I am looking to buy an Entry level DSLR, and had decided on Canon system due to lens availability with friends, and general popularity amongst my peer group here.
I am planning on general photography, landscapes, portraits, not much action/wildlife. Video - again, casual. This is a good to have feature.
However, I find "something" lacking in all models I shortlisted
EOS 1000D - No Video, Still specs not "that great" - AF system etc bit dated compared to 500D and 550D. 500D is around 200$ more here.
EOS 500D - This is at a sweet price point, but the video I heard is not that great. Esp when we have the 550 D at 200$ - 250$ more.
EOS 550D - Great, has Video but expensive. Not sure I want to spend that much, unless necessary and I have no option. This is probably most Value for money, but seems a big amount in "absolute" terms.
The pricing of the above three cameras don't help either - just enough increment between 1000D-500D-550D to bring it under consideration set, but the overall jump becomes one from 1000D to 550D.
Along comes the D3100, which seems to have good Still as well as Video performance. So I have couple of questions :
- Is there a camera which I am missing in Canon's lineup, at D3100s price point and feature parity ? What would be the closest camera here ?
- Does it make sense to switch from Canon to Nikon, just because of this body ? I'm guessing not, but then I don't have anything invested yet. Just that I won't be able to interchange lenses etc with friends (which happens occasionally)
- If I need to choose between EOS1000D and 500D, which should I choose ? Is the 500D a good camera to buy, given that the 550D has better all around spec ?
- Another option is to buy the 1000D now and upgrade to 500D later, but I fear that will have to happen pretty soon, and the resale value of 1000D will not be that great.
* Update : So right after putting up this post, I bumped into a comparison between 500D and Pentax k-x. Pentax does not even have a dealer in India, forget about Service :) There is a thriving userbase of old film cameras and lenses, and seems like lenses are available for a bargain.
Overall, I was almost in agreement with folks here and buying Canon 500D. However, doing some more research into whether I should consider the Pentax k-x instead, given its price points (a 500D-equivalent k-x is available at price of around the 1000D).
Of course, all answers for my original question here have been helpful, and if not for the k-x, I am still going with the Canon 500D as you folks have suggested !