DSLR on a budget: Buy an older high-end or a newer low-end camera?
December 16, 2013 6:47 AM Subscribe
This blog post
has inspired me take better photos of people without spending a fortune. For a given budget (let's say camera body less than $600) should I buy a current low-end DSLR (e.g. the Canon Rebel T5i
) or watch eBay for a used higher-end DSLR from a few years ago (e.g. the Nikon D7000
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Features I'd like:
- Great image quality (once I learn to get the best from it, of course)
- Decent low-light performance (most shots would be in medium lighting or better, dimmest would be restaurant lighting)
- Physically smaller (nice but not a dealbreaker)
- Usable design (I'll handle and test drive the camera before buying)
Things I don't care about:
- Touch screen
- Being embarrassingly old
Has camera technology advanced enough that today's low-end is better than 2011's mid/high-end? Are there any models in particular (either new or old) that I should be on the lookout for? Are there any considerations I've overlooked?
For what it's worth I already own a Sony RX100 point-and-shoot that I love for almost everything, but beyond its widest setting the lens gets very slow very quickly and I've struggled to take good impromtu portraits with the sort of shallow depth of field I'm after.