Any reason I should return the brand new D5100 kit I got new at target for $375 after tax?
My other camera is the sx230 hs with chdk.
t3i is $450, body only afaik.
does a novice like me go for the d5100 or settle for the PS?
I hate the kit lens, and the autofocus speed is poor compared to my PS.
I use both in manual and auto depending on scenario.
Image quality is obviously better, but my Nokia 808 I returned seemed to crop nicer.
Not sure to spend extra to look at the canon spectrum, invest in some $$$ glass, or return the damn thing lol
Yazen - Are you okay with the size of DSLR like the D5100 and T3i? If you are than either of those are suitable for your needs. But there is a lot of push towards the mirrorless camera now especially how it is lighter and the lenses are more compact. Especially if you do a lot of hiking trips, every ounce counts.
If you are willing to wait for a Canon refurbish sale you can usually score a T3i with kit lens for about $400 or less. From what I've heard, most of the refurbished cameras have low shutter counts. Plus Canon does offer 1 year warranty on their refurbish products now.
The benefits of a mirrorless camera is not only in the size, but also in-body stabilization like the Olympus PEN PL5 or the OMD. Which means you still get the image stabilization for using old manual focus lenses (Canon FD).
The Fuji mirrorless cameras have some really nice colors in their images because there is no AA filter. So the straight out of camera (SOOC) jpegs looks really nice compare to others. In addition they do have a nice focus peaking system.
It really depends what your needs are, but I definitely see the mirrorless camera catching up the the DSLRs in terms of capabilities and function.