Thanks, I will go with the cheaper A57 then? Also, your arguments make complete sense to me. Thank you
Well, the Canon has higher megapixels, 18 vs 16 of A57.
But the A57 uses SLT technology and is twice as fast at 10 frames a second vs 5 of Canon.
The biggest difference is the way they interpret the image stabilization. Sony/Minolta puts the IS in the camera body itself and Canon/Nikon puts it in the glass. Not sure if you priced IS lenses before, but it can get expensive.
If you don't know, then you need the cheaper one. Spend the extra money on lenses/flash/tripod/memory cards/Lightroom 4, and once the successors to both cameras come out, if you end up being experienced enough that you want/need the extra features of the a66 or whatever it will be called, you can wait for it to go on clearance.
LOL, 18 vs 16 megapickles is NOTHING. Besides, resolution doesn't come into play until you start printing very large. The Sony has better image quality, despite being lower resolution.
Look at lenses, and if one company has what you want, then your decision has been made. For example, Sony has more realistically-priced midrange zoom lenses than Canon does. Canon has quite a few more lenses overall, though.
can i be a professional wedding photographer with this camera?
No more than you could be an Olympic swimmer with Michael Phelps' bathing suit. Go take a few years of photography courses first. This will be a good first DSLR overall though, and yes, some wedding photographers use cameras that have similar to identical image quality to this.
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