New To Photography and debating between Canon EOS 6 vs A6400

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Umesh9 New Member • Posts: 3
New To Photography and debating between Canon EOS 6 vs A6400

Hello,
I am new to photography and planning on buying a new camera because we are expecting a baby soon and we need a good quality images for prints. Initially, I thought of buying Sony A6400 but I recently saw a deal from on CANON EOS M6 (NOT M-II) body+18-150mm kit lens for$449. I am now debating to go with this or Sony A6400. Could you please suggest which one to with and a good lens to start with as I am a beginner.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1318778-REG/canon_1724c021_eos_m6_mirrorless_camera.html

I appreciate your help in advance.

Thank you.

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Alex Ethridge
Alex Ethridge Veteran Member • Posts: 4,994
Re: New To Photography and debating between Canon EOS 6 vs A6400
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Sony is the leader at this point in time while Canon and Nikon are playing catchup. I would go with Sony as their tracking and focusing are faster and more accurate.

I personally sold off all my Nikon and much of my m43 (Olympus and Panasonic) to get the better tracking Sony offers. As your new addition grows into a toddler, that will be even more important to you.  (Still using m43, too, though.)

Advice on raising children: Make lots and lots of pictures and lots and lots of videos, too. Mine came up in the days of film when every image snapped cost money so I have only a few thousand pictures instead of the tens of thousands I would have made digitally.

I wish you all the good luck and joy life has to offer.

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KCook
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Re: New To Photography and debating between Canon EOS 6 vs A6400

While I am a Canon fan-boy, I kind of agree with Alex.  The a6400 is a more up-to-date design than the original EOS M6.  Where the M6 would make sense is when it is a budget stepping stone on your journey to a later Canon full frame camera.

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Re: New To Photography and debating between Canon EOS 6 vs A6400

Umesh9 wrote:

Hello,
I am new to photography and planning on buying a new camera because we are expecting a baby soon and we need a good quality images for prints. Initially, I thought of buying Sony A6400 but I recently saw a deal from on CANON EOS M6 (NOT M-II) body+18-150mm kit lens for$449. I am now debating to go with this or Sony A6400. Could you please suggest which one to with and a good lens to start with as I am a beginner.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1318778-REG/canon_1724c021_eos_m6_mirrorless_camera.html

When I look at the M6 (I or II) what makes me uneasy is the lack of a viewfinder. That means taking photos in bright sunlight will be just as hard as a cellphone. I see there's a viewfinder+lens kit available @B&H for US$750 - that's still a killer deal. However, it seems the viewfinder might be easy to lose.

For Sony, the 18-135mm lens would be a nice starter lens.

For either camera, if the 18-150/18-135 kits look too bulky then go with the two-lens kits. You can leave the long lens at home when you're going to parties, grandma's house, restaurants, or other similar indoor activities. [Edit: Darn, the M6 viewfinder not available with the two-lens kit. It's available for $300 as a separate item]

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HRC2016 Senior Member • Posts: 5,980
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Well, you can spend time playing with a new camera or spend time playing with your baby. Combined with the lack of sleep you won't have time for both.

Most cheap point and shoots are good enough. Heck, most phones are good enough.

Unless, that is, you're hoping learning a new camera will keep you busy so you can avoid changing diapers. It happens.

And the arguments about needing a good lens for pictures of the kid playing soccer? By the time your kid is playing sports there will be new technology.

Spend time playing with the kid. Not photographing it. Don't be the parent who hides behind the viewfinder.

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HRC2016 wrote:

Well, you can spend time playing with a new camera or spend time playing with your baby. Combined with the lack of sleep you won't have time for both.

Most cheap point and shoots are good enough. Heck, most phones are good enough.

Unless, that is, you're hoping learning a new camera will keep you busy so you can avoid changing diapers. It happens.

And the arguments about needing a good lens for pictures of the kid playing soccer? By the time your kid is playing sports there will be new technology.

Spend time playing with the kid. Not photographing it. Don't be the parent who hides behind the viewfinder.

I can't echo this enough really. When my first daughter came along I thought I'd invest in a 50mm 1.8 lens to have a fast light lens on a medium weight body (Pentax K7). Thinking I'd be taking photos of my girls daily.

The vast majority of photos taken in that first year? Took em on my smartphone. I simply didn't have the time to run and grab the camera and didn’t need to because I had one in my pocket. I had a 5 plus year interest in photography so owned a DSLR and several lenses and a flash unit and found myself shooting with a HTC one camera.

In the end I found that the best camera was the one on you. And my printing didn't surfer one bit because I managed to print every image of her that went to Flickr from my phone and my camera in an A4 photo book and they look fantastic even at 8x10 in it or full page A4.

I'm not advocating not going for either of those two cameras and if you have the means then most definitely take that leap into an amazing hobby, hone the skills and your eye and then when your kid is up a bit you'll be able to reap the benefits, but don't underestimate what's in your pocket.

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Re: New To Photography and debating between Canon EOS 6 vs A6400

lehill wrote:

Umesh9 wrote:

Hello,
I am new to photography and planning on buying a new camera because we are expecting a baby soon and we need a good quality images for prints. Initially, I thought of buying Sony A6400 but I recently saw a deal from on CANON EOS M6 (NOT M-II) body+18-150mm kit lens for$449. I am now debating to go with this or Sony A6400. Could you please suggest which one to with and a good lens to start with as I am a beginner.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1318778-REG/canon_1724c021_eos_m6_mirrorless_camera.html

When I look at the M6 (I or II) what makes me uneasy is the lack of a viewfinder. That means taking photos in bright sunlight will be just as hard as a cellphone. I see there's a viewfinder+lens kit available @B&H for US$750 - that's still a killer deal. However, it seems the viewfinder might be easy to lose.

For Sony, the 18-135mm lens would be a nice starter lens.

For either camera, if the 18-150/18-135 kits look too bulky then go with the two-lens kits. You can leave the long lens at home when you're going to parties, grandma's house, restaurants, or other similar indoor activities. [Edit: Darn, the M6 viewfinder not available with the two-lens kit. It's available for $300 as a separate item]

I believe the Canon M6ii has an optional detachable electronic viewfinder

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