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Old Jan 17, 2012, 7:24 PM   #1
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Default Upgrading to DSLR from Fuji HS20

I have a Fuji HS20 and I'm thinking of upgrading to a DSLR. I'm thinking of a Canon t2i or t3i but I want to look at Nikon and I don't know what a comparable Nikon would be. Which brand would give me the best bang for the buck?
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Old Jan 17, 2012, 8:30 PM   #2
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What do you want to shoot?
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some camera review sites tend to compare the nikon d5100 to the canon t3i. a real tradeoff, as each has strengths the other doesn't have.
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I moved from the HS20 to the Pentax K-5 (although that may be out of your price range) last October and loving everything about my K-5. The Fuji still remains my back-up camera although t hasn't been used in the last 6 weeks for anything.

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nikon only has the d5100 to go up against the T2i and T3i.
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t2i or t3i or the nikon d5100 its down to personnel choice its time to go and try them. If you buy aDSLR then you buy into a system so make sure that system fits your needs.
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Old Jan 18, 2012, 9:56 PM   #7
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I'm starting to lean towards the Nikon D5100. This link from snapsort.com shows it to be a clear winner compared to the t3i. I'm not jumping in right away, need more time to research. http://snapsort.com/compare/Canon-T3i-vs-Nikon-D5100
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Honestly that site does not tell you everything. The nikon has always had better noise control. Canon has had better detail retention. But you need to pixel peep to see that.

Each has thing that that snap shot does not cover.

The canon has nicer color renditions. The D5100 AF is not as good as the canon when shoot action. But it still does a decent job when shoot action. It is not as good if the subject is heading toward or away form you. The canon is by far a better HD camera. Nikon had not developed their HD system as well as canon. Nikon has the better external flash system if you want to venture more into flash photography.

You really need to try out both bodies and fine the one that feels better to you. Those snap shot stats really do not mean much in the real world. In the real world the D5100 and the T2i are neck and neck. The T3i has a bit more bells and whistle with the ability to do wireless flash control with the built in flash and the HD digital zoom that works really well.

Many who shoot video professionally said that AF is not accurate on the nikon. It focus on the wrong points allot. All serious video guys use manual focus. As it works better.
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check out these two videos comparing the two cameras - lots of really useful info.
http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Ca...00_comparison/

btw, i'm planning on the t3i. i want the video options including having full manual while shooting video and being able to control the sound, and i like the canon lenses. i also prefer the t3i menus to the d5100, and i could be wrong but i don't recall seeing a dedicated ISO button on the d5100.
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Thanks for all the info guys. It's a very confusing DSLR world out there. Now after seeing those videos I think I,m leaning back to the Canon T3i.
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