Camera recommendation

Started Aug 12, 2014 | Questions thread
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geronimo789 Regular Member • Posts: 263
Camera recommendation

Hello everyone,

I recently received the question from a friend to recommend him a camera. He is an absolute beginner willing to learn. The requisites are:

-manual controls

- interchangeable lens

-small package

-not too expensive, under 550-600$

Personally I was thinking of recommending the following three:

Olympus pen-e pl5

Sony alpha 5000

Eos M

I am leaning towards the M, because it is around 20% cheaper than the others. The M and Alpha seem to have better sensors and featureset (with regards to filming, filters, ...), while the Olympus has a much better handling (af, shutter lag, framerate, ...).

Does this seem about right to you guys ? Are there any cameras I have overlooked ? The price is not negotiable, it needs to be within range.

I just don't want to risk giving a false recommendation because of ignorance or brand loyalty (I am a so called 'Canon guy' )

 geronimo789's gear list:geronimo789's gear list
Canon EOS 70D Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Canon EOS M +3 more
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