All cameras have different ergonomics so you need to try them out in a store. Some will have better viewfinder eye-relief distance (better for glasses wearers), some with have more dials and less menus to tediously scroll thru to find what you want. (For example I'd prefer Canon's thumb wheel arrangement to Nikon's).
Canon and Nikon have more than 3/4 market share between them so they must be doing nearly everything right. Sony are indeed a big world class electronics firm and they jump-started their DSLR line by acquiring the Camera Division of Minolta which was a market leader and innovator going right back to the early days of 35mm..
However you won't go wrong with any of today's entry level DSLRs. Unless you need to go pro you're in the fortunate position of being able to pick whatever works best in your own hands. That might be Pentax or Olympus..
If you like a hybrid with P&S live view features (on most DSLRs you still have to check the shot after you've taken it) look at the Sony Alpha 350 which has a flip out LCD with real time live view..
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Canon xsi (450D)Sony a350Pentax k200dSony seems to be big, isn't it?.
What about the focus button on the canon? Isn't it antinatural?.
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Cameras exist for different purposes. Don't expect anybody to read your mind to find out what *you* need to do with it, what *you* are willing to pay for and carry, and therefore what may make sense for *you*...
In Orlando, I'd use Colonial Photo and Hobby. They're the biggest and oldest. You might ask for Frank. He's a very friendly and helpful Englishman who's been there a long long time. If something goes wrong, they'll fix it or replace it on the spot, no questions asked..
They aren't the best price always, but they do provide unequalled service in my opinion. Colonial Photo and Hobby has been located at Mills and Colonial Drive for over 50 years... just south 50 feet of Colonial on Mills..
Pitmans Photo on South Dixie Hwy in Miami is also a very good store. It's located on Hwy 1 somewhat north of The Falls on the east side of the street. It's a good sized store..
Southern Photo in Melbourne is good as well. They're on NASA Blvd. I think the 700 block, but it's just east of the large Sears store on the south side of the street..
These three stores are both Nikon and Canon distributors as well as others. I know that Colonial Photo and Hobby carries several lines..
There is a smaller store in Orlando called Harmon Photo that is pretty good as well. It's near Lake Ivanho on Orange Ave. I don't know much about them and they aren't nearly as large as the others I've mentioned..
All these stores I've had dealings with and all have been really good with Colonial Photo and Hobby being outstanding..
As an example, I purchased a lens from someone else. I was worried that it wasn't focusing accurately. They insisted on taking it and testing and adjusting it for no charge even though I'd purchased it elsewhere. Also, one time I was worried that a flash mem card was corrupt. I thought it was most likely my reader, but Frank said that if I didn't trust it, he didn't and handed me a new one, taking the old one. That's the kind of service you can buy online...
I do believe the focus button you refer to is used instead of holding the the shutter release button half way down when choosing a focus point in the view finder.'Longshot'..
I need to choose betwen one of this cameras:.
Canon xsi (450D)Sony a350Pentax k200d.
Sony seems to be big, isn't it?.
The Sony is big.but after all, it is a DSLR..
Of the three you mentioned, I'd get the Sony A350..
It is a sweet camera, and if you like live view.it is the best (meaning most functional) live view of ALL DSLR's that have it..
The A350 live view is fast, and has auto focus, which the others do not..
Go to a store and check them out..
Don't forget that there are Ritz/Wolf Camera stores all over Florida..
Got to one of the bigger stores and you'll find all three of these bodies in stock at the same price everyone else sells them for (not including internet prices, of course)..
The Canon XSi is a very nice camera as well, and would be my second choice of the three you mentioned..
The Pentax K200D has a better build quality than the others and has in-body image stabilization like the Sony A350 does and is a nice camera as well..
The Pentax does use 'AA' batteries, which many people find to be an advantage over proprietary lithium ion batteries..
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