Sony A100 vs Canon D20/30 vs Digital Rebel XT

Discussion in 'Sony' started by sam, Jun 14, 2006.

  1. sam

    sam Guest

    The Sony at $1000 kit seems to fall in between Canon's D20/30 series ($1100
    for D20 Kit, $$1500 for D30 Kit) and the Digital Rebel XT ($650 for kit
    after deducting the current $100 rebate.

    How does price/performance stack up? Sony offers a better lens than the
    Canon. Comments?
    sam, Jun 14, 2006
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    RichA Guest

    $10 bet the Sony kit lens is far better than the Canon. Only problem
    is you are
    trading off a magnesium body in the 20D and 30D for a plastic body on
    the Sony.
    But you do get 2 more megapixels.
    RichA, Jun 14, 2006
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  3. Can't speak to a comparison, but I suggest you check your pricing at B&H
    Photo & Video before you buy.

    Canon EOS 30D, 8.2 Megapixel
    Mfr # 1234B002 . B&H # CAE30D1855
    Price : $ 1,399.95
    My Names Nobody, Jun 14, 2006
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    ColinD Guest

    There's no such camera as a D20 or D30 - unless you mean the very early
    D30 that was the forerunner of the ancient D60.

    The cameras you are referring to are the 20D and 30D.

    Having said that, the Sony is a little bit behind with its body mounted,
    slower and noisier focusing motor, no match for the fast and silent USM
    focusing of the Canon lenses The price differential with a 350D would
    pretty well fund the cost of a better lens than the kit for the 350D,
    although the kit lens is better than its critics would have you believe.

    Another possible drawback to the Sony is the placement of the shutter
    release, in my opinion too close to the back of the camera,
    necessitating an awkward bending of the forefinger to reach it. But the
    10.2 mpixels is nice, though it's not that much more than the 8.2 of the
    350D, yielding 111 linear pixels to the 350D's 100. Whether 11% more
    pixels width and height translates to a visibly better image is moot,
    without considering the noise and tonal performance of the two cameras.

    As to choice, Sony versus 350D - take your pick. Sony versus 20D or
    30D, take the Canon.

    Colin D.
    ColinD, Jun 14, 2006
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    bmoag Guest

    When have any of your actually seen or used the Sony?
    What utter puke!
    bmoag, Jun 14, 2006
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    Pete D Guest

    Actually someone that wants just a few lenses and didn't want to rebuy the
    IS system every time they wanted a new lens would be well served by the
    Pete D, Jun 14, 2006
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    ian Guest

    Buy the cheaper km 5d if still available.

    you really don't need 10 meg unless you are contemplating turning pro.

    As for lens quality i would probably buy the drebel xt and then buy a good

    I own the original 300D or Rebel to you yanks. Excellent quality chip and
    pics. Only gripe was too slow at startup, only 4 frames before buffering
    and faster cards didn't improve performance.

    Bought a 20D. Hallelujah! Exceedingly fast, built in flash exposure
    compensation, two control wheels and less menus, custom functions etc.

    The 350D or Rebel Xt is a 20D but without extra control wheel and in a
    lighter body. An excellent first camera buy. A good compromise is the
    D70s. XT performance give or take and better controls with inbetween xt 20D
    build quality. If you see a km 7D. Build quality, all buttons no menus,
    with the fortune saving anti shake.

    I suppose all in all don't sweat it whatever you choose will be great. Just
    don't rush out and buy the sony until its been around and thoroughly
    reviewed. If i had to be pushed then right now nikon D70s or canon
    ian, Jun 14, 2006
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Functionally the D20 is closer to a professional camera than the A100.
    The A100 is a Maxxum 5D remake with some improvements. But it is a poor
    control layout for the advanced technique amateur or pro. As a pro
    precently posted here (or rpe35mm) he is quite happy with the prototype
    A100 he played with and as a pro (for his range of phtography) he
    doesn't need all the features that advanced amateurs want (or believe
    they need).

    Had Sony done something closer to the Maxxum 7D, then that would compare
    more favourably (and in some respects, other than pixel count) is a
    superior design to the D20 for control layout and exposure metering.

    The Sony A100 is a nice start, but we do hope they have aspirations to a
    "7D" class machine or better yet the much yearned for Maxxum 9 class
    digital camera.

    Alan Browne, Jun 17, 2006
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Have you?

    A pro (Clyde) recently posted (in rpe35mm) on his experience with the
    A100 and though quite highly of it to the point that he wants one for
    his work. It is a Maxxum 5D class machine, so it has various
    limitations (mainly control layout) that an advanced amateur and most
    pros would object to.

    It is certainly not "utter puke" as you would contend. It is, at heart,
    the Maxxum 5D which is indeed a competent DSLR.

    Alan Browne, Jun 17, 2006
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