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Is an entry level DSLR going to shoot nice portrait pictures?

If you read the other answers, it should be apparent that the qualities you seek such as (a) better portraits and (b) the desire to have a blurred background ... aren't really one thing, but a ...
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Will I miss anything if I replace my aging DSLR with a bridge camera?

In general you will find a great deal of distaste for bridge cameras here and on most photography forums. In a few unique circumstances they can be good options (very inexpensive super zoom) but for ...
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Will I miss anything if I replace my aging DSLR with a bridge camera?

I'll offer a slightly different take: Your current camera is dated, but not really bad. The problems you're having with it, judging by the pictures, are: excessive post processing brightening, ...
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What should I look for when shopping for my first mirrorless camera?

A mirrorless is a system camera and you must therefore carefully consider the system. There 2 major differenciators between systems: Sensor-size: This affects image quality and particularly low-light ...
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How do different camera brands compare in build quality?

Who makes the bottom of the pecking order when it comes to durability? Canon and Nikon probably do. I can't imagine anyone making a DSLR or mirrorless more "disposable" than the newly introduced ...
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Is an entry level DSLR going to shoot nice portrait pictures?

It's not the camera, it's the lens. If you want a cheap and good option for shooting portrait pictures, you should definitely purchase in addition to a DSLR, a 50mm f/1.8 "nifty fifty" lens. Do ...
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Two cameras are equivalent but the second one is going out of market soon: is there any risk in buying a camera which is going out of market soon?

TL;DR: There is no risk in buying older generation Canon body. Canon is known for the consistency of lens mounts and compatibility. They have 3 mounts for photography right now, 2+1 actually. Oldest ...
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What would be a good digital alternative to a Canon AE-1 from 1977?

DoF scales on lenses is pretty much of thing of the past (see: Why did manufacturers stop including DOF scales on lenses?), mostly due to the fact that zoom lenses and autofocus are ubiquitous and ...
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What should I look for when shopping for my first mirrorless camera?

Usual Basics Just as with dSLRs, you will want to consider the following "main" features of a camera system in addition to any gee-whiz features you find sexy: Sensor size and resolution (affects ...
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Camera for free

I don't have camera, I do it with my phone all the time :( There it is: a free camera. You already own your phone, continuing to use it is free. What's the matter using that? Or at least you could ...
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Point-and-shoot with 50x zoom or DSLR with small zoom?

Here are the advantages of the 50X zoom compact camera: ZOOM Here are the advantages of a DSLR: Larger sensor = Better low light performance Larger sensor = Longer exposure times without ...
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Is an entry level DSLR going to shoot nice portrait pictures?

Is an entry level DSLR going to shoot nice portrait pictures? By itself, no, absolutely not. It's easy to make the joke that the camera by itself just sits there and doesn't take pictures at all, ...
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What would be a good digital alternative to a Canon AE-1 from 1977?

It really all depends upon exactly which part of the AE-1 experience you most wish to replicate. How the controls with which you set the camera look and feel? What you see when you look through the ...
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What would be a good digital alternative to a Canon AE-1 from 1977?

I would like to purchase my first DSLR camera with similar features and experience to my AE1 Canon film camera. It's going to be a very apples and oranges kind of comparison. When Canon introduced ...
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What type of camera body would work with a Promaster AF lens (Pentax)?

Your Promaster Pentax-mount lens will work with any modern Pentax DSLR*. Your older manual Pentax lens will too, but you will need to push a button to take a meter reading - they won't meter ...
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What makes a good film camera?

It depends what features are important to you. As you say, you can think of a camera body as a pretty simple thing. It is just a light-tight box to hold the film (or sensor). If you go shopping for ...
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Which cameras would win in a duel?

Who wins a real rootin' tootin' shoot-em-up dual? The guy with the gun that has the shortest lag time between the time the trigger is pulled and the firing pin strikes the primer? Or the guy that is ...
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What kind of lens can make a dog look wider and bigger?

It's a matter of perspective. You just shoot the dog at very close range, while making sure there is some background visible (this can require a wide-angle lens, but can be done with a smartphone). ...
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What camera features do I need to take a clear picture of NEOWISE?

Any camera that allows manual control of focus and manual control of exposure should be usable for astrophotography. But both of these are requirements (not just "nice to have"). There is a ...
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What medium format film camera should an SLR guy look at?

I'm 10 years late here but... in case this helps anyone more generally: Most medium-format cameras from Zenza Bronica would tick most (some even all) of the boxes on your list, and they also benefit ...
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Which camera should I buy? DLSR or SLR

All DSLRs are also SLRs. SLR is an acronym for Single Lens Reflex. The "D" in DSLR is for Digital. SLRs have been around for over half a century. First as film cameras and then more recently also as ...
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Should I upgrade from my Fuji X100T to an X-T2?

While the XT-2 kit is still a relatively compact camera/lens vs. a dSLR kit, it's still sizably different from an X100T. The XT-2 is more of a an SLR-style camera body, while the X100T is more of a ...
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Are there true 360 degree cameras?

Yes, there are a number of true 360 degree cameras that can do 1080 HD/30fps out on the market at the moment. With the advent of 360x180 content on Youtube and Facebook, there's been an explosion of ...
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Point-and-shoot with 50x zoom or DSLR with small zoom?

These high zoom ratios come at a cost. Such lenses have lower image quality and let in much less light. Most experienced photographers do not use them. If you decide to buy a compact camera after all, ...
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Consolidating two camera systems - will EOS 5D, 5DS, 7D or 80D be a better fit for our purpose?

From your comment, you say that the main things you want from a new body are improved autofocus speed and improved image stabilisation. My view is that you almost certainly want to be getting better ...
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What camera is best for abstract photography?

Simple answer: unless you are very, very demanding in your requirements, any camera with a reasonably large sensor (say micro 4/3s or bigger) and the ability to shoot in RAW will do you just fine. Don'...
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Two cameras are equivalent but the second one is going out of market soon: is there any risk in buying a camera which is going out of market soon?

In the past what you could have missed would have been significant technological progress: better AF, better sensor, support for video, WiFi, Bluetooth, ... But progress is leveling off and there are ...
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Two cameras are equivalent but the second one is going out of market soon: is there any risk in buying a camera which is going out of market soon?

The Canon 4000D has lower specs, and perhaps worst of all, a PLASTIC lens mounting interface, rather than metal. I assume their expectation is that the vast majority of users will leave the kit lens ...
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What camera would be best to take pictures like the ones I've listed and what software might I need?

In theory any camera would do, in practice what gives these pictures their specific look is a carefully set up lighting: in the first picture the underside of the bars isn't in shadows, so there is ...
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