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| p.2 #6 · Starter Camera: D200 or D3100 |
I let my 9 year old niece run around the house with my D200 one day... P mode, auto-ISO, and it's pretty point and shoot, and she took a lot of shots of the dogs and cats laying around the house, with surprisingly good results. But imagine she went to the dog park where animals are running fast, or a little league game, there are a lot of settings to change to do it right... AF-C on the side, AF pattern on the back, min shutter speed. Yes, the switches are easier than digging through menu's, but either would be over her head. If you don't make those changes you end up with a lot of blurry photos. That is frustrating to a kid, and more likely to lose interest. Turning the dial to "sports icon" is probably doable, which ensures greater success.
My wife has a D3200 (similar to the D3000 I suspect) and she does well with it. She used to shoot 35mm SLR 20 years ago, and understands aperture and shutter speed, but prefers not to deal with them. I'm a geek, I like to fiddle with settings and I can't stand the menu, but she's not a geek, and she doesn't want to fiddle with settings. Normally her camera lives in AUTO, when she goes to the playground or dog park she changes it to "sports icon". Indoor shots at a kid's birthday party probably come out better than I can do with the D200... the engineers put a lot of time into those auto modes. My wife likes the D3200. If I gave her the D200 to use, she wouldn't want to deal with it, she would leave it home and grab the crappy old Kodak P&S.
So while I like the D200 for myself (the buttons make so much more sense to me), I have to respect that other people don't want to deal with that, and what's best for anyone is a camera which "doesn't get in the way" and allows greater success. I think you may be in a similar situation.