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Top Five Christmas time always meansphotography time. So, if you're looking to buy a new digital SLR (DSLR)or upgrade on older machine to capture this year's happy moments, hereare the season's five hottest models according to camera expert GeorgeAsghari, who runs independent retail chain Ask Electronics' flagshipLondon store.
Georgehas been selling DSLRs for around 20 years, so he's seen first-hand howthe cameras, the features they offer and the technology on whichthey're based have evolved over the years. Once available only to thewealthiest of professionals, top-quality DSLRs are now in the pricerange of almost every photography buff.
Here is George's choice of the five DSLRs most worthy of your attention this season...
Canon EOS 400D
“TheEOS 400D is our most popular entry-level DSLR. Its sub-£500 price tagand user-friendly interface make it an ideal ‘learner’ camera, whileits ten-megapixel CMOS sensor and wide range of compatible lenses allowusers to upgrade the camera as they learn. It remains popular withphotography students and avid family snappers. However, some customersare put off by Canon’s choice of a CompactFlash memory card.”
More Info Canon's website
Price: £450
Best online prices: From £433.00 - 8 sellers



Nikon D40X
“Nikon’sD40X is very similar to Canon’s E400D and is sold with the same 18-55mmfocal-length lens kit. However, the Nikon camera must be used with themanufacturer’s own DX lenses – the cheapest of which costs about thesame as the body – meaning it’s not an attractive option forcash-strapped users looking to upgrade within 12 months. It does havethe benefit of using the more universally accepted SD memory cards,though.”
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Price: £450
Best online prices: From £398.00 - 2 sellers



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18EB-S
“Sittingsomewhere in-between a compact camera and a DSLR, this model remainsconstantly popular. It has an eight-megapixel CMOS sensor and manycustomers are attracted by the 18x optical zoom and wide-angle lens,sold as standard. It’s an inexpensive camera, ideal for holidays andfamily events, but its lenses can’t be changed, so it’s not suitablefor anyone who might want to upgrade it later.”
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Price: £340
Best online prices: From £264.00 - 1 seller



Olympus E-500
“It'sgetting on a bit, but many of my customers ask about the Olympusbecause it’s one of the cheapest top-of-the-line cameras on the market.It’s quite basic and lacking in some of the functions and lens optionsfound on the more expensive DSLR cameras. Nonetheless, it takes clearand bright photographs, while the ultrasound CCD cleaner is a nicefeature for a low price.”
More Info Olympus' website
Price: £550
Best online prices: From £464.99 - 1 seller



Samsung GX10
“Wehave lots of enquiries in this camera. It has a ten-megapixel CMOSsensor, combined with a very good build quality. Its lenses arecompatible with Pentax cameras, and vice versa. A decent sized displayis a bonus and rubber seals on the memory card, connection and batteryhatches help to keep out dirt.”
More Info Samsung's website
Price: £550
Best online prices: From £468.87 - 2 sellers

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