"For a first time SLR user this camera is great"4.0 starson by Lessthan0
Pros: -Easy to use out of the box
-Features for the money
Cons: -Camera grip slippery
Summary: I was tired of taking pictures of the back of my childrens heads with my point and shoot so I started to research my options. I wanted an SLR that could take continuous pictures, quality pictures and most importantly something that I could easily learn on my own without getting into the weeds and spending hours doing so.
Unfortunately CNet did not review this camera before I bought it, but for the money and it's performance I was comfortable pulling the trigger. The review CNet did is fair but if your looking for an entry level SLR the cons should not concern you. If you are like me you want something easy to use that is a step up from a point and shoot and doesn't break the bank. This camera has met that for me.
I've had the camera for a couple of months and mostly used the Auto setting and it takes real nice pictures. I've become adventurous and started to use the Manual settings and the pictures are equally as
nice. The user interface is very straight forward and explains what each feature does and what it means to change a particular setting. You learn how to use the camera very quickly and it's fun playing around with the settings.
I would recommend buying the 55-275 lens, it really allows you to take those candid pictures from a far enough distance that might otherwise not happen. The best is taking those picture without your kids yelling "Stop That" The video feature is fine but don't expect this to replace your video camera, it's good for a short video but that's really it.
The grip on the camera is the same material as the body, so to me it was a little slick and I wish it had some form of texture. That's the only con I have.
If you are in the market for an easy to use, entry level, action picture SLR this is a solid choice.
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