Repair DSLR or buy a new Micro Four Thirds camera?
December 23, 2011 3:12 PM Subscribe
We've a 3 year old Canon Rebel XS. It suddenly started reporting an 'Error #99' about a year ago, and the estimates I've received for repairing it are around $250, ugh. Before I spend the money doing that, I was considering replacing it with another camera, wonder what the hive mind thinks.
posted by carterk to Shopping (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The other candidate: a Lumix micro-four thirds camera
. Not a top-tier camera, but Target is currently selling this for $400 with a $75 gift card: when you include the 5% 'red card' discount, we could buy this for about $300. It comes with the 14-42mm lens.
The Canon has an 18-55mm, plus we have an ok quality 75-300 (non IS) lens for it and a padded case.
We're not camera fanatics by any means. We got the Canon because my wife wanted more zoom and faster shutter response. The Lumix obviously hasn't got a great zoom with the kit lens, but according to dpreview it's very fast for its class. We would not miss manual features and would probably appreciate the Lumix's focus on non-enthusiasts. We could eventually sell the Canon, case & lens for a couple hundred (?) and buy a big zoom for around what we'd get for the Canon.
Thoughts? The Lumix sale is over tomorrow.