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Hi Barry,

I am Aditya from India. I am learning photography and need to upgrade to a DSLR from a point and shoot camera. I have a limited budget and have shortlisted 3-4 camera options. I would really appreciate if you could help me in choosing the right option.
The options that Iíve shortlisted are as below:
Nikon D3300
Canon 600D
Canon 1200D

Answer
I don't know I can answer your question directly but; I have a Nikon D40 and have had Nikon cameras for over 30 years, so I can tell you that they work and they work well. My wife and daughters have Canon cameras (Rebel T2's I think) and they love the cameras. If you can find a way to hold each camera you might find that the particular weight and grip of the camera is slightly different. This fact alone can make the choice for you. Some cameras have specific options for specific types of photography. For example someone who wants to shoot sports or wildlife would want to get a camera that has the fastest shutter speed possible; for someone who wants to shoot night photos you would want the most latitude in ASA  settings and the lowest f stop on the lens possible. There are many many options for each camera. I hope you can see online some reviews of the three choices you have selected. In the end for me it was my ability to hold and 'feel' the camera that made my decision for me. I hope this helps.
Barry

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Expertise

I can answer basic questions about using any camera, but I am very familiar with most of the Nikon FILM cameras up to the FP 5. I have some background in advertising and marketing so I know something about placement of the object or person that would be the main focus of the photo. I did quite a bit of in home family portrature when I had my own studio in the '80s and '90s. I also did some product and commercial photography. I took most of the marketing photos for my families hotels in The Bahamas over the last 20 years so I have some experience about what 'sells' in the travel/hospitality industry.

Experience

Started photography in 1967, also worked as a newspaper printer in Molina, Oregon in 1975, I owned my own studio from 1982 to 1996 and sold my travel images as stock since then.

Organizations
Commercial Photographers International

Publications
Isles of Eden, author Harvel Lloyd, published by Benjamin Publishing 1992

Education/Credentials
Padgett Thompson, Basics of Design Using Desktop Publishing, 1994 Rochester Institute of Technology, Printing for People who aren't Printers, 1993 Creative Photographic Seminars, Achieving the Optimum Results in 35mm B/W photography by Harvey Glick, 1978 Seminars with Harvey Lloyd in 1980 and 1981 Seminars with Lucien Clergue in 1982 and 1983

Past/Present Clients
Many families around Cleveland and Akron, Ohio; MEDI, Henderson Photography

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