Heh I think there are really some brands that offers great value at very competitive prices. Like Pentax K-X. I go round recommending all my frens who wants to start DSLR to get Pentax K-X nowadays.
back to the topic, in terms of Pic IQ , both cams are capable of the same images. So end of the day , its down to personal preference and budget.
I have seen high IQ pics from EOS 550D and Alpha550 I have also seen great pictures from a 3gs Iphone which i almost cannot believe heh .
Alpha and Omega
how about the company background & experience on DSLR technologies between Canon and Sony.
Canon Kiss X4 | 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS II Kit lens | 50mm f1.8
you might as well say that when you start dating a girl you should ask her what are her views of gifts given to her, does she return it? then find the one that says "yes", because the "resale" view is better, you can recover your losses if she doesn't turn out to be the one.
i don't believe anyone SANE does that, so why would you do it for a camera?
same for handphones. all this hype about resale value is just moot, if i buy a camera that i hate using, i will lose money because i will sell it away. if i buy a camera that has crappy resale value, and i use it, i will lose no money.
so please, let's stop going on and on and on about resale value.
Fact: both camera will produce excellent Image quality.
Never used the 550D before, but I dont doubt its quality at all. As for A550, the same sensor in A550 is being used in Nikon's Semi Pro DSLRs, it caused Pentax to ditched Samsung (its sensor maker) and use Sony Sensor, and LEICA also used the same sensor in their X1, it tells alot about the quality of it, dont you think?
Imo its all down to whether u need video or not. If u need, just get the 550D, no need to think. However if u dont need, then the A550 has much better functions than the 550D.
Pro of 550D over A550:
Userbase: There are alot of Canon users, so if you have alot of friends who has Canon lenses and are willing to lend u their lens, this might be a consideration. But I hv to stress, the good lens usually dont get loan out even between friends. Unless u really are so their suck c*ck buddies
Pros of A550 over 550D:
Build in Image Stabilizer. ALL ur lenses are stabilized. Image stabilised 30mm primes, 50mm primes, etc etc. U don get those with Canon.
Fastest Live View of any system (maybe except Olympus)
7 frame per second shooting speed (550D is only 3.7fps)
Auto High Dynamic Range (no tripod needed)
Tiltable LCD screen for odd angle picture composition
Build in Wireless flash support
there are alot of mention on Sony having "limited lenses". This statement is true, yet its totally wrong as well. Sony does hv limited lenses, but thats because alot of Sony Alpha lenses are branded under Minolta. Minolta is Sony. Minolta lenses = Sony Alpha lenses. And there are hundreds of Minolta lenses available to choose from, and they're usually very cheap as well. So lenses selection will never be an issue no matter whether u choose Canon or Sony.
Last edited by torak; 30th April 2010 at 12:22 AM.
one last thing I wanna add. With Sony, u wont kana chop vegehead by 3rd party lens makers.
Citing the Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 lens as an example.
The Tamron 17-50mm has 2 versions, one is Image stabilized and a non stabilised version.
The stabilized version cost $900.
Non stabilised version cost $600.
both lenses produces same quality picture sharpness (actually a number of reviews says the non stabilised version is sharper).
Now, if u are a Canon user, and u wan image stabilised tamron 17-50, u need to pay $900.
But if U are a Sony user, U only need to pay $600, and u get image stabilization on the lens for free. Not to mention the non stabilized version is sharper too...
Its pretty obvious Tamron is chopping Canon users by coming out with this VC and non VC versions, trying to milk more money out of them. This is but one example, there are alot of other similar lenses with VC and non VC versions, demanding extra cash to get image stabilization...
U get the idea.
Last edited by torak; 30th April 2010 at 12:32 AM.
would prefer 550D =)
I have to say technology wise, the major camera manufacturers are all at par. Some models will exhibit certain slight weakness or strengths, but all in all, most of the users will seldom (or never) notice the difference. Whether your pictures will come out good (more than performance) will depend on your composition, understanding of the particular camera and your technique.
That said, what you need to look at is:
1. Whether the feature set of the specific camera meets your needs.
2. Which user interface you like more.
3. What is your roadmap? If you are planning to get only a few of simple lenses for the next 2 years, Going with any system will pretty much be the same. All brands offer the standard lenses like: standard zoom (like 18-55), telezoom (55-200), 50mm prime, Ultrawide. There are also many very capable and popular 3rd party lenses (Tokina, Tamron, Sigma) available for most mounts.
4. Whether you like the feel of the camera.
And nothing beats going into a store and have a feel of the cameras. You are not going to get too far asking in the forum.
Thanks to all seniors providing such valuable tips! I'll be heading down to Expo tonight to choose my camera..
Can't wait to own mine!!!
for my 1 cent worth of advice. based on my experience, I just get a camera system that is the same with my closest and most knowledgeable photography buddy. reason. 1. we can trade or exchange lens or other accessories. 2. gives more in depth advice pertaining to a particular camera system.
Can't wait to see what TS gets LOL after all the debate..
Canon EOS 60D | EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM | EF50mm f/1.8 II | (EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM if only!)