Based on your requirements (money) the A350 would be fine...but why not save a little money and get the A300 instead? from my understanding the pixel count is the only difference and more pixels doesn't mean better pictures. You could even consider the A200 if you can live without the live view. Have you gone to the stores to feel each of these out? Remember liveview on a DSLR is not like liveview on a regular point and shoot...the size and dimensions of the camera/lense combination make it quite different (but you may have a specific purpose for liveview that you didn't state). Do you need the camera right away? If not, have you considered the Canon 1000D or any other brand of entry DSLR? What kind of photography do you do (or anticipate doing)? lots of indoor stuff (family gatherings etc, small children? sports? wildlife? Always shoot outside in sunlight? Majority indoors with interior lamp lighting? Have you considered the lenses? Do you need faster glass (low f number)? Are you interested in zoom lenses (probably the case as most people starting out are)? Do you need short focal lengths or longer focal lengths? Have you thought about image processing software (some cameras don't come with any although most have at least a very basic editor...but not all)..
The bottom line is that there isn't very many bad choices in DSLR's today, even the entry level. If you choose the A350, 450D, 400D, 1000D, D40/D40x/D60, E420, E510 or any other brand it would likely have the ability to meet your needs. You are going to have to be patient will you learn but it can sure be fun!.
Cookie Monster8 wrote:.
Hi everyone, please help me here..
I'm not sure which one to buy? Sony A350 or CANON EOS450D?I'm a beginner and wanting to get into the photography field.Canon is abit more pricey than Sony but in the long run, is it better?.
Please help and advise before I spend so much $$$ on the wrong camera..
Thank you very much...
Thanks for your comments Shawnco..
The store that I have been quoting for price is offering me A350 with the same price as A300 since they currently have no A300..
I guess what I really want is someone professional (like you?) to say pick Canon or Sony because of certain reasons..
I would like to get lens with higher optical zoom..
So, between these two products, I believe you would recommend Sony then? Not Cannon? Sony is about $150 cheaper than Canon. But if Sony is just as good then why not right? However, I have been getting quite a few comments from work saying Canon is wayyyyy better Sony because of their lens and sensor and etc...............
I own a Canon 400D and I am thinking of upgrading to the Canon 450D..
It shouldn't surprise you then to know that I recommend you buy the Canon 450D with kit lens. I think your friends are correct in saying that the Canon has the better sensor and better lenses, but please don't just listen to me. Check out the image quality of the 450D and Sony A350 by going to the relevant reviews on this website and make up your own mind..
The difference in cost of $150 is largely irrelevant when you are buying into a system without first checking to see the difference in the price of lenses. If you end up buying new lenses for your DSLR, and most people who love photography do, you will find that $150 - and then some - will be gobbled up by the pricier (and generally not as good) lenses from Sony...
I went through the A350 review and was super disappointed. 14 megapixels is WAY too much. Now it's only a matter of time till they reach P&S quality, even with RAW. The 1000D looks much better in comparison...
Among the two, 450D has slightly better high ISO performance (important if you do lot of indoor shoots without flash).Else 350D is good enough.Also have a look at Pentax K200D which too has in-body image-stabilization..
Cookie Monster8 wrote:.
Sony is about $150 cheaper than Canon. But if Sonyis just as good then why not right? However, I have been gettingquite a few comments from work saying Canon is wayyyyy better Sonybecause of their lens and sensor and etc..............
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I went through the A350 review and was super disappointed. 14megapixels is WAY too much. Now it's only a matter of time till theyreach P&S quality, even with RAW. The 1000D looks much better incomparison..
Yep. I, like most "experts", used to say that with dSLRs, you really could not buy a bad one. Sony, being who they are, must have heard us and decided to do something about that! They, I think, interpreted that as "there must be too much quality in these dSLRs" and they decided to start taking Q out until we noticed and screamed..
Well, the A350 seems to be their latest (and worst) entry in their "low IQ dSLR" quest. Read the reviews! Read this thread:.
I would recommend you wait, if you can for the Canon 1000D. Or if you want to consider other brands, there are lots of dSLRs (at roughly the same price as the A350) with better IQ and features...and available today..
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If you look at the 350 review, I think the star was the K20D...
Perhaps the advice of a novice DSLer may help, since the experts are likely to look for or use feature and functions that may not be something you use. The best advice I received was to go to stores and handle and try each of the cameras and then decide. Pay particular attention to how easy it is to go through the menus, reach the most useful buttons, and how comfortable each camera is in your own hands. Getting the camera that feels best to you and is easiest for you to use will lead to you taking btter pictures (much more so than the minute differences in image quality between each camera in the extremes that the test reviews are testing performance at..
I originally focused on the Nikon D60 since my father-in-law had a D70. Once I was in the camera shop I found that the A300 and Olympus E510 was easier for me to use. I decide on the A300 largely on the tilting LiveView screen since I planned to take lots of pictures at events where I might need to shoot over people..
I regert not trying the Pentax, btw... since folks speak highly of it. I suspect all the cemars take great pictures... my best advice is to look for the one that will help you take the best pictures you can...