Even though I bought the G5, it wasn't anywhere near a no-brainer for me. The bigger APS-C sensor is reallly tempting. Video isn't a big thing for me but if it were, I'd have also been swayed by the external video mic option on the T4i.
In the end, the size won out. I primarily shoot indoors in low-light and I suspect the DSLR would do better in those situations but I'm pretty sure I'd start leaving that camera at home (especially when hiking) unless I was going some place specifically to take photos. I'll probably eventually also pick up a DSLR too.
Edited: Oops...took out the part about in-body image stabilization because the Canon DSLRs don't have them after all.
The T3i is not heavy, and how much bigger is it than this camera? They're both huge compared to a P&S.
For multi-day backpacking trips (and even just a single day's hiking), every bit I can shave in weight and bulk helps. There's only so much room in the pack! Additional lenses on an APS-C body are also going to be bigger than the lenses made for micro-4/3 bodies. So the differences add up if you're going to bring additional lenses.
have been looking for my first DSLR camera and had Canon T3i on mind cuz of its many good reviews on amazon. Seems like this Panasonic one is very comparable and it also comes with an additional 150mm lens vice Canon's standard 18-55mm lens in a deal. Had 4 P&S Canons before and was happy with the pics but not the best when it comes to pics in low light/indoor/kids. Have 2 kids (2 and 5) and looking for not the top of the line but perhaps a decent entry level DSLR in sub $500 range. will mainly be using it for family/vacation pics and videos.
Any recommandations / suggestions ? Thanks...
well, first of all this isn't a DSLR like the T3i.
panasonic's gh line of mirrorless cameras are not that great for taking pictures, but for video is an exception I have a gh2 and love it :-) stick with a canon if you want superior quality detailed pictures.
In my opinion, I think the Panasonic G5 is a very good deal at this price. I think in a few weeks the price might get even lower since Panasonic will be launching the next update to this camera which is a G6 later this month of April.
Micro four thirds cameras have always been good because of the fact that you can purchase any micro four thirds lens from any manufacturer and it will fit you micro four thirds camera without an adapter. I think a few years from now, micro four thirds will be dominating the market.
I didn't purchase the Canon T4i and instead purchased the G5. Canon, Nikon, and other DSLR companies want you to stick with their system. They want you to buy lenses only for that specific company. So if you have a Canon camera and want to put a Nikon lens, then you have to purchase an adapter. Its always a profit for them since most people will be buying lenses for their specific camera.
Lastly, there is a company called Blackmagic Design who also make cameras. Recent test shots showed that it surpassed Canon 5D Mark III camera by a long shot. They are both in the same price range. Blackmagic is also releasing a new camera with Micro four thirds mount.
Even though I bought the G5, it wasn't anywhere near a no-brainer for me. The bigger APS-C sensor is reallly tempting. The in-body image stabilization on the T4i also helps cut down on blur. Video isn't a big thing for me but if it were, I'd have also been swayed by the external video mic option on the T4i.
In the end, the size won out. I primarily shoot indoors in low-light and I suspect the DSLR would do better in those situations but I'm pretty sure I'd start leaving that camera at home unless I was going some place specifically to take photos. I'll probably eventually also pick up a DSLR too.
canon bodies do not have in body image stabilization.
Not necessarily talking about this particular model, but, there are entry level DSLRs and there are entry level DSLRs. They keep varying by degrees of features, prices and brands among other things.
As you move from a Point and shoot system, your dslr would appear to be more featue rich than "what you would ever need". Many people just stay there.
If you happen to get cozier with the camera and start exploring its innards, you will start discovering what it lacks till the time you make the decision for an expensive upgrade, which is not always easy.
Thus, if you think you would use a DSLR like is meant to be, then buy the best camera your budget would allow.
If you still want to "try before you buy", a pre-owned system may not be a bad investment, something like a D80/D90 or a Rebel. You can still recover a better percent of your investment while splurging later.
For lens, zooming to the tip of mountain top sounds interesting, but, your best photos would be the ones taken at a wider angle. Invest towards an 18 instead of a 200.
G5 is simply the best HD high frame rate video capturing device you can find for the price. Non of Canon, Nikon, or Sony in same category are comparable to this.
Still camera function is the bonus.
So Best suits video minded people with very very high quality image recording that you would expect only from multi thousand dollar cameras.
That's not even close to true. If you are referring to 1080p/60p ability, there are a number of cameras for similar prices, or lower, that can record 1080p/60p.
And the most glaring weakness of the G5 for video is there's no manual control of exposure in video mode. There's also no 24p mode.
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