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I think I hit the limits of my point and shoot. Inddors I have two options with it crank up the ISO or turn the shutter speed way down and use a tripod. Would like to get something that takes better pics. Also since I don't know really how to use it a camera with a good auto mode would be nice. Also if it can duel purpose as a good quality video camera as well that be fantastic. Maybe something I can toss on a tripod and do a youtube show with and do build videos and stuff of that sort. My research takes me to the Sony SLT-A58K, what do you all think?
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the a58 is a fine camera, but canon has magic lantern which is a huge plus for video.

but as the unofficial ambassador to mirrorless camera....

a mirrorless is probably a better choice for a "green box" photographer....most of them are designed to fit in between a PS and DSLR. you will get more in camera body filters/features in mirrorless then compared to DSLR yet still having the same IQ.

the nex5 or nex6 series are probably the best balanced mirrorless right now for beginner/enthusiast....
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Take a look at the A57. Seems like Sony cut some corners to keep the price down on the A58.

IIRC, the A58 has the better viewfinder but the A57 has the better screen and higher FPS.
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Whats your budget, that will help us figure out what is the best bang for your buck while also meeting your needs.
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the a58 is a fine camera, but canon has magic lantern which is a huge plus for video.

but as the unofficial ambassador to mirrorless camera....

a mirrorless is probably a better choice for a "green box" photographer....most of them are designed to fit in between a PS and DSLR. you will get more in camera body filters/features in mirrorless then compared to DSLR yet still having the same IQ.

the nex5 or nex6 series are probably the best balanced mirrorless right now for beginner/enthusiast....
Thanks I'll do some googling
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Take a look at the A57. Seems like Sony cut some corners to keep the price down on the A58.

IIRC, the A58 has the better viewfinder but the A57 has the better screen and higher FPS.

Will do
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Whats your budget, that will help us figure out what is the best bang for your buck while also meeting your needs.

Around 600ish would rather be less but if I have to spend more to get a quality camera I will
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Well, up to $600 I would reccomend a canon T3i, I was in the DSLR market not long ago, looking to upgrade from an old canon i had, and lucky i have a photographer friend who has several cameras he let me borrow and try out.

- can be found used starting around $450+, new kits can be found for ~500 and up
- Full 1080p recording @ 30fps, 720 @ 60fps
- 3" flip out LCD screen, that rotates so you could see yourself while you're filming
- kit includes a 18-55mm lens, which is actually quite nice for a kit lens
- Microphone jack, ( if you want decent audio for your YT films, nothing worse sucks than crappy audio )
- Can use magic lantern, a custom firmware that adds tons of video features to the camera ( cannon cam's only )
- Most canons have a pretty good selection of modes, the standard auto modes for sports, portrates, outdoors, etc, as well as some good manual modes.

those are some of the features you may be interested in. but its a very solid camera and is highly recomended by many people.
( i can't say anything about the sony's, i've only dealt with canons and nikons )
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Well, up to $600 I would reccomend a canon T3i, I was in the DSLR market not long ago, looking to upgrade from an old canon i had, and lucky i have a photographer friend who has several cameras he let me borrow and try out.

- can be found used starting around $450+, new kits can be found for ~500 and up
- Full 1080p recording @ 30fps, 720 @ 60fps
- 3" flip out LCD screen, that rotates so you could see yourself while you're filming
- kit includes a 18-55mm lens, which is actually quite nice for a kit lens
- Microphone jack, ( if you want decent audio for your YT films, nothing worse sucks than crappy audio )
- Can use magic lantern, a custom firmware that adds tons of video features to the camera ( cannon cam's only )
- Most canons have a pretty good selection of modes, the standard auto modes for sports, portrates, outdoors, etc, as well as some good manual modes.

those are some of the features you may be interested in. but its a very solid camera and is highly recomended by many people.
( i can't say anything about the sony's, i've only dealt with canons and nikons )

I'm a little worried about auto zoom noise on the cannon. Can you speak of that?
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Well, up to $600 I would reccomend a canon T3i, I was in the DSLR market not long ago, looking to upgrade from an old canon i had, and lucky i have a photographer friend who has several cameras he let me borrow and try out.

- can be found used starting around $450+, new kits can be found for ~500 and up
- Full 1080p recording @ 30fps, 720 @ 60fps
- 3" flip out LCD screen, that rotates so you could see yourself while you're filming
- kit includes a 18-55mm lens, which is actually quite nice for a kit lens
- Microphone jack, ( if you want decent audio for your YT films, nothing worse sucks than crappy audio )
- Can use magic lantern, a custom firmware that adds tons of video features to the camera ( cannon cam's only )
- Most canons have a pretty good selection of modes, the standard auto modes for sports, portrates, outdoors, etc, as well as some good manual modes.

those are some of the features you may be interested in. but its a very solid camera and is highly recomended by many people.
( i can't say anything about the sony's, i've only dealt with canons and nikons )

I'm a little worried about auto zoom noise on the cannon. Can you speak of that?

You will get that on all dslr video because these cameras dont have servo zoom and the built in mic pics up everything and even with a mic mounted on the hot shoe it will pick up most vibrations from the lens. Best bet is to have your audio not mounted on the camera unless you cant do it any other way. A rode videomic is a smart start for dslr video thumb.gif
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You will get that on all dslr video because these cameras dont have servo zoom and the built in mic pics up everything and even with a mic mounted on the hot shoe it will pick up most vibrations from the lens. Best bet is to have your audio not mounted on the camera unless you cant do it any other way. A rode videomic is a smart start for dslr video thumb.gif

Thanks I'll look I to it. For most shots I can just focus on where I sit with a big lens to get as much as I can in focus
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i think u need to read a bit more about cameras before you make your purchase..
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