Which camera would you rather have?

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  1. Baaaark

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    I'm torn. I'm getting ready to throw down a LOT of money for one camera or another, and I want some secondary feedback to see if there's anything I'm not factoring in.

    I either want a Canon Rebel XS, or a Sony Alpha a-300. I don't know which. I tried both of them out, and they seem very similar with the shutter button, control wheel, and everything in the same place. Image quality seemed very similar as well. The image stabilization is in the body of the Sony and in the lens of the Canon, so I don't know which is better.

    Anyway, I'm not sure which route to go. I'd like to see if any of you could offer any other input.
     
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    XSi is worth the extra money over the XS.

    But if you're really on that much of a budget, then the XS.

    Sony's range of CCD sensors just have too much noise.

    There are new ones, by the way. A230, A330 and A380.
     
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    I am on a really tight budget. I've saved up for a few years to get this, saving 5-10 a week in order to afford it. To tell you how long I've waited, I was initially looking at a D70... :)

    BTW, thanks. I am about 2/3rds Rebel XS, 1/3rd a-300. I like the idea of upgrading with Canon more. But it doesn't have a rear fill flash, and I don't know if that even really matters. Since I'm mostly into nature and people, it probably doesn't matter that much.
     
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    It really doesn't. If you start taking flash seriously, you're going to want to invest in a better flash than your camera's internal one anyway. The internal flash will suffice for fill in daylight for portraits. I'll attest that I have nothing but love for my Canon 450D (XSi). For what I paid, I feel that I got my money's worth, and a great, versatile camera to boot.
     
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    First of all, I am VERY new to DSLR and photo editing. But, I am also partial to Sony. I own a A200 and liking it very well. The selling point was the ease of access to the buttons, the menu layout, and the orange trim. The standard lens it came with was a 18-70mm and their 75-300mm telephoto lens can be had for about $150-ish on Amazon.

    That is just my .02 cents.
     
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    Canon
     
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    And you illustrate a fair point, that how the camera feels to you really matters. You're going to be using that puppy a lot (well, so one would hope), so the layout and ease-of-use is a major contributing factor. No sense buying a camera if you can't reach everything comfortably whilst looking through the viewfinder.

    I forgot: it's best to try before you buy. Test out the camera, see how it works, then try a few others. Heck, try some you weren't considering, just to see how they compare (even if you don't buy them, it's interesting to try them all out to get a feel for them).
     
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    definitely go for the rebel, its better[​IMG]
     
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    Personally I would go with Canon as you can build a system of lenses and accessories around it much more than you can with the Sony.

    I would also think that if you do decide at some point to sell or upgrade your kit the Canon will be more saleable.
     
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    Popular Photography rates the Sony better than the Canon Xs but not quite as good as the Canon Xsi. Lenses with Sony are not a problem. Afterall, you can choose from Sony, Minolta, Zeiss, or Sigma.

    skieur
     
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    i would go to canon... you will eventually want more lenses and i think canon offers a more wide variety of lenses for your needs :D
     
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    Its a toss up between the two I think. Both are good cameras, both have a good set of lenses to let you learn and have fun with.

    I don't know Sony's higher end camera line up, but I know that if you go with the Canon, you can invest in nice L lenses (they are expensive, but worth it) which can then be reused on a 40D/50D, 5D, or the high end 1D cameras. So you can go from beginner to pro using the L lenses. You can maybe do the same with Sony, I don't know. But hey, this may not even matter to you, you may stay a hobbyist your whole life (which is totally fine) and the Sony will be great.

    I do like the built in IS in the Sony though.

    As suggested, go and try the cameras out. See how they feel in your hands, see how changing the aperture, shutter and ISO are done. See which fits better in your hand.

    They are both great and I think you'd be happy with either one.
     

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