Decision-making made simple: This camera being just about the cheapest DSLR in the market, if you are still contemplating about buying it, it must be because you are undecided if to buy this camera or a more expensive one (like Canon T3i, about $150. more). You may find the following helpful in decision making:
1-This camera shoots videos in 720i and not 1080. If videos matter to you, you may wanna consider T3i. I personally believe cameras are for still photography so this is not an issue for me. 2- The display screen on the back of the camera is not a fancy LCD as is the case on T3i. This does not bother me because I always take photos while looking into the view finder anyway (less distractions, and I look more professional!). 3- Although the camera allows you to select higher ISOs, it is not as high as other more expensive cameras allow you to (selecting a higher ISO number on a camera dial is simply telling the camera to become more sensitive to light, ideal for night photography or indoors without a flash). Since, to a large extent, this camera already allows you to do so, that should suit most of the dim-light photography. 4- Photography at night or in dim light invites picture "noise" and more expensive cameras can reduce it. For me, only a few photos a year would be taken under these conditions. Besides, most people looking at your photos taken at night, cannot tell #or, simply do not think of# some noise in your photos. Only a side-by-side comparision brings it to the attention. A professional photographer making a living on the camera #i.e. a wedding photographer# should be concern about noise. 5- The more expensive a camera, the fancier the auto focus system is. This does not mean that this camera does a poor job on auto focus, it simply means that other cameras might focus under trickier situations #low contrast area, subjects moving toward you, etc#. How many times a year you would encounter that! 6- this camera is 12 mega pixel, while T3i is 18. Higher mega pixel is good for printing posters or cropping/resizing your photos #so after the cut, the photo still maintains it's integrity#. If you are into many of posters or cropping or resizing, then T3i is a better choice, otherwise this camera still gives you a nice poster and a modest crop/resize would still be undetected by average person. 7- "picture quality" is the same like all other DSLRs. Unless you pay well over $2000 for a "full-frame" camera, the size of the sensor on all DSLRs are the same #sadly, only 75% of frame size of the good old film#. 8- This camera is not just for "beginners." It has all the features #i.e. shutter/aperture priority, ISO selection, menu selections, etc# that pros and "beginners" alike need to know #or, to learn#. More expensive cameras do have more features #more noise reduction, higher ISO, etc# but those features are mainly automatic anyway, and does not require much more knowledge on the side of the user than this camera does. Thus, a more appropriate description of this camera's user should be "this camera is for people who would not want to spend more for certain extra features." So, don't let your lack of knowledge of camera be a determining factor on your purchase. If you can understand this camera, you already understand fancier cameras, too.
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