Choosing a New Camera (Sony vs Canon vs Nikon)
Hi guys! Just a few questions about purchasing a new camera. I am new to photography but learning fast and loving every minute of it. I plan on honing and developing my skills, but am somewhat crippled as I do not yet own a SLR camera. I have been browsing the forums and reading tons of reviews, and was looking for some help on my final purchasing decision..

Since I am a newbie, I was considering the Sony DSLR A100 or the Canon Rebel XTi. These models seem very comparable with many similar features. However, the Canon has the CMOS sensor type, which as I understand is superior to the CCD sensor type. On the other hand, the Sony A100 has the image stabilizer built-in which many people say is a great advantage as well. Are there any other major differences I should be aware of, and between the two, which feature is more important, and which is the overall better model?.

During my research I keep seeing reference to the Nikon D80 as being superior to both of these models. I understand that the 3D Matrix metering, ISO Rating, and exposure compensation are better on the D80, but are these feature upgrades worth the increase in price? Is there anything else about this model that would be superior to the Canon or Sony that would be the worth the extra $?.

Thanks for your help!..

Comments (5)

Also I suggest that you look at the Olympus 510 and the Pentax K10. In my opinion they are superior in features and comperable in price if not lower to all the ones you have listed from the big three..

MaddogOlympus E-500, Olympus E-510..

Comment #1

Check out the Olympus 510 or 410 with 2 lens kit..

I suggest you look into Sony or Olympus for the fact that they are cheaper than Canon or Nikon and produce high quality products as well..

Oh and in the right hands, any modern DSLR will do well. Don't get caught up in the propaganda that in order to get good shots or be respected you have to use Nikon or Canon. It simply is not true...

Comment #2

As all preposters stated, there is no real bad entry level cam and every brand has it's advantages..

Keep in mind, that you are also choosing a "system". Bodies won't last as long as lenses and switching the system after some years will be hard leaving all the collected lenses behind..

My proposal: enter a shop and have a long and intensive hand-on with every cam you are interested in. Which one fits best in your hands? Which wheels, knobs and menus are most logical in use for you? A cam you won't become familiar with, is a wast of money, effort and time..

Build up a check list with features you think they are important and/or obsolete for you. Maybe we will discuss this list and add on some points here in this forum. And then count it out..

Only you can find the best for you .

Regards, RogRabb..

Comment #3

Have a real long look at thr nikon d40 - there is a lens issue but if you are starting out then you dont have the worry of lenses you own. it performs as well as the d80 at a fraction of the price..

Comment #4

Thanks for your help everyone!!! After reading everyone's responses, it seems that almost more important than considering the body is considering the family of lenses I will be buying into. I have had the most lens experience and therefore the most body experience with Nikon, and they seem to be very good, so I think that will most likely be the route I will go. But I will go into a few shops first and compare before I do so..

As a newbie, I'm sure I'll have a ton of other questions, and I'm so glad I found this forum where there are so many kind people to offer advice!!  Thanks for putting up with my newbie questions! .


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