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hi all, both of these are priced similar, and when searching google for reviews theres a few more reviews for the L810 than there is for the L310, from what i have seen and read the L310 seems to get better reviews and things said about it than the L810, it seems from what i have read is that the auto focus lets the L810 down from what some reviews say
when thinking back to when i read reviews on the L310 i cant remember there being any major issues like auto focus not working properly or anything
throughout my photography i only have ever owned point and shoot digital cameras, both of which have been under £100 price point, although i am not always going out every week or month shooting i would say i am a passionate photographer on a novice level
ive always loved the thought of getting a DSLR one day, but they are way out of my price range, and its probably a good thing that i move up in stages anyway which i guess i will be doing if i move from point and shoot digital cameras to bridge cameras
i have read quite alot of reviews on this site in the past but never thought of joining here before, this seems to be a very active community and nice place to be from what i have seen, so i thought why not register, so here is my first post of hopefully many more to come
im hoping some of you experts on this forum will be able to assist me in choosing the right bridge camera at the right budget (my budget obviously being what the L810 and L310 are priced at, which both seem very similar if you search around for the prices of both)
look forward to hearing from some of you
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why not save for a little longer until you can afford a DSLR?
argos *cough* do the entry level Nikon D3000 for about £299.
the excellent D3100 can be had for about £329.
i know it won't help with your question at this point in time, but
if you buy one of those bridge cameras now, by the time you come to
sell it to fund a better camera, you won't get a lot for it.
there's also MPB who seem to have good prices on S/H equipment.
hi thanks for the reply
i like how you can take the bridge cameras anywhere too without having to carry around different lenses, and the weight obviously too
and the wife says i have a budget as it would be a christmas present
Quote: Why not save for a little longer until you can afford a DSLR?
A few years ago I would have agreed with that advice but not anymore.
Only save up for a dSLR if you have a very positive reason for wanting one. Otherwise, think about a CSC as a decent step-up from a compact or bridge camera. You get much of the flexibility and IQ of the dSLR without the bulk.
But, either way, before upgrading to either, accept the fact that, with a dSLR or CSC, it is likely that within a couple of years (for some folk read that as a couple of months), you will have spent at least 10x as much on lenses and accessories as you paid for the camera body.
Have you thought about going second hand? Lots of people knock ebay, but I've both bought and sold camera gear, never had any problems.
I find if you buy a camera about a year old you'll resell it in a year with minimal loss; the price drop happens the second you walk out of jessops. Your money might well stretch to a better second hand camera, the last generation of cameras isn't so different to the current. Review sites might make this seasons sensors sound a league apart, but in the real world, these days you won't notice so much. But then review sites depend on revenue from advertisers... Just saying.
Have you thought about an advanced compact? As these have the same size sensors as bridge cameras, but typically better lenses, I feel they are not a inferior choice to DSLRs, rather something worthwhile in their own right, plus they're smaller too, a real bonus... Have a look for a used Canon S95, Lumix LX3 or Samsung EX1, all have fast sharp lenses and will offer you great bang for buck... and RAW too. If you got to go new, the Nikon p310 seems to offer a lot for what it costs at a pretty low price, but no raw.
My first digital camera was a bridge, then spent (and spent) years of buying but never really liking DSLRs, but I've ditched the DSLRs and I've been using advanced compacts very happily. I recently switched to a CSC, but will be switching back again, as the small improvement in image noise doesn't outweigh all the things I love about my little cameras.
hi all, just an update
by the way, i read all your replies and appreciate all of what you said, so what you said did not go unnoticed
anyway, as for the update, as of last night i am now an owner of a Nikon P510!
since last night i took a handful of photos, here are some of my favourites from the last night and some from this morning
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