jim August 5, 2012 11:38 am

    I am very interested in the rumored Nikon D 600 and 24-85mm FX Lens

  • Kevin August 5, 2012 10:47 am

    Since I bought my D7000 my eyes have not wandered at all! I love this camera!!!

  • Liv August 5, 2012 10:17 am

    I just upgraded in the last few months and I'm planning to hold on to this baby for years.

  • BillW August 5, 2012 09:47 am

    Im finally going to pull the trigger on the new cannon full frame. I've been using an older point and shoot and my 4s. I have kinda been looking for a 5dmkII. now I'm ready. Just waiting for the release.

  • basementmatt August 5, 2012 08:29 am

    I have a Sony a850 that takes georgeous pictures. BUT it's hard to find glass and gadget type accessoreis (timers, remotes, etc.) for it. I hate that I'm pondering the swtich, but I dont' know how I can move forward without switching to a brand with better accessory access.

  • Ocean's Edge August 5, 2012 08:19 am

    Already decided.

    Have had a bridge camera - Fuji FinePix S5500 for about 6 years now (I can't believe it's been that long!) Been very happy with it - did a lot of research before I bought it. But it started showing it's age and limitations - so I started looking around. Then it packed it in for good a week ago, (still takes good shots but the view finders - both of em - have gone out).

    I was debating with myself whether to make the step up to the Canon DSLR (that way hubby and I can share glass) or another bridge camera (which I have been quite content with). Thanks in part to the review here of the new Fuji FinePix HS30 EXR I'm pretty sure that's going to be my next camera (in the next few weeks when I the cheque I'm waiting on comes in).

    OE

  • Barry Cunningham August 5, 2012 06:27 am

    Upgraded my XT to a 7D last year. Bodywise, I'm good for a while. Working on getting lenses this year. Besides the new firmware upgrade for the 7D, which will supposedly be available this month, ought to almost be like having a new camera for a while. 8^)

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