a57 v d5100 for first DSLR

Started Apr 6, 2013 | Questions thread
Fat Dragon
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Re: a57 v d5100 for first DSLR
In reply to 123Mike, Apr 11, 2013

123Mike wrote:

What part of these facts do you not understand?

1080/60p/24p vs 1080/30p/24p
Fast AF in Video vs None
Stereo Mics vs Mono Mic
15 Point AF vs 11 Pt AF
Faster AF vs Slower AF (See charts below - and yes, I've tested both of these cameras and found the results to be the same)
12/10 FPS vs 4fps
Wireles Flash Commander vs None
High Speed Flash Snyc vs None
Peaking Focus vs None
Kelvin WB Adjustment vs None
HDR vs None
Sweep Panorama vs None
Lens Correction for CAs, Distortion, Vignetting vs CAs and Distortion only
IBIS (Every lens Stabilized) vs Lens Based
100%/1.04x EVF vs 95%/.78x OVF

According to DPR (see chart at the bottom)
RAW IQ is equal and JPEG IQ is too close to really see any difference.

But what if I need better low-light performance, don't need fast autofocus or burst modes, and prefer optical viewfinders (as many here do)? In that case, the D5100 would be the better camera for me. Others just prefer the ergonomics or button and menu layout of one system or another. When I used my friend's EOS 550D, I liked the feel, layout, and shutter feedback quite a bit more than the A57, and though I still prefer the A57 because of certain features, those aren't negligible aspects of owning and using a camera. I give an example of a Canon, but many people could say the same thing about the Nikon.

In regards to my girlfriend's A57, we have taken very few videos, in which I prefer to use manual focus anyway. We have never used burst mode for actual shooting (only draining the battery), don't have external flashes, and have never used (and may never use) in-camera HDR or sweep panorama. That cuts out half of your list of ways in which the A57 is apparently superior (which is purely a feature list, by the way, and biased by only listing the advantages of the A57, ignoring that the D5100 has its good points as well).

All I'm trying to say here is that you're out to prove something that can't be proven, and you might do well to calm down a bit and accept that not everybody is going to be swayed by your opinion, even if there are facts that helped you come to that opinion.

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