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Prosumer grade camera choices for less than $850
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Mar 13, 2019 12:25:28   #
kdksmile
 
Greetings fellow forum members. I am new to the group but may I thank you in advance for your replies surrounding the topic of which prosumer grade camera to purchase... I am vacillating back and forth between the Nikon 5600D and the Canon T7i... both are similar in terms of features but curious if any forum members have a compelling reason to choose one over the other. Thanks!

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Mar 13, 2019 12:32:57   #
DaveJ
 
If leaning towards Canon, also look at the slightly different Canon 77D. Has a few things the T7i doesn't, and that is what my SO went with several months ago. Real pleased with performance so far. Currently priced the same, so why not get more for same $$$.

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Mar 13, 2019 12:33:16   #
CHG_CANON (a regular here)
 
Go to a store and handle them for yourself. The one the feels right is the one that is right for you.

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Mar 13, 2019 12:41:46   #
Screamin Scott (a regular here)
 
Factory refurbs will let you get a more feature-laden model at a lesser cost. I've gotten 3 different factory refurbs with nary an issue...

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Mar 13, 2019 12:54:44   #
BebuLamar (a regular here)
 
The nikon d7200 is only $700

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Mar 13, 2019 12:55:09   #
speters (a regular here)
 
kdksmile wrote:
Greetings fellow forum members. I am new to the group but may I thank you in advance for your replies surrounding the topic of which prosumer grade camera to purchase... I am vacillating back and forth between the Nikon 5600D and the Canon T7i... both are similar in terms of features but curious if any forum members have a compelling reason to choose one over the other. Thanks!



Both are fine, capable entry-level cameras, either way you should be well served! If you do not have any existing lenses to worry about, maybe you should go to a camera store and handle each, to see which is a better fit for you!

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Mar 13, 2019 12:56:26   #
Screamin Scott (a regular here)
 
Yes, both are actually entry-level cameras, not prosumer level.

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Mar 13, 2019 13:09:37   #
larryepage (a regular here)
 
kdksmile wrote:
Greetings fellow forum members. I am new to the group but may I thank you in advance for your replies surrounding the topic of which prosumer grade camera to purchase... I am vacillating back and forth between the Nikon 5600D and the Canon T7i... both are similar in terms of features but curious if any forum members have a compelling reason to choose one over the other. Thanks!


It has been several years since I faced this decision. At that time, there were some real differences between the two makes in terms of picture "character" that are not nearly as significant now. But what ended up making the difference for me was the location of key controls on the back of the cameras. In particular, the multi-selector on one model was in a very inconvenient spot, and the Delete button was in a very dangerous location (at least for me). So I chose the other.

I'm not going to suggest that you select one of these cameras or the other, but I am going to echo the counsel offered by others to visit a camera shop and see, hold, and try both models. Some of the most important reasons for selecting one make over another or even one model over another are not discernible from specifications, brochures, or the advice of others. If you are not close enough to a camera store to do this, look very carefully and critically at pictures of each camera from as many angles as possible.

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Mar 13, 2019 13:10:54   #
LITTLEBIT
 
If a National Geographic Professional Photographer uses a Canon EOS Rebel T series camera should it still be called "entry level"?

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Mar 13, 2019 13:13:43   #
Screamin Scott (a regular here)
 
LITTLEBIT wrote:
If a National Geographic Professional Photographer uses a Canon EOS Rebel T series camera should it still be called "entry level"?


The feature set is what manufacturers use to determine who the cameras are marketed to, not the proficiency of a photographer. Many top shooters can use even a box camera to get excellent images...

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Mar 13, 2019 13:13:56   #
larryepage (a regular here)
 
I think the term "Prosumer" has been smudged around over the years to the point that it is very misleading and no longer valuable. There have been recent posts on this site labeling the Nikon D810 and D850 as "Prosumer" models, which is completely baseless.

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Mar 13, 2019 13:17:36   #
Screamin Scott (a regular here)
 
larryepage wrote:
I htink the term "Prosumer" has been smudged around over the years to the point that it is very misleading and no longer valuable. There have been recent posts on this site labeling the Nikon D810 and D850 as "Prosumer" models, which is completely baseless.


A link to Nikon's categorization of their DSLR's. Select the category on the left side. Note "enthusiast" is the same as "Prosumer"... Also note that both the D810 & D850 are both considered "Pro" models...

https://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-products/dslr-cameras/index.page#!

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Mar 13, 2019 13:27:41   #
Curmudgeon (a regular here)
 
Got a Nikon D 7200 as my first DSLR. A little steep on the learning curve but am totally satisfied and have never looked back.

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Mar 13, 2019 13:29:55   #
CHG_CANON (a regular here)
 
The T7i provides an autofocus array of 45-points, a 24MP sensor, 6 frames per second continuous shooting, and a single, center AF point sensitive to f/8. The ability to autofocus at f/8 was limited to only 1-Series DSLRs are recently as the release of the EOS 1DX, Canon's flagship DSLR released in 2012. It would seem the T7i is clearly a professional-capable camera.

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Mar 13, 2019 13:34:47   #
Wingpilot (a regular here)
 
Certain cameras are definitely meant to be used by professional photographers who need the features and ruggedness of these top end models. All the rest can be termed whatever you want them to be. It is the photographer who makes the photo. The camera merely records the image.

But there are some things to be considered. For very casual, infrequent use, an "entry level" camera may be a good choice. For more strenuous use, a heavier, stronger camera may be preferred. And then there are cameras made with lean toward some specific type of photography, such as action and wildlife photography, or portrait photography, for example.

But in the budget level you indicate, a camera such as the Nikon D7200 is a good, solid camera that will stand up to daily use, and currently at an affordable price.

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