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Anyway - I appear to have located a mate willing to sell his EOS300D for £100 so he can buy a 400D, so for very little money I'll be upgrading from a 4mp snapper to a 6mp 'proper' camera. No question as far as I can see really! :)


Nice one!


I still have a 300D in my collection and while it may not be as fast as the newer models and the menu system isn't as convenient it's still a fine camera and a good place to start

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You know what I like best? The price!


They seem to generally go for a fair bit more than this on Ebay and I know the person in question will have taken great care of it too.

I even said to the mrs in jest "perhaps we should buy xxxx's camera so we can do decent snaps of Cret junior when it arrives" and to my amazement got a straight yes. So it's only really costing me £50. Mint!


Cheers for the offer Stef - jolly kind of you mate.


And thanks to all for all the suggestions & advice. :)

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Remember that there's more to life than megapixels: the actual size of the photosites is important. A relatively low pixel-count sensor that's reasonably physically large (such as in a digital SLR) is much, much better than a stupidly high megapixel but physically tiny sensor that's typically found in most modern digital compacts. Unfortunately it's all about advertising, the whole "my camera has more megapixels than yours therefore *must* be better" bragging rights.


You can always upscale images if resolution's an issue. You obviously can't create information that's not there, but with judicious use of stepped upscaling, or the expensive but excellent Genuine Fractals software, along with some sharpening can produce much better results than just using the original source where really high resolutions are needed (extreme crops, huge enlargements such as billboards, etc.). Mostly, as long as you can provide 300ppi you'll be fine, unless the output device (printer) is particularly good.


Oh, and yes, the output of a 300D should be around 3008 x 2000. It could probably do with upscaling and sharpening if you want to print it to the larger canvases, which are around 32" x 24", as the unscaled output would be around 80ppi, but the lab may well do that for you automatically. Best to ring and ask, they're usually very helpful.

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