SLT or DSLR?

Started Feb 3, 2013 | Questions thread
mgd43
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Re: The SLT system costs 1 Stop in SNR performance - not 1/3
In reply to Kim Flowers, Feb 4, 2013

Kim, people tend to recommend what they use, so you have to take all of this advice with a grain of salt. Within a given price range Nikon, Canon, Pentax, and Sony are more or less equal in quality. They differ mostly in terms of ergonomics, features, the layout of their controls, and the availability of lenses, flashes, and doodads.

The main differences in features between Nikon and Canon on the one hand and Sony on the other hand is the EVF vs OVF that has been discussed at length and that Nikon and Canon have stabilization in the lenses and Sony has it in the body. The advantag of having stabilization in the body is that every lens that you put on the camera becomes stabilized. That can be a real cost saver. The advantage of having it in the lenses is you can see the effect of the stabilization. This can be important with tele lenses. I find that with stabilization in the body and with lenses of 200mm or more (APS-C) the image in the viewfinder bounces around too much, becomes annoying, and makes it hard to compose accurately. This is not a problem with stabilized lenses, and this may not be a problem with you.

I suggest that you make a list of advantages of Nikon, Canon, and Sony and weigh the importance of them to you. Then handle the cameras that you are interested in. Make your decision based on their ergonomics and on their features that are important to you.

Remember this, whichever you choose, the chances are great that you will be happy with it because they are all good cameras.

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