So, as my camera is quickly dying, I have to figure out what I’m going to do. I can’t really afford to buy a new one, but photography is one of the few hobbies I have that I really enjoy. So, let’s just assume I can find a way to purchase a new, sub-$2000 camera body. Which one should I get?
There are four choices: 7D, T4i, 60D, and no camera until next bodies are released later this year/early next year.
Originally released in 2009, the Canon 7D is due for a replacement. This is a crop sensor camera, with a similar sensor as the T2i it would replace. The advantage of the 7D is that it has a more professional body, better auto-focus system, and faster continuous shooting. It also has built-in wireless flash transmitter, which could be super useful for me in progressing my skills as a photographer.
The downside of purchasing this camera is that all the memory storage I have wouldn’t work as the 7D uses Compact Flash, and I only have SD memory. This would mean an additional purchase of $200.
This is also the most expensive of my current choices at $1450 plus taxes and shipping.
Released in June of this year, this is the newest camera on my list, but it is a Rebel, much like what it would replace. It does have some advantages over the others on the list, including the new Digic 5 image processor, which should give decent noise performance.
It uses SD memory, which means all the memory cards I have would be useful. It has a screen that can move, which can be useful. It also has the new hybrid AF feature that allows auto-focus during video with the new lenses that have come out. Since I’m not really big on video, this isn’t a make or break feature for me.
This camera is slower than the 7D, doesn’t have an advanced auto-focus system, nor is it tough/long lasting in comparison to the other two options.
It is the least expensive on the list at $875 plus taxes and shipping for the body.
Released in 2010, this is really just a remodeled version of the T2i that it would be replacing. It has the same sensor, and similar auto-focus system. It has the articulating screen like the T4i. It uses SD memory like the T4i. It has a slightly faster burst rate for taking photos than the T4i, and a much larger buffer, meaning it can take more pictures before it has to stop and wait for the memory to clear to the card.
It has a magnesium body, which is similar in build quality to the 7D, and much better than the T4i.
IT doesn’t have the ISO range of the T4i or 7D. It has the older Digic 4 image processor, like the 7D (but the 7D has two of them). It was really built as a more durable T2i.
It is currently around $975 plus taxes and shipping, or $100 more than the T4i and nearly $500 cheaper than the 7D.
I could wait. It would mean that I wouldn’t be able to do much photography, and definitely no photo shoots until I get a new body. The advantage of waiting though is that there are multiple rumors that Canon will be releasing at least two more new bodies before the end of the year.
One of those bodies could be a replacement for the 7D. Unfortunately, this replacement will likely be $2000 before taxes. The upside is that I could save up the difference during this time to afford this new body.
This is just a rumor though, and it could be as much as eight months to a year before a new body is released as Canon has released the T4i, 5D Mark III, 1DX, 1DC, and the EOS-M mirror-less body this year alone.
So what do you think? What should I do? Leave your thoughts in the comments below, or select a poll option. If you have questions, feel free to post them as well, as I really would love help sorting through my options.