Originally Posted by AMG
No one but you can decide if you need more focus points. In general, you can use just the center focus point to focus on the subject and then recompose the camera to frame the shot as you would like and take the picture. Now the focus and recompose method is NOT recommended if you are shooting portraits wide open because of the shallow DoF. In this case, it is better to frame your shot and choose your focus point (or better yet: manually focus). And, more focus points come in handy when you are trying to continuously track/focus on moving subjects.... say birds taking flight.
Also the 1fps burst mode difference will matter if you are doing high speed photography. like flying birds for example.
If you intend to do landscapes/stills/family/kids, dont even bother.
PS: Found a neat youtube video
Thank you for your valuable inputs. One of my friends was kind enough to lend me his D3100 for learning and familiarizing purposes which IMO
is quite similar to the D5100/5200.
Originally Posted by TSIVipul
I'd say go for Sony Alpha, I was also in same dillema some days back and at the end bought the Sony Alpha finding it more advanced and of course Sony A.S.S. too.
I'd recommend you to at least go through Alpha too once before making the purchase.(BTW
, mine is lying unused now as I find it boring - it hasn't got an engine
WIll definitely look for the Sony Alpha. Thanks bro.
Also got a taste of the very Nice Nikon D7000 which is bugging my mind to extend my budget and go for it. But its a semi-pro camera and more than twice the price of D5100.
Many DSLR users(I found in the world wide web), the professional kind, is of the opinion "Invest more in a good body than in lenses". One of my friends explained thus...D90, D7000/7100, etc. comes with inbuilt AF motors and can be used to exploit lenses that doesn't come with one. Also between similarly speced lenses, the ones without AF motors are considerably cheaper.
I also found out that entry level Nikon cameras are menu driven and to access many controls one have to navigate through the camera menu displayed on the LCD, however the Nikon D7000/7100 etc. have dedicated buttons for various functions and there will be no need to take your eyes off the viewfinder to change settings once you get the hang of the buttons.
The D7000 which I got hold of for a few seconds was considerably heavy than the D3xxx/5xxx cameras and as said in this thread the D3xxx/5xxx will feel like toys in the hands of those using the D7xxx cameras.
Please correct me if I am wrong anywhere as I am new to this part of the world of imaging.