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    Default Pentax K30, Canon 100D or Nikon D3200

    Hi.

    Appreciate any advice that you could give. I've always had decent little compact cameras with which I've managed to get some excellent results over the years. I'm now graduating to a DSLR. Have tried to include some pertinent information below on what we're looking for.

    Budget: 500 total, to include camera and lens and some sort of bag.

    Typical photography: indoor low-light, music festivals, holidays (usually outdoors - from the West of Ireland to the odd ski trip), pets, family. And I've also always loved doing night shots in low light.

    Typical video: don't take a lot of video apart from at festivals, where I sometimes have to record things to put up on Youtube on behalf of a band.

    Candidates: Pentax K30, Canon 100D, Nikon D3200.
    I've visited a camera shop to hold and play with the above cameras and, to my eye, they all have different strengths. Prices are from Amazon.co.uk, none of which I can beat in the outlets near me (unfortunately).

    K30 (350):
    - built like a tank, which is tremendously appealing to us. Ireland is not the driest of places, and even indoors not having to worry about it getting a cup of tea spilled over it would be... a good thing.
    - viewfinder felt really, really nice to use
    - no external mic jack
    - fairly heavy (naturally, given the tank-like construction)

    100D (389):
    - Size (good). Tiniest DSLR I've ever seen.
    - Size (bad?). I have small hands for a man and, although the small size and lightness was very appealing, got to wondering if the size was almost too small?
    - Has continuous AF in video
    - Has touchscreen

    D3200 (330):
    - felt more "solid" than the Canon, not as much as the Pentax but very decent in the hand
    (note - have played with the D3300 as well. While the lighter weight is a good thing I'm not sure it's worth the price difference, especially now that the D3200 comes with the same, lighter kit lens)


    Misc...
    - Between us both we really don't have time to be enthusiasts - we want a solid, go-to camera that will take great shots time after time and for many years, as well as giving me the ability to "dive into" the settings a bit when necessary. My wife will definitely always use the camera in full Auto mode.

    - Re. lens availability, am aware that there are more Canon/Nikon lenses out there but I don't see us expanding our lens selection by that much. The only lens investment I could foresee would be a more discreet lens for walking about, just as I would have used when I first started taking photos with a bog-standard 35mm film camera.


    That's the brain dump completed, thanks for reading. Both my wife and I would appreciate any advice you could provide. Currently paralysed by choice but excited about getting our first decent camera :-)

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    Hi when you buy a DSLR you buy into system so make sure that system suits you.
    next do you need a camera for good pictures if so then maybe a bridge will suit you better.
    if its a DSLR then go and try out your short list see how they feel are the buttons in the right place do you like the menu system. don't settle for i will get used to it, if it feels right then you are a long way for it to be right

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    Quote Originally Posted by wave View Post
    Hi when you buy a DSLR you buy into system so make sure that system suits you.
    next do you need a camera for good pictures if so then maybe a bridge will suit you better.
    if its a DSLR then go and try out your short list see how they feel are the buttons in the right place do you like the menu system. don't settle for i will get used to it, if it feels right then you are a long way for it to be right
    Thanks for the reply. I've tried all three in my hands and taking shots with them.

    I've also had a look at bridge cameras as well as mirrorless.
    - Re. bridge, both my wife and I would be happier with a DSLR in terms of potential expansion
    - Re. mirrorless, we've both found them to be less comfortable to use than a DSLR (although their small size was certainly enticing)

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