Owning a DSLR (Canon 20D with some nice lenses, including a 70-200L) as well as a four-thirds compact (a Sony NEX), I'd go for a compact if I had to choose just one camera. It's far more convenient, and, depending on the model, you still get a lot of control over the shooting. When I'm out and about somewhere new, I just pop the compact into the bag and leave the big SLR behind.
If you're set on an true SLR, I'd choose a Nikon over a Canon as the low end SLRs and lenses from Nikon trump Canon's.
Last edited by jinnantonnixx; 16th September 2013 at 09:17 AM.
The OP already has a compact digital camera.
I'm the opposite, for what I like to photograph I find the compact cameras a complete waste of time.
It does, but it has an LCD screen rather than a viewfinder and the sensor size is a lot smaller. It's horses for courses, there are times when LCD screens and a compact style are great and a DSLR will be too big and bulky, others where you really do need a DSLR for the viewfinder, the larger sensor and the bigger lenses.
mrwITch has a Nikon and finds it fairly easy to use. Don't ask me what it is though Best advice is to go and have a look and a play though
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