Coagulated, on 28 November 2012 - 09:57, said:
From the information you guys have shared, I've done a bit of research and I'm swaying towards the Canon EOS Rebel T3i. Seems like it has a good balance of bang-for-buck, automated features and high quality images.
However, I know if I am to bring this suggestion to the table, I am going to need a few other options - I think it'll be a power of three (three options, three quotes and so on) job. Everything this camera seems to be compared to is either vastly more expensive or doesn't tick as many of my boxes.
What do you guys think of the Rebel T3i for my purposes and is there anything else comparable in that price range?
The 600D or T3i as it is named in some regions is an excellent piece of equipment and should do the job pretty well.
I have the 60D which is not too different from it, just higher range but a little older, so there's some new things to the 600D over my older model I guess and some things my camera will do that the 600D doesn't do.
In my humble opinion it's an excellent choice when the size of the camera is not crucial.
Don't get me wrong, the 600D is rather compact for a DSLR, but it's still just that: an SLR type of camera and hence bulky.
If this is no concern, then I think with the bang for buck ratio in mind it's a good decision.
One could also think about older models that will do the trick, too, for example a 550D will be excellent, too and a bit cheaper.
The 600D is quite awesome as it does have a swivel screen just like the 60D and it rotates to all needed angles for such events.
This comes in handy when there's an event you need to capture and you have to lift the camera up high to get a good sight.
I cannot tell you how much I value this feature and I'll make sure to always have a good camera in my possession that does have this feature.
Really, one cannot overestimate the benefits especially with event photography.
Hope that's some good input for you.