Good deal or better camera - what to do?

One of my faithful blog readers (and friend) sent me this question and I thought I'd reply for all...It's a great question! Hey- I know I have asked you before about cameras, but this week Target has a great deal on the Nikon D40 and I have a 10% discount card to use.  So, I thought I would do some research before running out and getting one.

So this is what I know about the D40 vs. D60: D40-6.1 megapixels D60-10.1 megapixels-I don't think I need this many for the price difference

D40-2 pictures per second D60-3 pictures per second again, not that big of a deal for me, I just want a faster picture speed then my point and shoot

D40-does not have some dust filter on it D60-does have it on there

My biggest question is about the lenses, I have no idea what is what.  The one on sale at Target comes with a 18-55mm lense.  There is a refurbished D60 body at National for $350.00, and with a 18-55 and 55-200 lenses it is $599.00...not really in my budget, but if it is a better deal, I would wait.

****BEFORE I ANSWER THE QUESTION I wanted to let you know I found the same deal at Ritz for $549.00 (free shipping and no-tax)...maybe National Camera would honor the same deal?

Okay. So, back to the question...I think I've given different advice to different people depending on their situation but, I've come to same conclusion every time. If your interested in photography as a hobby or as a career. Buying a good camera won't be wasted on you. You will use it and you will be thankful you have it!

If you know you'll be happy with having a Digital SLR (because your current "point and shoot" sucks!)  then buy the best package/deal. Yes...kit lenses are not the best and the entry level cameras are not made for pro photographers...but, they are made for beginners and that's perfect for you! Stick within your budget.

But, if you are ever planning to get the upgrade, don't buy the cheaper and get the one you really want. It might mean 6 months of waiting but it will be worth it. Buy the body and get a separate lens - higher quality means better pictures.

Of course I do have to point out that I am a Canon user and so would always suggest buying Canon but, my brother (and many others would highly disagree!) They are both excellent companies...I just like Canon better.

Thanks for the question Melissa! I hope this helps!

Noemi Hedrick

Noemi Hedrick is a passionate wedding and portrait photographer based in Minneapolis. Noemi loves capturing the beauty inside every person. Her vibrant energy for life, love and family are grounded in her own values and loved ones. Noemi has been proudly serving as a wedding photographer for over 15 years and also offers a wide range of photography workshops for professional and amateur photographers.