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Lexy spent her formative years taking a lot of photos and dreaming in technicolour. Nothing much has changed now she's covering all things photography related for CNET.

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harvz posted a comment   

hey lexy im looking at getting a DSLR and and trying to decide between the canon 550d, or the nikon d5100 or d90. they are all about the same price. i dont care about video just what it for photos. thanks


Lexy Savvides posted a reply   

Hey harvz,

Have you tried each camera in a store for yourself to try out the ergonomics? I would look at the 550D or the D90 myself, the feel of the D5100 is quite different and the only real advantage it has is the screen that tilts down - not out and around - from the body.

The D90 is a bit more robust, so the body is a little more durable than the 550D. It's also faster in continuous shooting speed, so good for action photos. It also depends on how much post-processing you're going to do with your images - are you going to get a lot into tweaking with Photoshop/Lightroom or another image editing software? Are you going to manipulate the RAW images? Or are you just going to use the JPEGs straight from the camera?

Will talk a bit more about this on the podcast next week too :)


harvz posted a reply   

thanks for the info lexy but i think your thinking of the old D5000 not the new D5100. the main reason im and thinking of the D5100 is for better high ISO. As i have heard the D7000 is really good in low light and seeing as the D5100 has the same sensor im hoping it will be just as good.
How do you feel the d90 performs in low light?

i will prob start shooting both RAW and JPEG till im confident that i can edit the RAWs to look better than the JPEGs but am hoping to just shoot RAW.


Lexy Savvides posted a reply   

Oops! I misread it as the D5000 (and wrote the D5100, ha! Brain fry!), sorry about that. I wish they'd make the model numbers more different!

I haven't seen the D5100 yet but I don't see why it would perform any differently from the D7000 in low light, particularly with the same sensor and image processor unless somehow Nikon tweaks the algorithm.

The D90 performs very well in low light for a camera of its age - do remember that it's about 2.5 years old now and comparing it to other cameras like the D7000 and 550D isn't entirely fair but I still think it holds up. Unfortunately I don't have high ISO images from the D90 to share with you like I do from the other two cameras so I can't compare them directly to show you rather than just tell you!

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