Hi, as you can see, I am totally new. Need some opinion on selecting my first camera. (yes first!)
Very daring of me to want to jump into a DSLR for a first camera, yes?
So... I did some research and I went from wanting a Panasonic Lumix LX-5 (was looking at pro-consumers like S95, G12, and also 4/3, but 4/3s are quite expensive...) to a Nikon/Canon DSLR. Eventually I narrowed down to Nikon 3100 or Canon 550D. I know they are not exactly on the same level or for best comparisons.. anyway, I have to admit that I am already leaning towards the Nikon D3100, due to its price (also why I thought I might as well get a DSLR since it's only slightly more than a pro-consumer) - but some of its cons is making me consider further.
What I researched is that:
Nikon D3100 DSLR
Alan Photo ~ $849
Harvey Norman ~ $999
Same price as Canon G12 (I like the flip LCD!) on Alan Photo.
Cheaper than Canon 550D
In build photo processing
No wireless remote (erm, sometimes want to take self-portraits with friends)
No external mic input (don't really care about this actually)
No usb cable included in kit?
No AF motor?
Only compatible with certain lenses. AF-S?
Canon 550D DSLR
AP: 18-55mm ~ $1399, BC: $1299 +/- $1.3k
18-200mm ~ $1699
Privilege Programme: $1072, $1.3k
External mic output
…. Nothing. Expensive.
No in-build processing (can use photo editing prog?)
One thing I am concerned about is weight, will a DSLR stop me from bringing my camera out regularly? My bag is usually quite heavy already.
I also read that buying a DSLR is more about the after, like the entire system. The lens compatibility etc. Can seniors advise me on Nikon/Canon lens? Also is it a must to get a dry cabinet when I purchase my DSLR? Can I use a drybox instead?
Apologies for the long post, but really would like to hear some opinions and input. I did quite abit of research, read the guides on buying a DSLR.. stickies, etc, I guess I just need to hear if the D3100 is a right choice.