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Top 5 DSLR Cameras For Beginners.

So are you ready to move up into the major leagues of digital photography? Ditch the compact, point-and-shoot camera and get ready for the speed, control, and flexibility of a digital SLR camera. Here is list of Top 5 DSLR cameras that you should buy If you are a beginner.

Canon 1000D.


The EOS 1000D is Canon’s cheapest EOS DSLR and one of its oldest, having been launched as far back as July 2008. It just happens to be a refreshingly straightforward digital SLR which delivers good-quality pictures without blinding you with science every five minutes. The 10-megapixel CMOS sensor is old hat by today’s standards, but the quality is still very good, and you might only get a 2.5-inch LCD, but it’s very bright and clear and displays all the necessary shooting information in big, bold characters you can see from a mile off. You also get Canon’s rather good Digital Photo Professional RAW converter as part of the package. The 1000D is cheap and simple enough for beginners, but carries on being direct, straightforward and effective as you gain experience.

Why should you buy it… The 1000D offers straightforward, no-nonsense controls, good picture quality and a great introduction to the EOS system.

Canon 550D.


The EOS 550D is at the opposite end of the spectrum to the EOS 1000D. It has Canon’s very latest 18-megapixel CMOS sensor, which it shares with the much more advanced EOS 7D, a full HD movie mode with manual controls, and even an external microphone socket. The EOS 550D is not just a digital SLR, then, but a semi-professional movie camera. Increasing the sensor resolution usually increases noise, but Canon’s done a fantastic job with the noise reduction on this camera, and the quality is terrific right up to ISO 3200 (it drops a bit at the ISO 6400 maximum, though). This camera does do an awful lot, but it’s still very easy to use. Canon’s really good at designing camera exteriors so that all the major controls (white balance, ISO and so on) are clear and easy to get to, and the new Quick Control screen is perfect for those upgrading from a compact because it lets you adjust the settings on the LCD display.

Why should you buy it … You get the highest resolution of any APS-C sensor, a full HD movie mode with manual controls and a brilliant control layout.

Nikon D3000.


The D3000 is Nikon’s equivalent to Canon’s EOS 1000D. It’s a bargain-basement DSLR using trailing edge sensor technology and a simplified set of options to tempt beginners. It’s small, light and very easy to use. Pretty well everything is controlled via an on-screen interface, though after a while this could become a liability rather than an asset. It’s all very clear and logical, but slow. The 10-megapixel sensor is a little out of date by today’s standards, too, though this camera still produces very good, sharp pictures, not least because the 18-55mm VR (Vibration Reduction) zoom is one of the best kit lenses around. The old-fashioned technology means there’s no live view or movie mode, though Nikon has included a surprisingly sophisticated 11-point autofocus system. The whole package, kit lens included, is very good value for money, though it’s also worth considering the more expensive but much more sophisticated Nikon D5000.

Why should you buy it…. The D3000 small, light and inexpensive, and comes with a very good kit lens. It’s also easy to understand, thanks to built-in picture-taking tips.

Nikon D3100


The 14.2-megapixel Nikon D3100 is a great entry-level digital SLR. It’s the least-expensive D-SLR to capture 1080p video. It also includes a feature no other D-SLR has continuous autofocus during video recording, which makes the D3100 feel like a camcorder while it’s shooting. The camera can detect faces, lock on, and adjust the focus automatically to make video capture even easier. The only problem is that the lens isn’t silent, so every time it refocuses you’ll hear it.

Why should you buy it…. The D3100 is power house of features.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10.


Panasonic’s replaced its original G1 DSLR hybrid with two models. One is a cheaper, budget version (the G10) while the other is a more sophisticated offering with touch-screen shooting and an articulating rear LCD. The G10 might be more basic, but the price makes it much more attractive to beginners and more competitive against the likes of the Canon EOS 1000D and Nikon D3000. It’s a very nicely-designed camera, with a high-quality plastic finish and light, precise controls. The 460,000-pixel LCD on the back is very good, but it’s a shame Panasonic’s economised on the EVF. The G1’s had 1.4 million pixels and looked great, but this one has just 202,000 pixels and looks rather grotty. On the plus side, Panasonic’s contrast detection autofocus system is really fast, and easily a match for the best DSLRs. The picture quality is first rate, too, thanks in part to the excellent 14-42mm kit lens.

Why should you buy it ….It’s a well-made camera that’s easy to use and produces great results, and the autofocus in live view is streets ahead of anything a DSLR can do.

Sony Alpha A290.


Sony’s entry level digital SLR is one up on its rivals from Nikon and Canon because it has a 14.2 megapixel sensor, where the EOS 1000D and Nikon D3000 make do with 10 megapixels. Whether you’ll see much difference in the pictures is another story, but it’s reassuring to have the numbers on your side. This isn’t the same 14-megapixel sensor you get in Sony’s more up-market SLRs and the NEX hybrids, though. They use CMOS chips where the a290 uses a CCD. As a result, you have to make do without such luxuries as live view and movie modes. That’s not a problem if you just want a basic, straightforward camera, though, and the a290 is certainly that. It has the added benefit of Sony’s SteadyShot INSIDE anti-shake system. It doesn’t seem as effective as Pentax’s at cutting shake, but it’s worth having nonetheless. Sony’s DSLRs don’t always have a lot of finesse, but they are good value, and can end up heavily discounted as time goes by.

Why Should you buy it .. It’s basic, effective and offers more resolution than you’ll get anywhere else at this price.

These are some great DSLR cameras to begin with once you have mastered these babies you can move towards more professional cameras.


Social Media And E-Commerce.

Online retailers these days are really excited about Social media and how to take benefits from social media. Online merchants are rushing

into using Social Media as the next big marketing thing and yes it is showing some promise.Online retailers these days are trying to build a
social community around their products and thus making their consumersas product evangelists and driving more traffic to their stores.


A recent study done by Compete which evaluated online shopping trends,The study gives great insights about Online Shopping and Social Media
and especially about Facebook and Twitter.According to the Compete Online Shopper Intelligence study, consumers engage more on social networks like Facebook and Twitter  if there are incentives like coupons and deals.


Here are some key take away point from the study done by Compete.In the study, Around 68 % of shoppers  said that they visit retailer
Facebook pages and Twitter feeds in order to learn about promotions and sales.  Many retailers now offer Facebook Fans exclusive discounts
and coupon codes for online and in store purchases.


Online retailers can attract more consumers to their stores if they provide their consumers and their friends  with some special coupons
and deals.The most important point from the study is : “Give them a highly compelling reason to visit—provide shoppers with discount coupons and let them spread some love of coupons”

Top 5 rules for Online Shopping.

Online shopping has its own advantages its just great for those who really take time to decide about  what to buy and what not to buy and for those who do a lot of research about a product before buying it.With the increasing number of web stores on the web you can almost buy everything over the Internet through online shopping and also find great deals for the products that you want to buy. So here are Top 5 rules that you should follow while shopping online.

Window Shopping – Shop around different merchants offering the same product that you want to shop.If you stick to same merchants while shopping online you might be missing out on great deals and customer experience at a different merchant  you haven’t previously shopped before.

Ask questions – While most of merchants  would include a thorough description of their products along with its picture, you should still ask questions if you need to know more about the product. The best way is to ask for recommendation from your friends they are a trust able resource that you can trust and go ahead and make your discussion. You can use Shopsocially It helps you ask questions to your friends and get friend recommendations from them and also you can share your purchases with your friends through Shopsocially.

Use Price Comparison Engines- If you are looking to buy gadgets online then visiting price comparison engine is a must. Price comparison engine gives you information about the product and its pricing across all merchants and other offers which merchants are providing.You might find a great deal for a product that you are looking for.

Collaborative Buying- Group buying can be a great option if you and your Friends have similar shopping lists.You can get great discounts and some great deals for your self and your friends.The best place for Collaborative buying would be Groupon.

Check the Shipping terms -There is nothing worse when shopping online and when you go to checkout your basket cost has increased by $5 to $10 because of shipping! Always check for the shipping charges details.

Follow these 5 rules on online shopping and buy more smartly while shopping online 🙂 Go shopping Go Online.

Booz & Co Report : Social Commerce will be a $30bn market.

Retailers should jump in soon and learn by doing.

Booz&Co recently published a report on Social Commerce titled Turning “Like” to “Buy” Social Media Emerges as a Commerce Channel

Link to the complete report: 


Social Commerce revenues are set to grow six folds from $5bn currently to $30bn within 5 years. This estimate is only for hard goods and does not include services. Social media has already revolutionalized the way people communicate and connect with each other. Now it will rapidly transform the way people shop as well.

There are opportunities to use social commerce at every step of the purchase funnel – awareness, consideration and conversion and also within post purchase components of loyalty and services. As with every other initiative, measuring the success is key.


While most companies are focusing on the awareness stage, it seems to have limited value in spurring social commerce. 71% users said that “liking” a company on Facebook has is not correlated to purchasing from that company


Some companies are building applications to entice users to leave social networking site and visit their own site. However, companies can and should do more in the consideration stage.


This is where social commerce can have the biggest impact. Influencing shoppers via friend recommendation represents a huge opportunity. 81% of teenage girls rely on their friends and peers for trend information and 45% get opinions from friends before buying clothing and footwear.

Events is another such category. Fans would be more likely to attend an event if they know that their friends are attending that event as well.

Loyalty and Service

Companies should give their customers a chance to advocate on their behalf. Provide them both an incentive an opportunity to spread the word and become a loyal customer.


It is critical to determine the right metrics and measure them continously.

Four Imperatives for eTailers

1. Jump in soon and learn by doing.

2. Develop a strategy for getting the data you need.

3. Define what the customer experience should be.

4. Integrate social commerce into an overall multi-channel strategy.

Jai Rawat, CEO, ShopSocially

Top Five Gadgets For 2011.