Discussion in 'What Camera Should I Buy?' started by Sk7, Aug 1, 2014.
New to world of photography
Short listed nikon D3300
Appreciate some opinions
Very good introductory DSLR. I haven't read anything negative about it. It's a bit on the expensive side for an intro DSLR. You can save quite a bit if you go with the Canon Rebel T5 or the Sony A3000. The Nikon D3300 has better specifications than either the Canon or Sony, though.
I don't see at all how the Sony A3000 compares to the D3300. Anyways, links to more threads on DSLR selection -
The Sony A3000 is technically not a DSLR because it lacks a mirror and has an electronic viewfinder instead of an optical viewfinder. But it looks like a DSLR and has the traditional functions of a DSLR. Its image quality is quite good and it gets good reviews, especially when you consider value for the money (its online price is less than $300, including a lens). If price were not an issue the Nikon D3300 is the obvious first choice, followed by the Canon T5 (EOS 1200D) and the Sony A3000. But when you factor in price (you can buy two Sony's for the price of the D3300) the Sony A3000 looks pretty good.
Here are some sample images from the D3300, the T5 and the A3000:
https://www.flickr.com/search?sort=interestingness-desc&text=canon eos 1200d
In the hands of a skilled photographer any camera can produce an attractive image. We have no way of knowing how much post processing went into any Flickr image. Comparing images is more valid with camera reviews than Flickr, the guys doing the reviews are more consistent.
Handling the A3000 in the store was disappointing for me. The cheap EVF is not "DSLR worthy", in my view. While the D3300 and T5 are hardly "pro" models, they at least feel more like a DSLR than the A3000 to me.
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