I have a very limited budget. I have $350 [USD]. If I buy a used DSLR Camera and it doesn't work, it would be a huge loss. If I buy a compact digital camera, would I be able to do DSLR things like blur the background and focus on the subject. Which cameras do you suggest?
For around $340 you could pick up a Canon S95 that is a very capable camera, but still fits in your pocket and can do things similar to a DSLR(debatable).
This is a very opinionated answer, but I believe this camera is a great way to start with photography, and learn what areas limit your artistic vision - then allow you to make a better choice when purchasing a DSLR. This could be said with nearly every camera. You just need to pick it up, and use it enough to find the limits.
This camera in particular is very full featured, and will give you excellent shots in most conditions while still giving you full manual control of things like aperture, shutter speed, and ISO.
If you really are serious about learning photography, just pick up any used DSLR, a used Canon 20D comes to mind, it would fit your budget, and probably allow you to pick up a 50mm f/1.8 and still stay within budget. For a beginner you don't want to worry about the equipment so much as just putting in the time and learning.
I've got everything here, thanks to all of the mates who answered. Making this discussion not longer, I'll have 2 things remaining to ask all of you.
How can a simple camera act like dslr? Like how would we manual focus? You got any video on that? How to know which camera will do that? (Sorry, if it's nonsense)
From my selection I select these cameras.
- Canon SX230 HS
- Nikon S8100
- Nikon S9100
Above seems to be fit in my budget, if there are any better than your suggested let me know.
Thanks once again.