First camera: DSLR or mirrorless

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Re: First camera: DSLR or mirrorless
In reply to kufuxul, 6 months ago

kufuxul wrote:

As someone who doesn't own any DSLR and is not bound to Canon/Nikon lens system, should my first camera be DSLR or mirrorless?

Mirrorless offerings are getting better 5 years after their appearance. Still they are far away from the flexibility and performance of dSLRs. The gap is narrowing, though.

My budget is 600$ and was leaning towards Canon T3i/Nikon D3200 until I found this article: http://www.stuckincustoms.com/2012/01/04/dslrs-are-a-dying-breed-3rd-gen-cameras-are-the-future/ which started me thinking about buying some mirrorless camera, as perhaps they are the future and will offer better options (lenses etc.) in couple years?

Buy what you need now not something that may be better in the future but doesn't meet your demands today.

Apart from future perspectives, will mirrorless camera offer same quality as T3i/D3200 in the same price range or will I be trading quality for portability? If so, what model should I take?

Canon has a sensor that is not up to present day standards so its performance is almost identical to the one in the best mirrorless offerings.

Also, Canon/Nikon have established lens systems which are more than likely to be compatible with newest models... can the same be said about mirrorless cameras? If so, what system should I buy into?

The most mature system is Micro 4/3s. You have two manufacturers there.

I'd appreciate your help!

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