I am an absolute beginner getting my first DSLR. I have done much research and had came down to 3 options within my budget: Canon 650D, Nikon D5200 and Sony A65. I went to different shops to test out all the models quite a few times, and amongst the 3 I like Sony best, the grip is nice and the electronic viewfinder is amazing. A65 is also the cheapest among the 3, spec wise it is also comparable: 24.3MP, 10 FPS, and a slightly bigger sensor than 650D, good auto focus with videos etc. I have a few concerns:
1) Throughout my research I have seen plenty of good reviews on Sony A65, but a common complaint is that it's not very good (high noise level) at low light/high ISO situations. Is it really THAT bad? Are there any remedies or is it a very serious issue?
2) A65 is an early 2011 model, oldest amongst the 3. Even though you can never chase the pace of tech and no matter how new a model you get it will get replaced one day, but I have an uneasy feeling of getting an old model, what if few months later it gets replaced? I mean it has been 2 yeas since it's release...
3) Place to buy: Retail price at S$999 with kit on Sony website, Courts and Harvey Norman selling at this priced too. I called Cathay Photos at Peninsular Plaza today and they selling it at S$899 with the same free gifts. Are they trustworthy? If so I want to save S$100 and get it there.
4) Sony has this PWP (Purchase with Purchase), if im getting the A65 with kit lens at $899, I still have some to spare to get an extra len. I'm thinking of getting either the SAL75300 at $379 or the SAL55200-2 at $199, which one would you recommend?
Any other advice or comments?
Really appreciate your help! Thanks!!!