Good DSLR for Beginners?Watch
I'm looking to purchase a DSLR in a few weeks, Some pointers would be nice
Also how feasible would buying a second hand one be? Is it better to buy a new one
Got a Nikon D3100 a few months back for ~£300 (with a 18-55 3.5-5.6). It's fantastic! I've reached the limits of the lens, though. It's too short (lawl) and at 50mm, which is all I pretty much ever use, it's at f/5.6, which isn't great. My advice, spend less on the DSLR, so you can spend more on the glass you put in front of it. Unless you're doing video then something with a Mic jack could be handy.
Have a look at these. Also useful for learning a little bit about cameras and what to look for. -
Also, without the lens, you can pick it up for £250 o.O
You could probably go newer than the 500, although it's great little entry level - mine is still serving me faithfully alongside my 5D mark ii.
Maybe look at the 1100? I can only recommend Canon because they're what I use, but from what I'm aware of, Canon and Nikon are pretty neck and neck quality wise.
The price tho D:
my advice would be to go to a shop and try out a few, you need to be comfortable holding the camera, even if you ultimately go and buy online.
other things you will need will include a good quality case, memory card(s), possibly a spare battery or two, and possibly a UV filter - i have one just to protect the lens, as they are fairly inexpensive, and whilst people will argue that they slightly reduce image quality, as someone who takes her camera on boats, and wherever else, i would prefer to protect my lens!