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Old Apr 25, 2013, 4:40 AM   #21
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I can vouch for the A37- as I own one- and certainly offers good value relative to the specs on offer. With regards the AF performance- I find it very sprightly- certainly superior to my old D5000, though how much of that was down to the Nikon's kit lens,I couldn't say...
The electronic viewfinder won't be to everyone's taste, though at least you're getting 100% frame view unlike some optical viewfinders at the entry level area...
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Old Apr 26, 2013, 1:41 PM   #22
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Old Apr 26, 2013, 1:50 PM   #23
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http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...M_Digital.html

I want this one, but I *just* spent my savings on something else. Hopefully, a deal like this Sony comes up again.

I think I want a 18-135ish lens (or something like that for general photography) is that a reasonable idea?

EDIT: I realize this isn't a true SLR camera. :P

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Old Apr 26, 2013, 3:15 PM   #24
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Not a true DSLR.... but the main parts are- sensor,processor,lenses etc.... yielding similar results/functionality.
The 18-135 lens is a decent range for "general" use...
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Old Apr 26, 2013, 5:22 PM   #25
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  1. Sony fixes prices in the US. If B&H has this deal, so do Adorama, BestBuy, Calumet, CostCo, SonyStyle, and WallyWorld.
  2. No one has published objective test results on Sony's 18-135, so I reserve judgement.
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Old Apr 27, 2013, 3:18 PM   #26
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Thanks guys, I'll be checking back in in a few months.
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Old Apr 27, 2013, 11:19 PM   #27
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Keeping within your stated budget, the Nikon D5100 and the kit lens would be almost impossible to beat. It's a great DSLR.
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Other options are a new Sony Alpha DSLR SLT A37 16.2MP Digital Camera Body With DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens for $449 which uses the same excellent 16MP sensor in the Nikon D5100 (but it doesn't do as well in low light)
Is there a huge difference in this "low light mode" between these two cameras or the A37 will give nice photos?
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Old May 1, 2013, 7:05 AM   #29
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A couple things - first, the translucent mirror that Sony uses takes away some of the light. So, it seems to be about 2/3 stop worse high ISO performance. Additionally, Sony's jpeg processing doesn't seem to be as good as Pentax or Nikon. So, the recommendation to get best IQ is to shoot RAW. While the same sensor is used by 3 companies, the image processing for each is different.

Now, keep things in perspective - every camera/brand has pros/cons. If you're not going to be doing a lot of ISO 3200+ shooting, I wouldn't fret over the translucent mirror issue.
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Regarding a D5100, is it too powerful for a first DSLR and new DSLR user ? The A37 should suffice or it's a good investment to start with the D5100 ?
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