I've been dealing with digital cameras for quite a few years now. After having been started on a simple point and shoot, which I loved but the shutter would no longer open, I had to buy what I could afford at the time. That ended up being a less than stellar camera which I became increasingly frustrated with. So for Christmas I decided I needed a new camera. I wanted better than a point and shoot, but not quite as overboard as a DSLR. This was given to me for Christmas and I couldn't be happier! It offers many fun settings, which are pretty much icing on the cake. The 26x Optical Zoom is the beauty of this thing. The images are the clearest and sharpest images of any of the 3 cameras I owned. I can now photograph birds and other wildlife with clarity and detail that eluded me before.
I purchased this camera for creating youtube videos. The continuous auto focus isnt as good as the 70D and the price reflects it. But I will say the autofocus does work, and it is completely silent with certain lenses. video picture is great and the touchscreen is way awesome when trying to set things up. knowing the hotkeys is much quicker though. The Camera hasn't failed me yet so I recommend this to anyone getting into film but would like continuous auto focus...if you dont care for continuous autofocus then the t3i would work just fine cause really the autofocus feature is the big price changer from t3i to t5i. great camera...
I just bought it today, but been playing with it for a few hours. I will probably write another review in a few weeks. I love the different features. One feature helps the camera stay stable if your hands shake, that is very helpful for me. There is 3 different macro types for close ups. Macro, AutoMacro, and Super Macro. Words that are around 10Pt to 8Pt times roman numerals can be clearly seen in a photo. There are fun features as well that you can play with before editing them on your computer. If a person is serious about getting a digital camera and taking pictures this would be a good choice, especially for the price. I also like the warranties that cover the camera.
Some have problems getting clear sharp focus. Through testing I've learned that if the subject is within a certain distance when in zoom, the camera cant catch up. It also zooms out so far that any movement can blur the shot. Put the camera neck strap around your neck and push the camera outward away from you to create tension to steady the shot more. Also the cameras weight is so light that even changing your mind about composition creates movement to blur the shot. Im going to get a replacement tripod screw/bolt and push it up through a 20oz soda bottle lid so i can suspend a full soda or water bottle from the tripod hole to more than double the weight to add stability for the long shots. Looks strange but gets the shot. The strap trick along with the full water bottle will help the stabilization even more. If you want more clear focus closer than zoom then you have a lot of scenes in the "SCN" area from the mode dial on top to set. For the sun glare on the screen ive cut the ends off a pop tart box to use a a sun shield. Not many will bother but it really works on bright days.
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