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DSLR vs Point and Shoots

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So, I'm looking at getting into photography.  I've been researching digital cameras.  Discovered they seem to fall into two main categories.  DSLR and Point & Shoots.  Trouble is, other than a big price difference, some of the models I've seen for the P&S cameras are close to the DSLRs.  So, I'm kind of stuck as to what to buy.  I figure starting out it's probably best to get something sensible.

Anyway, my question is, what's the advantage of a DSLR over a P&S camera?  I'm a total novice to the subject and I have no idea.

Thanks much.
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The dSLR has a larger image sensor and will thus produce higher "real" resolution (usable pixels) and is much better at capturing images in low light situations.

As a new photographer, you will not notice any difference between a cheap compact camera and a dSLR in outdoors daylight shooting, the difference is all in the low light situations. With a P&S you can basically forget about taking indoor pictures of moving objects without resorting to the built-in flash (which makes everything look artificial).
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If you are truly interested in starting photographing I would recommend a small entry-level dSLR from Nikon or Canon like the D3100 or EOS 1000D with their included kit lenses. You might want to upgrade it in a few years time when you really are getting the hang of things, but if you buy a point-and-shoot you will definitely "grow out of it" much sooner than that.
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I couldn't find the D3100.  How about the D3000?

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Nikon-10.2-MP-D3000-Kit-WM/13013045
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That is the lower version of D3100 you can say...

D3100 has some enhancements with mega pixels and user interface. D3000 is the easiest DSLR for new bie...

Now its D3100!!
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I'll pitch my vote in here for the Canons, specifically the Rebel T2i. Right now NewEgg has the T2i w/ EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens for $839 and free shipping.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16830120447&cm_re=t2i-_-30-120-447-_-Product

I know a lot of my photog friends lean toward the Nikons, but I have a video background and absolutely love the video capabilities on the Canons. The T2i gives you some of the same video quality you'd get in a more expensive line.
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I agree with G-Warren's point but if you're an amateur and starting learning about photography... I would still recommend D3000/D3100 for entry level photography.

Once you're aware of some pro techniques; you can shift to Canon T2i its the best!!
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Wow, so much info to digest.  Thanks guys.  Going to wait a little bit to see if anyone else chimes in before I assign points.  Think I should up the value. :)
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You will probably get as many different opinions on whether to go for Canon or Nikon as there are photographers. A limited few will also opt for Sony, Panasonic, Olympus and Pentax but Canon and Nikon are clearly in the lead with over 30% market share each. This is what you should go for and as a new user I assure you that you will be happy with whatever choice.

I prefer Nikon myself but I know that Canon users are also known to lead long and prosperous lives. ;)
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Well, right now, I'm strongly looking at the D3000.  Budget wise, I think I can swing that and get a couple accessories.  (tripod, bag, etc)
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Ok guys.  That's great info.  I feel more informed now.  When I'm ready to buy, I'm going to get the D3100.

Thanks for all the help.
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