Ok I've never had anything other than a point-and-shoot. I'm going to NAFA to study dance so I'll be spending many days in the dance studios and around stage performances with ample photo-worthy moments. That's why I'm thinking of getting a DSLR.
In other words:
-Shooting indoors (Dance studio & Stage)
-Working with moving subjects
-Relatively close range (3-10m)
-Relatively low light/stage lights
-Taking videos occasionally
I've narrowed my choice down to the Nikon D5100 and the Canon 600D but I'm getting too many differing opinions on the two. Sooo I thought I'd throw it out here and get more opinions from seasoned users.
Reasons for Nikon D5100:
-Higher ISO (which I understand helps me capture moving people better)
-Less noise on high ISO (according to snapsort)
-More dynamic range (which means colours are nicer yes?)
Reasons for Canon 600D
-Images are softer and thus nicer for people shots
-In-built AF motor (hence cost savings on lenses in the long-run?)
-Better video function
-More user friendly for newbies to learn and start out with
-According to friends, based on experience it performs better in low light even though specs seem to favour the Nikon. ("Higher ISO does not necessarily means the pictures come out nicer")
Difference in size and weight are not really a consideration. And price isn't a large factor either. I don't mind shelling out a bit more for the Canon if it suits me better. According to snapsort there are tons more advantages the Nikon has but a friend (Nikon user) said that the rest are negligible and narrowed it down to these few. My other sources include snapsort, dpreview (sry can't post links. haven't been on for more than 30 days), the guys at John 3:16 and an assortment of friends who are Canon, Nikon and Sony Alpha users.
So any comments? Would love to hear any thoughts you guys have! =)