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A lot of it depends on how much money you have to spend!
If you have the cash, go for a DSLR. Nikon as suggested by Haydn or a Canon, you won't go far wrong with either brand. Personally I use a Canon EOS 500D (£440 ish), recently upgraded from a 300D.
They have good fully auto functions and plenty of manual settings to play with.
I use a 55-250mm lens with Image Stabiliser (£150 ish) which I like and covers most of what I want to do. I also have a 300mm but I found that towards the full zoom (270-300) the quality dropped off, hence the 55-250.
But again, this is budget based. If you have deep pockets then invest in your lenses.
Before the DSLR I had a couple of Fuji Bridge type cameras, I had some really good results with them. Recently I tried the Fuji Finepix HS10. Good camera for the price, £230 ish. Had a good optical zoom too.
One thing is be sure to have a good play with a couple before you part with your hard earned. I found some are not that user friendly for changing settings or switching to video mode etc. (if that is something you'd use).
Hi Hayden, David, Phill and David.
Thanks very much for your advise. I did look around and realised that a DSLR would be beyond my current knowledge and experience. Hence, especially thanks for the advise of a 'Bridge Camera'. I never knew they existed!
I have got myself a Fuji S2960. I am still exploring the manual, and have yet to use it in anger. But, I am impressed with it and hope next week to try it out for real. I live close by Norwich Airport. Not as much traffic or aircraft, as the major airports but keeping an eye on their web page for departures and arrivals helps!
I'm also new to photography and would like a good starter camera and Nikon seems the way to go from reading here.
If i bought a D3000 what lens would be recommended for moving objects?? i.e. Planes, Trains etc.
Also what size SD cards would be recommended??
That sounds a great idea, however having multiple cards on me and having to change on site id end up losing them, also if you have a plane or ship entering your viewfinder then realise you only have 1 shot left the chances are you would miss that perfect shot. my routine is as soon as I get back download photos to laptop, then put card back in camera straight away. card being the fastest speed and high capacity.
Thats just my way, not the way for everyone, just suits me best. :)