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Old May 2, 2011, 10:06 PM   #1
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I am looking to purchase an entry level dSLR camera. I used to own a Sony A200, but I sold it and am looking for something a bit better, but I am also on a budget, as I am a student. I was looking at the Sony A33, but I was wondering what you guys thought of that. I was also looking at the Canon T3i, but that is more expensive than the A33.

What camera choices would you recommend for me on a budget (like under $800 CAN).

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Old May 3, 2011, 12:44 AM   #2
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I would look a the canon t1i it is a good deal and less then the t3i. It is a good photography camera, just not as good in video. For a little more the t2i offers pretty much everything the T3i has except wireless flash, swivel lcd, and digital zoom.
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Yeah t2i would be the only choice, a good choice!
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why not go for D5100.. it's good, same price as Nikon D5000..

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Old May 3, 2011, 3:24 AM   #5
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more expensive the the op's budget like the t3i
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Old May 3, 2011, 3:52 AM   #6
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Yeah I was looking for a used T2i as well, but if I was going to pay that much I might as well go for the T3i. I was also looking at the D5100.

Which would you guys recommend between the T3i and the D5100?
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The question I would have for you is what capability/feature/functionality is of priority to you? That would help answer the question much more effectively. For example, if you want to shoot action & need good high ISO performance & a reasonable FPS (frames per second), then that might cause a different recommendation.
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The question I would have for you is what capability/feature/functionality is of priority to you? That would help answer the question much more effectively. For example, if you want to shoot action & need good high ISO performance & a reasonable FPS (frames per second), then that might cause a different recommendation.
I definitely like the ability to shoot 1080p video at 30fps. I don't like how the D5100 doesn't have an internal motor so I am leaning towards the T3i. But I will be using the camera mainly for my everyday all purpose camera. So that includes things like landscapes, portraits, not much action or high fps shooting, but occasionally I will be shooting fast moving objects so higher fps doesn't hurt. Not a priority though.

Thanks for the help so far!
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Old May 3, 2011, 11:51 AM   #9
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t3i is still a better choice over D5100 if you wanna shoot video!

I dont know if 4fps(nikon) vs 3.7fps(canon) makes such a big difference..

side by side
http://www.dpreview.com/products/com...ts=nikon_d5100

video quality side by side
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6vXnSEPpQ4

Nikon D5100 vs Canon T3i 600D - Which One Should I Buy???
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPMVUf_GVUc

D5100 does have a couple of cool creative features(HDR,Selective Color) that canon does not.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZpV2...&feature=feedu

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For my money, the real advantage of the D5100 over the Canon T3i is the sensor's dynamic range. DXOMark's comparison is where I would start my evaluation, and it isn't close: http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Cam...(brand2)/Nikon Of course, adding other features will modify the impact of this difference. But here is where the evaluation should begin by my lgihts. FWIW
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