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Old 04-17-2013, 02:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Feedback from Sony DSLR users?

Hi all. I am looking to pick up a Mothers Day presant for my Wife. She has been interested in getting a new(er) camera. She currently uses a Canon Rebel 300D and/or a Canon Powershot A95. Both are long in the tooth. The A95 has probably been dropped too many times.

Anyway, I have about a $300 budget and I have been kicking around trying to find a NOS Sony Alpha a230 or such. I think the Sony graphic interface would do her worlds of good learning about how to adjust a camera (she is NOT a technical minded person, but wants to learn. To date I have been doing most of the camera adjustments for her and I'm no expert.)

I went through a number of cNet reviews and one complaint that seemed to come up with Alpha's is image color quality when using presets (like portrait, landscape, etc.) maybe this would push her to learn manual settings though.

Any thoughts, recommendations or feedback you could provide would be appreciated.

PS. I thought about going to the NEX line fore her, but I think she would do better with a DLSR style camera. She really prefers that over the point and shoot.
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Old 04-17-2013, 02:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would recommend a Nikon D3100. They are really cheap right now, and have a lot of features for the not so technically inclined. One thing is a visual of the aperture blades to show what's going on at a given f-stop. Their other cameras in the range including the D5000 also have similar features in the menu, and the auto ISO is going to be much better than what she has now. Refurbished D3100's without a lens are around $280, and $350 I believe with the kit lens. I saw a used one at Cameta.com for $200 without lens. The D5000 would be something you can get for around $200 as well. I had one and I liked it a lot.
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I was just looking at a review of that. I still think I like the graphic display of the Sony better for her, but it sounds like the nikon may be a better all around camera. The graphic display on the Nikon shows you what is going on with the apeture, but the Sony shows what it will do to the picture, eg. apeture gets smaller, background comes into focus.


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Sony (from an a380. a230 is basically the same, but black on white.)



Hmmm...

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The sony image doesn't seem to be working
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:13 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You will always get more for your money with a Nikon or canon. More lens and all around accessory choices, better quality glass ( just b/c you know how to make a DVD player doesn't always mean you know how to properly make a lens). Also since she's already using a canon a 3100 wouldn't be as much of a leap as a Sony setup.

Also Sony apparently uses an electronic veiwfinder in the alpha, horrible choice on their part, makes manual focusing less precise.
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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My understanding is Sony bought Minolta, so I figure they have people who know cameras. Also, I did a quick search and the a230 and at least a330/a380 have optical viewfingders.
Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 Camera Viewfinder - Review

Points taken about the nikon though. Thanks!
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:40 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The sony image doesn't seem to be working
Fixed, i believe.

Edit: Ut! It broke again. I'll try to fix again.
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Another thing to consider is memory cards. Seems simple but you can get SD cards are EVERYWHERE!!!
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I believe both mentioned so far take SD cards. Is there any type of memory that is hard to get for cameras? I know I heard the CF cards my current cameras take are becomming obsolete.
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Rent a few cameras. Then pick one yourself. That's how I ended up with my Canon.

I used http://www.borrowlenses.com/
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