Originally Posted by Mr.Smith
I am looking at entering the world of dslr's but cannot decide which camera to purchase.
I have looked at the Nikon D3100 and also the Canon EOS 500D (which comes with two lens')
Is there anyone on here that could share their knowledge and guide me in the right direction of which on to purchase?
I own three DSLR's, and a couple others. Thinking about buying a new camera myself, but it won't be another DSLR. Just for size reasons alone. Anything over 10mgp will do just fine for you, unless you blow photos up past 11x14. if your planning on adding a flash, you'd best check out the circutry inside the camera body. Most are pretty weak by design. Few camera shop folks know enough about what they are selling to be qualified, so keep that in mind.
I do not like Canon anything! Over priced, with sensors that still don't do a good job without Photoshop. And they are not without a problem here and there like the others. Internal circutry is weak, and a good external flash is hard on them. Colors often need a heavy rework in Photoshop. They do not do whites or blacks very well without a major redo.
Nikons are pretty good cameras. Still don't get all that great a B&W, and their reds and oranges tend to flare. If I were to buy one it'd be a DX series or the 5100. I like the tilt LCD screen for a live view. Their sensors are not the greatest, but not the worst as well. Their internal circuty is a little more robust than the Canon's but still marginal with a heavy duty flash that has a high trigger voltage
For good accurate color, I like the bigger Fujis built off the Nikon body. Nothing does black & white as well as Fuji. Their trigger voltage works well out to 115 volts (that's much heavier than the others). The difference between a Fiji and a Nikon is in their sensors and the electronics. Software is similar, and I suspect that Nikon bought the original software that Fuji used with their S3
Another very nice camera to look at is the Olympus Evolt. Well made, but has some of the same drawbacks that Canon and Nikon have. I personally like the 4/3 format, but that's up to the shooter. They do have tilt screens to aid in live view shooting off a tripod.
Another over looked one is the Samsung DSLR. They come with Schineder lenses! Absolutely the best glass you can buy! Leica and Ziess glass used by the others is a name only thing built on license. Schineder actually cuts the glass that Samsung uses. Wish they made Nikon lenses!