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Nikon D3200 or Canon EOS 600D?

Discussion in 'General Equipment Chat & Advice' started by BlooBanana, May 29, 2013.

  1. BlooBanana

    BlooBanana New Member

    Hi, complete amateur photographer here. I have two camera's I like the look of. The Nikon D3200 and the Canon EOS 600D, both come with a 18-55mm lens. I will be photographing a complete range so the camera needs to be versatile. I don't really want to spend more than £400, but will go a little over If it's something special.

    What do people think of my choice? Is there something else you can recommend for me?

    Any help appreciated! Thanks a lot in advance.
  2. thornrider

    thornrider In the Stop Bath

    Both are first class. Toss a coin. Heads = Canon. Tails = Nikon. Either way you win.
  3. Snorri

    Snorri Well-Known Member

    Like thornrider said these two are very close. Both are exelent cameras, really it is down to feel. If you have the chance try them out, play around with the menus and buttons. Althogh they are in many ways very similar they are different to use.
    witch manufacurers logic and feel fits YOU better only you can decide.
    The good thing is thogh that wich ever you choose you will have a great camera.
  4. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    When you get to this point nobody can really tell you which to buy in all honesty. Cameras are like cars, some folk have a vehement, sometimes blind loyalty to a particular marque. You really need to try and get hands on before deciding, so go annoy the staff in your local Currys or Jessops!
  5. P_Stoddart

    P_Stoddart Well-Known Member

    You do need to have hold of each camera to see if you like the feel.

    But on technical side it looks like the D3200.

    Higher resolution, higher noise ceiling (better low light), lighter camera, 4fps.

    But the 600D does have flip out screen which can be useful for low level shots.

    Both camera are good performers. So it is close. But I think the D3200 has the edge.
  6. David Raynham

    David Raynham Well-Known Member

    Yep, definately go down to your local stockist and hold them. I was set on the 3100 and ended up coming out with a Sony a37.
  7. thornrider

    thornrider In the Stop Bath

    I would still stick to your shortlist when you go to see them though - it is a very good shortlist.

    Back in 1975 I went for a Pentax Spotmatic and Walwins didn't have one - came away with a Practika LTL2 and that was a wrong move. Despite all the fond reminiscing by people on this forum the results were not as good as they would have been with the Pentax and nor was the system they were part of. This caused me to move again within two years to a black Nikkormat FT2 - found a good system in the end.

    But I should have stuck to what I had decided following all the research - impulse vs facts prevailed when it shouldn't have done.
  8. BlooBanana

    BlooBanana New Member

    Thank you, all of you. I definitely don't want to move away from my shortlist as you have all assured me I'm doing something right haha. I will go down to my local curry's and have a play about, found a good deal on the net for the Nikon D3200, so I'm hoping it suits me.

    Thanks again though, can't wait to get my hands on a decent camera!
  9. Malcolm_Stewart

    Malcolm_Stewart Well-Known Member

    I bought a Canon 600D a short time ago, and I've used it for a variety of subjects with some success. I bought it specifically for the Video 3-10x Zoom feature, which hasn't been as useful as I expected, and that's possibly more to do with our recent cold Spring than anything else.

    I know nothing about the Nikon.

    However, my now ageing Canon 50D appears to have less noise when shooting birds at lowish ISOs i.e 400, than the 600D. (Same lens, EF 70-200 F/4L IS, & similar shots etc.) The 50D took a lot of stick after its introduction as being noisy, so it seems as though the 600D may be noisier still - a result of the extra pixels, perhaps.

    Being smaller, the 600D has a more complicated interface than my 50D, but has a flip-out LCD, and it does video & LiveView.
  10. Snorri

    Snorri Well-Known Member

    Yes make them "sell" them to you, personaly I prefere Canon and actually have a 600D, I have been happy with it but at the end of the day it is what you feel better using. Try them in hand, check if you can reach all the buttons and that they are in a logical place in your opinon.
    And yes Nikon zooms the "wrong" way around ;)
  11. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    No. Canon and Pentax and Samsung and Fuji and uncle Tom Cobbly and all, all zoom the wrong way. Nikon is unique. Nikon zooms the right way.
  12. thornrider

    thornrider In the Stop Bath

    Like half the people in the world put the wrong sock on first. :)
  13. David Raynham

    David Raynham Well-Known Member

    The sony was on my short list but I had favoured the nikon for some reason. In reality though the sony felt better in my hand.
  14. LesleySM

    LesleySM Well-Known Member

    If it felt better in your hand then it's probably the better camera for you (and I am a Nikon user). I could go out tomorrow (well only if I won the lottery or my bank manager was very understanding.....I'm more likely to win the lottery than THAT happening!) by the top of the range Hasselbad but if I don't like it I won't use it- I'll find excuses not to use it "Probably nothing worth shooting"/ "Can't be asked to cart it round" etc)

    Although of course if anyone would like to give me a Hasslebad I'll try and prove it
  15. thornrider

    thornrider In the Stop Bath

    When you next doubt your favoured choice have a look at what the top of the line exclusive secondhand dealers sell - Nikon and Leica - and to a slightly lesser extent Canon.

    I am not aware of any shop secondhand shop which is "Specialising in the Exceptional" or selling from " A Connoisseurs Collection" which is selling used Sony's.
  16. Snorri

    Snorri Well-Known Member

    They would be called Minolta. :rolleyes:
  17. thornrider

    thornrider In the Stop Bath

    They would indeed - if they were selling them.
  18. johndow

    johndow Well-Known Member

    Also think about future purchases further down the line. You may not need a flash, telephoto lens, prime, filter set etc yet, but when you get curious it helps to know someone with the same brand as yourself where you could get advice and borrow equipment before you buy something to realise you don't or won't use it.
  19. mshorthose

    mshorthose New Member

    I have exactly the same confusion as the original poster "bloobanana" (which curiously was the nickname of my old choir pub - I wonder if we know each other?)

    I too have shortlisted the Canon 600D and the Nikon D3200 but now have slight doubts...
    I have just spent the afternoon reading a comprehensive test of the Nikon which was my original first choice - largely due the the 24meg sensor.
    However, one of the drawbacks of the Nikon with the kit 18-55mm lens is that it is not the most wonderful piece of glass in the world and the review recommends upgrading to achieve the body's potential (especially with that sensor).
    Autofocus on the 18-55 is also said to be quite slow.
    It points out that there is no focus motor in the Nikon body (in the entry-level range) and it is instead housed in the lens. This explains the difference in focusing speed between lenses.
    I have yet to read the detailed Canon review, but can anyone suggest whether the Canon is better?
    The review of the Nikon suggested (tongue in cheek) that the serious photographer would upgrade the optics but could always use the 18-55 kit lens as a paperweight!
    I would not want to make the choice and then be disappointed with it.

  20. Tommy Blake Images

    Tommy Blake Images Well-Known Member

    The Nikon kit lens is slow but to be fair all kit lenses are. At least the Nikon is sharp. At the end of the day you get what you pay for personally for the same money used I would run with a d3100 and a tamron 17-50 f/2.8.

    Unless you crop a lot you won't notice a difference between the d3100 or the d3200. I would rule out an old gen camera like th 600d because tech has moved on.

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