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Old Dec 11, 2011, 8:35 AM   #1
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Hi everyone, I found out I may have a litle mor flexibility in my budget for new camera that I thought I was wondering about DSLR`s. Not that I wanna spend all my budget but I would like to keep my options open, and we dont know what kind of crazy deals I may find on a Boxing Day sale.
So there is my question, which DSLR camera is better for every day use, familly pictures etc.

I am talking about :

1.Nikon D3100 with 15-55 lens kit

2. Sony Alpha A 35 with 18-55 mm lens kit

3.Nikkon D3100 with AF DX 18-55 mm VR Lens kit

or maybe Canon T3 or T3i with standard 18-55 mm lenses?

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If you have no plans to add to any of these cameras and will be just snapping with the kit lens(and is fully aware of limitations)- then any of these mentioned will produce good results. The Canon and Nikon come with an image stabilised lens as standard and the Sony has the stabilizer built in the body.It might be an idea(if possible) to try out these cameras- as all will handle differently,have quite different user interfaces and generally feel quite different- who can say which you'd prefer.
The Sony has an electronic viewfinder(EVF) as opposed to the others standard optical viewfinder- though does give 100% view,is of high resolution and can view menu settings also.
If you plan to add to the kit in the future,then maybe the Canon and the Nikon lead here,as they have a vast back catalogue of accessories.
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Thank you Simon40. As of now I dont have a plan to add to the kit yet, but who knows in the few years I definitly will go to the store to try those cameras for feel. So at this point is the matter of price and how I like the camera then
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Pretty much,yes- all capable of similar results.
Price and feel is probably more significant..
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Old Dec 11, 2011, 2:21 PM   #5
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so I will have a tough choice before me it will be eather ...
1. Canon Sx40 hs superzoom or...
2. Sony A35 or
3 Nikon D3100....
loks like Canon T3i is litle bit to much ( price range)
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There isn't a lot that distinguishes the Canon T3i, Nikon D3100 and the Sony A35.

The T3i has the greatest resolution (18MP) followed by the A35 (16MP), then the D3100 (14MP), though the difference is small.

According to the measurements made by DxOMark.com, the A35 has better dynamic range than the others at low ISO settings.

Something else worth considering is that the Sony has its image stabilization in the camera, so even 20+ year old Minolta AF mount lenses will be stabilized. There are lots of those lenses available on the used market, some of which are very good, so you can save some money when and if you choose to get more lenses. Canon and Nikon use image stabilization in some of their lenses, which makes them bigger, heavier, more expensive, and stabilized lenses are rare on the used market.
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I've owned both Canon and Sony DSLR. For new lenses, not eBay, prices for the different brands are not far apart. Linky to more thoughts on DSLR selection -

http://forums.steves-digicams.com//s...d.php?t=184198

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Hi this is my advice as its going to be your first. You have a short list go to a shop and try them see how they feel are the controls right for you. Dont put up with I will get used to it. Look to future a bit as buying a DSLR means you are buying into a system so make sure that system will work for you.
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I went to the store today and I "played' with Nikon, Sony and Canon rebel Ti2, the problem for me I like them all... still I have to go again and try it some more...
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but I am leaning towords Sony more and more...second on my list is canon ti2 and third is Nikkon 3100

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