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May 09, 2009 11:34 |  #1

I'm looking to purchase one of these cameras for my relatives in China. They have a 7 year old boy, and want a camera for family shots, maybe a couple of artistic shots once in a while. I'm stuck between buying a D90 and T1i!! Video is a must, so these two cameras are basically what they want. They also want a zoom lens that covers quite a bit of focal length. Any suggestions POTN?


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May 09, 2009 13:33 |  #2

T1i & Tamron 18-270
most cost effective starter combo
the video is better on the T1i
the IQ should be very good (if it compares to 50D or the Xsi)
The lens is a Jack of all trades (but seems better than canon 18-200)


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May 09, 2009 14:16 as a reply to  @ omer's post |  #3

D90 and the 18-270.....:cool:


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May 09, 2009 14:19 |  #4

Why not look at the Nikon d5000 as well ?

I think they are all pretty close, I would rank the D90 the best, then t1i, then D5000. But then that is also how they are priced....


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May 09, 2009 14:46 |  #5

It looks like the video capabilities are better with the Canon in 720p. I don't think 20fps at 1080p would really look that good. I doubt your relatives would even need more than 720p anyway though. The d90 has 14 AF points which they may enjoy more than the 9 points on the T1i. They both have the same size screen @ 3 inches. The T1i offers 12800 ISO whereas the d90 offers 6400 (I doubt they would want to shoot at 12800 iso though, it would be extremely grainy) Lastly, the D90 weighs a little more at 25.2 oz, however it is bigger so may be more comfortable to hold. The T1i is 16.9 oz.

Nikon D90: Movie capture at up to 1280 x 720 (720p) 24 fps with mono sound

Canon T1i: 1920 x 1080 (1080P, 16:9) @ 20 fps, 1280 x 720 (720P, 16:9) @ 30 fps

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May 09, 2009 15:52 |  #6

charl1e wrote in post #7888410 (external link)
I'm looking to purchase one of these cameras for my relatives in China. They have a 7 year old boy, and want a camera for family shots, maybe a couple of artistic shots once in a while. I'm stuck between buying a D90 and T1i!! Video is a must, so these two cameras are basically what they want. They also want a zoom lens that covers quite a bit of focal length. Any suggestions POTN?

DSLR for a 7 year old? I got my first serious camera (a Duaflex IV) at age 9. I don't think I could had handled a DSLR with a long zoom lens. Maybe G10?



  
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May 09, 2009 20:58 |  #7

jr_senator wrote in post #7889452 (external link)
DSLR for a 7 year old? I got my first serious camera (a Duaflex IV) at age 9. I don't think I could had handled a DSLR with a long zoom lens. Maybe G10?

Haha, I meant they have a 7 year old kid they want to take pictures of.


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May 09, 2009 21:45 |  #8

charl1e wrote in post #7890668 (external link)
Haha, I meant they have a 7 year old kid they want to take pictures of.

DSLR for parents?



  
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May 09, 2009 21:58 |  #9

malcolm027 wrote in post #7889168 (external link)
It looks like the video capabilities are better with the Canon in 720p. I don't think 20fps at 1080p would really look that good. I doubt your relatives would even need more than 720p anyway though. The d90 has 14 AF points which they may enjoy more than the 9 points on the T1i. They both have the same size screen @ 3 inches. The T1i offers 12800 ISO whereas the d90 offers 6400 (I doubt they would want to shoot at 12800 iso though, it would be extremely grainy) Lastly, the D90 weighs a little more at 25.2 oz, however it is bigger so may be more comfortable to hold. The T1i is 16.9 oz.

Nikon D90: Movie capture at up to 1280 x 720 (720p) 24 fps with mono sound

Canon T1i: 1920 x 1080 (1080P, 16:9) @ 20 fps, 1280 x 720 (720P, 16:9) @ 30 fps

Got info here:
http://www.dpreview.co​m/reviews/nikond90/ (external link)
http://www.dpreview.co​m …s/Canon/canon_e​os500d.asp (external link)
http://www.neutralday.​com …ikon-d90-prosumer-battle/ (external link)

its 11 point AF

The bigger thing here is also the fact the T1i will record for about 10-15 minutes iirc whereas the Nikons are limited to 5 minutes a clip...

10-15 is practical, 5 is less so


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May 09, 2009 22:32 |  #10

Family shots will likely involve indoor shots. I hate my XT and hated my old XSi for low-light because of the small dark viewfinder (and the D5000 and T1i follow suit with dark small pentamirrors). On the other hand, the D90 has a brighter, larger pentaprism viewfinder than the 50D, so it's a huge improvement over the D5000 or T1i, IMO. The only downside to the Nikon is it's a bit more expensive for most Nikon lenses (excluding the wonderful 35/1.8g).


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May 09, 2009 22:43 |  #11

KenjiS wrote in post #7890882 (external link)
The bigger thing here is also the fact the T1i will record for about 10-15 minutes iirc whereas the Nikons are limited to 5 minutes a clip...

10-15 is practical, 5 is less so


Where did you find this info...:rolleyes:


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May 09, 2009 22:56 |  #12

drdiesel1 wrote in post #7891050 (external link)
Where did you find this info...:rolleyes:

http://www.engadget.co​m …to-head-with-nikon-d5000/ (external link)

Now, onto video. On paper, this one's easily an area where the T1i should dominate... right? Unfortunately, the T1i's 1080p movie mode carries along an unorthodox (ad unappreciated) 20fps setting, which is obviously nowhere close to the more widely accepted 24fps and 30fps standards. The 720p mode does do 30fps, but we couldn't but point out that the Full HD isn't quite as luxurious as advertised. Much like the D5000, the T1i also has a limit on capturing clips. With the D5000, there's a five minute per-clip maximum at 720p. On Canon's shooter, there's a 4GB per-clip ceiling, which roughly equates to 18 minutes of 720p footage or 12 minutes of 1080p. Either way, the time limit isn't nearly as strict on the T1i as it is on the D5000.


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May 09, 2009 23:40 |  #13


That`s for the D5000. Not the D90...;)

KenjiS wrote in post #7890882 (external link)
whereas the Nikons are limited to 5 minutes a clip...


Deception of Nikon body`s....;) The D90 will fill your card @ 24 FPS 720P without a limit like the D5000...:cool:


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May 09, 2009 23:44 |  #14

drdiesel1 wrote in post #7891307 (external link)
That`s for the D5000. Not the D90...;)

Deception of Nikon body`s....;)


D90 has a 2GB file size limit. That means about 5 minutes of 720p


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May 09, 2009 23:50 |  #15

tkbslc wrote in post #7891320 (external link)
D90 has a 2GB file size limit. That means about 5 minutes of 720p


That's odd...I have an 8 gig sd card in mine and never found a limit, other than the card itself..:rolleyes:


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