First camera: DSLR or mirrorless

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Glen Barrington
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In reply to kufuxul, 4 months ago

kufuxul wrote:

Hi,

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?

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?

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?

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?

I'd appreciate your help!

You're going to get a good camera regardless of what you buy, and neither camera format are going away regardless of what you read from the fanboys.  Everyone's first camera is an experiment anyway.  My suggestion is buy a name brand camera that fits your budget and works pretty much the way you think it should work.

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