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Depends. I consider the M100 one of the best choices for someone who wants better photos than their phone, but they don't necessarily have much interest in learning photography. The M100 is the cheapest of Canon's mirrorless cameras because it has a body with hardly any physical controls and no electronic viewfinder. Most is done through the touch screen. D3500 has very limited controls too though and no touch screen.

I consider the D3500 (and D3400) a downgrade to the D3300 which has additional features Nikon removed on later models. It has the same sensor so image quality is approximately the same on D3300, D3400, and D3500.

M100 has dual pixel autofocus which means it focuses smoothly during video. Nikon DSLR autofocus during video is really bad. So if your wife will do any video the M100 would be the better option. Similarly Nikon autofocus is slow when using live view (using the rear screen instead looking through the optical viewfinder). Some people coming from a phone will try to use live view and it won't be a great experience.

The main limitation of M100 is lens selection though. Plenty of nice, relatively inexpensive lenses for Nikon DSLRs. But there are very few lenses available for Canon's mirrorless EF-M mount. Personally what I like with EF-M is to just put Canon's great, compact 22mm f/2 lens on it. Since you'll have no zoom, that is truly just a small setup to get better image quality than a cell phone. You can buy an adapter to use Canon DSLR lenses, but personally I don't like using adapters except in rare instances. Takes away the size advantage and convenience of a smaller mirrorless body.

I'd hesitate to buy this M100 bundle because I think it is a little overpriced. Then again I think a D3500 is a little overpriced too given the price of a used, but mint D3300 (or other similarly priced models).

Adorama had an excellent price on the Canon M5 at the end of last week, but those sold out very quickly. Soon after they cut the prices on the M6 although not as much as the M5. Both of these models are higher in the lineup compared to the M100.

I'd likely pass on Amazon's current price and watch for either the M100 to drop further in price or Adorama to lower the price a little more on remaining M6 inventory. Most people would probably buy a Sony a6000 or another brand over M100 if looking at mirrorless at this price. But as I started off with I like M100 over other options mostly for someone who wants something relatively simple that will be easy to transition to from a phone camera.
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I strongly encourage those confused between the M100 and D3500 to read their respective dpreview.com reviews. VERY informative. These are two very different cameras. PLEASE, don't make the mistake of buying too simple a camera, nor too large or complicated a camera to where it never gets used.
Personally, after 10 years with the T2i, I went to the M100. Downgrade? To some, maybe. But I stopped using the big camera because, after kids, I just didn't want one more thing to lug around. I stayed with Canon thinking I could interchange my Canon mount heavy lenses when I wanted to do professional pictures. But wow, hard to go back to big cameras after such a small point-and-shoot size camera can take better pictures and video than the T2i. Technology is changing!
The 22mm F2 pancake takes really nice pictures and the camera can come with me everywhere now.
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Good price for M100 with lens package. Waiting on M50 deal.
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There the refurb on canon usa for 477ish.
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There goes a FIRE SALE...
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Target has it for 449 with 15-45 mm lens and if you have the red card you get extra 5%
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Can anyone with camera knowledge please give some advise! I just bought the Nikon D3500 2 lens bundle for $399 from Sams Club the other day for my wife. Is this a better camera/deal then the D3500!?
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Can anyone with camera knowledge please give some advise! I just bought the Nikon D3500 2 lens bundle for $399 from Sams Club the other day for my wife. Is this a better camera/deal then the D3500!?
It depends on your skill level, both are very good entry level cameras with acceptable lenses.
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Can anyone with camera knowledge please give some advise! I just bought the Nikon D3500 2 lens bundle for $399 from Sams Club the other day for my wife. Is this a better camera/deal then the D3500!?
No, it is not.
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Can anyone with camera knowledge please give some advise! I just bought the Nikon D3500 2 lens bundle for $399 from Sams Club the other day for my wife. Is this a better camera/deal then the D3500!?
Go buy the sigma 18-35 1.8 for her also!!!
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Good price for M100 with lens package. Waiting on M50 deal.
Which is better for video?
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Which is better for video?
M50 does 4k video, M100 doesn't
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Can anyone with camera knowledge please give some advise! I just bought the Nikon D3500 2 lens bundle for $399 from Sams Club the other day for my wife. Is this a better camera/deal then the D3500!?
Depends. I consider the M100 one of the best choices for someone who wants better photos than their phone, but they don't necessarily have much interest in learning photography. The M100 is the cheapest of Canon's mirrorless cameras because it has a body with hardly any physical controls and no electronic viewfinder. Most is done through the touch screen. D3500 has very limited controls too though and no touch screen.

I consider the D3500 (and D3400) a downgrade to the D3300 which has additional features Nikon removed on later models. It has the same sensor so image quality is approximately the same on D3300, D3400, and D3500.

M100 has dual pixel autofocus which means it focuses smoothly during video. Nikon DSLR autofocus during video is really bad. So if your wife will do any video the M100 would be the better option. Similarly Nikon autofocus is slow when using live view (using the rear screen instead looking through the optical viewfinder). Some people coming from a phone will try to use live view and it won't be a great experience.

The main limitation of M100 is lens selection though. Plenty of nice, relatively inexpensive lenses for Nikon DSLRs. But there are very few lenses available for Canon's mirrorless EF-M mount. Personally what I like with EF-M is to just put Canon's great, compact 22mm f/2 lens on it. Since you'll have no zoom, that is truly just a small setup to get better image quality than a cell phone. You can buy an adapter to use Canon DSLR lenses, but personally I don't like using adapters except in rare instances. Takes away the size advantage and convenience of a smaller mirrorless body.

I'd hesitate to buy this M100 bundle because I think it is a little overpriced. Then again I think a D3500 is a little overpriced too given the price of a used, but mint D3300 (or other similarly priced models).

Adorama had an excellent price on the Canon M5 at the end of last week, but those sold out very quickly. Soon after they cut the prices on the M6 although not as much as the M5. Both of these models are higher in the lineup compared to the M100.

I'd likely pass on Amazon's current price and watch for either the M100 to drop further in price or Adorama to lower the price a little more on remaining M6 inventory. Most people would probably buy a Sony a6000 or another brand over M100 if looking at mirrorless at this price. But as I started off with I like M100 over other options mostly for someone who wants something relatively simple that will be easy to transition to from a phone camera.
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I strongly encourage those confused between the M100 and D3500 to read their respective dpreview.com reviews. VERY informative. These are two very different cameras. PLEASE, don't make the mistake of buying too simple a camera, nor too large or complicated a camera to where it never gets used.
Personally, after 10 years with the T2i, I went to the M100. Downgrade? To some, maybe. But I stopped using the big camera because, after kids, I just didn't want one more thing to lug around. I stayed with Canon thinking I could interchange my Canon mount heavy lenses when I wanted to do professional pictures. But wow, hard to go back to big cameras after such a small point-and-shoot size camera can take better pictures and video than the T2i. Technology is changing!
The 22mm F2 pancake takes really nice pictures and the camera can come with me everywhere now.
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Which is better for video?
Do you need 4K? Can your computer edit 4k?
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