Canon EOS Rebel T6i or Nikon D5500?

redjordan9

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I make tech videos on YouTube currently and shoot off a Logitech C920 webcam, and would be looking for an upgrade in the near future. I am considering both of these DSLR's quite heavily. The D5500 does shoot at 60FPS which will result in smoother video, but I have also heard that there are more Canon lenses available. I also won't just be taking video, but primarily. I do have an interest in photography and would like to do both well, but video is the priority. Could you tell me what DSLR is a better option for my needs?
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giantbucket

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many canons use a very similar imaging chip, so sometimes the difference isn't there but in other less critical features. personally i use a T3i and a 7D but i don't shoot video. but i have heard that the magic lantern firmware is very good for some extra functionality.

http://www.magiclantern.fm/

list on bottom of page says that you can load this firmware onto T1i to T5i as well as some older models which you could pick up used.

but you really should go to a store and play with a canon and a nikon and see which one has controls that make sense to you.
 

redjordan9

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Why would you say Canon? The Nikon has much better specs on paper.
 

giantbucket

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specs on paper are mostly irrelevant. i have shot Nikon for around 15 years, but when i looked at Canon and tried to use their controls and menus, i sold all my Nikon stuff. the specs won't tell you how logical a certain layout is, or how "no nonsense" the lenses are. for a lot of that stuff, you have to actually grab a body from each brand (or two or three different bodies) and see which one matches you and the way you expect it to respond.

there's this guy named Ken Rockwell, and he has a photography site. his attitude can be somewhat "strong" but he makes a million valid and sensible points. have a read through some of his reviews and also articles:

http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d5500.htm

http://www.kenrockwell.com/canon/index.htm

http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/7.htm
 

redjordan9

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I understand, but which model, because you never stated one.
 

giantbucket

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many canons use a very similar imaging chip, so sometimes the difference isn't there but in other less critical features. personally i use a T3i and a 7D but i don't shoot video. but i have heard that the magic lantern firmware is very good for some extra functionality.

http://www.magiclantern.fm/

list on bottom of page says that you can load this firmware onto T1i to T5i as well as some older models which you could pick up used.

but you really should go to a store and play with a canon and a nikon and see which one has controls that make sense to you.
 

Mitchell Robinson

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Hi there,

I used to work in retail selling cameras like these and from my experience Nikon has always been my choice for entry level and most times mid level DSLR's. That said there is nothing wrong with either of them. Its like asking whats better and apple or a pear?

Nikons layout is a little more.. umm.. frustrating and can mostly seem very off putting to new SLR owners but once you get used to it your fly through all the functions. Same can be said about Linux.

Just remember that if you pick one over the other you are essentially investing in that brand. You will want to keep your lenses when you upgrade your body and that means that if you want to change from say canon to nikon later its going to be quite and expensive ordeal as you will have to buy a whole bunch of new lenses and adaptors etc.

Anywho, my recommendation, if you havent made a decision yet, would be nikon or even sony (Sony is making a lot of commotion at the moment in the mirrorless SLR department).

Anyway,

Best of luck!
 

redjordan9

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Thank you for the response! It makes a lot of sense hearing it from someone who actually sold DSLR's. I like your answer and I was already really leaning toward the Nikon, but now I think I would do that for sure! I would have also picked your response as the best, but unfortunately I already did :(. Thanks again though! :)
 

Mitchell Robinson

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It's my pleasure,

- I'm not here for the best solutions anyway ;P

keep on keeping on!
 
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