I am looking to buy my first DSLR. Am looking for something to take with me on trips, and take pictures than I can't with a P&S. It also needs to be fairly user-friendly for my wife but while that is a concern it's not a deal-breaker since these camera can at least there is an Auto mode to be used till we get used to using a DSLR.
Just for fun, my first and last SLR was a Minolta, I think it was a Minolta 7000 that was a hand-me-down from my father. I haven't used or taken it out in over 15 years!
Based on reviews on this site, the three that I've narrowed my choices down two are the Canon T2i, Nikon D5000, and Nikon D90.
Here are my impressions on these three DSLRs.
The Canon T2i has good video and longer recording times. I like that there's the option for an external microphone as well (but that will be something I would buy down the line, not right away). The menu system seems fairly friendly.
The Nikon D5000 is comparable to the D90 with less sturdy construction, but has the benefit of an articulating screen and easy menu system.
The Nikon D90 give you quicker access to changing things on the fly instead of being hampered by using the menu system as in the D5000. The Canon T2i seemed to be more of a two step process for changing some things on the fly which puts it in between the D5000 and D90 in that regard.
I won't be buying lenses anytime soon, so I'll be stuck with the kit lenses for a good long while.
1) Canon T2i
- EF-S 18-55mm IS lens OR
- EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens
2) Nikon D5000
- 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX NIKKOR Lens OR
- 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED DX VR Lens OR
- 18-55 VR & AF-S DX VR 55-200mm F4-5.6G
3) Nikon D90
- AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens OR
- AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR & 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Lens (but this kit is outside of my price range
Seems like all three have comparable image quality unless I just don't understand the testing results which is entirely possible. So based on my limited knowledge and understanding, here's what I think are the major points of each DSLR (at least for what I am looking for). If I missed anything, it may be because I just didn't understand it!
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): Video Recording (longer times), nice LCD screen, and fairly good ease of use
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): D90-like picture quality, articulating screen for compositional ease (albiet I think it would be rare to really need it, but who knows since we've had a P&S for so long, we may be used to limiting our shot composition
), more kit lens options, beginner-friendly menu system that may become a hindrance later on.
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): Sharper screen than the D5000, Semi-pro controls, In-Body AF (a consideration for future lenses).
Are there any points that I've missed or completely misunderstood? I'd love to hear what people think about these three cameras.
Any recommendations on resources to help me learn to use and make the best out of having a DSLR would also be much appreciated!!! I have much to learn!
Additionally, I'm also looking at getting a new P&S and am considering the Sony HX5V or Panasonic ZS7/TZ10