SLR vs. SLR-like cameras-which is better?

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SLR vs. SLR-like cameras-which is better?
Nov 24, 2012


I guess I can be considered a serious amateur photographer; however I’m new to digital SLR’s: I’ve owned a film SLR (a Sigma camera kit that came with 28-80mm f3.5-5.6 and 70-300mm f4-5.6 zoom lens) since before digital SLR’s became really mainstream and I’d greatly appreciate any feedback that you may give me…

I’ve also owned a Fuji Finepix F30 digital camera. The fuji was a p&s however it also had manual, aperture & shutter priority shooting modes (which I used most often) as well.

I’m looking to upgrade from my film SLR but I’m a bit undecided between a digital SLR vs. SLR-like cameras. Due to the slow lenses that came with the kit; when I was using my Sigma, I’d have a difficult time getting decent handheld shots – all would be dark or have motion blur.

Now, when I look at the digital SLR kits out there – like the Canon Rebel T3i kit with 18-55mm f3.6-5.6 and 55-250mm f4-5.6 zoom lenses :

or NikonD3000 kit with 18-55mm f3.6-5.6 and 55-200mm f4-5.6 zoom lenses: d3000&cp=1&lp=1

I’m not quite sure how to proceed..

My question is:

If I get either the Canon T3 or Nikon D3000, will I have the same issues as I did with handheld shot as I did with the film Sigma SLR (since both the Sigma kits’ and the Canon/Nikon kit lenses are the same speed)? Or, being that these are digital, not film SLR’s, are there other factors that come into play that enable the user to capture better images even though the lens is still the same speed?

My second question is;

I have also started looking at SLR-like cameras since they can come with faster lenses (such as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 which has a max. aperture of f2.8). They also offer quite a lot of zoom (24x for this Panasonic). Comparing this to the SLR kits mentioned above, the SLR-like cameras seem very attractive.

However are SLR’s superior in any way that I’m perhaps not aware of?

Can a SLR capture better images than a SLR-like camera even though the SLR-like one has a faster lens?

Sorry for such a long a long post… thank you for reading,

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Canon EOS 1100D (EOS Rebel T3 / EOS Kiss X50) Canon EOS 600D (EOS Rebel T3i / EOS Kiss X5) Nikon D3000
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