06-12-2013 01:21 PM
I am a COMPLETE beginning at DSLR's meaning I've spent most of my life shooting on my Sony Cybershot P&S and my iPhone. But I am an avid photographer and would like to enhance my photography skills as well as be able to take higher quality photos (please omit any responses about "the photographer makes a difference" in terms of photo quality, I know this).
I would REALLY appreciate any input and/or some direction as to which entry level DSLR I should invest in to kick off my life as an amateur photographer.
I've narrowed down between the SL1 and T3i. I've also considered the Nikon D5200 (I know this is a Canon forum), but just wanted to put that out there.
My top priorities in what I'm looking for are:
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06-12-2013 01:38 PM
The SL1's claim to fame is the size. So if that's a factor for you (d), then you kind of have your answer. Performance wise they are very similar. The T3i doesn't have continuous autofocus for video, which you also want. The T3i actually is highly regarded for its video (compared to Canon dSLRs), however you need to install a 3rd party software called Magic Lantern. I'm going to assume you don't want to mess with that. I'd say the SL1 is your camera.
06-12-2013 01:42 PM
I don’t know anything about the Nikon 5200, and last I looked at entry level SLRs from Canon and Nikon they were essentially the same. However, personally I believe that Nikon has better mid-level offering at the moment. Unfortunately you don’t know how the situation will be in the future if you’re looking to upgrade. Canon is a great company, and has really good lenses, but they’re showing their corporate side when it comes to camera development. Some of the new guys like Sony have models that just smash what Canon is offering for a similar price.
All that said, I'm just nitpicking details. Both companies make great cameras.
07-12-2014 07:00 PM
We filmed 2 videos using a Canon t3i with Magic Lantern firmware and were able to get some stunning results!
The first video was filmed in the souk of Beirut:
The second is a stop-motion shot at night with at least 4 seconds of open exposure and heavy laser play: