I've decided to sell my P&S (SX50 HS) to go back to the dslr crowd. The SX50 was pretty neat but I found the image quality not to my satisfaction. There was some other inconveniences also...
Buying a new camera... OMG where to start.
Oh yea, price range first. Around 1200$ So my quest begins.
Also keep in mind that i generaly take stills not videos.
Sony - Panasonic
I already know about the Sony RX10 and the Panasonic FZ-1000.
They both look pretty cool for a P&S with dslr'esque bulkiness and 1 inch sensor. They may have advantage of all-in-one fixed lens with f/2.8 to f/4 aperture. but what if i want f/22? and image quality cannot rival an APS-C sensor.
Pentax K-50 (650g)
I was eyeballing the K-50 for a while because it had features that i liked.
Wheather sealing, pentaprism viewfinder, sensor-shift IS ,feels good seem solidly built and has low price point.
No articulating screen, so so kit lens, noisy autofocus. 2 set kit lens have different filter thread.
Pentax dealers here a scarce so is choice. Only 1 place carries the K-50 and not much else from Pentax.
Nikon D5200 (505g)
Next in line is the D5200. I find that the added wi-fi and gps of the 5300 are just there to drain the batteries and not worth the extra $. So let's just stick to the 5200 instead.
New"ish" 23 Megapixel sensor, excellent picture quality, good dynamic range. Light weight.
Feels like a big plastic Lego, no weather sealing, no exposure preview in live mode, some raw banding.
If i had the D5200, I would get a least the 35mm 1.8. Always helpfull to have a prime lens. I have mixed feelings about using a 18-200mm lens.
Canon T5i (575g)
I was keeping the Canon for last because i already own a Canon flash and remote trigger that i would not have to buy if changing to another brand. I have in my sight the T5i.
Great autofocus system, articulating screen is touch capacitive, very good picture quality, STM silent lenses.
It's plastic but it feels better than the 5200 in my hand, no weather sealing, has low pass filter can lead to moire.
If i had the T5i, i would ditch the 18-55mm kit lens and get the new 10-18mm IS STM lens instead along with the 55-250mm is STM for extra reach. I'd throw in the 40MM 2.8 also because it's pretty compact and ideal for some night shots.
What about your thoughts?