Good day folks!
I've been looking at DSLRs for a month now, and I've determined which 3 I'm deciding between. I have a one main question about the T3i though, has anyone here used it while plugged into the computer? I heard that you can fully control it and save images directly to hard drive, and that it even has an intervalometer? I can't find anywhere that confirms this information, other than Gordon's comparison to the D5100.
Okay, here are the main arguments about the 3 DSLRs that I've been able to come up with:
-Very fast continuous shooting
-Continuous buffer of 20 or so RAW files (I forget the number, but it was 2 or 3 times more than the Canon)
-Many lenses to choose from, since old Minolta lenses work, and I'd have auto focus
-In-camera stabilization, for those older lenses (I have some Canon FD lenses which would benefit from this)
-Video mode seems to suffer heavily from over heating
-Video mode has phase detection AF, which is wonderful, but that's only with the aperture wide open? That seems like it's much less useful for a videographer
-Quality at 10FPS is reduced (I'm not sure where I read that, it crops to increase speed)
-EVF which can do focus assisting (zoom while focusing), which is great for me since I use Canon FD lenses often
-Feels good in the hand, buttons are convenient
-New SLT technology which seems to be very precisely calibrated and inconsistent with taking pictures, sometimes will blur with autofocus
-Fairly slow continuous shooting (3.7 or 4 FPS? I can't remember the exact number)
-Continuous buffer of only 6 RAW files, I shoot mostly in RAW
-If I buy a lens, I'm stuck buying strictly from Canon if I want auto focus and image stabilization (IS is important to me)
-Video mode has full manual controls
-Video mode doesn't really have autofocus, you have to constantly half press the shutter
-Rumored that it can connect directly to computer and snap pictures to hard drive, and intervalometer (which would be great for my studio)
-OVF, nothing special there, works as intended
-Canon brand has decades of experience making DSLRs, retains value better
-Feels good in the hand, slightly larger than the a55 but sturdy
-This camera fell out of the race quickly when I went to see it at my local camera shop. The grip was harder to hold since the thumb rest wasn't molded. The scroll dial to change your current setting was just above the thump instead of by the index finger, which was really awkward to use. There were hardly any quick access buttons for settings. But here are some arguments
-Best image quality according to most reviews
-Video mode is terrible but has autofocus. No manual control
-I don't know if you can get cheap lenses, all the ones I looked at didn't have IS. I couldn't find a decently cheap (~250$) lens with IS(VR). I'm on a strict budget.
-That's all I can think of, as I said, I stopped looking into this camera early on in the race.
So far I'm really struggling between the a55 and T3i. The T3i seems to be slightly ahead because Canon is a reliable, and experienced company. Also it has (rumor that I can't prove) the ability to save pictures directly the hard drive via USB connection. But the a55 can shoot up to 10 FPS which is great since I'm a "Jack of all trades" photographer, I sometimes get requests for sports photography. It also has in-camera stabilization. But the a55 seems inconsistent and has overheating problems in video mode. I post process most of my photos, so the minute differences in image quality doesn't really affect my choice.
I'm leaning ever so slightly towards the T3i, because it's mainstream and accessories like flashes and mics would probably be cheaper by third party companies. But I'd suffer because I wouldn't have IS for a 50mm F1.8. I really can't decide, someone decide for me! Help me with your arguments!
Thanks in advance guys, this has been eating me alive for the last month.
Have a great day!