When I first made the transition from film to digital, we got a Sony Cybershot. It had served us well for a couple of years until we decided to upgrade to a newer model. I got a Cybershot again, mainly because I’m used to the functions and it’s so convenient to simply slip in the memory card into my Sony VAIO notebook, without having to have a card reader.
Now that that second Cybershot is on its last legs –zoom not working, cannot access menu to adjust settings, etc., –it’s time for a new one.
The questions are --
- Do I go with a point-and-shoot again or do I buy a DSLR this time?
- If I go for a DSLR, which brand should I get –Sony, Canon, or Nikon, –and what model?
While I am dying to get a DSLR and have more control over the photos that I take, I balk at the size. I am so used to just stuffing my point-and-shoot in my pocket whenever I’d go out. I won’t be able to do that with a DSLR. I think that is the main advantage of a point-and-shoot. I do, on the other hand, want better control over my shots and a DSLR would address this need.
We did a little recon at the Sony store last week. The salesperson that I spoke to was very helpful in answering my questions. At the end of our 30+ minutes there, I’d more or less come away knowing that if I should decide to get another point-and-shoot, I’ll get the Sony DSC-HX5V, which is the closest they have to a cross between a point-and-shoot and a DSLR (more point-and-shoot, really). Not as stylish as their other models, but its functions and features are more geared towards (slightly) more advanced users.
While Sony is not exactly top-of-mind when it comes to DSLR, their Sony A550 seems to get good user ratings. Two of our friends have this and are pretty happy with it.
Sony Alpha A550
That said, other people that I’ve spoken with who are photography enthusiasts or professional photographers, seem to prefer either a Canon or a Nikon instead. When I took a photography class way back in university, I was using my dad’s Canon SLR. Apparently the lenses from that old SLR would work with a Canon DSLR as well. So there’s that going for Canon.
Canon EOS 1000D
There seems to be quite a number of people who are diehard Nikon fans, too. An entry level Nikon would be their Nikon D3000. I am not too enthusiastic about what I’ve read from online reviews about this model so far, though.
Ideally, I should get both a point-and-shoot AND a DSLR, but at this stage, I’m thinking of getting only one or the other.
I would love to hear from all of you who are into photography –whether amateur or professional.
What do you think? What camera (brand/model) do you use and what do you like about it? If you could upgrade or get another one, would you stick to the same brand/model or get a different one? How come?
Thanks in advance for your sharing your thoughts.
Have a wonderful weekend!