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Re: SLT or DSLR?
In reply to Kim Flowers, Feb 4, 2013

Kim Flowers wrote:

Thanks for the clarification. I hadn't really thought of it that way (speed of light vs. speed of the processor), but as fast as processors are these days, I didn't really notice the lag when I checked it out at the local chain store.

As for continous burst shooting, that may be the only time I actually use the LCD screen instead of the VF to keep track of the direction of the subject, so that I don't lose it. Usually with that type of shooting, I'm not looking for as much detail as I would need to see in a macro shot or landscape (I have to have a VF for those).

I'm relieved these are the only main differences between the technology of the two types of cameras; well, that and the amount of light lost, but high ISO image comparison tests between the a57 and Canon t4i were favorable (for Sony).

As some other folks mentioned, I am, however, a little concerned about Sony's reputation for less than stellar customer service/support and also about continuity of the alpha line/lenses.

Remember as well that mirrorless/SLTs offer significantly less battery life than OVF cameras because of the power drain of the EVF and the always-on main sensor. 1/3 to 1/5 is common.  Basically, it means you have to buy another couple of batteries at $60 each to equal the 600 shots you typically get out of a DSLR.

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